I would (and have) recommended this book to friends. It's a surprise take on a theme that's been overdone by Hollywood.
I love the rambling style.
The narrator's voice gave me an instant image of him in my mind and within the first few chapters, I was invested in the Talbot family.
There are many laugh out loud moments in the book and times when I was mentally shaking him to "come on , come on, tell me", as he rambles on with stray thoughts. It's just like listening to a slightly nutty friend telling you a story with every detail.
I absolutely must read the entire series.
Page after page of corny one liner jokes delivered by a narrator without sense of timing wore on me. The main character alleges to be a self anointed survivalist from page 1 but all it seems he does is store a bunch of guns in the house. Did he ever go hunting, no he says but he'll ride around in his car shooting stop signs, nice what an idiot. Add to this his Marine experience stealing a truck. I've been in the service and if I'd stolen a truck with C4 in it (unguarded somehow) my butt would be making big rocks into little ones. How he ended up as an HR specialist I'll never know but the company that fired him made the right decision. I just don't have much to care for in this fool. His kids are annoying and the relationship he has with his wife is just silly.
The thing that irked me most was that one day this guy wakes up and the whole world is undead. The author tries to set up the story with a preface but in chapter one he's introduced the main character who isn't aware of what's been apparently going on for months. It's like he's been in hypersleep. If you are going to write a trilogy take time to set up the downfall part.
I'll still read zombie books but this one is a dog.
Someone with a little emotion and the ability to deliver the author's punchlines. However, that being said, I've heard all these one liner jokes either in the army or the bowling alley. They are the types of one liners that you think are lame the 1st time you hear them and they certainly don't need to be collected into a novel. Some don't even make sense.
One thing that really eats me up is the narrator's vocalization of the term "zombie." God it's annoying.
Everyone but the zombies.
I know that people who read zombie novels find the genre endearing but come on this story is just bad and the characters are simply flat and not believable. A good zombie story can stand on it's own and this one can't.
The narrator and the self-deprecating humor. The action was pretty non-stop and the characters were simple and mostly likable.
Zombie Apocalypse fun was the most interesting. The least interesting is his portrayal of women. Flakey, silly, inappropriately focused on frivolous detail while the world melts down. Tufo doesn't seem to appreciate women much.
Sean Runnette is at his likably snarky best here as usual. His performance and humor brought the book up to a higher level of interest.
My most extreme reaction was to the misused words. At first I thought I was just not hearing things correctly or that the narrator had a few slip ups. But apparently Sean Runnette was reading word for word from a very flawed book. According to Amazon reviews the editor has claimed that later editions have been corrected but this audio version is clearly from the original version. There must be a mistakenly used word or phrase on every page of the book. It's jarring to say the least. But the story is fun so I would just shake my head and keep going. Editors are so very, very important.
I LOVE zombie books, even the bad ones, but this was too much. The main character is obnoxious with his ridiculous tangents, support characters are completely one-dimensional and the writing is pretty bad. "He said... He said.... She said..." There was no substance, no tension and nothing original brought to the genre. The narration is monotone and adds to the annoyance of the main character (though in fairness, his voice fits the main character perfectly).
This was definitely one of my most disappointing credits as with all the great reviews I expected it to at least be entertaining. Save your credit.
Im a good listener
If this was anything but a zombie story I would have put it down in 30 minutes. At first I thought it was the narration, but then I realized the narrator didn't have much to work with. The main character is not well defined, his traits are all over the place. The dialogue is horribly cliche. The attempted humor is like fingernails on a chalkboard. It's just all around bad.
I enjoy a good zombie book just a much as the next person, but this was an abject excuse for a zombie book. It was full of inconsistencies followed by gaping holes in the storyline. Had I known that characters were going to be created for the sake of filling a void with no intent of developing them, I would not have bothered to listen until the end. I kept hoping that the woman zombie character would come into play, but it seems the author just forgot all about her. The humor was sophomoric and difficult to ignore. I wish I could comment about the ending, but I still can't figure out how it ended. I suppose I will have to re-listen to the end, but I can't bare to put myself through the ordeal.
I'm not sure.
I can't say I have a favorite scene. I kept hoping it would get better.
This one should be free.
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.
I love nice Voices!
I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good apocalypse story. Tufo puts you right into the story; right on the sidelines.
I was hooked after hearin the 1st or maybe 2nd sentence. Mike Talbot is hilarious.
5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(
good start, but then it was weirder and weirder... and i have no idea whats my opinion of this book.... i bought it few month ago and didn't get the 2nd one yet.... i'll wait a bit after i read all what i have and then i'll get the 2nd one....
hope i'm being wrong and that it turns out to be a good series.
I live to ride my bike.
I did not know that a zombie story could be soo funny. I was downloading the second book and I had 6 hours left in the first. Much of the funny stuff is the ???are you for real???? type, husband and wife banter and blatant sarcasm. Oh Ryan Seacrest will never get as much exposure as he receives in this book; he is a prophet in zombie land.
Mike is one of those survivalist fellows. He taught his boys how to shoot as soon as they could hold a gun. He is prepare for whatever genocide could happen. He is particular prepare for zombies. Why? Because he has watched every zombie movie or book available. He is ready!! Really? But? Why are these zombies acting different? Do you think they are making plans?
The Talbot family is stuck in their little subdivision with perverts, bigots, mystic dogs, and lesbians who are on a real man are dogs rant.
Mike???s family members (that includes best friends, son-in-laws to be, friends of his son???s) are so helpful they are constantly, stumbling, running, and bumping into each other to be helpful. In one scene Mike???s son cannot even put on his sock (he is still recuperating from a zombie mauling) (hey if you figure out how he can survive having an open wound with an airborne virus, let me know) yet, he is getting dressed to man the wall.
Mike is the head of the family (as long as his wife lets him) and he takes his job very seriously even the dog has importance. Did he actually think about giving up one of his children for the dog?
When there is a tough decision the family turns to Tommy. He is the mentally challenged person with prophet Ryan Seacrest providing him life saving advice, ???I would not turn the car off it I were you.???
OK you have got to read/listen to this book.