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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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    Christian E. Senftleben 11-27-16

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    "Top Shelf Story, Top Shelf Production!"

    This is an amazing book that really lends itself to the audio format. The voice actors play their part and really add a creepy-awesome layer of reality to the whole thing!

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    claws at dawn 11-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Night and day better than the movie."

    Where the movie is just another zombie-plague thrill ride, the book it took its name from is a careful, casual journey from one end of events to the other.

    As a retrospective on the events of the zombie war, World War Z is set up as a series of interviews with the people who were instrumental in (or key witness to) the major events of the zombie crisis, and their stories are told with the heart and soul of true survivors. The book is remarkable because of its insightful and realistic speculation into the large-scale reactions of countries around the world as events unfold.

    The audiobook version is absolutely astounding, in its full cast of big-name narrators, and the entire project comes away with the feel of a Ken Burns style multi-part documentary into the most important event in human history.

    I'm not the kind of person who re-reads many books, because I have a huge list of books yet to read, but I listened to this one twice in a row. It's that gripping.

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    Stan Collins 10-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Best Audiobook Ever"

    I had already "physically" read this book, but the audiobook might be better. Great character acting (except a few), but Most of them kill it (Mark Hamill especially!).
    If you like zombies, must read.
    If you couldn't care less about zombies but like any of the following genres: historical fiction, drama, military strategy...must read!

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    Sully Southampton, MA 06-10-13
    Sully Southampton, MA 06-10-13 Listener Since 2009

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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.<br/>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.<br/>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. <br/>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

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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:<br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>3. Your complaints or requests for an unabridged version should go to Random House, for they are the producers of the audio book.<br/><br/>4. Despite the (yes, very annoying) omissions, this new edition is simply excellent.<br/><br/>5. #4 is an opinion. Not a fact.<br/><br/>-- @scottEweinberg<br/><br/>


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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!<br/><br/>A great addition to any zombie literature fan!!

    3 of 7 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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    Steven Buman 06-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great listening"

    It does take on a 'history' feel with the way the stories are told. Not to say that it is dusty and laborious to go through but it does seem real as if these are actual stories from actual people that lived through the zombie apocalypse.
    Remember that apocalypse does not mean an end but revelation.

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    Sidney Anderson 06-11-17
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    "out-god-damned-standing a tour de force"

    This is how the movie should have been presented. a heart wrenching, gut churning account of humanity vs. living dead.

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    Greg Cincinnati, OH, United States 08-07-13
    Greg Cincinnati, OH, United States 08-07-13 Member Since 2014
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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 3 people found this review helpful

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