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
Native Californian, but lived in TX for 2.5 yrs where I joined a neighborhood book club and never looked back! I listen and read books! After 5 years of raving about audiobooks, I finally got my husband hooked!
I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book, but it was certainly more than I bargained for. I picked this book because a friend brought it too my attention as a possible "Walking Dead" prequel (she hadn't read it yet) and because my son and I were taking a road trip to see family and I wanted a book we both could enjoy. Both my Son and I were glued to listening. He never fell asleep the entire trip up or down (which he likes to do). He told his Dad when we got back home that he had to listen to the book and now he is and very much enjoying it too.
Now the book. **POSSIBLE SPOLIER ALERT** but really a synopsis.
Ultimately, this story is a case study in the Social and Economic Human Condition. There are a few epiphany moments, for me anyway. It is about the Good, the Bad, and certainly the Ugly of Humankind. We never find out the cause or find a cure for "Zack/G's...". And the "War" isn't really over. The interviews come from all over the world and from all kinds of people. From Geniuses to Children, and Military Soldiers to Clergy. The book is broken into parts that focus on a certain idea: Individual recounts of first sightings, the battle at Yonkers, the media, the economics, the aftermath/but not the end.... you get the idea.
Bottom line: listen to this story. It is well narrated by all. My favorite tho, is Mark Hamill. I loved his character, and Martin Scorsese (loved chapter 12). Ultimately it is a story of survival, but that didn't need a spoiler alert! Happy listening.
Oh, btw, I haven't seen the Movie for this book, and I don't think I want to like I usually do. It doesn't seem to resemble the book at all. This book would be too difficult to navigate on screen, so a first person account seems to make sense. But I don't see much resemblance btwn the two regardless. And to answer the "Walking Dead" question? It does seem like a WD prequel. I have watched all 3 seasons of WD and the TV series looks and behaves like WWZ in terms of how Zombies behave. If you are a WD fan, you will like WWZ.
The story of the Zombie war is told through interviews of a different people who experienced it first hand. Read by a great cast. Made it feel very real. Very much enjoyed. Not at all like the movie, but the two compliment each other very well.
A commuter with a carniverous apetite for audiobooks of all stripes and colors.
I had high hopes for this work of fiction and it was disappointing. I had hoped for a more fluid piece of literature. It was a mismatched collection of stories of different people who had all survived world war z. The stories varied in length and level of intrigue. The people appear largely selected at random to tell their stories. The story itself was decent. It just felt very fragmented to me and it was not nearly as original I had hoped. I kept waiting for the fragmented stories to merge together. They never did. The story was not fluid in my opinion. I personally would read something else.
Great Book and fantastic performances. Well worth a listen. I couldn't turn it off and listened to the whole thing in one sitting!
I'll admit, I went in curious to read about what the upcoming movie will be like. I'm happy to report the movie and the book have little in common, so just go in and enjoy the book for itself. Once you do that, you'll be able to get caught up in the amazing performances the narrators bring to the tale. Brooks does a fun job of creating a wide array of characters and situations, and his mastery of the vernacular makes each chapter enjoyable even with its heavy and morbid subject matter. You feel like you're sitting in a room interviewing each person along with Brooks, and you can't help but feel transported to the events as they're described to you. As a work of fiction, it's a bit thin. As a "zombie novel" it's far more honest than the others I've read. There's no deep exploration of the cause or magical cure devised from the discovery of patient zero. This time it's total war (as described in one of the best chapters), so don't expect the typical endings to any story. Above all else, get this book to enjoy the storytellers at the top of their craft. Mark Hamill in particular will knock your socks off. Enjoy!
Having a full cast to do all the different characters was really enjoyable! I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the book. I do; however, wish that the story was unabridged. I hate listing to abridged books... I wonder what I missed.
No. From the reviews I expected to be on the edge of my seat with a classic zombie thriller. I was excited by the wide variety of characters and the top notch voice acting. What I got was a political analysis of what would happen in varying communities throughout the Z-War.
It was, honestly, anti-climactic. It's like Brooks could have finished it after any of the individual chapters.
No, I would look for something more exciting.
I did love the different voices and characters, however.
WWZ is one of the first audio books I listened to and thought it was amazing. Maybe not fair to compare to other books, as it was read by a cast of actors. Never the less it got me into listening to books. When I saw this one released with additional readings, I jumped on it before the movie. Again really good and fun to listen to the originals again. Saw the movie this past weekend and while different from the books still great. Don't miss this great book.
If you're reading the book because you think it mirrors the film or vice versa, be aware that the main characters in the film don't even exist in the book. The film bears little resemblance to the book.
I'm not much of a fan of zombie themed books. the last book I actually read was Dances with Dragons. But I decided to give max brooks a go after the persistent urging of one of my friends that dresses up like a zombie every halloween. Now that i know this version is still abridged despite the pre-order being advertised as unabridged i do plan on reading the book. I was very pleased with the cast and narration.
Wampeters Foma and Granfalloon. You might be wondering why i'd bring up a vonnegut novel as something to compare this too. well it was the first thing that came to mind. max brooks didn't write an instant classic but he did write a great collection with characters that had depth and feeling. the last book i read like this wasn't the vonnegut novel, but the theme of the book brings it to mind. .
Vonnegut explains the title in the introduction:
Dear Reader: The title of this book is composed of three words from my novel Cat's Cradle. A "wampeter" is an object around which the lives of many otherwise unrelated people may revolve. The Holy Grail would be a case in point. "Foma" are harmless untruths, intended to comfort simple souls. An example: "Prosperity is just around the corner." A "granfalloon" is a proud and meaningless association of human beings. Taken together, the words form as good an umbrella as any for this collection of some of the reviews and essays I've written, a few of the speeches I made.
Some new ideas for my next download
Love the story of the Pilot talking to the voice in her head.
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