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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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    Doug - Audible 03-31-15 Member Since 2014

    Audible Editor. Book lover. Would-be writer and musician. Fun uncle.

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    "Meant for Audio"

    While last year's film adaption of World War Z had a few thrilling moments, it was still a pale, hollywoodized interpretation compared to Max Brooks' original vision of a world brought to the brink of total collapse. Inspired as much by the work of Studs Terkel as the zombie flicks of George A. Romero, the fact that the book is, as the subtitle notes, "An Oral History" cannot be emphasized enough. And it is this format, personal accounts as told to an interviewer, which makes World War Z a perfect story to tell in audiobook form. With military destruction and social upheaval occurring at a global level, a full cast (including Alan Alda, John Turturro, Simon Pegg and Martin Scorsese) allows listeners to hear the voices affected by the zombie apocalypse; to sit with their stories and reflect on the fragility of our own political and societal institutions.

    7 of 11 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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    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.

    34 of 56 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 12 people found this review helpful
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    T. Fila Baltimore, MD 05-14-13
    T. Fila Baltimore, MD 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 31 people found this review helpful
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    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 06-14-16
    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 06-14-16 Member Since 2014

    I listen to something educational on my way to work to wake myself up, and listen to a page-turner on my way home to stay alert on the road!

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    "Global Pandemic Travelogue"

    On one hand, this book deserves five stars across the board for sheer ingenuity and chutzpah, not to mention the colossal achievement of a single cohesive work of fiction in which so many countries, races, ethnicities and cultures are represented. And all performed by the most incredibly talented and diverse multicast in Audible history! This stunning diversity gives it the ring of truth, so much so that if you change "zombies" to "zika (or other) virus" in your head, this reads/sounds like an almost realistic post-pandemic, planetary interview series.

    And therein lies the first of Z's two flaws worthy of mention: It's too true-sounding and too humorless (even with Carl Reiner, Alan Alda, Rob Reiner, and Martin Scorcese all doing their damnedest to inject a little funny during their sections) to work as a page-turner. After awhile I just got burned out on hour after hour of the horror of the traumatized survivors and their unrelenting PTSD and sadness, even with the frequent changes in country, scene and amazing speaker, and had to pause the book frequently and intersperse my Z-chapters with chapters of another book containing at least a modicum of humor. The book is just that realistic.

    Except when it isn't. And unfortunately, those times consist 100% of Max Brooks, the author (who clumsily and completely unconvincingly plays the Interviewer), every time he interrupts one of these amazing monologues with an unrealistic-sounding and unnecessary question. He should have just let this work stand as an artful series of monologues (which is what they 99% are, even in this occasionally-interrupted format), with no interviewer, and maybe just a realistic-sounding journalist or documentary-style commentator (think Edward Hermann, Morgan Freeman, or David McCullough*) to introduce transitions between speakers/locations. That would have made it nearly a five-star listen.

    *No female narrators need apply; this book, amazing as it is, is nevertheless a dude fest that fails the Bechdel test pretty miserably.

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    Garrett 05-24-17
    Garrett 05-24-17 Member Since 2015
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    "excellent voice work"

    Interesting stories and the change of narrators make for a strong character identity. I think I enjoyed the otaku character the most because of how out of touch he was.

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    Jessie 05-23-17
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    loved this book. some stories hit got better than other. But overall such a great addicting story.

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    It's not even an accurate accent read by person of that language. It's just a caricature. So embarrassing.

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    "Amazing voice cast"

    Had read previously, but due to the voice-cast I had to listen. Worth every cent.

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    deadendpro 05-23-17
    deadendpro 05-23-17 Member Since 2017

    i read slow..

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    "Second time around and still SO GOOD!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to anyone who is at all interested in zombies, a dystopian reality, the human condition, or anyone who really likes well put together narrative in bite sized pieces. There is very little that could be done to make this audiobook better, and I would go so far as to say that it is the perfect duration.


    What other book might you compare World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition) to and why?

    This is a star-studded cast of individuals who compose this work. If you compare it to anything, it would be to that of a mockumentary where everyone is damn convincing.


    Any additional comments?

    If you liked the movie or especially if you did not like the movie, you are going to love the audiobook. It creates a story and paints a picture in such great detail that I cannot help but think that it was an injustice to make it a feature film. I pray that one day HBO will take up the cause and turn this book into a miniseries. We can all dream.

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