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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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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.

8 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Dustin
  • Sulphur, LA, United States
  • 05-15-13

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.

18 of 28 people found this review helpful

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Still Disappointed

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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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Finally!

Now that the missing 4-5 minutes of Chapter 3 have been restored and my previous (very whiny, I admit) comments have been scrubbed, I can do a proper job of reviewing this long-awaited edition of World War Z.

WWZ has a scope that is unlike any other zombie novel that I know of. It's true that we don't get to know any of the characters really well; the segments range from just a few minutes to an hour or so. But the overall effect of the dozens of different stories layered on top of one another--some political, some personal, many both--is to emphasize the world-wide nature of the crisis. I don't think any other zombie novel has accomplished this. I love that stories from around the world are lightly linked by repeated mentions of certain people, places, battles, policies, etc. I also love that the author has not spelled everything out for us or given us a full timeline. We get enough glimpses that we can put things together ourselves.

If you are looking for a typical zombie novel, with a group of survivors on the run, this may not be for you. But haven't you read enough of those already? Give this one a try.

As for performances, most are good. I admit that I don't have much of an ear for accents, but a few of them sound off, either wrong or just overdone. But the majority of the performances are solid and a few are stunning. The best of the lot, for me, are Mark Hamill as Todd Wainio, Frank Darabont as Roy Elliot, Alfred Molina as Terry Knox, Rob Reiner as "the Whacko", Becky Ann Baker as Christina Eliopolis, and Eamonn Walker as Xolelwa Azania.

(Another reviewer suggests that the accent chosen for the character of Xolelwa Azania is not appropriate. Without giving anything away...isn't that the twist that makes the story so good?)

9 of 15 people found this review helpful

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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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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 32 people found this review helpful

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Wow

With a cast like this, you can only expect the story to truly come alive, and it does. The stories and voices make this audiobook one of a kind and one of my all time favorites to listen to. Not to mention that now it’s twice as long as the original audiobook release, you get twice as much joy out of it.

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exceptional

I was surprised by such a sweeping novel, not what I expected. Every aspect excellent.

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Awesome cast!

The interview format of this book came across as more real as an audio book than just reading it as a book. The casting was really amazing and well done. Mark Hamil's character was excellent. Definitely a different and gripping audio book.

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Not what I expected

I love zombie novels and was really excited to read this one. However, I hate history with a passion and this was set up to mimic a history book. the voice acting is the only reason I made it through