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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Very interesting and well thought out story about post war life on Zombie earth. Pretty cool how its told from the point of view of various men and women from around the world and their experiences during the outbreak and life afterwards. Makes me think the movie was a different book max brooks was working on all together.
After listening to this performance by the huge cast, I cannot imagine how boring it would be to read. My imagination just wouldn't have done it the justice. I highly recommend this creative, and different take on a zombie apocalypse.
If you didn't like the movie, it doesn't matter. The only similarity is the title.
Without hesitation or remorse. A rich story enhanced a thousand fold by a brilliant cast of narrators. A bargain as thrice the price.
The story alone, can stand by itself. The addition of narrators brings a depth to the telling you can enjoy in the comfort of your car and STILL get drawn in.
I enjoyed the professional "performance" of this book. Because of the style of the writing of this book, it lends itself very well to having multiple readers. It is done in "interview" style which creates a quality presentation of the "history" of the time the Zombies arose and attacked humanity.
I did enjoy a unique approach to the saturated zombie library. However, the interviews seemed to be rather repeats of the others. Each interview talks about how everyone panics, they blame, they close with a little acceptance.
If you enjoy the zombie theme, this will probably appeal to you. However, if you've been saturated, then you can move on to another genre.
I wasn't sold on this book upon reading it. As a book, it felt disjointed and forced. but as an audiobook, it truly shines. Listening to fantastic actors and readers play each interviewee felt like listening to real interviews on NPR rather than a novel and immerses the listener in a way most books cannot.
The accounts of many, many different characters presented as interviews made World War Z a perfect option for an audiobook. It is fantastic that so much effort was made to bring together all these fantastic actors to give different personalities to the characters.
Like many Audible users, I'm sure, I frequently enjoy audiobooks because I like to hear the story rather than just read it. I often feel like that's a more natural way to experience it. But few other books have made the transition to audio as flawlessly as this one. Other than a few instances when the interviewer notes something about the way the character is speaking, listening to this feels like real survivor accounts. I highly recommend it.
"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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