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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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This is an incredible piece of performance art!

What did you love best about World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition)?

This is a great book. The story is compelling and feels like it could be real. It's obviously completely set in our world and except for the zombies is a convincing account of what a near apocalyptic event would do to our world. The performances are incredible and make the story come alive more so than any movie could. And the cast is fantastic.

What did you like best about this story?

The story is compelling, interesting and well thought out. It really captures how people of all walks of life and form all around the world would react to this fictional event. You can't help but marvel at his ability to really capture the many different voices he presents.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrators are everything. If I had read it I think I would have liked it fine, but frankly I never would have read it. I am not usually interested in this genre and only listened to it because I'd heard about the star studded cast. I didn't see the entire movie but in comparison to this it was shit. The cast brings the story more alive in your imagination than a movie possibly could and the artistry of how the entire thing was delivered was genius.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Don't watch this just listen to the audio book.

Any additional comments?

LISTEN TO THIS BOOK. I don't care if it's not your usual preference of genre or if you think you don't like zombie stories or what ever reason you think you aren't interested. YOU ARE INTERESTED. Seriously the performance alone is enough to keep you hooked let alone the intelligent nature in which the story is told. Do yourself a favor and at least give it a shot.

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Stellar cast

While I feel asleep through it the first few listens at bed time, I started listening in the car, at work, instead of watching TV. That shows just how good this book is and how wonderfully they cast the parts. Mark Hamill, Henry Rollins, & Common were the stand out chapters and characters for me, especially Hamill!

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THE version to listen to

Fantastic story constructed through "interviews".
Those of us who listened to the original release of this will know that we missed about half of the interviews. This version fixes that. All the stories, in order.
The cast was great before, but is now even better. This allstar cast serves to give these stories amazing human depth.

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Enjoyable, Engaging, Quick listen

What made the experience of listening to World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition) the most enjoyable?

The actor's performances were very good, and really sold me on the experience.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Mark Hamill's character, the solider; can't recall his name.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes- if my flight were longer I would have.

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  • Jen
  • Russellville, AR, United States
  • 02-03-17

I bought this on a recommendation from a friend.

Complete waste of my time! Never quite understood the storyline or what was going on. It would have been nice had they explained the abbreviations used in the story.
I would not recommend

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One of my top ten.

Each story is not about the zombies, but rather about the people trying to live in a zombie infested world. You would be foolish not to listen to this book.

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Eerie, Thought-provoking; Left me wanting more!

Well-performed, except for a few that sound like they're reciting the words right off the page for only the second or third time (though even those were of relatively high quality) and one or two accents (especially the first Chinese one).

Definitely counts as "alternate future-history" because a couple currently dead world leaders make non-zombified appearances, but hey, the book was written over ten years ago now.

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The regular book is great but wow this audiobook is brilliant.

A full cast with fantastic voice acting and effects, I can't think of anything wrong with this book. This is a great example of how amazing audiobooks can be and how much it can elevate experience from just reading a book.

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great book!

really enjoyed how descriptive this book was definitely took you on an adventure! I would definitely recommend this to others to read!

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perfection

I have listened to this book well over ten times. I listen to it while making salads and desserts at work at a busy restaurant. it's my favorite audio book of all time

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