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.
I usually don't listen (or read) books twice.
Gotta love Tommy. He was an great character.
I laughed out loud several times.
I bought this book based on its good reviews expecting some ridiculous entertainment. Instead, it wound up being horribly annoying to listen to; by the second half I was listening to ten minutes then skipping ahead an hour, hoping it would get better. It didn't.
- First, for a zombie book that talks a lot about shooting and guns, Tufo doesn't know what he's talking about. Maybe I'm just being picky since I'm a Marine officer, but he says a Squad Automatic Weapon weighs 40+ pounds (a quick google search confirms what I remembered from The Basic School that it's only 22 lbs loaded). Then he has a man carrying around a gatling gun; while that may be physically possible, the idea is beyond ridiculous for those who know combat. Most people think that being a Marine means that you know what you're talking about - it doesn't.
- Second, the book caricatures women as browbeating harpies, which is offensive to women and annoying to men. The protagonist's wife yells at him and strikes him and his only response is sullen acceptance. The other few women there are in the book act the same. It's like listening to Dakota Fanning scream for 20 straight minutes in 'War of the Worlds'. Yeah, I get it, you think children are fragile - after the first 30 seconds though, it's just super annoying. It's the same with women yelling in this book.
- Third, all of the characters are consistently paralyzed with fear in life or death situations, and this is drawn out in agonizingly wordy prose. I appreciate the attempt at realism and saw this as an effort to mimic the effect of horror movie suspense. The writing, however, prevented any suspense building and instead merely caused grave annoyance on my part.
I could continue, but I hope you get the point. In this book's favor, it was well narrated, and you could skip an hour at a time without losing much.
This isn't Walking Dead -- it is lighter than that. In fact, that's what I didn't like about it. The humor seemed forced - like the author was trying too hard. It wasn't as funny as Shaun of the Dead, either. So it was somewhere in between.
I liked the characters. And the story was interesting, but a bit dull. It just didn't seem very original. However, the author planted a seed about the zompbies intelligence that I hope will be more prominent in the later books, which I haven't read yet.
But I'm not planning on reading them, either.
High. As in, just below the Dresden Files read by James Marsden, and the Iron Druid Chronicles.
Mike. By far. As the main character, he is a strong character; seemingly always knowing what to do, but having weak points in his shell for his family.
Runnette is amazing with his accents and voices, and his ability to just whip out the quick witted jokes that would have been less enjoyable in print, without the snap of anger or wry humour.
I don't usually laugh or grin at something unless in a group, I just don't experience things outwardly much. But I've found myself giggling into my lunch or grinning at inopportune times at work while listening to this. And, turning a bit green as my cast iron stomach turns from the detailed explanations.
At first, I didn't care for the performance of this book, but the storyline had grabbed me so I kept listening. I'm glad I did...Sean Runnette grew on me. I found myself laughing out loud quite often.
I'm 23 and I live in Las Vegas, Nevada. I love British humor, dry sarcasm, horror and sometimes some fantasy. My all time favorite author is Neil Gaiman.
I'm actually a fan of wrong humor and mildly offensive fun, not to mention zombies, so the general comments below actually were encouraging. In fact, if you want a quick look at the main character, imagine Ash from Evil Dead/Army of Darkness if he was a family man. Yes, the character is about as good as he sounds.
The style of writing however, is not. One minute it's a very tense situation, but wait, let's tell you a five minute story about something that happened years ago. One minute something bad happens, there's build up, oh no what are they going to do... Wait! Apparently you have to know this ten minute story of something that happened in the past before we continue. It really is terrible pacing, like he told himself he would only go this many words without a very long joke.
I suppose I will never know Tommy's secrets. Oh well.
The performance is actually okay, the characterization is spot on for the main character, and there is a degree of difference between the characters that could have been better. The minimal amount of distinction could be a product of the story though.