I was immediatly engaged with the main character. And by the end of chapter one I was already excited that I might have found another series to get hopelessly addicted too.
but then.....I'm not sure....Maybe it was the wierd 'twists' that the author was trying to take with the zombies (which i understand) ..... or the strange and out of place 'powers' some of the characters seem to have.....or just some of the plot events that maybe seemed like awkward extra limbs...or the behavior of the extra characters that seemed wholly unbelievable given the situation (like he tried for the 'levity in spite of long odds' that the dresden files uses to amazing effect but couldn't quite pull it off) I don't know.
I haven't given up hope, but this book has fallen by the wayside already....and I very rarely come back after that happens.
Sean Runnette. What a great performance - he made the audiobook for me. Granted the writing by Mark Tufo is very good, but it comes alive through the narration of Sean Runnette.
Even though Michael Talbot is the main character and keeps me in stitches, it's Tommy who's my favourite character. Innocent, yet with a direct line to Ryan Seacrest, he always has sweets long thought gone from the world. Couldn't stop laughing during the exchange "Jeff Daniels. You mean Jack Daniels. That's what I said."
Clearly, others disagree, but I found virtually every aspect of this book to be a huge disappointment. It's a "zombie" story that seems to flirt with clear supernatural aspects and borrows every tired cliche you can think of. It's full of hacky, lame jokes that feel like a bad episode of The Family Guy (which is odd, seeing that the narrator/voice actor sounds like the character, Peter Griffith.)
Worst of all, the "story" really goes nowhere and offers no suspense or drama. It's just a series of close calls coupled with bad fart jokes and hokey descriptions of gore.
I don't know. It just felt like sloppy writing from a guy who thinks he much funnier than he is. But hey, others seem to enjoy the book (and series) so I guess Mark Tufo's doing something right. I just know that the series definitely isn't for me.
I get that this was meant to be part of a series, but it offered way too many quirky and mysterious aspects to not deliver some explanation. The sad thing is that I don't even care to find out how they're eventually explained in later books.
Yes. It's certainly turned me off from the series and makes me cautious to check out other horror fiction from authors that I'm not familiar with.
His performance seemed way too casual and I found the accent to be quite annoying.
Honestly, I can't think of any.
I'm boring. You don't want to know anything about me.
The personal connection that you are able to make with the characters is amazing. I love to be able to empathize or get a sense of realistic human nature within my fiction stories. I was definitely able to connect with them. I think the biggest asset was that the main character loves his dog which the author, Mark Tufo personally let me know is real. I'll support and author who is a devoted dog lover any day of the week but this is not the only reason I really like this book. In fact I'm on the next in the series after just finishing Book 1 yesterday. I'm excited to get my next morsel of the Zombie Fallout series. :)
I absolutely adore Mike Talbots commitment to his english bulldog Henry. I don't want to give any of the meat and potatoes about the story away so you'll just have to listen and find out what you like best.
Sean is definitely a character. He makes Mike Talbot come to life and not to mention when he reads for the other characters. His voice is nice and easy and I can hear the emotion in his voice. This laid back voice helps me mentally visualize the main characters humor, sarcasm and over all nature in the a very interesting way. I love that. I hope that Sean is the voice of all the future books I plan to download.
I most definitely wanted to but with all the animals and kids in my home this makes it hard. That's ok because I will definitely listen to it again and find hidden treasures or parts that I might have missed because my son is gaming and yelling at his computer half the time.
It's a dog lovers must have book!
The main character is super relateable.
In the beginning when the zombies come.
This movie won't suck.
I have listened to the series for the 2nd time once the 6th book came out.
Mike is a Normal guy who is trying to save his family from zombies.
Sean Runnette is one of the best narrators i have listened to!!!!!
I am so glad he read the whole ZF series he really gives each character his/her own flare!
This is the worst thing EVER to happen to me! Now I have to buy all of the books in the series (and probably all of Marks other books too).
Zombie books aren’t my favorite type of books, but now and then you just have to try something a little different. Right?
At first it was only so-so. A little entertaining, but I was beginning to wonder why I had spent my money on it. But after 5 minutes I was hooked.
The writing isn’t going to be nominated for the “Great American Novel”, but it keeps on pulling you into the story and you just don’t want to stop. That can’t be said of most G. A. Novels.
If I had to put my enjoyment of the audiobook down in a few short words, I’d say that it’s like a slightly wacky toboggan ride down a mountain. You wouldn’t want to get off if you could.
As to the Sean Runnette’s reading of the story I can not praise it high enough. I would buy just about any audiobook narrated by him just because it had his name on it.
Mark Tufo's writing and Runnette’s reading is so perfect in this audiobook series that I know where my money will be going for a while.
I have already recommended this book. I recommended it because it is smart, funny, well written.
One of the most memorable moments to me was when the zombie figures out how to use the fence cutter, talk about an oh-crap moment.
I thought the narrator was ok, he has a very dry delivery. At first I found him a little annoying but he grew on me as the book went on.
I laughed out loud at several points during this book. The scene where the boys thought to drag beer up to the roof of Wal-Mart had me laughing so hard my dog wondered what was wrong with me. I laughed again when the boy is playing with the "UFO", etc. The only scene I wish was edited out of the book was the bit with Fritz and his raping of female zombies, it just didn't fit in with the spirit of the rest of the book. It did not advance the story line and if it had been edited out, the story would not have been impacted.
The author paints such a vivid picture as the characters progress through the book. Everything from the puss and goo to the smells to the nonsensical thoughts we all have when under pressure. This book was so much fun, I'll listen to it again some day.
I just loved the dry humor. It's like Archie Bunker meets 28 Days Later.
Sean really carried off that sarcastic wit that makes the story so engaging.
Yes! I found myself shivering and laughing by turns.
I highly recommend this story to anyone who finds zombies funny!