Audie Award Winner, Multi-Voiced Performance, 2014
World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War is a new version of Max Brooks' episodic zombie novel. The abridged versions of the original stories are now joined with new, unabridged recordings of the episodes that were not included in the original (abridged) version of the audiobook. These additional episodes feature a star-studded cast of narrators to coincide with the upcoming release of the film.
New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead's Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more! Max Brooks will be reprising his role as The Interviewer.
The original abridged edition, released in 2006, won an Audie Award for Best Multi-Voiced Performance. Original cast members include Alan Alda, Mark Hamill, Carl & Rob Reiner, and John Turturro.
In this new classic of apocalyptic fiction that feels all too real, the Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. The documentary-style oral history records the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time.
Featuring five more hours of previously unrecorded content, this full-cast recording is read by F. Murray Abraham, Alan Alda, René Auberjonois, Becky Ann Baker, Dennis Boutsikaris, Bruce Boxleitner, Max Brooks, Nicki Clyne, Common, Denise Crosby, Frank Darabont, Dean Edwards, Mark Hamill, Nathan Fillion, Maz Jobrani, Frank Kamai, Michelle Kholos, John McElroy, Ade M’Cormack, Alfred Molina, Parminder Nagra, Ajay Naidu, Masi Oka, Steve Park, Kal Penn, Simon Pegg, Jürgen Prochnow, Carl Reiner, Rob Reiner, Henry Rollins, Jeri Ryan, Jay O. Sanders, Martin Scorsese, Paul Sorvino, David Ogden Stiers, Brian Tee, John Turturro, Eamonn Walker, Ric Young, and Waleed Zuaiter.
©2006 Max Brooks (P)2012 Random House
I haven't heard about this book until I started seeing the trailer for the film. The movie looks like it's going to be great but I was kind of disappointing by the book. As some of the other reviewers stated, it's really more of a collection of short stories rather then one story. You can get the idea of what happened but there's not really a solid timeline to follow. Some people may like this unconventional way of storytelling but it just isn't for me.
That being said, the actors did an excellent job in this version.
Yes, I finished it this morning and started listening again this evening. I'm sure I missed something but I found it extremely entertaining.
It's hard to say but I liked all the zombie weapons
The book begins at the end; that is, you know humanity survives after a devastating plague. And of course you know the author/interviewer and each person he interviews survives since he interviews them after the war. So the book doesn't get its tension by hiding significant outcomes from the reader until the end, and this makes listening to it again enjoyable.
The book is also written in bite-sized, relatively self-contained interviews, so you can literally drop into a chapter and enjoy that chapter all by itself.
From what I've read, the style of the book is patterned after the Pulitzer Prize winning book "The Good War: An Oral History of World War Two" by Studs Terkel. (unfortunately, this is not available on audible.com)
It is also somewhat similar to "The Beginning of the End: Apocalypse Z" (which is available on Audible). That book uses a diary format to describe one person's view of the unfolding zombie plague.
This is another ideal book for an audio version. The large cast should be called "voice actors" and not "narrators". They bring the book to life. Each character is given his or her own voice, full of accent, rhythm, and emotion that makes the book feel eerily real.
I could see this audio version augmented with photographs (faked of course), and it would play like a Ken Burns miniseries on PBS.
I just re-downloaded part 1 of the book. This new version has restored several minutes of the first part with Kwang Jingshu's interview. These minutes cover the time right before the doctor meets patient zero, and now it makes more sense to me.
I am not necessarily a big zombie fan, but I am enjoying this book very much. One day we may face another devastating plague like the Black Death, and the zombie is essentially a stand-in for this future plague. The interviews in this book lets you put yourself in the shoes of lots of different people in very challenging situations and wonder, "What would I do?" Would you kill your own child to protect him or her from a fate worse than death? Would you panic and lose control? Could you make the politically difficult decision to purposely sacrifice large portions of your population to ensure that humanity isn't completely wiped out?
This book is essentially unabridged, all of the characters and all of the chapters are intact and in the book. The abridgement comes simply from the omissions of the original audio play.
For example: because the chapters that mentioned General Raj Singh in a major capacity were initially not in the original abridged audio book, the passing mentions, such as in the battle of hope are not included. Also a conversation between Kondo Tatsumi and Tomonaga Ijiro that was skipped in the first audiobook is still missing, again because Kondo Tatsumi was not in the original audiobook. Suffice to say, if some specific statement was omitted from a chapter in the original, it will not appear now in the new chapter as none of the previously recorded chapters were re-recorded for the new edition. With that said, all of Max Brooks' audio has been re-recorded, and it is just as good as it was last time, and it is 100% unabridged.
As for the quality of the new segments: Three struck me as very poor casting choices, but the rest were superb and I would recommend. The three that were questionable were:
Simon Pegg, a british actor playing an American, putting on a very phoney sounding Texas-esq accent.
Nathan Fillion, sounds a bit too traumatized about something that happened twenty years ago.
and Jeri Ryan puts on a very terrible Russian accent for her part as Maria Zhuganova.
In addition to this, there is an issue I also have with one of the original casting choices, Xolelwa Azania needed a different voice actor, I will not explain why other than point out that the character, in spite of his name and behavior is supposed to be a white Afrikaner, and having him portrayed in any other way diminishes, though does not completely undermine, the effectiveness of the character. Eamonn Walker does a fantastic job, but his voice, while absolutely fantastic, is wrong for the character.
Overall though, this should be considered the definitive version of the audiobook, it's worth the listen and other than the few slip-ups I've mentioned, this is a great value for your buck.
I was so upset when i finished this trash. It is the worst audio book I have ever listened to. I kept waiting for the action to start. Guess what it never did. There is no action. It is about a bunch of stupid inteviews, and I mean stupid. Dont waste your money or a credit on this garbage. Zombie book are suppose to scare you at least a little, this one put me to sleep. The should call it world war sleep. What a DUD. Don't get it or you will regret it. Trust me you will. I am going to cancel my membership. This is to much. You get a tiny sample to test. Then you find out it's your to keep. That's how much I hated it. I love zombie books . I'm just reading the fourth book in a zombie book by D. J. Molles. Now that is zombie.
Yes this audio book suck. I want my credit back . As a matter of fact I am canceling my membership. I can't get a refund for this crap. what the point of paying for audio books. This is the last straw. That's how much I hated it.
Narrator was good. Story sucked zombie ass.
They all sucked
DON'T BUY THIS CRAP. DON'T DO IT. THIS IS MY FIRST REVIEW EVER. THAT'S HOW MUCH I HATED IT.
This would have been a much better book it had lived up to the advertised title of "complete". It is NOT complete! Do not believe that only four minutes are missing. There are deletions throughout the stories. I like unabridged books, and was suckered in by the title. Another reviewer said the problems were fixed, so I bought the book. Nope. Not fixed. Love the story. Love the performances. Hate the abridgement!
Better story line. It was very predicable. Military guys in story were liberal archetypes. Not very believable.
Over doing the stereo types.
I'd like that. I was not fond of the story
Not really that much, but ok.
Say something about yourself!
would never happen
The Chinese Doctor, the first character
The first scene, with the Chinese Doctor
Not the Zombie story you've heard before
I am in no-way for Zombie stories. Someone whose opinion I value a great deal recommended World War Z to me VERY STRONGLY. She too is not into Zombie story-type stuff. I gave it a shot believing it would be a realistic vision of how a Zombie could really happen. Anyway, I could not, and still cannot, believe the outbreak would get to be pandemic given the traditional characteristics of the "disease" - that it is not airborne, that the Zombies have no ability to reason, and that the Zombies can "live" against the rules of physics and chemistry. That said, I did enjoy listening to it very much - much more than I thought I would.
I have NO idea why this book is so popular! The author does a great job at character development, but just when you start to get interested in a story it ends, never to be revisited. When I realized that it was pointless to invest any time in any of the characters, as I would never learn any more of their story, I shut off the book. One of the few I never finished, and the only book that I can honestly say "The movie was SO much better than the book!"
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