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The Audiobook of “World War Z: The Complete Edition” is a Star-Studded Spectacle

The 2006 audiobook release of World War Z already boasted some top names, like Alan Alda, Mark Hamill, Carl & Rob Reiner, and John Turturro. Now a new edition is set to release on May 14th that expands the star-studded cast to include twenty-one more names you’ve heard of, including Simon Pegg, Henry Rollins, Nathan Fillion, Denise Crosby, Martin Scorsese (!) and Jeri Ryan.

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NEW YORK, NY (March 7, 2013)—The Random House Audio Publishing Group announces the star-studded cast of WORLD WAR Z: THE COMPLETE EDITION, a new recording of Max Brooks’ bestselling novel, on sale May 14, 2013. The original abridged edition, released in 2006, has sold more than 115,000 copies and won an Audie Award for Best Multi-Voiced Performance (original cast members include Alan Alda, Mark Hamill, Carl & Rob Reiner, and John Turturro).

Brooks worked with Random House Audio’s production team to cast 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites to record the stories not included in the original edition. With five more hours of previously unrecorded content, fans finally have a chance to own the whole story. 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! Brooks will be reprising his role as The Interviewer.

Author Max Brooks says, “For someone who grew up on audiobooks, this project has been nothing less than the fulfillment of a childhood dream. Not only have I had the privilege of working with actors I’ve admired all my life, I’ve finally gotten the chance to tell the entire story of World War Z.”

Full cast listed below in alphabetical order by character last name:

  • Nicki Clyne as Sharon
  • Bruce Boxleitner as Gavin Blaire
  • Simon Pegg as Grover Carlson
  • Brian Tee as Hyungchoi and Michael Choi
  • Henry Rollins as T. Sean Collins
  • Frank Darabont as Roy Elliot
  • Common as Darnell Hackworth
  • Kal Penn as Sardar Khan
  • Alfred Molina as Terry Knox
  • David Ogden Stiers as Bohdan Taras Kondratiuk
  • Nathan Fillion as Stanley MacDonald
  • Denise Crosby as Mary Jo Miller
  • Ade M’Cormack as Jacob Nyathi
  • Paul Sorvino as Fernando Oliveira
  • Parminder Nagra as Barati Palshigar
  • Rene Auberjonois as Andre Renard
  • F. Murray Abraham as Father Sergei Ryzhkov
  • Martin Scorsese as Breckinridge “Breck” Scott
  • Masi Oka as Kondo Tatsumi
  • Ric Young as Admiral Xu Zhicai
  • Jeri Ryan as Maria Zhuganova

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.

WORLD WAR Z’s publication in 2006 ushered in the current pop culture craze for all things zombie–Audiofile Magazine praised the original edition as being “in the grand tradition of War of the Worlds” and Library Journal called it “a grand experience.” Brooks’ legions of fans will now hear the whole story—again vividly brought to life by a full cast.

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2 Comments on The Audiobook of “World War Z: The Complete Edition” is a Star-Studded Spectacle

  1. Finally an unabridged version. I’m glad I didn’t buy the previous one.

  2. My life is complete. *___*

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