This was like listening to "Everybody loves Raymond" fight the Zombies.
The character is very sarcastic and makes jokes about everything, which takes the seriousness and thrill out of the fact that they are fighting off zombies.
My favorite thing about this series is the unique take on the zombies themselves. At the beginning of the book I was assuming (always dangerous) that it would be the same type of zombies I've seen in countless movies, TV shows, and books. I really enjoy the twist that Mark Tufo has put on them and that one thing has hooked me enough that I'm going to finish the series.
I also love the bits of humor Mark Tufo puts into various scenes. Some of it is a bit expected but others (i.e. the McDonald's flashback scene in book two) were absolutely hilarious. I'm not expecting a comedy in a series like this, but I do think moments of levity are important to offset the moments of seriousness in the rest of the book.
I'm looking forward to listening to the rest of the series and I would definitely recommend this series to any zombie genre fan.
If you like Zombie books I recommend these ones mostly because of how real the main character is and how much like you he might be. This story is about an ocd guy who loved the idea and planned for a zombie Apocalypse for years before it happened. It is horrifying and fun to follow this puking-shaking yet manly germ-a-phoebe though the first days as his "dream/nightmare" comes true.
Talbot... hands down
The mind of Mark Tufo must be an interesting place. I find myself laughing out loud, horrified, and completely lost in his books. I cant stop reading them... zombies, aliens, it doesn't matter... I'm definitely an addict or groupie. If this makes me biased to all the books than I'm ok with that. I just love being lost in the mind of mike and hearing about the all the insane situations he gets himself into.
I absolutely love this book, I just can't wait to read the next one.
If you are a zombie genre lover and are looking for the next book, look no further. This book will exceed your expectations. It has a very cool and very subtle twist on the 'zombie' theme. The story is solid, moving along at a good pace and takes you into the details that are relevant and always enjoyable. The main character is pretty funny and he is easy to get attached to.
The narration will not disappoint, does a great job reading this story. He simply turns into Mike Talbot and the narration starts out good and gets better as the story moves along. I have read / listened to about 15 books (most of them very good), but this is my very favorite.
Sean Runnette gives a lot to the characters of this series and I have fallen in love with them all. I love the way Talbot thinks and his humor is identical to mine. I have enjoyed many weird stares on the bus home from work from my snorts and sneers.
It was hard to stop listening. I try to only listen during the commute to and from work and sometimes during work when its slow. It gives me something to look forward to the next day for sure
keep them coming :)
This isn't Walking Dead -- it is lighter than that. In fact, that's what I didn't like about it. The humor seemed forced - like the author was trying too hard. It wasn't as funny as Shaun of the Dead, either. So it was somewhere in between.
I liked the characters. And the story was interesting, but a bit dull. It just didn't seem very original. However, the author planted a seed about the zompbies intelligence that I hope will be more prominent in the later books, which I haven't read yet.
But I'm not planning on reading them, either.
High. As in, just below the Dresden Files read by James Marsden, and the Iron Druid Chronicles.
Mike. By far. As the main character, he is a strong character; seemingly always knowing what to do, but having weak points in his shell for his family.
Runnette is amazing with his accents and voices, and his ability to just whip out the quick witted jokes that would have been less enjoyable in print, without the snap of anger or wry humour.
I don't usually laugh or grin at something unless in a group, I just don't experience things outwardly much. But I've found myself giggling into my lunch or grinning at inopportune times at work while listening to this. And, turning a bit green as my cast iron stomach turns from the detailed explanations.
At first, I didn't care for the performance of this book, but the storyline had grabbed me so I kept listening. I'm glad I did...Sean Runnette grew on me. I found myself laughing out loud quite often.
The characters in Zombie Fallout are really fun and interesting. It's a novel driven by family and relationships.
The Walking Dead (comic) is similar in that it is a zombie tale and also focuses on a family.
zombies aren't simple anymore...