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
Great story. Good performances. Not directed or edited well, there are missed edits where audio needed to be trimmed. I wish the readers sounded more natural. Definitely worth the money.
I had the original abridged cast version for ages, and it's been comfort listening (if a program about the near end of the world due to a zombie apocalypse could be considered comforting) for years.
I saw an interview with Max Brooks recently, and was actually looking for something different when I came across this. At first, I thought about just getting the supplementary version, but went ahead and used a credit to get this version.
I am SO glad I did. Having it all seamlessly intertwined made for a whole new appreciation for this wonderful book.
Now if Max would just get around to writing an oral history of how we survived an alien invasion .....
Truly, this edition is something to remember. Such a varied and experienced cast is very rarely seen in fiction, but when it comes together as it does in World War Z, it is something to be revered and remembered. An excellent book that I am glad to have in my collection.
LOVE. THIS. BOOK.
There are so many moments where I was gripping the edge of my seat the entire time. I can;t give a specific moment without ruining anything either.
I can't pick just one, sorry.
Many moments made me think, which I like for a book to do.
If you hated the movie, read this. If you loved the movie, read this. I have to admit, this was my first zombie genre read. I've tried another few books in the genre that don't hold a candle to this one. The "hype" is real in my opinion.
Fantastic cast. I could break away from it. the use of so many voices gave it all the best characteristics of a move while maintaining the mystery and detail of a book. very well done.
The way it was written like a documentary and the research behind it. Brooks really went all out to find the solutions mankind would have to zombies as well as mankind's reluctance to battle a fictional disease. I don't want to give it all away, but he writes it in a way that you can see it happening in real life.
The Phalanx guy. He's such an a-hole, but I love his reasoning to why he did what he did.
You really felt the emotion. One particular chapter that was much better was the regressed woman that spoke like a child. My jaw was on the floor when I first heard it. It's nothing like reading it.
When the general dies after almost killing his son and then having to nuke his own country. I love that it wasn't gratuitous with violence and that it was subtle. He just sits in his chair and dies; that's it.
If you buy this book thinking "it's like the movie" you are wrong. The book was created with hopes of being based on the book, but it ended being an original story. The zombies don't move the same way, the characters are different, the locations are different, the solutions are different, the entire story is 100% different.
THIS IS NOT THE MOVIE!
Gerry Lane does not exist!
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.
World War Z is not going to go down in history as a literary classic, but it is no less worth a read for it. Sometimes, as with movies, a book is just entertaining without having any deeper meaning message. As books go, it is the literary equivalent to a 'popcorn movie,' the likes of which often get panned by the critics, but end up grossing half a billion at the box office. That is to say, its a fun read that requires little investment on the part of our brains.
Adding to the fun (and 'popcorn movie' feeling), are the performances of the all-star cast of well known Hollywood personalities. Part of the fun of this book is just figuring out which actor is portraying each character as the story progresses (some are instantly recognizable). Still some of the performances are just plain good, and believable regardless of who played them. Dare I say that I actually really enjoyed Mark Hamill's performance which appears toward the end. He has made a decent career for himself doing voice-over work (the Joker anyone?) so it comes as no surprise.
Before selecting this book, I had read some rather harsh reviews by others regarding the abridged nature of the book, and how it is missing sections. Some even indicated that the book did not make any sense as a result of the missing parts. Perhaps those people have their reasons if they have read the original (non-movie tie-in) edition. However, I can tell you that for me - a person that has not seen the movie nor read the original book - it was just fine for me. The story is written as a series of interviews between the main character (a journalist who is portrayed in the audio version by the real life author) and various 'survivors' of the Zombie War. So I am not entirely certain what difference those missing parts would have made. Long story short, what you don't know won't hurt you.
Of course, with any book, some segments that are better than others, and while some are very engaging and occasionally even tension-filled, others are more mundane and forgettable. Still, the beauty of this book is you need only wait a short while before you are whisked off to the next interview and a brand new story line. So in that regard, the story movies along at a nice pace.
In short, if you are a fan of zombies or post-apocalyptic survival stories, you'll enjoy this book and the entertaining performances of its cast. If you are not a fan of those themes, then you probably not even reading this review.
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