I think several things disappointed me about Zombie Fallout, and I'll try to summarize the biggest weak points.
1. The homophobia - No so much in the beginning but towards the end there is a jarring reference where the crushing of a zombie's melon is described by the author as being as "repellent" as "seeing two men kiss" that is just out of place and context for the story. I can handle the primary character being a somewhat homophobic middle aged guy who doesn't have a problem making gay jokes with an older neighbor, but the later reference happens away from the main character.
2. The cliched characters - When the author tries to write in the wife's voice, the horrendous weakness of the character writing spills forth. Rather than a complex character, the wife isn't much more than an unintelligent naggy cliche. Women aren't much more than two dimensional props in the story who sit around and gossip, and call each other "bitch".
3. The plot: The story drifts too far away from the standard Romero & Walking Dead zombie genre with the introduction of other elements that I won't spoil.
There are a myriad of other issues that didn't bother me but may annoy others - plot holes, sarcastic humor, and an over description of foul odors. Actually, the last one got annoying towards the end due to the sheer quantity of repetitiveness.
A different zombie book.
The narration (voice acting) was fine. The writing was, at times, painfully disjointed. The main character is supposed to be narrating the story in a journal format. The descriptive vocabulary used is impressive but the character is supposed to be a college drop out, working stiff. It was disconnects like these that killed the suspension of disbelief.
It had some redeeming qualities. The main character feels genuine and authentic. The story remains intriguing and maintains some mystery.
As the book went along, it became more and more evident that the main character wasn't much more than a thinly veiled version of the author. It felt like fan fiction where the author decided to place himself as a character into a zombie apocalypse story in which the glaring flaws of the character are overlooked because the author is unaware of his own personal flaws. There is no arc or change with the main character because he's already the perfect hero on day one. While authentic, genuine, and honest, the main character lacks interesting complexity.
If the author didn't make 3/4 of the book content about metaphors of the situation and cheesy ones at that. This more about the main character analyzing situation describe through metaphor after metaphor which kept things from moving along. It wasn't believable that in the face of zombies one would stop and think all these humors thoughts. DO NOT BOTHER
Just interesting enough to pick up the next to see if got any better...wrong!
Not sure if the reader w as bad are just the content, reader didn't have much to work with.
When it was over
The story is too self aware. It tries too hard to be witty and it is not.
This just wasn't my cup of tea. It seems by other reviews, youeither love it or hate it...i didn't like it very much. I forced myself to continue in hope it would get better, but it did not.
I'm not a fan of the style.
I was disappointed as I read many reviews before purchase.
I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
ABSOLUTELY!!! This was one of the funniest zombie books I have ever read....and can not wait to read #2!!
I dont think I can compare it...its super entertaining on its own!!
He is soooo good...and I love a first person narration...he becomes the character...I dont think anyone else could have done a better job!!
I did...lol...well I fell asleep in the last hour...but woke up and finished it....loved it!! Just add to your cart now...you will love it too....
I am so glad I found this little gem on sale and bought it!! I loved it all!!! The story, the narration, the characters..Definitely a new series for me...the way it lays out the zompocalype is perfect...very similar to the Walking Dead show....but may even be better!!! 2 Huge Thumbs Up!
Ok, confession, I did buy 5 of the fallout books. Here is what you need to know. If you are looking for a realistic scary what if (insert any Pandemic) were to happen, this is not it. It is however entertaining, funny and you can get sucked into the story, but if you do you should know the Talbot books go on forever. I purchased the first series except for book 5. You could dump $100 into these easy. It can be quite slapstick and toward the end books some wacky and convoluted stuff develops because of course the story must go on and you must part with more $. It's not worth the credit unless you can find nothing else you're interested in. The narrator does a great job and is perfect for the Talbot character. The story is between ok and well, silly. But if you're looking for a lighter zombie story (except for book 5 which apparently is gory) this is for you.
Yes, the writing is not the strong part, however, the story is solid and the narration is top notch!
My favorite in this book is Mike, he is not my favorite for the series, though. I like him because I think if I was just a tad bit more paranoid I could very easily be him.
The battle of Little Turtle is really well done, but I think my favorite might be when we meet Durgan/Home Depot.
It made me laugh out loud in some parts, it made nervous in others. The language is extremely strong, no way is this a kids book or for easily offended. The reviews talking about the gore I find odd. While it is descriptive of the gore, it's hard for me to be grossed out without seeing it, no matter how descriptive words just don't get that done for me.
This was my first "zombie" book and was read at the suggestion of a friend. I downloaded the other books in the series and enjoyed them all. So much that I am hoping for more in the series.
Love, Peace and Soul!
This book was amusing at best, but I was hoping for a better story. "Mike" the hero of the story is suppose to be an ex Marine, but he cowers whenever his 5'-2' wife gets angry or scolds him for being an over done "Tim the Tool Man Taylor" of the show from the early 90's "Home Improvement". No disrespect Tim.
The story is full of ill fitting, not funny humor and I cannot for the life of me figure out how "real" people can act the way the characters in this story do during a real "zombie apocalypse"
This is the first book I listened to by Mark Tufo.
This is the first Sean Runnettte performance I listened to.
Not if the movie followed the story line I just listened to.
Find another story to listen to.
I have only read one other book about zombies and I found it bordering on boring, so I was a little apprehensive about using a credit on this one - but I am so glad I did! It would have to be in my top 10.
This book started with a bang and just kept going from there, it was fast paced, action packed with laugh out loud moments.
If you don't like guns and gore then this probably isn't for you, but if you do then give it a go - I'm going to get the rest of the series now.
It could be compared to Larry Correia's Monster Hunter International in terms of gun action and violence, although Monster Hunter is one of my all time favourites and has a lot more mythology in it.
He reminded me of Ray from "Everyone loves Raymond", but don't let that put you off because it really worked and his voices were very distinguishable and I knew straight away what character was talking.
I almost did! I listened over two days.
I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.
I really wanted to like this book, I did, I promise. But that's the problem, this book seems to promise a lot but in the end couldn't help but letting us down.
First, I wasn't real happy with the narration but I tried to overlook, just somewhat irksome in the back of my head, voice acting was not superb.
In the beginning of the book I was actually thinking at least a 3 star (maybe 4 star depending on the ending) up until the book went ahead and 'jumped the shark' in Chapter 18.
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I mean really, Zombie girlfriend, I thought this was a dream sequence at first. I am sure it has something to to with the later books but the Tommie/Seacrest thing I could accept, this pushed it to far.
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...but keep those skis on, not done jumping yet.
The next few chapters (19-20) seemed contrived as if the editor asked the author to go back and add some more content or these we're short stories brought into the book and crammed to fit. Ending was okay but the damage was done.
I really did like the first few chapters though, funny realistic (for a zombie book) and entertaining. Just didn't hold together.
I'm a zombie guy; haven't found a book I enjoyed since World War z
Excellent reading. Really conveys character emotions
I carried an odd sense uncertainty through the book. Wondering what the heck was going on.
After you clear the Wal-Mart scene the cheesy sense of humor grows on you. The story pulls you in. Once I was hooked that was it. I bought the rest in the series.