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World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition) Audiobook

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

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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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    Dustin Sulphur, LA, United States 05-15-13
    Dustin Sulphur, LA, United States 05-15-13
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    "Now that it's been fixed, it's awesome."
    Would you listen to World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition) again? Why?

    Yeah, I've listened to the 2006 Abridged version several times now and I'm already on my second listen of this Complete Edition. The book is just fantastic zombie entertainment all over.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrations are all excellent and the story is a creative approach to the zombie apocalypse genre.


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

    Sure, if I had 12 hours to spend in a sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm so glad that Audible and Random House finally listened to the complaints from the fans and fixed the error. The missing audio (especially from the first zombie story) was just obnoxious. It's good to have a real Complete Edition.

    16 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Michael New Orleans, LA 07-28-13
    Michael New Orleans, LA 07-28-13 Member Since 2014
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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.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Review Fanatic Atlanta, Georgia 05-16-13
    Review Fanatic 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.

    32 of 50 people found this review helpful
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    D. Sullivan Southampton, MA 06-10-13
    D. Sullivan Southampton, MA 06-10-13 Listener Since 2009

    I'm That Guy

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    "Looking forward to the movie."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I know I'll take some heat for this, but I am looking forward to the movie. From what I see from the movie trailers, it is absolutely nothing like the book, but more what I like about zombie stories.
    By no means is it a bad story, hence the 3 rating. It just isn't what I look for in a zombie story, hence the 3 rating.
    I much prefer heart pounding, intense, heat of the moment, no-way-out, oh s#!* all is lost stories. Always better if I do not know if the characters are going to survive. Obviously in this "zombie documentary" they do because their the ones telling the stories post apocalypse.
    If you enjoy docudrama's, or are a die hard Zombie Fanatic it's a really nicely done book. But if you just want heart pounding action, chose something like the Day by Day Armageddon books. I enjoyed those immensely.


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    Weinberg Austin, TX, United States 05-22-13
    Weinberg Austin, TX, United States 05-22-13 Member Since 2016

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    "I've Spoken with Random House"
    What did you love best about World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition)?

    Here are the facts:

    1. Audible made a mistake and put "unabridged" next to the book's title. They admitted their mistake and offered me a refund (via email), which I declined. I'm sure they'll honor a refund to you as well.

    2. This edition is A) the first release (which did have some "in-chapter" edits) and B) a bunch of new stuff. That's why chapter 3, for example, is missing some passages: because they were missing in the first edition.

    3. Your complaints or requests for an unabridged version should go to Random House, for they are the producers of the audio book.

    4. Despite the (yes, very annoying) omissions, this new edition is simply excellent.

    5. #4 is an opinion. Not a fact.

    -- @scottEweinberg


    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Sykesville, MD, United States 05-14-13
    Timothy Sykesville, MD, United States 05-14-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Great book. It is a must have"
    What made the experience of listening to World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition) the most enjoyable?

    I can now enjoy the book in the car ride to work


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is a new way of telling a zombie story


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

    Yes it was


    Any additional comments?

    There seems to be a few tracks missing. Most notable the first story with the Chinese doctor between the doctors arrival at the village and him first seeming the young boy.

    17 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Ortiz Texas 05-29-13
    Matthew Ortiz Texas 05-29-13

    Dental hygienist, runner, avid reader, and best of all....a lover of music :)

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    "For those who week an engaging story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very much! World War Z not only has a strong stroyline, but the audiobook is a lengthy one - roughly 12 hours or so to keep its listeners plenty entertained. It can be quite difficult to simply review the audiobook without remnants of the story popping up in my review. But I must say, it was not easy to simply put this one down....not even for 5 minutes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator. As many fans of the book know, this story revolves around the narrator's encounter with various survivors of the post-apocalyptic zombie war. The survivors recount their experience with the undead and what measures were taken in order to survive. I very much enjoyed the narrator's interjections with questions I myself may have asked.


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

    I have not had the privilege to listen to Max Brooks in other stories.


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

    Yes. It was difficult to put this story down. As mentioned earlier, the story was not only engaging, but the voice performances were quite exceptional (although some accents seemed to be forced).


    Any additional comments?

    This edition of World War Z is one that I would not pass up. Audible recently updated this version to its entirety. I thank Audible for listening to its members! I don't want to discuss too much about the story...just experience it for yourself!

    A great addition to any zombie literature fan!!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Don Oakville, Ontario, Canada 07-04-13
    Don Oakville, Ontario, Canada 07-04-13
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    "I'm I the only non-paid person to read this?"

    Could not finish this drivel, this is some low grade, zombie boredom. I kept giving this book the "just one more chapter..." hope, but finally gave up at chapter 21. I got sucked in by all the five star reviews. I hope the movie is better, or is this whole title all a big marketing scam? Book = returned

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    Amazon Customer 07-05-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Should be titled "the almost-complete edition""

    I loved the all-star cast narration but why did they make another abridged edition. They were so close.

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    Kent Springfield, VA, United States 06-27-16
    Kent Springfield, VA, United States 06-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Choose wisely!"

    I've now read the book, and (in this case) listened to the ABRIDGED audiobook. And, starting tomorrow (when it's released [14May13]), I will also listen to the UNabridged audiobook version (probably just the different parts!). In the two cases so far - I am constantly in awe of Max Brooks' ability to seamlessly stitch the plot together...giving you just enough information so you understand a snippet of the story - but not too much! - then fusing that vague element into the next "interview" story, where it gains greater clarity. I hate to use the word "masterful"...but it's pretty damn well-done!!! Anyway - I love how this book is about Zombies (Z's, Zeds, G's, The Undead, Zacks)...Duh!...but really NOT about them. Insert the plague, or catastrophe, or paradigm-altering event of your choice, and this same sort of mental and physical exercise would play out pretty much as Max has outlined! Well done! Now, I need to read "The Zombie Survival Guide" so I know exactly how to us the "Lobo" tool to it's greatest effect!
    ADDENDUM: I have now finished the LESS-Abridged (newest/movie tie-in) version [It still has a little of the original text missing, so can not honestly be called UNabridged!] The parts that were added back from the original Abridged version were (mostly) AMAZING! How cool is it to have Frank Darabont (Exec.Producer for Pilot and Season 1 of "The Walking Dead") narrate the part of a film producer that makes a zombie war propaganda piece!!!???!!! PFCool!!! With the exception of the Ric Young part (the actor's voice is too slow and over-ennunciated) the new parts were phenominal! It really added back the missing impact that the original book had, and with some great voice talent! Great book! And, if you opt for the audiobook - go for the "Movie Tie-in" version released in 2013 (vs. the 2006 Abridged version).

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "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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