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World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War | [Max Brooks]

World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War

World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, featuring 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. 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!
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Michael New Orleans, LA 07-28-13
    Michael New Orleans, LA 07-28-13 Member Since 2006
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    "An Add-On To An Already Solid Listening Experience"

    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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Tommy NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States 05-29-13
    Tommy NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States 05-29-13 Member Since 2012

    I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.

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    "More than I ever expected"

    Let me start with the fact that I really am not interested in most zombie stories, I think that they are usually nothing more than mindless gore. This, on the other hand, was done well. The story is put together in a way to make it very interesting and (somewhat) believable. The cast of narrators did a great job and I have to say that I truly enjoyed the book.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia S 08-15-13
    Patricia S 08-15-13
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    "Too plot-driven for my taste"
    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Meh. Neither dissatisfied nor ecstatic.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but the multiple cast ensemble definitely contributes a great deal to this reading.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Annie Toronto 05-15-13
    Annie Toronto 05-15-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Finally!"

    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?)

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lebora Atlanta, Georgia 05-16-13
    Lebora Atlanta, Georgia 05-16-13
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    "Still Disappointed"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    27 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    Marty 06-16-14
    Marty 06-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Oh, So This Is What the Movie Could Have Been?"

    It's really a shame that the movie of the same name may lead some people to ignore the book or Audible book, because this is a TREMENDOUS audiobook that you can get truly lost in.

    Very well narrated, enjoyable but still poop-your-pants-intense. Maybe don't listen to it at work though like I did. A few times I was so engrossed in a story that someone touched my shoulder to get my attention and I nearly screamed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Calliope 05-24-14
    Calliope 05-24-14
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    "Collection of vignettes that all tie together"

    This is a unique way to write a story, and I've seen it done very rarely but I do enjoy it when it happens........it's a collection of vignettes that focus on a single place and person, but when wound together in your mind they together make up an interesting picture of what's going on (or, in this case, what has gone on in the past). There is no real linear progression and no specific plot; instead the reader or listener gets to learn about the event from different perspectives in the experiences of different people in different situations all over the world who together share one characteristic: they survived the global war against the zombies.

    This is a zombie story, but it's not really about the zombies - it's really about the global reaction and action to a deadly contagion that had not ever been imagined, let alone prepared for. Because it's done as a series of interviews, it's perfectly set for an audio production, and the narration (by over three dozen actors) is terrific - in fact, they do a great job of imparting a feeling for a character even though they may speak for no more than 10 or 15 minutes and everything takes place in the past. Actually, I think it's the fact that these are memories and not real-life events that make their stories that much more poignant. Sometimes a book that is a recollection of past events can be stale and uninteresting, but because these are experiences of a war rather than simply telling a past tale, they maintain their emotion and energy.

    This turned out to be one of my top audiobook experiences so far.

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    Amazonaholic Austin, Tejas 12-17-13
    Amazonaholic Austin, Tejas 12-17-13
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    "Don't skip it because it's "Abridged""
    What other book might you compare World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition) to and why?

    This has the feel of the War of the Worlds radio-cast because of the way it is presented as a documentary.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jana 09-18-13
    Jana 09-18-13 Member Since 2013

    The only thing I do more than read is drive, so maybe I should start listening to audiobooks?

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    "Better than the Real News"
    What did you love best about World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition)?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Cincinnati, OH, United States 08-07-13
    Greg Cincinnati, OH, United States 08-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "The Perfect Book for an Audiobook"
    What did you love best about World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition)?

    It felt like you were listening to actual interviews due to the excellent performances.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Nice change of pace from your typical zombie story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have if I could have...but that would have been a sizable time commitment


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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