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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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    Christopher CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, United States 06-04-13
    Christopher CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, United States 06-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Unique and Intriguing"
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    Unique way to piece together the interviews and then hearing about tie-ins to each of the other peoples experiences.

    1 of 2 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 6 people found this review helpful
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    Roger Ontario, Canada 01-20-14
    Roger Ontario, Canada 01-20-14 Member Since 2016

    If you always have a book with you...

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    "I don't know why so many people liked it."

    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.

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    Don Oakville, Ontario, Canada 07-04-13
    Don Oakville, Ontario, Canada 07-04-13 Member Since 2016
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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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    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 5 people found this review helpful
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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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    Amazon Customer 03-05-16
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    "Henry Rollins Rules"

    I said it in the title and will say it again. Henry Rollins Rules. Enough said.

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    Matthew Chan 09-02-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Abridged, but wonderfully read. Would recommend."

    Excellent book, excellent reading. Unfortunately, abridged. Would still recommend for people to read. Buy it!

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    pepe 04-16-15
    pepe 04-16-15
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    "third time i listen to it."

    i havent had the chance to read the actual phisical copy of the book yet and i hear this is an abridged version. i dont k ow what or how much is missing.
    having said that... this is a very rare kind of book where i am sure the audiobook is better than the original printed version because of the format it has.
    its a reporter interviewing people wmthat survived the war.
    that makes it ideal for audio and god damn do the actors deliver... i specialy loved the todd (mark hamil) parts. he makes me be right there in the action. in the middle of it all.
    every one else was spot on as well though.
    this has quicly become one of my favorite books period...
    it realy is word listening.

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    Marty 06-16-14
    Marty 06-16-14
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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 3 people found this review helpful

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