A Must Read.
I can't compare it to any other Zombie Book as this was my first Zombie Story, I purchased the first series as audible had a special and thought I would give it a try. I absolutely fell in love with the book and the Talbot family and read the next 5 books of the series in quick succession. After reading number 6 and reaching the end of the series, I felt like I had lost a member of the family as there is no series 7 on the horizon. I actually emailed the author to beg for another Zombie Fallout book but was told that he had no plans for one anytime soon. Totally devastated, how can he let us fall in love with this family only to take them away. I have not enjoyed a book so much in years.
Sean was brilliant, I am really fussy with narrators, and tend to prefer the UK readers as I sometimes find the US ones can be too TV Soap and sometimes just plain mind numbingly bad, when you find a good one though they are fantastic. When I first started listening to Sean I was a bit wary as I don't warm very quickly to the narrators, but it did not take long at all to view Sean as Mike Talbot and I think he really bought Mark's story to life. If this was made into a movie or TV series I would want the part of Mike to go to Sean as he is Mike Talbot to me, he knows every part of his character and does him to perfection. He also brings his talent to the other characters in the book and you get a real sense of them individually, you know each one and they remain separate, they don't blend it to each other as they sometimes do in other books I have read.
Most definitely! I would listen every spare moment I got and would turn up at work listening to it, and my colleagues would be saying hello and I would not want to take my ear plugs out as I wanted to know what was going to happen next.
I love watching The Walking Dead on TV and it is hugely popular in our home, it is a great show that Australian's have fallen in love with, but I think Zombie Fallout has a better storyline. Mark brings more to the story then just mind numbing flesh eating Zombies, he brings, well I guess you are going to have to buy the book to see what else he brings to a Zombie story which makes it head and shoulders superior to the rest. I have started to get more into Zombie books after this series, but Mark has a knack of bringing humour, sarcasm, love, family, camaraderie, fear, hopelessness, hope and many more things to his book that I don't think others do.
I like a book that mixes horror and comedy - it's an awkward blend of suspense and release.
I realize that there are millions of people who love Ed Wood films. I wish I could, but I can't. To me, they're just hack jobs of a genre I love.
This is an audiobook version of an Ed Wood zombie film, if Hank Hill were the main character AND the author.
Or maybe it's people making fun of Hank Hill but they never let on that they're making fun? It's one of those SNL sketches that you're not sure which part is supposed to be funny, the obvious joke, or the godawful writing, cliches, characters and story.
I'll try to be more specific. The writing. It's not good. His characterization of women and his own kids, (and his bull dyke neighbor) are bad. Not just predictable, but cringeworthy when combined with the writing. Maybe the problem is me? Maybe I know too much about great writing, so certain things jump out that a regular reader won't notice?
See how I did that? I just talked about how awesome I am? There's a LOT of that in this book. A. LOT.
The challenge is unfortunately compounded by the narration. Again, referring to Hank Hill. This narrator is Hank Hill. Void of drama. The shrieks/wails/moans all sound like a mechanic reading a repair manual. I think he's doing a decent job of reading - I mean, he's not stumbling over words, he speaks clearly, but when he says, "and then I yelled 'hey don't do that!'" he kind of just goes into a falsetto high voice to emulate a yell. Too distracting.
Don't get me wrong - I'm going to finish this book.
Oh yes. I shall finish it.
500+ five-star reviews can't be WRONG, right? They just can't be. There's got to be something more to this book that I'm not getting.
[DISCLAIMER: every occurrence of the word "book" should be replaced with the words, "FIRST THREE CHAPTERS" because that's how far I made it before giving up and writing this review.]
[OH but I WILL force myself to finish this thing. I want to believe.]
This book made me smirk. The main character had a fun, quirky voice which was helped along by the most awesome narration. I enjoyed the new twist on zombies, as well.
However, I think you'd have to be a tee shirt and jeans wearing, domestic beer drinking, football worshiping, man cave owning guy to fully appreciate it. Women, especially beautiful women, were dangerous, mysterious, volatile, helpless, demonic and/or banshees, the source of all evil, or just plain zombies. Flatulence was elevated to levels I'd not seen in literature before.Guys liked to sneak a hug, and then call each other fruity. The attractive lesbian in the tale was a potential convert until she was found to prefer zombies over men.
I found I couldn't help but roll my eyes from time to time, which made it quite difficult to listen and drive at the same time. Nevertheless, it was a fun story, and the main character was likeable. He wasn't all that different from some of my exceedingly hetero guy friends, and he liked dogs. No one who likes dogs can be all bad.
Just a Latino living life in NYC
I can't believe I found another great author because of zombie theme that I seem to be stuck on... I first found Peter Clines now Mark Tufo... they are two different animal but very entertaining! First of all I totally fell in love with the Mike - the main character... His voice was so familiar... I could see my self in his shoes. Not the mention the Sean Runnettes reading really brought the story to life and place me front and center with in the action. I was nervous, I was scared, I laughed out loud! I just downloaded the next 4 books in the series (must always take advantage of a sale). I'm also glad that Mark Tufo has other books to look forward to once I finish this series. Thank you Mr. Tufo and Mr. Runnette!
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!