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World War Z: The Lost Files

A Companion to the Abridged Edition
Written by: Max Brooks
Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Fans of Max Brooks' original abridged recording of World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War will be thrilled to add this companion piece to their audio library. Offering listeners five hours of previously unrecorded content, World War Z: The Lost Files features 21 Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original abridged edition.

Narrators of World War Z: The Lost Files are 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, F. Murray Abraham, René Auberjonois, Bruce Boxleitner, Nicki Clyne, Denise Crosby, Ade M'Cormack, Parminder Nagra, Masi Oka, Kal Penn, Jürgen Prochnow, Jeri Ryan, Paul Sorvino, David Ogden Stiers, Brian Tee, and Ric Young. Max Brooks reprises his role as The Interviewer.

PLEASE NOTE: World War Z: The Lost Files offers five hours of stories from characters not included in the original abridged recording, published as World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. Also available from Random House Audio is World War Z: The Complete Edition, which offers these five extra hours of stories integrated with the original abridged recording.

©2013 Max Brooks (P)2013 Random House

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Knocked my Socks off Pt 2

Absolutely loved the first audiobook so I'm glad they decided to add the stories they took out! Wish I could get it all in one book. #Audible1

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  • Abby
  • 2018-03-24

Save your Credit - Nothing New Here!

I loved the audio book World War Z, so I was excited when then companion became available.

But there are no new stories here, and very few additional details to the stories in the original. I will be returning this - definitely not worth a credit.

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  • T. Bell
  • 2017-08-10

Loved this addition to the abridged version!

I listened to the Abridged audio months before I finally read the book. As I read, I was disappointed to see how many stories had been left out. I am very happy to have found this addition to the abridged version.

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  • Denio J. Perez
  • 2016-04-28

Amazing

So much better than "Walking Dead" as you get a planetary perspective of stories taking place all over the Earth and Space above it.

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  • Ryan Casey
  • 2018-10-25

Doesn't Include The Whole Book

1st off, Shame on me for buying abridged (I didn't realize this)
2nd off, Shame on whoever made this abridged

But major stories, including many of my favorite were not included for what ever reason. Do not buy if you're expecting most of the book, this is merely highlighted notes with a couple new stories (that are fairly good as well)

The major downside to this is that since many stories are missing, new people to the series would know what a quisling, south African plans, or what even Lobo's are due to the lack of content. So at points, it won't even make sense unless you have read the book.

The voice acting is very well done, I have no complaints except for the zombie moans. 9/10 on the actors.

I'll happily give 5 stars if it ever becomes unabridged. Until then, avoid it unless you want a sloppy audiobook. (Read the book, it's 6/5 stars)

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  • dave
  • 2016-12-28

It's the same book

There's little or no new stories. It's just world war z in an odd order missing certain stories. No 20$ worth of material

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-05-10

Repeat stories from the full version

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Had I known this was just a repeat of several stories from the full version of World War Z, I wouldn't have bought it. I would only give it 5 stars had I not bought it!

If you’ve listened to books by Max Brooks before, how does this one compare?

Repeat stories from the full version.

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The story synopsis should have told us that this was the same stories - Nothing new here folks, move along -

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2017-09-22

The performers were just reading.

The readers were a little bland. not how I had read it in my head.

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  • kates2424
  • 2016-09-28

SO MAD - This is not new stories

If you already have the newest version of World War Z, DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK. It is a selection of stories that I guess were added to the new version. So basically I bought a collection of short stories that were already included in the version of World War Z that I had, not new "lost files". I feel ripped off.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-09-28

THE SHORT VERSION

World War Z- The Lost Files[6 hours and 13 minutes] is a unique intriguing story produced by Audible.Possibly it is one of the best ever produced.
HOWEVER DO NOT BUY IT !! Instead buy World War Z The Complete Edition[12 hours and 9 minutes] Both are the same price.
This may sound crazy but :
[1] The lost Files is an abridged version of The Complete Edition
[2] The Complete Edition contains EVERYTHING that is in The Lost Files but it has 6 hours more content for the same price.
[3] The Complete Edition is itself an abridged version of the original printed book.
[4] So The Lost Files is an abridged version of an abridged version.
[5] Go figure.
At first I was upset but I have been an Audible member for many,many years and I have always been impressed with the excellent service provided by Audible that is only a phone call or a chat room away.
So I am going to cut them some slack.World War Z is a ground breaking cutting edge Audible production.The book was written by Max Brooks,the son of the famous actress & Hollywood Icon Anne Bancroft [ Some not to old people may remember her as the Older Woman Dustin Hoffman had the affair with in The Graduate]. The audible version of Z is his baby. Just read the lengthy list of actors and actresses he rounded up to read the many characters. I suspect the cost of so many famous readers would have been too expensive for Audible to undertake on it's own.[Hence the abridgement] This book is more about mankind & survival than Zombies, I highly recommend the 12 hour 9 minute version.

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  • MTB_LA
  • 2019-08-12

Good but not great.

Is ok for the road, but is difficult to beat the original, I really like the concepts of the economy and perception of wrong doing when they talk about human behavior in the original, in this edition is only a good story, thats all.