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World War Z: The Lost Files

A Companion to the Abridged Edition
Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (779 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Fans of Max Brooks' original abridged recording of World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War will be thrilled to add this companion piece to their audio library. Offering listeners five hours of previously unrecorded content, World War Z: The Lost Files features 21 Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original abridged edition.

Narrators of World War Z: The Lost Files are 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, F. Murray Abraham, René Auberjonois, Bruce Boxleitner, Nicki Clyne, Denise Crosby, Ade M'Cormack, Parminder Nagra, Masi Oka, Kal Penn, Jürgen Prochnow, Jeri Ryan, Paul Sorvino, David Ogden Stiers, Brian Tee, and Ric Young. Max Brooks reprises his role as The Interviewer.

PLEASE NOTE: World War Z: The Lost Files offers five hours of stories from characters not included in the original abridged recording, published as World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. Also available from Random House Audio is World War Z: The Complete Edition, which offers these five extra hours of stories integrated with the original abridged recording.

©2013 Max Brooks (P)2013 Random House

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  • Abby
  • Ohio
  • 03-24-18

Save your Credit - Nothing New Here!

I loved the audio book World War Z, so I was excited when then companion became available.

But there are no new stories here, and very few additional details to the stories in the original. I will be returning this - definitely not worth a credit.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Loved this addition to the abridged version!

I listened to the Abridged audio months before I finally read the book. As I read, I was disappointed to see how many stories had been left out. I am very happy to have found this addition to the abridged version.

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Amazing

So much better than "Walking Dead" as you get a planetary perspective of stories taking place all over the Earth and Space above it.

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Doesn't Include The Whole Book

1st off, Shame on me for buying abridged (I didn't realize this)
2nd off, Shame on whoever made this abridged

But major stories, including many of my favorite were not included for what ever reason. Do not buy if you're expecting most of the book, this is merely highlighted notes with a couple new stories (that are fairly good as well)

The major downside to this is that since many stories are missing, new people to the series would know what a quisling, south African plans, or what even Lobo's are due to the lack of content. So at points, it won't even make sense unless you have read the book.

The voice acting is very well done, I have no complaints except for the zombie moans. 9/10 on the actors.

I'll happily give 5 stars if it ever becomes unabridged. Until then, avoid it unless you want a sloppy audiobook. (Read the book, it's 6/5 stars)

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It's the same book

There's little or no new stories. It's just world war z in an odd order missing certain stories. No 20$ worth of material

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The performers were just reading.

The readers were a little bland. not how I had read it in my head.

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Repeat stories from the full version

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Had I known this was just a repeat of several stories from the full version of World War Z, I wouldn't have bought it. I would only give it 5 stars had I not bought it!

If you’ve listened to books by Max Brooks before, how does this one compare?

Repeat stories from the full version.

Any additional comments?

The story synopsis should have told us that this was the same stories - Nothing new here folks, move along -

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  • kates2424
  • Athens, OH United States
  • 09-28-16

SO MAD - This is not new stories

If you already have the newest version of World War Z, DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK. It is a selection of stories that I guess were added to the new version. So basically I bought a collection of short stories that were already included in the version of World War Z that I had, not new "lost files". I feel ripped off.

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Exceptional, but missing key parts of the book

This audio book is a brilliant performance of an already phenomenal book, but I suppose they couldn’t get enough voices for the entire book, so they there is some rather important parts of the book missing, such as the Chinese doctor who identified Patient Zero, the American soldier who fought from Yonkers to the reclamation of New York, and finally the Kuwaiti and Israeli narrators who described the tense situation in Israel and the eventual civil war that broke out after the abandonment of Jerusalem to name a few missing stories. Regardless, it was a thrilling listen

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The best of the best.

This is one of my favorite books. I purchased the abridged version and was so sad that my favorite part of the original book was not included. The Paris Underground. That would truly be a nightmare. I'm very happy that audible made this available.