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World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ bestselling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, featuring twenty-one additional Hollywood actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. 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 and 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, Mel 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, Waleed F. Zuaiter.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Possesses more creativity and zip than entire crates of other new fiction titles…Creepy but fascinating.”

    USA Today

  • “Prepare to be entranced by this addictively readable oral history of the great war between humans and zombies…Will grab you as tightly as a dead man’s fist.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Probably the most topical and literate scare since Orson Welles War of the Worlds radio broadcast…This is action-packed social-political satire with a global view.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “Brooks [is] America’s most prominent maven on the living dead…ChillingIt is gripping reading and a scathing indictment of weak responses to crises real and over-hyped.”

    Hartford Courant

  • “A sober, frequently horrifying and even moving account…Brooks has delivered a full-blown horror novel, laced with sharp social and political observations and loads of macabre, gruesome imagery…The real horror of World War Z comes from the all-too-plausible responses of human beings and governments to the menace.”

    Fangoria

  • “The best science fiction has traditionally been steeped in social commentary. World War Z continues that legacy…We haven’t been this excited about a book without pictures since—well, since ever.”

    Metro

  • “Each story locks together perfectly to create a wonderful, giddy suspense. Brooks also has the political savvy to take advantage of any paranoia a modern reader might feel…The perfect book for all us zombie junkies.”

    Paste

  • “This infectious and compelling book will have nervous readers watching the streets for zombies.”

    Library Journal

  • “A horror fan’s version of Studs Terkel’s The Good War…Like George Romero’s Dead trilogy, World War Z is another milestone in the zombie mythology.”

    Booklist

  • “[Brooks’] iron-jaw narrative is studded with practical advice on what to do when the zombies come, as they surely will. A literate, ironic, strangely tasty treat.” 

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • World War Z provides us with a starting point, at least, a basic blueprint from which to build a popular understanding of how, when, and why such a disaster came to be, and how small groups and individuals survived.” 

    Jeb Weisman, PhD,director of strategic technologies at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness

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  • Nominated for the 2012 Abraham Lincoln Award
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Winner of a 2007 Audie Award
  • A Washington Post Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
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About the Author
Author Max Brooks

Max Brooks is the New York Times bestselling author of The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z. Hailed as “the Studs Terkel of zombie journalism,” he lives in New York City but is ready to move to a more remote and defensible location at a moment’s notice. 

About the Narrators

Maz Jobrani is a founding member of the Axis of Evil comedy tour. He performs stand-up comedy around the world, including in Europe, Australia, and the Middle East where he performed in front of the King of Jordan. He just released his third comedy special, I Come In Peace, which aired on Showtime and Netflix. Maz starred in the films Friday After Next, 13 Going on 30, and The Interpreter. He was a series regular on ABC’s Better Off Ted, which had a cult following, and he has guest starred on Curb Your Enthusiasm, 24, True Blood and Shameless to name a few. He has also given two TED talks, and he has performed his stand-up on The Tonight Show, Comedy Central, and Showtime.

Alfred Molina is an actor and winner of nine Earphones Awards for audiobook narration. His films include Spiderman II, Frida, Magnolia, Chocolat, Boogie Nights, The Perez Family, Maverick, Enchanted April, Not Without My Daughter, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Prick Up Your Ears. He has appeared extensively on British and American television, including the TV series Bram & Alice and Ladies’ Man. He received a Tony Award nomination, a Drama Desk Award, and an Outer Critics Circle Award for his performance in Art on Broadway. He also performed on Broadway in Molly Sweeney and in Speed the Plow for the National Theatre in London.

Carl Reiner is an actor, film director, producer, writer, and comedian. He began his directing career on the Dick Van Dyke Show and his first feature film was an adaptation of Joseph Stein’s play Enter Laughing. Reiner has also written a number of books, including the memoir My Anecdotal Life.

Alan Alda is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and author. A six-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner, he played Hawkeye Pierce for eleven years in the television series M*A*S*H and has acted in, written, and directed many feature films. He has starred often on Broadway, and his avid interest in science has led to his hosting PBS’s Scientific American Frontiers for eleven years. He was nominated for an Academy Award in 2005 and has been nominated for thirty Emmy awards.

Jay O. Sanders began his acting career off-Broadway in Shakespearean roles then went on to appear in numerous films and television series, including Revolutionary Road, The Day after Tomorrow, and Kiss the Girls, based on the novel by James Patterson. He has narrated more than fifty audio books over the years, including the bestselling My Losing Season by Pat Conroy and Dean Koontz’s Dragon Tears and Mr. Murder. He also won six AudioFile Earphones Awards.

David Ogden Stiers is an American actor, director, vocal actor, and musician, noted for his roles in Disney movies, as well as his performances in the television series M*A*S*H . He has provided voice work for dozens of film and television projects, with his first work being on one of George Lucas’ earliest films, the critically acclaimed THX 1138. He went on to provide the voice for numerous Disney movies and for several television series, including documentary films produced by Ric Burns. He has also lent his voice to several video games.

René Auberjonois is an American stage, film, television, and voice actor and an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. After graduating from Carnegie-Mellon University, he acted with various theater companies, including San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater and Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum. In 1969, he earned a Tony Award for his performance as Sebastian Baye alongside Katharine Hepburn in Coco. Since then, he has acted in a variety of theater productions, films, and television series, in addition to being active in radio drama.

Becky Ann Baker, narrator and actress, has received critics’ praise for her readings of books by such authors as Stephen King, James Patterson, Patricia Cornwell, Iris Johansen, and Karin Slaughter. She has performed in numerous roles on Broadway, starring in Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins. Her many television credits include Girls, Smash, and Nurse Jackie, and her film credits include Spider-Man 3, The Discoverers, and Hope Springs.

Dennis Boutsikaris has won two Obie Awards, one for his performance in Sight Unseen, and played Mozart in Amadeus on Broadway. Among his films are W., Batteries Not Included, The Dream Team, and Boys on the Side. He is a recipient of both Audie and Earphones Awards and has read over 140 audiobooks.

Bruce Boxleitner, in addition to his remarkable voice work, starred in several TV series including How the West Was Won, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, and Babylon 5, as well as thirty-five TV movies and feature films including Tron, The Babe, Kuffs, and Gods and Generals.

Mel Brooks is an American film director, screenwriter, comedian, actor, producer, composer and songwriter. Brooks is best known as a creator of broad film farces and comic parodies including Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Spaceballs, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights.