I don’t usually write reviews on books purchased on Audible, but I have to about this one. I enjoy a good Zombie book like the next person but this was neither a good book or a good Zombie story. The author’s poor writing skills become apparent after a few paragraphs that include phrases like “she retorted” “I barked”… It’s not “slap stick” as some reviewer stated, its one bad joke after another, after another, after another! The narrator sounds like Billy Chrystal delivering a boring monologue filled with old tired jokes. Do yourself a favor and listen to the sample. If you can stand that, then maybe you can get through the entire book. To me, it was a waste of a credit and time. I really did try and give it a chance, but the plot and jokes are so predictable I stopped listening.
The first thing you should know is that this is a zombie story in the tradition of movies like Shaun of the Dead or Zombieland. That is to say, a zombie comedy (zombedy?).
I am going to make this review easy. I imagine you are not going to buy two zombie comedies this month which means you may be considering this or The Zombies of Lake Woebegotton (also available from Audible). The difference between the titles is easily articulated: Zombie Fallout generates its humor primarily from one-liners, bad smells, slapstick, and bodily functions. The Zombies of Lake Woebegotton's humor is primarily situational, satire, and irony. I think the The Zombies of Lake Woebegotton is the much better of the two books, but you should assess by your own sense of humor.
Taken on its own, Zombie Fallout isn't bad. It is amusing, and I love a good zombie story. I think I'll even buy the sequel. However, if I were looking to buy a zombie-comedy this month, this would be my second choice.
I'd be the last to praise this book as I often found myself cringing at the writing, but I was entertained to some degree.
It is interesting to hear a zombie story for the point of view of someone who might be suited to deal with it (mike's guns and weapons training) rather than the usually random dude. The characters were mostly unbearable.
Different narrator, was not a fan of the narration.
It was pretty entertaining if you overlook the obvious problems.
Mike was not funny, not in the slightest. No one was legitimately entertaining. Sarcasm seems to be the only attempt at humor which was kind of awful. The wife is irritating, irrational and endlessly nagging.
It was entertaining. Great first half, second half could have used more details. Items are left hanging that I thought should have been expanded. However, it could be made up for in the next book.
People with little brain power. The book reads like something written for morons. The characters are two dimensional (the women or written HORRIBLY, offensively bad, if this book hit mainstream I would expect protests from women's rights groups) and its just so so bad.
Example: Parents rushing to save a child in danger of dieing, stop to argue over whose car to take as they don't want zombie guys on their pretty cars. Women stay home and drink while the men go out to protect the town and the women complain about home values dropping due to zombie proofing houses.
I'm not sure, as this series is well rated on audible, I no longer trust audible ratings.
He put a lot of emotion into his voice and was very easy to understand. I believed him as the character speaking.
Disapointment and anger. I feel like I wasted 10 hours of my life. It also makes me question audible's rating system. This book has a high rating but is pure drivel.
You never have to wait for anything if you bring a good book.
For $5.00 I figure I had nothing to lose, but honestly this book was a waste.
The story was pointless and implausibly absurd. For example, the hero's wife and daughter are living in a fortress neighborhood because of the zombies (oh and they still have electricity of course) and these two women don't even know how to make sure their guns are loaded, but while all the men are off fighting zombies they decide to go off alone and raid the local gas station for cigarettes... yeah right. Before the huge zombie attack a single female zombie points at the ex-Marine hero and he's suddenly compelled to jump over the barricade and give her rotting face a lip-to-lip kiss... yeah right. And then there is the kidnapper/rapist who has a zombie chained in his basement and prefers her putrid flesh to human hostages because real girls "always lose the will to live"... yeah right.
This doesn't appear to be a campy parody, but a low-brow pot boiler trying to capitalize on the zombie craze. The whole story is so stupid it's amazing and even more amazing to me is that there are lots of folks who rate it very highly.
The narration isn't terrible, but as another reviewer said, he doesn't sound like an ex-marine.
Most definitely recommend this! As a matter of fact I have! The characters are rich, the writing is real, the story is great....can't say enough good about this book and all the Michael Talbot stories.
Michael....I guess, it's hard to say. They are all so good.
Sean Runnette's voice has made me fall in love with Michael Talbot. He is the best I've heard.
Haven't a clue.....but this would be a fantastic film series.....I would definitely pay to see this.
What can I say. I love the Talbots. I love BT, Tracy, the kids, Alex, all of the characters, even Mrs. Denoe. I've already listened to all 4 twice and preaparing to start over and listen again while I wait for # 5 to be published.
I have truly enjoyed this book! I have heard a number of zombie books as of late, to be honest I was starting to get bored with them. Story line a bit cliche, narration boring, in a last ditch effort I downloaded this book. I was captured by the humor in the narration, Sean Runnette is great at this, made this a must read, the story line is a bit off the norm as well, made the entire experience great, have already downloaded the 2nd volume.
The story was excellent. It was the comic relief in the book that I had a hard time adjusting to. Some of it was so out of place that it really took away from the story. It took me awhile to get into it, but I'm glad I did- I enjoyed it.
I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too
Enjoyable, witty, gruesome
The remaining by Dj morels. Similar but not and with more humour
Excellent, the dry wit was excellently played
Yes, just to find out how talbot would survive or not, and more about Tommy, just who or what is he?
Fun read not as heavy as some zombie books, different, eg zombies that kiss ! Some great ideas for the genre