I was hesitant to listen to this because, although I love the category, I thought I had listened to too much of the zombie genre of literature. But, because of the great reviews, I gave it a try...and I'm glad I did. There are two reasons, both entirely unexpected.
The first (the book's place among zombie literature): the piece is written from a Joss Whedon-esque first-person perspective of someone who is familiar with the zombie genre and gives an entirely entertaining account of the zombie apocalypse. Despite the tired tropes of the genre, this had me laughing out loud while commiserating with the real-life issues that the situation would cause. It's both completely realistic, gut-wrenching, and hilarious.
The second (which has to do with how zombie literature can comment on society): I'm a hard-core gay liberal, but most of my family is boiled-down southwestern conservative Republican, and that conservative perspective is shared by the narrator. There is even a part three-quarters of the way through the book where the narrator compares a nauseating zombie scene to the sight of two guys kissing. But, the writing captures something so much more complex and appreciated. Your neighbor is your neighbor, no matter who they are. The main character is a father of a traditional family--but everyone around him are also potential family, no matter who they are. I kind of feel like this captures the true spirit of most loving conservatives I know. It's touching to see a book like this reveal the a true nature of an average american in that way.
Listen for 15 minutes, and you'll be hooked. The best part is: you'll appreciate it 10 hours later.
Can't wait to listen to the next books in this series.
I enjoy Mark Tufo's sence of humor and Sean Runnette performs it perfectly.
This book sets the tone for an amazing adventure, something completely new and different in this genre. What's brilliant is that while you get all the prerequisites for a post-apocalyptic world where the dead not-only walk but they are extremely dangerous, you get the guns, the ammo, the desperation and an amazing twist on your average middle-class American family trying to stay alive against all odds. The genius is in the character development of our protagonist as an everyman, an average Joe with a wonderfully cynical sense of humor but with an absolutely unwavering sense of duty to his family. All the characters are well-defined, including the family dog. Mark Tuffo combines the bleak and horrific reality of a hopeless future with a gun-toting ex-Marine dad who can't help being funny when situations are at their most dire. This is the first book of a long, addictive, brilliantly written and masterfully well-read presentation. Sean Runnette reads this like the star of a nightmare sitcom and you just want to hang out with him because he's that cool. Here's the warning: it's going to cost you several books, you won't be able to wait for next month's allocation and you won't stop until they're done. It's one hell of a scary ride and you won't be disappointed.
The story itself is very entertaining. It gets a little weird and supernatural, but somehow it works. The only problem I had was the narrator. It was as if Ray Romano was telling the story. Not being a fan of that show, it was a little annoying at times, but not so much that I stopped listening and I still enjoyed the story. It is giving me pause on listening to the 2nd book. I'm sure I will at some point, when I'm in a hurry and don't have time to shop or when my wish list dries up a bit. OH, and I'm still a little peeved over the scene before they went into the attic. Don't want to go there again either!
I wasn't going to order this book, but I read the reviews and then double-checked them against the reviews on Amazon and they were consistent. What's good about this book is the humor (some laugh out loud jokes with more than a few groaners mixed with genuine scares and a fast-moving story). Plus, more than a few refreshing and inventive twists that I haven't seen in other zombie books. I would have given the story four or even five stars, but dang, the clichés Mark Tufo depends on too much got to me. "Eyes as big as saucers" "Chest in a vice" "heart leaped out my chest" and about two dozen others. But the overall storytelling and pacing is good enough to let those slide.
Narrator is the worst -- dry, deadpan delivery on EVERYTHING and i do mean everything. Same tone/quality of voice regardless of character is not pleasant, think Ben Stein reading the thing and you get the idea.
Story has some positive elements, but very little "news" on the decline of society, it literally says "it all fell apart" and picks up the story there.
That voice thingy Stephen Hawkins uses, more emotion and better tone from that thing.
Few -- what there are get lost in the mass of annoyance that is listening to it
Reviews are good -- shows how desperate we ZOMBIE fans are of a passable book -- but do not be fooled. This one makes the whole Morningstar series seem like the work of Shakespeare. This book is, for lack of a better phrase, zombie dung.
I prefer audio. its easier to multitask. i had to buy the 5th on Kindle. i liked it. i plan on buying it and listening to it if it comes out on audio.
Mike of course! I really liked the dog Bear. i was very sad about the poor pup. Mike because, i know more about him then anyone else i guess.
i loved the narrator! his voice sounds age appropriate. His BT voice sounds right on too! i like his different accents. his female voices sound alright as well.
i mostly laughed. i think i cried when Bear died! that really got me! i thought i might be scared but it wasn't that bad. it is a good thing though. i dont know if i would have read/listened to the others. i prefer slightly scary and mostly funny with some sad mixed in.
I wish all of Mark Tufo's books were on audio.
The main guy because he loves zombie but at the beginning he tell about the zombie movies and he says 28 days later is a zombie movie it's not. it's a disease that activates the rage and they do die after 28 days
It was not really a zombie novel which really irritated me, it was more of a ghost story with supernatural powers at work. It was more like King's The Stand, than a good zombie book, I would not recommend this for zombie enthusiasts, but more for people looking for a general humor/horror combo.
The narration of the audiobook was great! Easy to listen to and follow.
The best part of this story is that most guys can relate to the main character and the things that are going through his head during crucial moments. Because of that it is laugh out loud funny at times!
The narrator has an every guy kind of voice that really adds credibility to the story because he sounds like at least one person most of us know.
I did cry laughing.