the zombie books i have listened to this is in the top 3. The narrator was great and for me its hard to find a great narrator.
Yes, the story was hilarious and the narration was a perfect fit for the main character. The narrator also did a great job with the additional characters who turn up in a few chapters.
I can't really compare this book to another. All other zombie fiction has a severely dour feel to it and is almost completely void of any humor or sarcasm. Zombie Fallout created a unique blend of the grotesque and the hilarious which is no small feat. It portrays a zombie apocalypse as if you might actually experience it, in my opinion. The internal dialogue and thoughts of the main character are so relatable that you literally laugh out loud while simultaneously identifying with him.
Yes, it was very interesting and kept you wanting more. I wanted to see just how Mike and his family were going to navigate every little hiccup with anticipation of how Mike's twisted and ridiculous inner thoughts would digest each new incident.
Lots was good. The handling of combat/guns use was not. I would have loved this series if the author had just been better about it. And I don't mean just 'clip' instead of 'magazine'. Let me give some less-than excusable examples; 1. saying 'steel jacketed bullets'... there's steel case bullets, there's steel core bullets, but anyone who has shot a gun knows the bullets aren't steel jacketed. 2. several times referring to shooting until the barrel of ar-15 glowed. In all the torture tests, I don't think anyone has ever gotten a barrel to the glowing stage and had it even remotely work let alone ever work again. 3. saying a 30-06 will throw you back when you shoot it, even for a little guy that's not that bad of a caliber. I have seen a 140lb dude fire a 50BMG standing; 30-06 is about a third that recoil. etc. I can get over it once or twice, I could get over it if guns were a much smaller part of the story, but it just kept happening... had to quit the series it was so distracting.
Although bored at some points, since the plot was unrolling in a direction already seen in too many zombie movies and TV shows, I continued listening, because I liked the tone of a family man for whom zombie apocalypse was just another thing on a list of problems. I found his perspective and way of telling the story quite charming and interesting, and that kept me going.
Tufo does a wonderful job at changing the grotesque nature of modernday zombies and turns them into comedic gold with the nature of the main characters mind.
I've tried listening to this a few times before and really gave it a chance this time (am over two hours in), but the characters were so stupid I had to turn it off as listening was just making me pissed off.