I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
Potatoes.(A line from the book, not a description of the book.)
This is a sitcom, plain and simple. Almost every line is an attempt at humor. There are some really funny lines and lots of misses. I will have to say the book is never boring. I will have to also say the book is never great. Tufo shows he has some imagination and that he can write. In this book though he could not figure out if he wanted to be funny or serious and ended up being neither as a whole. Fart jokes abound in this and sometimes he will drag the same fart joke out for several minutes.
The whole book is done in first person and the main character says everything in a smirkingly way. I did not like the character at first, put he grew on me. In parts the book is very gross and the humor does not relieve you from it, it just makes it grosser.
This has a audience, it has gotten some really good reviews, the Zombie Queen even gave it four stars. It is not for me and I will not be following this series. If Tufo has written a serious scary book, I will read that, I am just not into one liners.
I am a Landscape Architect living in Hanover, Pennsylvania who enjoys historical nonfiction, fantasy novels, and zombie horror.
I’ll give any zombie book a listen, and for the past few years it seems that this one makes every Audible ‘Five Dollar Bottom-of-the-Bucket Sale’ that comes around. It’s worth a listen for that low price, but I doubt I’d be satisfied with the purchase had I paid full member price – and I have serious hesitations about continuing this series. (Sidenote: The fact that seven books have been released in two-and-a-half years is pretty telling about the quality of the writing and the richness of the plot. Don’t expect anything too deep here, folks; this is some hastily-written fodder.)
The plot is straightforward and predictable. We follow a main character from the onset of a ‘zombie apocalypse’ for a few weeks. Within the plot are all the clichés that have come to represent contemporary zombie literature; we witness the transformation of a suburban subdivision into ‘Defense Bunker Alpha’ for a colorful cast of survivors; we follow expeditions to plunder the local Wal Mart and state armory; we observe struggles of power within family and community in the name of ‘survival.’
Along the way there is plenty of zombie gore and death.
Tufo lacks pacing and substance throughout much of the book. What he does achieve is the creation of a conventional and believable post apocalyptic world. It’s a bit funny, sort of tense, not so clever, moderately creative, and overall pretty enjoyable to escape into.
I have one nitpick with this book, and that is that I repeatedly cringed at many of Tufo’s hamfisted and stereotypical plot devices. I can generally ignore such things for the sake of the overall story arc, but Tufo manages to bog his narrative down with so many unrealistic distractions: the villains in the story are all ‘bad guys’ just for the sake of being ‘bad guys’ and they lack any real motivation; the humor is crude in a ‘lols we all smell like poop’ way, and probably worst of all, the supporting characters are all utter stereotypes without any development or reasoning—we have a Russian henchman whose sole purpose in life is to speak in a thick accent and inject icy intimidation as needed, a pair of weepily woeful lesbian feminazis, and the most facepalmy—a mentally-retarded teenage sidekick with an obsession for Yoohoos and Kit Kat bars.
Runnette just doesn’t convince as a narrator. His monotone ‘old timey’ voice and calm, plodding narration style is charming for more political and scientific fare (I loved him reading ‘The Roots of Obama’s Rage’ and ‘What Einstein Didn't Know’), but he isn’t able to communicate the appropriate levels of suspense, emotion, and sheer horror that a zombie book needs.
In short, this book stands on its own well enough if you have low expectations and don’t take it too seriously. The plot is predictable and straightforward, and because of the way that the author employed standard zombie conventions and emotions, it is easy to get into the minds of the characters and enjoy—at least surficially—the world that Tufo has created and the story that he tells. But for the sheer amount of ‘Zomb-Lit’ available nowadays on Audible, I would suggest looking elsewhere within the Horror Pantheon. Zombie Fallout isn’t a classic—it leans more toward ‘Zomb-trash.”
No, not really, I read some of the reviews decided to read anyway. Good read!
When bear protects the family.
Had a couple , but liked tommy quite a bit.
Yes, read some more of Mark Tufo books.
The reader does not do justice to the character. Not sure why, it just doesn't work for me personally. The book tries to be glib, but it doesn't come over well considering the topic.
Not make it so much about this guys personal feelings about people and family and more about the actual fact that there are zombie's with actual powers to make decisions.
Since it is a series and left off with really no ending I feel I should listen to the next one just to see what the smart zombies actually come up to infiltrate the non zombies
This book could have been a story told in any bar anywhere. The characters are not especially gifted. They are just your neighbors dealing with zombies.
I liked this book for that. I have never seen another zombie book handled like this.
It seems like half the book is about bad smells. Sadly every reference to the popular zombie movies is wrong, even the classic "Night of the Living Dead" black and white movie that started it all. The first book is probably the best. After having listed to 3 of them, he can't even keep up with his own story line. Later books jump over how they found out certain details that were given in the prolog. Ok, the reader knows, but how did the characters find out? It is written as a personal journal, but wouldn't something that important be memorable enough to be written down. If the character wrote the prolog, he would have known everything revealed, not just half of it, but I'm starting to rant myself now. Just save yourself the trouble and the money. Pick something else.
No and No
First off, it took me a while to get past the narrator's voice. Think "Raymond" from "Everybody loves Raymond". After finally getting past the narrator's voice (about halfway through the book) I figured out that there simply isn't much substance to this book. I love a great series and especially a great zombie series, but this is the first and last book I will listen to out of this one. The story is slow moving, there is a lot of main character fluff and side talk, and just not a whole lot happens.
There really isn't much to say that is positive about this book, except that it has zombies in it. Other than that, it pretty much annoyed me for 14 hours.
The narrator sounds like Ray Romano, he's just awful. I couldn't listen without wishing there would be a zombie outbreak during his narration and I could listen to him being eaten.
The writer intends to be funny, and isn't, so in that aspect the Ray Romano narrator is at least fitting. The humor fails to go beyond making jokes about dog farts and fat kids.
The plot is terrible, action terrible, technical quality of writing is terrible.
It amazes me someone published this book at all, period. Unfortunately I bought book 2 along with book one. It is even more horrible. I quit listening halfway through.
So many horrible characters with no depth, logical inconsistencies such as the lead's backstory timeline doesn't make any sense...and just bad writing. No editing just a rambling piece of junk...
totally juvenile, all fart jokes. I don't know how this got good reviews. I usually listen to books repeatedly, couldn't finish this one.
I think one or 2 fart jokes would be enough, not that many per chapter (or page!)
I'd like to return all 3 books (I bought them on the buy 2 get one free sale) but it's only letting me return book 2.