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
World War Z is an exemplary piece of an ensemble cast story with excellent choices for voice actors. The story itself is a compelling and startlingly realistic vision of the how life might play out if some bizarre circumstance set forth the reanimation of the dead. There is also an excellent social commentary about modern first world and third world cultures. One could even go so far as to speculate that the Zombies represent the vast majority of our species in that we consume and consume, blindly devouring the thinkers, producers and creators for the purpose of our own insatiable hungry to devour merely because its there to take and often with no more effort than a shuffle stepping zombie. Ever see a long line at the apple store.. or how about a black friday sale? Other questions? do the zombies represent that lazy of our cultures? People who gain money, food or whatever they seek without working to earn it? Those who do not produce, only consume? Are these zombies like the people who mindless follow the call of one to another and, like lemmings, follow along with whatever the other zombies does? Lots of interesting social parallels and generally a fun book for a long cold nights drive.
I have 4 Audible accounts and my wife thinks I may have a problem.
Its ranks pretty pretty high.
If you have seen the movie then you should get this book. Its completely different. In a good way.
I haven't read the print version, so I honestly couldn't say, although this is an unabridged copy so am I really missing anything?
The fact that this book was capable of legitimately making me cry over the plight of people who don't exist. It's not easy, evoking that kind of emotion, even for real people, with just words on a page or even the spoken word.
Well, in the book, you need to create your own emotional tone for what you're reading based on the limited information that the print can convey. You don't need to do that for the audio version, the emotion is there, in the actor's performance. Some fall a little flat but it makes sense that they do, this is an after-action report to an apocalyptic war, some people will no doubt have turned inward and suppressed their emotions just too emotionally survive the sort of things they witnessed.
I did listen to it in one sitting, twice.
Kept my interest well and the performances were generally excellent, though there were a couple that were over acted to Shatner levels and these stood out.
Thought provoking and well written for the most part.
This will probably be in my top ten audio book rotation.
Yes it was so well done.
The entire casts of characters was great
Laugh a few times
The real world is nicely incorporated into World War Z.
Favorites include Alan Alda and his Distress stories, the Castles of the Zombie wars-they really do exist. Most memorable and the scenes that stay with me include: the Queen of England opening her castles to those that could reach and defend them (the use of the word duration was powerful)-the Castles of the Zombie wars do exist: South Africa and Mandiba-what can I say it was powerful; Maisie, Pongo, Perdita, and Darnell (even the dogs had a story and Common told that story beautifully). Most haunting goes to Nathan Fillion and his Canadian soldier Mackey
each story was told by a different individual, so not sure this applies
Absolutely and I will listen it to it many many times
I love this book and recommend the complete unabridged to anyone who enjoys a great alternative history book.
This has the feel of the War of the Worlds radio-cast because of the way it is presented as a documentary.
I normally skip over abridged books, but I"m glad I listened to the reviews and gave this a chance.Because it is presented as a number of NPR-like interviews with survivors, they can cut out some sections without making the story hard to follow. It is a number of different viewpoints of the events surrounding the Z war.I am really surprised how much I like it. The narrator/interviewer has a familiar sounding voice -- I wonder if he may actually be an NPR reporter. And having a different reader for each character interviewed helps to sustain the feeling of real interviews.I have never read the book - only seen the movie, but I can say that it does not feel disjointed at all. I have no qualms about recommending this book -- even to the movie haters!
I would. I feel like I would pay attention to different things the second time and gain more insight into the story.
Even though I typically prefer stories where I connect with 1 character, I felt connected to each and every short story. Like each person was a different aspect a possibility of how I or people I know would react.
Every character was so different and wonderful. I really felt like they were those people!
When one of the characters (a young girl that was mentally damaged by the traumatic events) describes her mother deciding to kill her to save her the pain and torment. I was running at the time and I was so choked up I had to stop.
I am so happy I purchased this audio book. It was my main motivation for getting out to run every day. "Oh I have to go run so I can hear the next part of the book!"
I would Highly recommend this book to anyone
The use of voice actors to portray the people being interviewed really took this book to the next level. It brought a sense of realism and depth that made me feel as though I were listening to the people who "lived" the experiences, rather than just one person reading the accounts. The actors did a great job of infusing the emotion and inflection necessary to keep me enrapt in the story. Even though I had already read the book, it was fascinating to hear it told as the author had intended
No, this was the first one
I normally listen to audiobooks in my car. This book was so compelling and captivating that I found myself extending my drives, or just sitting in my car after I had reached my destination, just so that I could continue listening.
Max Brooks can arguably be called the foremost expert in the zombie genre, and this books did a remarkable job of combining both the elements of a horror story and the compelling drama of the survival of the human race as well as our basic humanity. The stories collected and printed in this book make it easy to lose yourself and believe that you are not reading a fiction, but the accounts of a catastrophe that nearly ended our world. I couldn't recommend this book any higher. If you've never read or heard it and you are a fan of the living dead, waste no more time and buy this book!
The use of a variety of well-known actors added to the depth of the book. Each actor was able to delve into their character and embody their narrative.
The moment where the Japanese kid is so disconnected from the rest of the world that he doens't even realize his parents have fled the apartment. He has to climb out the window of his skyscraper apartment, but has never used his muscles for athletic purposes because his entire life is lived online. He has no genuine human-to-human interaction...and therefore, he somewhat realizes that he is less than human - even if more than a zombie.
Alan Alda is no stranger to social criticism through the lens of a war story. His role as Arthur Sinclair Junior stood out as particularly brilliant.
It takes a lot to make me cringe or stand in awe. There were numerous points in this book where it elicited those precise reactions.
Like all great zombie narratives, this book was really about the inhuamanity of humanity. While the monsters dominated the landscape, they were never the focal-point of the story. The story was always, in each piece, about how humanity uses, abuses, destroys, and is destroyed by itself. The thing that separates humanity from the zombies is that 'human element,' as the author notes at the beginning. But throughout the book, he works hard to show that the human element all but disappears at our worst moments - leaving us with little distinction between ourselves and the monsters. Social criticism and monster movies belong together like Nicholas Sparks and lots of crying.
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