Willy Wonka of it
Sigh. This book had both highs and lows, so I'll just begin there. How about some pros?
-- Decent zombie tale, grounded in reality with a bit of a supernatural twist.
-- Writer injects a lot of humor
-- Some memorable characters whom you connect with
-- To sort of counteract pro #1, while the origin of the zombies was believable, the supernatural bits thrown in don't fit as well, and, at least in this book, aren't explained
-- To counteract pro #2, the writer injects a lot of humor. The writer injects a LOT of humor. The problem is, the writer can't go a paragraph without trying to elicit a guffaw from the reader/listener, and while there were some quips that drew a grin or a chuckle, they were lost in a sea of jokes that either fell flat or they just got run into the ground so badly that the effect was ruined. There are jokes and tangential stories that just drag on for what seems like forever, and never really hit home.
-- To counter Pro #3, the characters I actually liked and took an interest in were in the minority. The aforementioned characters didn't include the protagonist, and con #2 is just a single reason why. The two main women in this book (there's a third, but she's barely mentioned) were the protagonist's wife and daughter. The daughter was whiny and useless (while still being a worrisome PITA for the other guys), and the wife was created to be the snarky counterpart to the husband, while also filling the stereotypical role of "wife rules the roost". Not a chapter went by when we weren't reminded he was a dummy compared to his wife who had all the power. "Yes Dear!". It got annoying (especially since she wasn't particularly strong, clever or insightful), and just further added to the feeling I was reading something aimed directly at the low-brow humor readers.
We also meet the protagonist's supposed lifetime buddy, and his wife (the third woman never really mentioned) who both manage to be useless tag-alongs.
-- We also didn't get much in the way of explanation for a bunch of the events that happened in the book. The book seemed to wander from random story to story until it culminated int he typical fashion for zombie books, and left you hanging on all the bits that were actually interesting.
As for the narrator, he did a good job, except he made the character seemed even more hokie. I'm guessing that was the intention, but it wasn't to my liking.
I'm not sure if I'll examine any of the other books in the series (if there are any). A lot of books came out recently, so I'll likely see what else is out there before subjecting myself to a round 2.
I like humor. I like apocalypse fiction. I like zombie fiction. I can even like a book that combines all three in the right proportion. But somehow the recipe was off for me in this book. Maybe it was the timing of the wise cracks or the amount of jokiness. I tried but I couldn't get through this.
I am a Chef and have two boys. I also have 2 accounts.
THE STORY WAS DUMB. THE CHARACTERS WERE DUMB. AND IT WAS JUST A STUPID BOOK. TO UNBELIEVABLE EVEN FOR ME.
I am a longtime fan of Zombie fiction, but two hours of this 'novel' was about all I could take. There was nothing about this story that did not disappoint me. The writer's style was amateurish and riddled with cliches and clumsy puns. His lack of knowledge about gunfights and tactics were downright embarrassing and in no way believable as hard as I tried to just go with it. The protagonist and his family would have lasted about 2 hours had any part of this story even the least bit true to the genre. But most of all this guy just can't write. His characters are not even one dimensional and the plot development is on a par with what one might expect from an 8th grade creative writing class.
i bought the first book just to see what it was like. needless to say within the next two weeks I have bought all 6. im in the middle of zf 5 now.
mike and I could have been twins separated at birth. we both suffer from foot in mouth disease, and love bashing us some zombies.
I have a job where I can listen to books all day and still work. there are times my coworkers think im insane, when I bust out laughing or yell at one of the characters. there all starting to look at me, man their color doesent look so good. WWMTD?
60+ hours of AWSOME!
Say something about yourself!
A good Zombie series with 5 more to read. I can't wait!!
The first book in the Zombie Fallout series. We follow Mike Talbot and his family as the Zombie's spread.
Narration was very good. Smooth!
This is well written. I love the sarcasm from Mike. He thinks a lot like I do. I found myself laughing at times and even a few tears.
If you are a zombie fan... even a small one.. Listen to this. You will not regret it,
I will for sure be purchasing the next book.
All of it.
I guess I have to say Tommy. Made me smile more than once.
I can see why people think this book is so funny, and it did make me laugh at times, but I was irritated more often than I was amused. The book is written from the perspective of a 43 year old father and so a lot of the story is told through the random leaps and associations his mind makes and through his internal dialogues. True to his character, all the jokes (which are essentially constant) were bathroom humor, vaguely homophobic, or about fat people. Sometimes it was funny. Mostly it was annoying.
Equally annoying was the fact that all the female characters in the book were irrational/hysterical caricatures and pretty much useless. The teenage characters also felt more like stereotypes than real people.
Also, this is a nit-picky detail, but how can the main character only be 43 years old??? Say that the oldest daughter is 20 years old (we never actually get her age i don't think, but her little brother is 19, so at the very least she has to be 20), that means the main character had to be 22 when he got together with his wife. But before he even met his wife he'd been to college, had a 5 year relationship with some other girl, moved to Colorado with her, had a messy break-up, moved back to the east coast, then joined the Marines, and then met his wife. How could he do all that before he was 22? I think I'm predisposed to be a little judgmental of this book, but that was something that really stuck out as kind of sloppy about the story.
Tucked away in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.
One of the listeners that I follow rated this book highly so I thought I'd broaden my scope. There are some science fiction books that I enjoy...this just wasn't one of them. I started to find the book boring, the characters weren't that interesting, and the premise was weak.
There are a lot of books in this series, but I won't be wasting my time on them.
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.