Monday, May 20, 2013

World War Z Complete Audiobook Cast with Chapter and Character Name

This is a complete departure for this blog, but ... this was frustrating me to no end. I bought this cool audiobook with a great cast. I went to look up the cast members names, but had a heck of a time matching the names to the characters in the book. The cast rocked, Alan Alda, Paul Sorvino, Carl Reiner, Bruce Boxleitner, Jeri Ryan, Henry Rollins, etc. I *knew* that one of them was Nathan Fillion and one was Simon Pegg, and one was Rob Reiner. (I immediately recognized some of those, but Simon Pegg I had no idea.)

Remember this is an audiobook of interviews -- I don't own the paper copy, and I downloaded, so do not even have the CD cover -- the names of the characters are only mentioned once or twice at most. As you listen they become, "The Russian soldier," "the Chinese doctor," stuff like that, and the chapter names are the places the narrator talks to them, not the place the action in the chapter happens (Meteora, Greece, is the chapter that has the Canadian soldier).

So, I made a list that includes the chapter place, the character name, and the voice actor, plus what I called the character in my head and some annotations about each chapter to jog a memory or two. (The ones without parenthetical character names I haven't listened to yet.) I tried not to be spoilery, but there may be some hints in the following...


World War Z Complete Audiobook – Chapters, Characters, Cast

Introduction Max Brooks as The Interviewer

WARNINGS

  • Greater Chongqing, United Federation of China [Patient Zero/The First Case] -- Steve Park as Kwang Jingshu (the Chinese doctor)
  • Lhasa, the People’s Republic of Tibet [Smuggler seeing signs] -- Frank Kamai as Nury Televadi (smuggler)
  • Meteora, Greece [Bandits in cave/Canadian soldier's account] -- Nathan Fillion as Stanley MacDonald (Canadian soldier)
  • The Amazon Rain Forest, Brazil [virus-infected heart transplant] -- Paul Sorvino as Fernando Oliveira (corrupt doctor)
  • Bridgetown Harbor, Barbados, West Indies Federation [South African slum outbreak] -- Ade M’Cormack as Jacob Nyathi (Black South African)
  • Tel Aviv, Israel [Gathering Evidence/The Warmbrunn-Knight Report] -- Carl Reiner as Jurgen Warmbrunn (Israeli spy)
  • Bethlehem, Palestine [Militant Son/Family Move to Israel] -- Waleed Zuiater as Saladin Kader (Rebelling son)


BLAME

  • Langley, Virginia USA [CIA director/CIAs non-response] -- Jay O. Sanders as Bob Archer (CIA guy)
  • Vaalajarvi, Finland [The Military/America’s response] -- Dennis Boutsikaris as General Travis D'Ambrosia (military brass) 
  • Vostok Station, Antarctica [Capitalist who marketed vaccine] -- Martin Scorsese as Breckinridge "Breck" Scott (moneymaker without remorse)
  • Amarillo, Texas, USA [Former White House chief-of-staff] -- Simon Pegg as Grover Carlson (White House spin doctor)
  • Troy, Montana, USA [Zombies attack family in suburbia] -- Denise Crosby as Mary Jo Miller (suburban mom)


THE GREAT PANIC

  • Parnell Air National Guard Base: Memphis, Tennessee, USA [Highway traffic jam/zombies] -- Bruce Boxleitner as Gavin Blaire (derigible pilot)
  • Alang, India [Ship Scrapyard] -- Ajay Naidu as Ajay Shah (Indian refugee)
  • Topeka, Kansas, USA [Feral children; church attack] -- Nicki Clyne as Sharon (4-year-old)
  • Khuzhir, Olkhon Island, Lake Baikal, the Holy Russian Empire [Russian army experiences/decimation] -- Jeri Ryan as Maria Zhuganova (Female Russian Soldier)
  • Bridgetown, Barbados, West Indies Federation [Famous Millionaire’s Haven] -- Henry Rollins as T. Sean Collins (merc)
  • Ice City, Greenland [Iran & Pakistan] -- Maz Jobrani as Ahmed Farahnakian (Iranian pilot)
  • Denver, Colorado, USA [The Battle of Yonkers] -- Mark Hamill as Todd Wainio (Army infrantry)


TURNING THE TIDE

  • Robben Island, Cape Town Province, United States of Southern Africa [The Redeker Plan] -- Eamonn Walker as Paul Redeker and Xolelwa Azania (South African plan)
  • Armagh, Ireland [Hamburg, Germany, Army withdrawal] -- Jürgen Prochnow as Philip Adler (West German soldier)
  • Yevchenko Veterans' Sanatorium, Odessa, Ukraine (Kiev bridge blown to prevent zombies crossing) -- David Ogden Stiers as Bohdan Tara Kondratiuk (Kievian soldier)
  • Sand Lakes Provincial Wilderness Park, Manitoba, Canada [Family Flight to Canada] -- Michelle Kholos as Jesika Hendricks (little girl flees)
  • Udaipur Lake Palace, Lake Pichola, Rajasthan, India [General Raj-Singh; monkeys and blowing the pass] -- Kal Penn as Sardar Khan (Indian soldier with the monkeys)


HOME FRONT

  • Taos, New Mexico [DeStRes, talent and tools] -- Alan Alda as Arthur Sinclair (DeStRes guy)
  • Burlington, Vermont [Vice President, capital punishment] -- Rob Reiner as "The Whacko" (VP)
  • Wenatchee, Washington [Wheelchair Home Watch; quizlings] -- Dean Edwards as Joe Muhammad (wheelchair neighborhood watch guy)
  • Malibu, California [Countering suicides with success stories] -- Frank Darabont as Roy Elliot (director)
  • Parnell Air National Guard Base, Tennessee [Pilot of downed plane] -- Becky Ann Baker as Christina Eliopolis (Downed pilot)


AROUND THE WORLD

  • Province of Bohemia, the European Union [Castles, She wouldn’t leave] -- Eamonn Walker as David Allen Forbes (Englishman)
  • Ulithi Atoll, Federated States of Micronesia [Radio Free Earth] -- Parminder Nagra as Barati Palshigar (Radio translator)
  • The Demilitarized Zone: South Korea [North Korea mystery] -- Brian Tee as Hyungchoi Choi (South Korean)
  • Kyoto, Japan [Okatu, hacker escape] -- Masi Oka as Kondo Tatsumi (Japanese hacker)
  • Kyoto, Japan [Blind monk] -- Frank Kamai as Sensei Tomonaga Ijiro (blind monk)
  • Cienfuegos, Cuba [Defending Cuba] -- John Turturro as Seryosha Garcia Alvarez
  • Patriot's Memorial, the Forbidden City, Beijing, China [Chinese submarine] -- Ric Young as Admiral Xu Zhicai
  • Sydney, Australia [Space station] -- Alfred Molina as Terry Knox
  • Ancud, Isla Grande de Chiloe, Chile [Saratoga Conference of Nations] -- John McElroy as Ernesto Olguin


TOTAL WAR

  • Aboard the Mauro Altieri, 3000 feet above Vaalajarvi, Finland [Total War] -- General D’Ambrosia
  • Denver, Colorado [The First Fight – Hope, New Mexico] -- Todd Wainios
  • Ainsworth, Nebraska, USA [K9/soldier teams] -- Common as Darnell Hackworth
  • Siberia, the Holy Russian Empire [Russian tactics; priests' role] -- F. Murray Abraham as Father Sergei Ryzhkov
  • Aboard the USS Holo Kai, off the Coast of the Hawaiian Islands [Fighting undersea zombies] -- Brian Tee as Master Chief Petty Officer Michael Choi (Diver)
  • Quebec, Canada [Paris tunnels] -- René Auberjonois as Andre Renard
  • Denver, Colorado – A Day Later [The Road to New York] -- Todd Wainios


GOODBYES

  • Burlington, Vermont -- The Whacko (VP)
  • Khuzhir, Olkhon Island, Lake Baikal, the Holy Russian Empire -- Maria Zhuganova (Female Russian soldier)
  • Bridgetown Harbor, Barbados, West Indies Federation -- T. Sean Collins (merc)
  • Sand Lakes Provincial Wilderness Park, Manitoba, Canada -- Jesika Hendricks (fleeing child)
  • Troy, Montana, USA -- Mary Jo Miller (suburban mom)
  • Chongqing, China -- Kwang Jing-shu (Chinese doctor)
  • Wenatchee, Washington -- Joe Muhammad (Wheelchair neighborhood watch artist)
  • Taos, New Mexico, USA -- Arthur Sinclair (DeStRes guy)
  • Kyoto, Japan -- Sensei Tomonaga Ijiro (blind monk)
  • Armagh, Ireland -- Philip Adler (West German soldier)
  • Tel Aviv, Israel -- Jurgen Warmbrunn (Israeli spy)
  • Aboard USS Tracy Bowden -- Michael Choi (diver)
  • Denver, Colorado -- Todd Wainios (Army infantry guy)


Resources used:
My own listening plus
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_Z
http://www.scribd.com/doc/907037/World-War-Z-TOC-CrossReference-to-CD-tracks
http://postapocal-book.clan.su/World_War_Z.pdf

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow... I google "what actors played what characters in World War Z audio book" and I get the this awesome blog post. You won the internet. Thank you.

Jane said...

Thanks, this was just what I needed! So many of these people have such great voices that I *almost* recognised.

Mike Johnson said...

Thanks! I was searching for this information and beginning to think I'd have to piece it together since nobody else had. I appreciate the time you took to put this together and share it -- I know you had to go to a number of different sources to get it all. It amazes me that none of the various publishers and stores thought to do it. Thanks a million!

Stephen said...

You completely rock. Thanks for this gift.

Anonymous said...

I love this audiobook and while I can place some of the actors, I could not place all of them...well done well done indeed!

Daniel James said...

THIS is exactly what I needed, thank you!

Once I recognised Nathan Fillion's voice I had to know all the others too. Amazing that this information is not readily available, but you have made that problem vanish entirely.

Thanks again!

Daniel: Norwich - UK

Anonymous said...

Yup,
Amazing there is no text file character list to refer to with the audio. Thanks v. much.
J, Ireland (Islands roool in a zombie apocalypse, yay!)

Anonymous said...

I just started listening to the audiobook. When I saw the cast, I immmediately searched fora cast list. Thank you for creating this! It's wonderful.

Henri B. said...

So cool!

Dean Mayes said...

My only suggestion would be to add track numbers to each of the "interviews". I'd like to go back and listen to individual accounts.

Jenn Nieboer said...

The publishers should pay you a fee for having put this together. Incredibly helpful and very comprehensive list. Not only do I appreciate seeing which actor played whom (I recognized maybe 40%), it's also a great refresher of the entire book, recalling stories that I had somewhat forgotten. (And you're right, I think of them in terms of character types -downed female pilot-, not character names). Well done!!

PePeBo said...

Thank you for putting together this compilation. I don’t know how complete, or if it matches your cast of characters list, but I later found something similar on Wikipedia. I own the actual original Audiobook CD Box, and this helpful list is nowhere to be found. Like you mention, once you learn how many great artists contributed with their characterizations, one HAS to know who plays whom. Great job!

PePeBo said...
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PePeBo said...

Thank you for putting together this compilation. I don’t know how complete, or if it matches your cast of characters list, but I later found something similar on Wikipedia. I own the actual original Audiobook CD Box, and this helpful list is nowhere to be found. Like you mention, once you learn how many great artists contributed with their characterizations, one HAS to know who plays whom. Great job!

Unknown said...

This is your good buddy from three years in the future, and this is still the only compiled list for this amazing audiobook. I constantly referenced this while listening and it made the experience more enjoyable. Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this list! I used the information in my post about the audio edition of World War Z.

https://graphicnovelty2.com/2016/10/12/world-war-z-audio-edition/

BecJones said...

This list is EXACTLY what I wanted - thank you!

Jason L. Cheung said...

FANTASTIC. Thanks!

musicmama53 said...

This is great. Thank you!

Watchdog said...

Thank you for doing this... it has been completely helpful and I appreciate it!