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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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    M. Henson 05-20-17
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    "Epic scope. Brilliant performances. Insightful"

    I thought the many actors performances might muddy the audio experience. On the contrary it greatly enhanced the sense of authenticity. The scope of the story is epic and yet intimate. Like a Ken Burns documentary on the Apocalypse.
    A global catastrophe seen through the eyes individuals. I kept wondering how I might have responded to each situation.

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    E. Tingi 05-12-17
    E. Tingi 05-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent work with an amazing cast!"

    A book about zombies that is all about humans, this is an outstanding performance by a variety of talented people. It is scary and yet completely believable in the character responses. I highly recommend it to everyone!

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    No Google-able Name :p 05-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "meh."

    it probably suffers from heightened expectations what with all the raves, but I was mostly underwhelmed with the story. It was fine, but not the Holy Grail of survival tales that I feel it had been made out to be. Their performances are certainly very good although one of the very excellent professional narrators out there probably have done just as well, but sure it was neat.

    I'm not not recommending it, but I would certainly encourage anyone new to the story like myself to temper their expectations that may have risen based on some friendly fans gushing.

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

    I'm That Guy

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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.
    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.
    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.
    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

    thg

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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:

    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.

    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.

    3. Your complaints or requests for an unabridged version should go to Random House, for they are the producers of the audio book.

    4. Despite the (yes, very annoying) omissions, this new edition is simply excellent.

    5. #4 is an opinion. Not a fact.

    -- @scottEweinberg


    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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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!

    A great addition to any zombie literature fan!!

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Chan 09-02-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Abridged, but wonderfully read. Would recommend."

    Excellent book, excellent reading. Unfortunately, abridged. Would still recommend for people to read. Buy it!

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    pepe 04-16-15
    pepe 04-16-15
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    "third time i listen to it."

    i havent had the chance to read the actual phisical copy of the book yet and i hear this is an abridged version. i dont k ow what or how much is missing.
    having said that... this is a very rare kind of book where i am sure the audiobook is better than the original printed version because of the format it has.
    its a reporter interviewing people wmthat survived the war.
    that makes it ideal for audio and god damn do the actors deliver... i specialy loved the todd (mark hamil) parts. he makes me be right there in the action. in the middle of it all.
    every one else was spot on as well though.
    this has quicly become one of my favorite books period...
    it realy is word listening.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marty 06-16-14
    Marty 06-16-14
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    "Oh, So This Is What the Movie Could Have Been?"

    It's really a shame that the movie of the same name may lead some people to ignore the book or Audible book, because this is a TREMENDOUS audiobook that you can get truly lost in.

    Very well narrated, enjoyable but still poop-your-pants-intense. Maybe don't listen to it at work though like I did. A few times I was so engrossed in a story that someone touched my shoulder to get my attention and I nearly screamed.

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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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