World War Z: The Complete Edition: An Oral History of the Zombie War

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Written By: Max Brooks

Narrated By: Various

Date: May 2013

Duration: 12 hours 5 minutes


  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


  • Kyle J

    I dunno. It's an interesting listen from a apocalypse stand point. And it's easy fare to split over short road trips. And the cast of voices is very good -- sounds more like a radio play. Except that Mr Brooks I think could have done better by casting a professional narrator instead of himself. But bottom line -- it just wasn't scary. Now if the movie had in any shape or form followed the book at all, that coulda been scary.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Kevin D

    absolutely fantastic. some of the best 12 hours of audio book I've heard.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Julie M

    Great book for first time listeners. Very entertaining

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Shana Simpson

    I haven't read the paper copy, but this was so entertaining! And such a star studded cast. It's a really interesting story and done in such a way that you really feel like it happened. Don't go into it thinking it's going to be like the movie though. The movie uses some of the ideas from the book, but otherwise isn't much like the book at all.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Shane S.

    It’s a great zombie book and enjoyable

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Gustav N.

    While I wouldn't consider it a masterpiece, it's a book I keep returning to with the same enthusiasm over and over again.

  • Anssi V.

    The cast is amazing, this feels more like a play than audiobook.

  • Anonymous

    Interesting accounts of a possible zombie apocalypse.

  • Stephen L.

    Narration was great the story just sorta fell flat for me. It just doesnt feel like it went anywhere really.

  • Jorge H.

    Love this book. The cast really bring it to life.

  • Rusty H.

    This is a fantastic audiobook. It is a very engrossing fully entertaining. The varied cast really brings the concept of the novel to life. The movie is NOT the same as the book, consider them two different things.

  • Gerald M.

    love this book, tho some of the narrators I find hard to understand at times.

  • Gabriel F

    Absolutely love the book and there is a full cast for the book. I recommend this to anyone looking for a good sci-fi listen (or read).

  • Nicole Perras

    This book was awesome. I really liked it. Narration was fantastic.

  • Colby Shear

    Great listen, and the narrators really made the book!

  • Basil Love

    Great book! Well read and star studded. I finished it in less than a week and I have a one year old. Wonderful story in classic Max Brooks style. What's not to like... zombie apocalypse story with great writing and good reading. This is my first experience with audio books and I'm totally hooked!

  • Charles Shackelford

    Some of the actors were to obviously actors. Professional readers should be doing this not actors.

  • Edwing Puente

    This audio book is very thorough in details. I wish they could make this into a tv show series. The movie has nothing relating to this great book. I recommend this greatly.

  • James Collins

    Great listen, especially the multiple narrators for all the different characters

  • Dan Brooke

    This book was amazing! The style of interviews and the slow unfolding of the plot kept me riveted. Best fiction book I've heard in a long time.

  • Amy Jorgensen

    Excellent book and extraordinary organization/performance of narrators.

  • Elizabeth Bosque

    Great book! I love zombie books so maybe I'm biased but I def recommend it!

  • Elisa Shafer

    The fact they got so many people to narrate this is just fantastic! It really brings the book to life, since it's a series of many people's accounts of their experiences. It makes it that much more believable with all these different voices telling the story. I am just thrilled with how well done it was. Definitely recommend this book for any zombie story fan, as this is a really accurate depiction of what a zombie outbreak would actually be like from a military, and civilian stand point, from all over the world. All different walks of life, in many different situations. This is one of my favorite books, and audiobooks did a great job bringing it to life.

  • Stephen Mulhern

    Great book. Brilliantly narrated by multiple actors for the multiple characters.

  • Lisa Richie

    This was a good listen....a little slow a times but overall a good listen...

  • Vittorio Deparasis

    This is so amazing at tell the stories in a believable way. Feel like I live there I would not be surprised if thought this really happen amazing book

  • Sammy Flores

    Amazing story and truly answers all the questions "what if..."

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