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 love this book. Love, love, love it, and I've always wanted to hear it read aloud, ever since that disappointing movie. This audiobook was excellent, though there were a few notable disappointments, particularly in Sharon's interview. I wish they'd replicated her sound effects, as well as those of other characters, such as Wainio's tapping. Her moan was also a bit disappoint, seeing as how it was hyped up as terrifyingly realistic. I don't know, maybe zombies just sound kinda dumb. There were some great high points, though. I ADORED the voices of the Whacko and Wainio, as well as Joe and Dr. Jingshu. Other than the lack of sound effects and poor moan, Sharon was excellent as well, and everyone did a great job of capturing the character and how they felt. I'd give this a 4.5 in performance if I could, probably a five if I didn't feel the need to point out my one major qualm
I've listened to this book at least 20 times if not more. It's just so well done and I almost always notice a new connection between stories I hadn't notice before. All the characters are great. I wish I could find more books like this.
Just when I thought I was completely sick of the zombie genre, this book caught me totally off guard. I picked it up after seeing it recommended several dozen times online. It was my first time experiencing a full ensemble cast reading an audio book, and they absolutely nailed it. The actors were great and it really fits the interview style well. I equally enjoyed the ambiance effects thrown in, and thought they helped further enhance the immersion. The primary narrator especially was great, and I was very surprised to find later that it was none other than the author himself. Lastly, the story itself was very well put together. I think what really hooked me was the expert attention to character portrayal, the wide variety of interesting perspectives, and the insightful and well thought out overarching geopolitical elements. Highly recommend.
great story and great performance, however not really sure how' it ties into the movie. It does give more back story to the story but even if you haven't seen the movie you'll be fully informed and engrossed by this title.
I'd recommend this to a friend as the movie poorly executed this piece of fiction. It has angst, drama, action, and you feel some connection with the individuals telling these stories. I wouldn't say that you built as much of a connection as you would when you have one protagonist. In this story, the protagonist is humanity.
The numerous backgrounds and changing in scenery. It helped keep the story alive, though I only wish that I was able to discern more of a timeline instead of vaguely guessing.
I enjoyed the entire cast. The narrator did indeed sound like an official interviewer, trying his best to document such a tragic history and pushing for more information.
Yes. There was a few times I had to rewind about 60-120sec to re-listen to certain pieces to reverify what I had heard as to not miss out on anything.
It's by no mean a perfect piece of fiction involving a zombie apocalypse. That being said, I would say it's one of the BEST pieces out there. It adds a human element which adds the flavor of drama, angst, determination, and perseverance. Perhaps this isn't a must-read, but I'd still highly recommend it to anyone that has any adoration to the zombie genre.
"Best audio book ever!"
I've lost count of how many times I've listened to it! Equally as good is the Zombie Survival Guide also by Max Brooks. Encore!!
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