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
Boring, slow made up history of zombies. Yawn.
Just not what I was expecting. Now don't even want to see the movie.
M. E. Bowles
Someone in need of fire starter or outhouse supplies.
If looking for something better than this book maybe billboards.
So what is the refund policy?
Possibly. I just couldn't get into any of the tales. I thought most were disjointed and boring.
It's certainly a unique way to look at the zombie apocalypse, but most of the stories just didn't hold my interest. I didn't make it half way through the book. Perhaps I will try again someday....
More action, present the various stories in the present tense or at least less passive way. How many different times did I have to listen to some actor say something like, "how could we have missed the signs."
The way the story was told was so disjointed that it wasn't really even a story or a usable "history" of the Z war, it felt like a collection of very lame short stories about what certain cultures/political groups might do if confronted with zombies. The treatment of every political group was at maximum cynicism.
No. No more Max Brooks
Deep disappointment. Especially in light of the reporting around the movie where the author was concerned about his vision being maintained. No one could make an interesting movie out of this.
An oral history of a fictitious event. Every time you get invested in a character, they disappear. Disjointed. I just hated it. Waste of money. No real story here.
Don't waste your money.
The story was told from the vantage point of every kind of cliched cartoon character you could contrive. The ex-army guy, the pts girl, the callous hollywood body guard, the scientist. No seemingly regular people with a compelling story to tell; all ridiculously "compelling" people who just happen to have a zombie story to tell.
Over the top performances. WAY over the top. The performances, the great many of them, were over forced.
The teen who was mentally 3 because of post traumatic stress. The hollywood body gaurd. The callous soldier always swearing and still wearing his swagger. I hated them all.
skip this. May be an instance where the book is worse than the movie. I can't believe this was a best seller. Worst best seller I ever read.
The actors was definately the only good thing
The story was incredibly boring i wish i could get a refund. Disappointed
Save your money, Don't get this book
I should have read into it more. It's a series of interviews...one out of five of which was interesting enough to keep me from wandering off in my head to the chores that I needed to do. I was so ready for it to end.
I had no issues with the way it was written, or even the narrators. It was just very dull.
Ten minutes into a character's story and then onto another character to get a different perspective. Just one after another, after another, after another for the hour and a half I listened to it. Couldn't stand the thought of it continuing. Didn't want to keep listening to see if it did.
The narrator did a fine enough job.
I wanted to read this before the movie is released. All I can say is, I hope the movie is better than the book. I have read lots of Zombie books (Day by Day Armageddon was the best) and I just did not enjoy WWZ. In my opinion it was just too disjointed, just a collection of short stories with a common theme. There was no character development, no sense of drama, nothing to bring the reader into the story.
The only thing I took away from the book was the desire to explore the theme of military logistics as applied to zombie warfare. WWZ touches on how the military needed to adapt to zombie fighting but does not really explore the options. A full length zombie novel told from the military leadership point of view would be an interesting read.
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