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 was so excited to see this! I have owned the abridged version for years and it is remarkable but being a compleatest I felt it was necessary to get this version as well. I mulled over just getting The Lost Files but I thought it would be better to have this version as it had everything in sequential order. It was worth every penny to hear this tale the way it should have been done from the beginning.
There are so many moments that are memorable, this cast was amazing and the performances were excellent.
Hearing each episode in the "voice" of the character makes this compelling and hard to stop listening to. Missing sleep to finish this, my rational mind says...it will still be where I left it when I get up. However, its just too good to stop listening.
Well, it actually took me several sittings due to the length but I missed quite a bit of sleep to get it listened to as soon as possible.
Many thanks to Mr. Brooks and all the cast and crew for making available this remarkable production.
The story is so complete. Max Brooks thought of everything, from every angle, and does a brilliant job bringing the story to life through the various (well defined) characters.
I'm sure everyone says Todd Wainio, and I might have to agree, if only because his recurrence allows for a very complete divulgence of the American campaign. We get to know him as a character, and through him get a really good idea of the wartime American experience. I am also quite partial to Christina Eliopolis' story, as well as Henry Rollins' version of T.Sean Cullins and admiral Xu Zhicai.
It's the author. There's a fantastic element of authenticity in that.
It made me think. And then listen again. That, I think, is invaluable.
There were a few casting decisions I think could have been stronger. All the voice actors do great, but too often you can tell when an accent is being faked.
All of the different voice actors! I loved the variety of readers. All were amazing.
Every chapter was a new story. And the majority of the chapters were a new thrill.
So much. I can't put it into words as I'm not a writer, but a reader, but I felt as if I were sitting in on the individual interviews.
A few. The woman who parachuted out of her crashing plane . . . the doctor and the transplant patient . . . the chapter about the dogs . . . so many excellent stories that kept me listening! They hit all over the planet so that just about everyone can relate to one of the situations and instill just enough fear of familiarity.
The book is 100x better than the movie. Your own imagination can terrify you much more than what Hollywood wants you to see.
Thaddeus--"While I breathe, I hope
I thoroughly enjoyed the story and voice acting, but the playback was riddled with pockets of no audio(like a damaged CD).
My husband and I listened to this book on a long drive before we saw the movie. We might have spent a little extra time driving just to listen a little bit more. The story is intriguing. It is really nice how it is broken up into smaller "accounts". It is AMAZING that each of these accounts is read by another narrator. We hadn't looked at the list of narrators when we purchased it. We just wanted to listen to World War Z. We got so much more! We're listening in the car, and we're going... "Is that Mark Hamill? Is that..." It was really cool. And then when we went to see the movie, I think it was just BETTER after the book. It really is a great tie-in.
If you have seen the movie, read the original book, or none of the above, you are still going to enjoy this book. I've already recommended it to my friends. Now I'm recommending it to you. Enjoy!
I listened to the abridged version previously released and really enjoyed it, so I was excited to find this longer version available.
There were so many of them: the Chinese Doctor and his patient zero, the Canadian solder and his experience in a cave, the Israeli spy and his discovery, I could go on...
This audio book has a large cast of narrators-brilliant idea!
I did well up a couple of times, the story is so plausible.
I admit I love zombies, what can I say? This book is among the best I have read. Max Brooks had to do extensive research here and it shows. It is so realistic. I found myself wanting to go to the sporting goods store to begin stocking up-just in case. In addition, some of the stories are truly moving. I really felt for these people and wanted to know more. What better accolade can you give a novel?
It's to bad the Movie used this books title because it is not the book and the book is leaps and bounds better.
Let alone the story being engaging the full cast of characters preformed by different individual brings this book not just to life but in your lap.
The fact that you get so many different accounts, from so many different types of people from all over the world, of what happened just before and during the zombie apocalypse.
There are so many great characters, being voiced by so many great actors.
I felt this was a very creative way to tell what has become a very familiar story.
This is one of the few audiobooks that I would highly recommend to my non-audiobook loving friends. The full cast of narration is fantastic!!! Really I can't say enough good things about the narration. Getting to hear all of the interviews in the voice of the character really brings the book to life.
The story itself gets a little stale after awhile but it's definitely worth a listen.
I also really admire that this is the first piece of zombie literature that I've read that actually uses the word zombie in it.
If you ever imagine the systematic breakdown of society by a great plague from personal accounts; this is your book! World War Z brilliantly captures the physical, emotional and psychological toll of survivors of the great zombie war.
The star studded ensemble cast is absolutely amazing!
World War Z: This time, it's personal!
World War Z is by far one of the best audio books I have listened to date. I had to listen to it several times to truly soak up all the information presented in this grand production!
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