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
The movie was okay, but I thought this was more interesting than the action packed Brad Pitt thriller. The book is more like a documentary that happens after the apocalypse. Full all-star cast really helps you visualize the play out.
The story is great. Some reviews say Max's "interviewer" voice was too upbeat. I disagree -- that's Max.
A few of the actors come off as if they are reading the script "cold". Others pull off the natural conversation of an interview. You could almost tell which ones Max was working in studio with and which ones were recorded separately.
Anyway, everyone's a critic. It's a great book with some great voices and I'm glad I got to experience it on a long road trip.
I really liked the story and the means in which it was told, but I think that it just went in for too long. The formula was replayed what seemed to be 30+ times and while the readers did a fabulous job, it seemed like it was repeating itself in form but not content. I found myself wanting to take breaks, which is not normal for my listening habits.
great book . if you like zombies this is it. the different characters give it a sense of realism , like you're actually listening to accounts of a real event .
After reading the various reviews that discuss the fact that this book, while listed as the "Complete Edition" is also listed as Abridged (which are two things that can not, by my reckoning, both be simultaneously true), I struggled with whether or not to buy this audiobook.Oh my dear gods am I glad I did! As an experience, this rocked. I work as a sign waiver for a restaurant, and the shifts are oft spent reading audio book, and the days I had this one rolling through me head were fabulous. At some point down the line, I'll definitely want to grab a copy of the paper back or hard back and read it with my eyes, knowing that there might be a few bits here and there that I didn't read with my ears.
I now have a deeper understanding of why so many people were disappointed with the movie version of this. While the Brad Pitt movie is a decent flick, the complexity of this story and the scope are so much more wide and varied. It's something that'd be better adapted as a mini series with a couple dozen episodes, rather than as a theatrical flick.
My one minor gripe, is that it feels a bit convenient that the narrator was able to track down so many people that could pick up from the details of a previous chapter. In a post war world like that, the idea that so many of the people who could shape the beginning and spread of the zombie would end up surviving the decade or so of zombie uprising stretches the suspension of disbelief for me by a little bit.
It seems like Brooks is splitting the difference between wanting to tell a set of related short stories, and wanting to tell one long story that has a beginning, middle and end. It's almost like the opposite of Stephen King's The Stand, which has a long sweeping narrative, that happens to also feel like it contains a bunch of related short stories.
The voice cast on this book is super freaking awesome by the way. The names of guys like Martin Scorsese, Henry Rollins and others are part of what pushed me over the top on buying this, along with a friend who's read the book saying "Go for it."
I have read this book before in paperback and it remains one of the best books I've ever read. I can't recommend out enough.
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