World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War
by Max Brooks
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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.
It only gets better!!!
Great book! Great audiobook (abridged)! Greater audiobook (less abridged)! When do we get the unabridged!!!!
This is listed as the "Complete Edition". It's not "unabridged", and is not marketed as such. While it does include expanded material, there are edits from material in the previous version. As an example (possible spoiler), at approximately 4:00 of chapter 4, there story inexplicably jumps from Kwang Jingshu's arrival in New Dachang immediately into the middle of his encounter with patient zero. I have no idea if this is the only such edit from the original abridged release, but finding one so early in listening inspires little confidence that the rest of the book does not suffer from similar problems.
As HarmonyUs stated, the book seems to jump during the middle of Dr. Jingshu's story from his arrival straight to his discovered of patient zero. I encountered a similar problem in the section directly after that, with Nuri Televaidl. Whole question and response paragraphs are left out. It's odd, as the sections not in Jingshu's story on the Complete Version, ARE in the Abridged version that was released in 2006. Kudos to Max Brooks for recording very story, I know he and the cast worked very long and hard to bring this to us. I haven't gotten too far, but I'm hoping those are the only two hiccups I encounter while listening and reading this novel.