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.
Say something about yourself!
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.
funny, tense and zombitastic
Day by Day Armageddon series or the Morningstar series. They are focused on the survival after the zombie apocalypse; however the Fallout books take it even farther and amp up the insanity (in a great way).
He is perfection in this book. His sarcasm comes off perfectly and his different voices really gave the story life. He sounds enough like Bruce Campbell to me to make me picture him as the lead throughout the series. This is a really, really great thing.
There were many, but the most moving was the scene with Justin.
I very rarely ever review anything, but I really had to add that this series is amazing. I highly recommend it to everyone and anyone who enjoys zombie fiction.
Mark Tufo, no. Sean Runnette, yes.
Tried a little harder.
It was all fairly pointless, so I really don't have a favorite scene.
The humor was of the bad Adam Sandler/David Spade variety, so if you like that then it's got that going for it.
This book isn't horrible. It isn't horror, either, or funny, or well written. It does, however, have zombies in it.
I was hoping for another good zombie series like Mira Grant's Newsfeed series. This is definitely NOT it. The characters were less than deep, the women even more stereotypical than others. The plot was choppy, with enough holes to drive Mr. Tufo's jeep through. The humor was of the Adam Sandler variety, so if you like that then it's got that going for it.
I listened to the audio book version of this because I have a long commute to work & back. The narrator was great, did a good job with what he had to work with. But just before the halfway mark I found myself fast forwarding thru the "comedy" and the absolutely unnecessary background info. However, I was hooked enough to listen to the end, and given some of the books I've tried listening to recently, that's saying something. That's why I rated it 2 stars instead of 1.
Honestly, I've been looking for good zombie books like World War Z and the Newsfeed series. After listening to this, I am still looking.
Yes... but just barely. I love audiobooks, especially zombie audio books. This one seems to be a very short story stretched out to novel length by interjecting an endless flow of remarks and comments that at best do not contribute to the story or depth of "Mike", the main character. On a more personal note, the author uses one of my least favorite techniques - he tells the exact same time frame as viewed by three different people. Due to the audio format I'm not sure if they were individual chapters, though they seemed to be. In a book that is already so slow, it is frustrating to realize you have to endure that same day once again through someone else's eyes. It is made even worse that it is through the eyes of characters that I know little about and care nothing about.
No way! There are many wonderful zombie books and audiobooks.
The only character that is interesting or that I'd like to know is "Tommy". The main character is so poorly constructed and written that I kept hoping he would exit the story somehow so someone else can take the center stage.
I picked up this audiobook in part because it was a series and would offer more than just one book. There's no way I'll pay for another book in this series, so a lesson learned and a credit lost. Heed other reviewer's warnings: The main character's (MIke's) unending useless irrelevant thoughts do not in any way add to the story or improve him as a character. His apologizing for those thoughts every single time he has one is even more annoying.