World War Z

Audiobook

Random House published an abridged audiobook in 2007, directed by John Mc Elroy and produced by Dan Zitt, with sound editing by Charles De Montebello. The book is read by Brooks but includes other actors taking on the roles of the many individual characters who are interviewed in the novel. Brooks' previous career in voice acting and voice-over work meant he could recommend a large number of the cast members.[13]

On May 14, 2013, Random House Audio released a lengthier audiobook titled World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War. It contains the entirety of the original, abridged audiobook, as well as new recordings of each missing segment. A separate, additional audiobook containing only the new recordings not found in the original audiobook was released simultaneously as World War Z: The Lost Files: A Companion to the Abridged Edition.[22]

Cast

  • Max Brooks as The Interviewer
  • Steve Park as Kwang Jingshu
  • Frank Kamai as Nury Televadi
  • Nathan Fillion as Stanley MacDonald*
  • Paul Sorvino as Fernando Oliveira*
  • Ade M'Cormack as Jacob Nyathi*
  • Carl Reiner as Jurgen Warmbrunn
  • Waleed Zuaiter as Saladin Kader
  • Jay O. Sanders as Bob Archer
  • Dennis Boutsikaris as General Travis D'Ambrosia
  • Martin Scorsese as Breckinridge “Breck” Scott*
  • Simon Pegg as Grover Carlson*
  • Denise Crosby as Mary Jo Miller*
  • Bruce Boxleitner as Gavin Blaire*
  • Ajay Naidu as Ajay Shah
  • Nicki Clyne as Sharon*
  • Jeri Ryan as Maria Zhuganova*
  • Henry Rollins as T. Sean Collins
  • Maz Jobrani as Ahmed Farahnakian
  • Mark Hamill as Todd Wainio
  • Eamonn Walker as Xolelwa Azania / Paul Redeker / David Allen Forbes
  • Jürgen Prochnow as Philip Adler*
  • David Ogden Stiers as Bohdan Taras Kondratiuk*
  • Michelle Kholos as Jesika Hendricks
  • Kal Penn as Sardar Khan*
  • Alan Alda as Arthur Sinclair Junior
  • Rob Reiner as "The Whacko"
  • Dean Edwards as Joe Muhammad
  • Frank Darabont as Roy Elliot*
  • Becky Ann Baker as Christina Eliopolis
  • Parminder Nagra as Barati Palshigar*
  • Brian Tee as Hyungchol Choi / Michael Choi*
  • Masi Oka as Kondo Tatsumi*
  • Frank Kamai as Tomonaga Ijiro
  • John Turturro as Seryosha Garcia Alvarez
  • Ric Young as Admiral Xu Zhicai*
  • Alfred Molina as Terry Knox*
  • John McElroy as Ernesto Olguin
  • Common as Darnell Hackworth*
  • F. Murray Abraham as Father Sergei Ryzhkov*
  • Rene Auberjonois as Andre Renard*

Reception

In her review of the audiobook for Strange Horizons, Siobhan Carroll called the story "gripping" and found the listening experience evocative of Orson Welles's famous radio narration of The War of the Worlds (broadcast October 30, 1938). Carroll had mixed opinions on the voice acting, commending it as "solid and understated, mercifully free of 'special effects' and 'scenery chewing' overall", but lamenting what she perceived as undue cheeriness on the part of Max Brooks and inauthenticity in Steve Park's Chinese accent.[8] Publishers Weekly also criticized Brooks' narration, but found that the rest of the "all-star cast deliver their parts with such fervor and intensity that listeners cannot help but empathize with these characters".[23] In an article in Slate concerning the mistakes producers make on publishing audiobooks, Nate DiMeo used World War Z as an example of dramatizations whose full casts contributed to making them "great listens" and described the book as a "smarter-than-it-has-any-right-to-be zombie novel".[24] The World War Z audiobook won the 2007 Audie Award for Multi-Voiced Performance and was nominated for Audiobook of the Year.[25][26]


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