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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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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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A must-have for any fan of Brooks or of zombie stories in general

World War Z has long been a favorite read of mine and I have listened to the abridged edition several times before. Now, with the release of the unabridged edition, I can relive all of the half-remembered interviews that some editor cast by the wayside years ago: the account of the astronauts that watched as their world slowly burned below them, leaving them trapped in space, the harrowing tale of France’s fight to rid their catacombs and sewers of the living-dead, the story of how swarms of zombies are tracked below the ocean’s depths in order to predict when they might come ashore again. The story of the last remaining retirement farm for frontline military canines brought tears to my eyes, which was a problem as I was driving at the time. I’m so glad to have a complete version of the book to listen to again and again in the future.

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My personal favorite Audiobook, great performances

Best audiobook imo. I adore the voice acting and the story is interesting, told in many little interviews with survivors, it has a feel of authenticity and humanity, even though the subject is so silly it really feels touching.

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Missing little parts? But still amazing

I've read the book twice and this definitely improves on the source material. I loved Todd the soldier (I swore that was TJ Miller, was shocked to hear it was Mark Hamill) and the two Japanese characters, the blind shovel warrior and the otaku, really great stories to listen to.

Unfortunately I could swear it's missing some material: I remember a very satisfying part where the blind guy drops from a tree and pins the otaku, then they update each other and join forces. That never showed up in the audio book. And a line from the wartime government speaker about trying to figure out which cash is legitimate vs stolen off corpses is gone. Maybe more is missing, I can't say. But these omissions (and the sub-par performance of the 'surfer guy' submersible pilot) are the only reason I can't give this book a perfect score.

It's still great though, definitely buy it.

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Starts great..

At first the book is captivating and exciting. No political bias or drivel can be found when running from the dead.

Unfortunately it turns into a socialism love fest. The insulting nature in which left and right are represented is terrible. The author started with the premise “How can I turn the current world into a communist/socialist master piece?”.

Zombies!

They literally have re-education camps where former “maids” are now instructors for their old bosses.

The only non-socialist thing I can think of was that no gender study majors survived. Hilarious considering their neomarxist beliefs.

If you’re anyone who dislikes Socialism and Communism, skip this book.

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pretty good

I enjoyed it. awesome character acting by a star studded cast. will read again. ok.

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great book

this book was way better than the movie. I hope when they make another movie, they actually go by the book.

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Great shortstories

I'm on my third listen, and I still find it just as tense and exciting as the first time. Great format, this interview thing.

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Decent

Took a while to come together but not bad. I liked it. Would recommend. Thanks