Audie Award Finalist, 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
This ranks on my top 5 best audiobooks, the different actors/actresses really make this a great listen.
Haven't heard any others, unfortunately.
Very much so.
The description states this is an 'unabridged' reading, which I took to mean all the people who did the original reading, had come back to fill in the dialogue that got cut from the original. Unfortunately, this isn't the case. All that was done was new actors were brought in to read the chapters not included. Hopefully the site will change the wording.
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I'll keep this brief. Look at my previous review of the initial issue of this audiobook. This addition is what we should have heard from day one. Why this didn't happen is beyond me, but it's similar to looking at a director's cut of a movie you already love. You get further insight and pleasure out of the experience.
If you have been on the fence, and don't own the original version, get this NOW. Again, read my first review, and you'll see why.
Sorry, any more that I'll write on this is wasted. It's that good.
This has been, hands down, my worst audible experience and my first time having reviews removed from any site
The story was good, but not the one advertised during preorder.
Now that the missing 4-5 minutes of Chapter 3 have been restored and my previous (very whiny, I admit) comments have been scrubbed, I can do a proper job of reviewing this long-awaited edition of World War Z.
WWZ has a scope that is unlike any other zombie novel that I know of. It's true that we don't get to know any of the characters really well; the segments range from just a few minutes to an hour or so. But the overall effect of the dozens of different stories layered on top of one another--some political, some personal, many both--is to emphasize the world-wide nature of the crisis. I don't think any other zombie novel has accomplished this. I love that stories from around the world are lightly linked by repeated mentions of certain people, places, battles, policies, etc. I also love that the author has not spelled everything out for us or given us a full timeline. We get enough glimpses that we can put things together ourselves.
If you are looking for a typical zombie novel, with a group of survivors on the run, this may not be for you. But haven't you read enough of those already? Give this one a try.
As for performances, most are good. I admit that I don't have much of an ear for accents, but a few of them sound off, either wrong or just overdone. But the majority of the performances are solid and a few are stunning. The best of the lot, for me, are Mark Hamill as Todd Wainio, Frank Darabont as Roy Elliot, Alfred Molina as Terry Knox, Rob Reiner as "the Whacko", Becky Ann Baker as Christina Eliopolis, and Eamonn Walker as Xolelwa Azania.
(Another reviewer suggests that the accent chosen for the character of Xolelwa Azania is not appropriate. Without giving anything away...isn't that the twist that makes the story so good?)
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This is by far the worst Zombie book I have listened to. I just don't get what everyone else sees in this book. After the first couple of hours it was just boring to listen to the basically repetitive stories. The book was hardly entertaining. It's only saving grace was a stellar cast of narrators. I don't think anyone could complain about the narration, but for me, the end could not come soon enough.
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!
The only thing I do more than read is drive, so maybe I should start listening to audiobooks?
I loved the voice actors. This is my first audiobook in awhile and now I don't even know what to listen to now because it was so good and nothing will ever be the same now. All the characters were so alive! This was especially important because of the nature of the book. World War Z: an Oral History of the Zombie War is the full title, so naturally, the best way to read this book is via the audiobook. I have neither read the book or seen the movie, so unfortunately I don't know how it compares.
You know when you're in the car and you're trying to listen to the news but they're doing a special on the most boring thing you've ever heard of? This is the opposite of that. It's pretend journalism. So it's always interesting! And you may find yourself driving past your exit or running an extra mile (or two. extra fast. zombies are coming!) because you're so invested in the story.
Yes, but then I made myself stop and it made the world of the story a little harder to dive back into. I'm not sure if the book was actually this unbalanced, but I've always had a hard time with short stories because I like to follow one characters journey instead of stories of people who tell a bigger story...which is what this does. I think a one sitting listen might be a better way to listen to it.
Meh. Neither dissatisfied nor ecstatic.
No, but the multiple cast ensemble definitely contributes a great deal to this reading.
I enjoyed the book, and I liked the multiple voices. That being said, the style of the book itself, being multiple "news reports" after the fact covering the experiences of numerous people, left me ... unimpressed. I read zombie books because I want a character-driven story that places a small group of people right on the edge of survival/the apocalypse/a dystopian world. To me, the character development in this kind of story is vital, and that's one thing I found lacking.
It felt like you were listening to actual interviews due to the excellent performances.
Nice change of pace from your typical zombie story.
I would have if I could have...but that would have been a sizable time commitment
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Even though I don't particularly care for zombies, or apocalyptic scenarios, or war-related fiction, the all-star cast on this audiobook and some good reviews from friends made me pick it up. While it wasn't my favorite book ever because this just isn't my genre, I really enjoyed it. It was well-written and the premise of telling the story through interviews was interesting. The zombie references were often pleasantly creepy instead of just gross, which worked well for me, and the story was more about the people and the politics than it was about the zombies. Plus, the audio production was amazing. If you're a fan of this kind of fiction already, you'll love it, and maybe you'll love it even if you aren't.
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