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.
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This is one the best zombie books iv read, the story's are very realistic and are told so well by the actors it felt like a great movie was in the making. The story and performance by the actors are top notch and the narrator being Max Brooks gives it a awesome touch, knowing that the actual author is the one narrating is just pretty awesome! And should be done for all books, I mean who else knows the material better and can make their material be what they are meant to be?. The best part is hearing the different story's being told thro different people races and genders was awesome! Instead of one person doing different accents and having a man do a woman's voice, once that happens it really kills the vibe and the flow, this audible did it right and perfect! Truly a must have!
First of all, I was shocked at how this has virtually nothing to do with the movie, which I had seen before this. I enjoyed the movie but the book is a completely different animal. The way it's put together with the individual tales was just so compelling to me. I've seen several movies that are almost nothing like the book (I Am Legend for example) so I don't know why I am still surprised that the movie and book have so little in common but both can still be good.
The way the author presents the content combined with the performance of the readers was so refreshing in an audiobook!
I love listening to books after I have watched the movie. The story is always great and the differences...what was left out and what was added in...are fascinating to discover.
This is a well-narrated book that is completely different from the movie. Just about the only thing the two have in common is the title.
If you like zombies, and who doesn't, you cannot pass this one up!!!
This one is very well acted out by a huge cast of prominent actors. Very well done. Nothing like the movie. A must listen for sure!
I like Doctor Who.
Before you read any further, you should know two things. One: I have never seen the movie. Two: I hate zombie stories. So it's surprising that I not only picked up "World War Z," but that I absolutely loved it.
This story is told through a series of interviews conducted after the Zombie War. It was this format that I found so appealing. It gave human faces to the events in the book. This isn't a book about a guy saving the world. This is a book about people coping with the horror of a seemingly unstoppable pandemic and threat of annihilation. Even though you only get to spend a small amount of time with each character (there is no hero's journey here), they're all realistic and you care about what happens to them. Max Brooks was incredibly ambitious with this project and I was thoroughly impressed with his grasp of international history, culture, and politics.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention the cast in this review. The talent they got for this project is amazing and each reader gives an excellent performance. This is the most impeccably performed book I've ever purchased on Audible.
I see a lot of criticism from people who would have preferred not to know the outcome of the war as they began the story, and their complaints are valid. However, I found that the point of the book wasn't the survival of human beings. The point of the book was discovering how the world's cultures (histories, governments, economies, militaries, technologies) would help or hinder us against an enemy like the zombie plague. The exploration of this question is what makes this book so fascinating, so horrifying, and so satisfying.
The HUGE cast of readers, some of which are celebrities. They used people with the PERFECT voices and the PERFECT accents for the PERFECT roles. I loved that the setting of the book was post-war, and they seemed to capture the perspectives of a HUGE range of people, from soldiers around the world to doctors, and just, everyone. It's an absolute must-have.
Todd Wainio, read by Mark Hamill. He's perfect. He makes me believe it was a real event and that he was there. The author wrote an amazing role, and Mark Hamill gave it life, and emotion.
The narrators bring feeling into the text. The way they tell their stories, with extended pauses, voices cracking, emotion... it made me feel like I was in the room with them. I sympathized with their experiences.
This book brought an overwhelming sense of dread to me. At times, I got so lost in the story- I felt like World War Z had happened, and I was only now learning about it. It felt historical, and factual. Very intense.
There's nothing I can add that would do this book the appropriate amount justice. You just have to experience it. I'm not a huge zombie fan, but I decided I was going to read the book before I saw the movie. I was absolutely blown away by this one.
I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too
The Perfect Version
This was a great listen, so many stars and so many characters. Max Brooks wrote a brilliant book with great description and great words and each word spoken by stars who made the work come alive
It is not the end of the world, but the start of recovery
An enjoyable version and one I am truly pleased to have heard and have in my library.
This book is narrated better than any other book I have heard. The various narrators make the story line very believable and draw you in.
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