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!
The actors performance of the characters was superb..
The exciting and fun ride that the story takes you on as the reader..
All of them
There really isn't one..
Funny endering real
He was one of the better narrattors I have listened to. He brings the Talbits to life for me.
Let me give you a little back ground on myself before I write this revies. I am an avid reader/listener. I have enjoyed everything from the potter series, the hollows, stephanie plum, morningstar, news flesh, Joe Ledger, allie beckstrom, jane jameson, and more. This is hands down one of my all time favorite series.
I laughed I cried and just enjoyed. I know some people will think his sense of humor is a little 12 year oldish. I on the other hand thought that it was just life. It has the fart jokes and all of the male stupidity that can throw some people off. I on the other hand looked at it as real life. It was real situations that a lot of us have been in, but in a zombie appocalipse. The sarcasm was perfect for me because I am a north easterner and that is really how we realate to each other. Mind you I am a new Yorker so I just have to say go Yankees.
Mark has made these characters so a live and relatable that it is hard not to love them a little bit. Yes there are times when I want to snap my fingers at Mike and say focus zombies, but that just makes it all the more believable, real, and endearing. He is right in the fact that you can only be so scared for so long with out going numb to it.
Mark also balances the life and death fight scenes well with the down time. I have read series that it is all action all the time and it takes away from the story. Yes we are reading a zombie book and there is going to be blood and guts, but we also need the human element. Mark has made the human element (family) the most improtant thing in these stories. He shows how a normal-ish (depending on how you grew up normal may be a stretch of the imagination, but I grew up with this kind of loving disfunction) family doing what they have to do to survive with out losing all that they were before hand.
I have recomended this book to every reader I know. Having said that if sarcasm is not your first language this book may not be for you. If you can't look by the bathroom jokes to the real life experience of being stuck in the house your family and friends and the awkward postions that arise probably not the book for you either.
I didn't read the print version of this book.
The main character, Michael Talbot is a guy that I would like to hang out with... Zombie Apocalypse or not.
Sean Runnette's voice quickly became like that of a comforting friend during my long drives. He knows just where to add emotion, emphasis and quickly felt as though I was a part of this family of zombie hunters. After listening to the first book I can't imagine anyone else narrating this series.
There were many parts of this book that made me laugh out loud at the corny jokes and pop-culture references. There were also many times when I peered around my house for zombies before leaving my car.
In the first chapter or two I was skeptical. The book starts off with corn-ball humor that I wasn't sure I was going to appreciate in a zombie apocalypse story. Before I realized it I was deeply engrossed in the story and the characters couldn't wait to hear more.
The story had some interesting moments, though few and far between. The narrator was more a cartoon character than the tough, razor sharp ex-marine, but the text didn't give him much to work with either. The characters were annoying as hell, from the gluttonous Tommy to the ever-bitching wife to Talbot himself, who seemed more concerned about 'being a real man' in lame stereotypical fashion.
The ending really left me wondering if the story had ended or the author was on a break. It didn't strike me as a good lead in to a second book.
The narrator detracted from the book by narrating it. His voice and style would be awesome on other types of books, but he seemed to make the frustrating writing style even more frustrating. The endless side-tracking and waffling on about nothing were made all the worse by the narrator's delivery. Every time he took on the persona of Tommy, I found myself retching and feeling queasy. Not how I want to feel when listening to an audiobook.
Never make it a movie! You would have to resurrect (zombify?) John Candy to play Tommy, Margaret Hamilton (of Wicked Witch fame) to play Tracey the wife, and include an animation (ie, Peter Griffin) to take on the lead role. While some might find that fun, I wouldn't buy a ticket or set the PVR to record the series.
The views expressed above are my own. I know that other listeners enjoyed all aspects of the series and that is a good thing. Mark Tufo and Sean Runnette are providing services that a segment of the audience finds entertaining and they should be thanked. There is room in the world for all artists.
Not likely, the story made no sense and plot holes large enough to drive a truck through.
No I love zombies!
Yes, I thought the narrator was great, but the story was damn near horrible.
The zombies looking over the wall. Zombies that can figure out how to break through drywall but not crawl over a wall they can look over.
Really it boils down to plot holes, and a story that went nowhere. So many unanswered questions. I really hate when a book delivers a mysterious (whatever) then explains nothing. The Narration was done well, and he delivered the material well. Just that the material he had was not good at all.