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World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War | [Max Brooks]

World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War

World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, featuring 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. 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!
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Chad Steven Vardas USA 10-30-13 Member Since 2011

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    "I immerse in a book good premise bad delivery"
    What disappointed you about World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition)?

    Too many character hard plot too follow if you can call it a plot


    What was most disappointing about Max Brooks’s story?

    The ending didn't deliver you felt like the story didn't go far enough deep enough


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    Too many narrators they were all good but too many voices and each we're multiple characters


    What character would you cut from World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition)?

    I would have cut not the characters but just narrators they were on different levels as far reading and giving life to the story it was distracting changing from someone who reads and gives voice to someone who does not.


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    Steph United States 10-22-13
    Steph United States 10-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Masterfully written. Please, can I have some more?"

    World War Z is not your run of the mill zombie novel. Max Brooks takes you into the perspective of a reporter who interviews various military and political leaders, soldiers, regular people, and feral children. This gives you a broad picture of what an impact the zombie plague had on the world population. It takes on a realistic flavor rather than the fantastic. Normally, I am not a fan of short story compilations but the way the stories tie into one another it does not feel disconnected or separate.

    The narration of World War Z is nothing short of amazing. Each piece is told by skilled actors. The combination of the strong writing with the masterful narration evokes a powerful emotional response. There is a section that discusses a military unit that has a dog and a soldier partnered. This section caused me to tear up a bit. I am not usually one to cry.

    I was wary to purchase this and it sat in my wish list for a long time. I don't get abridged books but after reading the reviews by those who had read the book and listened to this version I learned the audio problems have been rectified, missing sections have been added, and the parts cut out are minimal and do not effect the story. I will probably still read the book but I wouldn't miss out on this narration. It truly is amazing.

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    John Centreville, VA, United States 10-21-13
    John Centreville, VA, United States 10-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Great Listen"
    If you could sum up World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition) in three words, what would they be?

    Glad it's fiction


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was excellent. The story was creative and told in a very unique way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Veronica CANYON LAKE, CA, United States 10-20-13
    Veronica CANYON LAKE, CA, United States 10-20-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Thought-provoking and poignant"

    I enjoyed both versions of this book a lot and there are so many reasons why, I'm not sure I'll be able to enumerate them all.
    The narration, for the most part, is top notch and the actors they chose were excellent. Each one brought a certain gravitas to their reading and each injected the emotion that I would expect if I were interviewing someone about a disaster such as World War Z. In particular, the stories behind the effort in the US to create the safe zones, the Battle of Yonkers, the flight to the Himalayas, the report of the Canadian Soldier and the Australian space-walker were some of the most informative. The most heart-wrenching, however, was the interview with the feral child. The actress deserves every award that is possible for this kind of voice-acting; I really believed, for the duration of her interview, that I was hearing about something that had actually taken place. I know that a lot of that was Brooks's writing, he was able to portray in words the experience of a child and keep it in the child-like tone and diction. That is difficult for an author, but he manages beautifully. A lot of the credit, however, goes to the actress.
    The politics involved were also interesting to listen to, especially when the Allied Commander is talking about WHY the US nearly lost the war and it hits you in the gut when you realize that he is talking about America's reactions right now. Everything that he talks about is exactly the way that it is right now, both in the armed forces and with the country at large and it is frightening to think that we could be so vulnerable.
    Totally worth the money to purchase. Buy it. Now.

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    michael 10-15-13
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    "Interesting take on an old cliche"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It has many very talented voice actors. The POV is definitely a great gimmick for this book.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed trying to identify the voice to the actor. It has a very eclectic cast. (I liked Alan Alda)


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This was a book I looked forward to hearing on my two hour commutes to work...


    Any additional comments?

    It is not too scary. Some of the problems encountered by the zombies and humans are interesting to consider.

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    Stacey Collar 10-15-13

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    "it's not just a zombie book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Most definitely! It may have started out a little slow, but before long I found myself organizing my schedule so I could continue listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author is so knowledgeable about so many things. Not just weapons and war strategy, but human emotion, both good and bad. Unlike so many zombie books that focus on one area, one city, Mr. Brooks takes on the whole world! Canada, Russia, India, Germany, China, South Africa, ect. He made it believable how the zombie war would play out in other areas. Then lets throw in the air shuttles and underwater missions. I wanted more!


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Each character in the book has their own reader, which made you had to get used to each of them. The beginning ones may have been a little hard to understand, but once I listened to the book again, I had no problem understanding.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were so many, I could probably pick one from each story, but I can't stop thinking of the young girl sounding like the sirens and moaning zombies.


    Any additional comments?

    Because this was abridged, I got the book from the library. Since I have a young child, reading an actual book is a luxury. I got half way through and didn't notice much difference. A conversation here and a paragraph there. Nothing that stood out. I absolutely loved this book and was thinking that I missed some of the characters stories or whole characters were removed. Nope. I guess I was just hoping for another book of short stories.

    Also the movie, be it a good zombie movie, only shares the title and the Israeli quarantine. Nothing else stands out.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Erica Tyler, TX, United States 09-24-13
    Erica Tyler, TX, United States 09-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book for Joey"
    Where does World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the first ever audio book I've downloaded from Audible, so number one I guess.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really like the narrator because he is a common thread throughout the story.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    There are so many different voices and stories that its hard to say. The narrator is the only voice you really get to know.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, there was a part of the book told from a small child's perspective and that really got to me.


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    GG 09-19-13
    GG 09-19-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Anything to do with Zombies I'm on it!!!"
    What did you love best about World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition)?

    The details were very graphic! So you can get a better feel for what the atmosphere was like even down to the smells and sounds.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Not what I expected!


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I think just listening to the emotions of people and them describing what had happend to them personally.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to see the movie now!

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    Diana 09-18-13
    Diana 09-18-13
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    "GREAT BOOK"

    I cannot imagine reading this book in the traditional way - the different voices added so much to this book! I haven't seen the movie and honestly don't want to now that I have heard that they strayed so far from this incredible story. Wish I could give it more stars!!!

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    Edwin SALISBURY, NC, United States 09-16-13
    Edwin SALISBURY, NC, United States 09-16-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Extremely Interesting and Well Thought"
    Would you listen to World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition) again? Why?

    Not really. This book contained very little action and was definately something worth reading or listening to, but I don't see it being worth coming back to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The way this book is written, it is hard to get to know the characters. The only person you actually get a lot of time with, is the main narrator/interviewer, but even then he doesn't really talk much.


    What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

    There were many narrators. I did enjoy how there was 1 voice per character. I think it would greatly help in other books to do this as well. 1 narrator can only make so many voices. Multiple narrators give the book different dimensions to it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wanted to finish it to see how the underlying story develops. I could have waited to listen to it next time i was available.


    Any additional comments?

    Love the author and his work. Although fictional, this book makes you almost beleive that the zombie apocalypse is here and possible.

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