Recently it’s come to my attention that there are some issues with the new WWZ extended cast audiobook. For starters, I’ve read that the digital edition of the audiobook initially was offered as ‘unabridged’ by a few retailers. This has caused some confusion because, although newer recorded chapters are almost word for word, the earlier readings were slightly edited. I sincerely apologize for the confusion. Initially I thought this newer version was going to be unabridged, but then found out that it was simply impossible to recall all the original voice actors and re-record their voices. That is why the audiobook is listed as ‘complete’ but still ‘abridged.’
The second, more serious issue is that several minutes of Dr. Kwang Jingshu’s story on Disc #1 were omitted from the new version. Random House Audio assures me that the digital master has been fixed and the new version is available. The majority of you have downloaded from Audible. They have dropped the new version of WWZ into your library. To access this updated file, you simply re-download it from your library. Audible will be sending you an email alerting you of this update. If you’ve used another digital retailer you should contact their customer service. All defective audio CDs have been pulled from circulation, and reformatted audiobooks containing the missing minutes are on their way to stores now. If anyone has already purchased the audiobook in disc format, you can contact Random House directly at: 1-800-733-3000 or via firstname.lastname@example.org and they will mail you a new Disc #1.