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...
Page after page of corny one liner jokes delivered by a narrator without sense of timing wore on me. The main character alleges to be a self anointed survivalist from page 1 but all it seems he does is store a bunch of guns in the house. Did he ever go hunting, no he says but he'll ride around in his car shooting stop signs, nice what an idiot. Add to this his Marine experience stealing a truck. I've been in the service and if I'd stolen a truck with C4 in it (unguarded somehow) my butt would be making big rocks into little ones. How he ended up as an HR specialist I'll never know but the company that fired him made the right decision. I just don't have much to care for in this fool. His kids are annoying and the relationship he has with his wife is just silly.
The thing that irked me most was that one day this guy wakes up and the whole world is undead. The author tries to set up the story with a preface but in chapter one he's introduced the main character who isn't aware of what's been apparently going on for months. It's like he's been in hypersleep. If you are going to write a trilogy take time to set up the downfall part.
I'll still read zombie books but this one is a dog.
Someone with a little emotion and the ability to deliver the author's punchlines. However, that being said, I've heard all these one liner jokes either in the army or the bowling alley. They are the types of one liners that you think are lame the 1st time you hear them and they certainly don't need to be collected into a novel. Some don't even make sense.
One thing that really eats me up is the narrator's vocalization of the term "zombie." God it's annoying.
Everyone but the zombies.
I know that people who read zombie novels find the genre endearing but come on this story is just bad and the characters are simply flat and not believable. A good zombie story can stand on it's own and this one can't.
I LOVE zombie books, even the bad ones, but this was too much. The main character is obnoxious with his ridiculous tangents, support characters are completely one-dimensional and the writing is pretty bad. "He said... He said.... She said..." There was no substance, no tension and nothing original brought to the genre. The narration is monotone and adds to the annoyance of the main character (though in fairness, his voice fits the main character perfectly).
This was definitely one of my most disappointing credits as with all the great reviews I expected it to at least be entertaining. Save your credit.
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.
It having been another book.
I don't know
Does the author count as a character. Him. if not, all of them?
I love zombie books. Check my history, I may only have purchased zombie books. And I seriously considered asking audible for my money back. IT IS TERRIBLE.
Not sure if the series gets better but I wont find out. Wooden one dimensional characters, Cliched zombie plot lines. Nothing original here. deleted the book half way through. No I would not buy another one from this author
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.
Someone with the sense of humor of a 10-year-old boy, and no idea what proper grammar is.
Hired an editor or 2 or 3.
The material he was reading was the biggest problem.
The scenes weren't the problem. The awful awful writing and horrible sentence construction and misogyny were the problem.
Don't waste a credit on this book.
Never I could not stomach the first book, it is hate mongering under the guise of supposedly being funny. I want my money back!
Crass attempt at being witty. Comedians can stand on a stage and set a scene and get away with some politically incorrect humor but Tufo takes ongoing out of the blue shots at women and gays and thinks that is okay.
I am sure Tufo is crying all the way to the bank over negative reviews and has a large following with the series so it keeps going but he reinforces stereotyping that really perpetuates hate and why is it even necessary?