I like zombies and comedy, but I called it quits on "Zombie Fallout" after a few chapters. I'm chiming in because many of these "unanimous five star" genre books have been unqualified hits for me. With this one, I wish I'd listened to the sample, although frankly I think the cover, title and marketing should indicate a bit more of the schticky style contained.
There's a lot here that just wasn't my taste - constant references to past zombie pop culture (no 00's movie or videogame goes unnoticed), the conceit that the main character was fully prepared for a zombie apocalypse, and, most of all, Mr. Tufo's overeager and slightly corny sense of humor.
Not a minute goes by without him trying to elicit some kind of laugh from the listener/reader, and just about every attempt was a failure with me. It's all firmly from the Jeff Foxworthy/King Of The Hill school of "redneck sitcom husband" humor; he slips in poop, gets annoyed with his wife, disdains anything more high-brow than a monster-truck rally, and expresses exasperation at the idiot neighbors. Hey, I have no problem with humor or bending genre conventions, but it didn't connect with me and felt fairly stale after Shawn of the Dead and Zombieland (which, of course, are knowingly referenced).
I can't say the narrator helped. Mr. Runnette is affable and sympathetic but his reading neither delivered the punchlines or amped up the suspense for me. Frankly, he sounds like a quirky character actor more than the leading man I'd want to join for a multi-book saga.
I sensed some inventive supernatural twists before I quit, but all of this was too much baggage for me. But hey, a quick listen to Audible's generous sample should be enough for you to tell which reviewers you should listen to.
This was my first zombie story ever and I L.O.V.E. it! The narrator was awesome and I'm looking forward to listening to all the other books. I heard some zombie stories were complex, but not this one. The author did an awesome job incorporating real life and reality into this story and at times I felt like I was there. This story had me on the edge of my seat the entire time!
Meets zombies.... worth your time and credit. Main character in the book is a joy to follow... very funny. . The story has a bit of a supernatural twist that makes it interesting.
The narrator did a good job he was very well suited to the main character.
I will get the next book.
Yes, it was funny, self-depricating and fairly well paced. If the action gets too intense there's guaranteed humor coming.
Michael. He's the story teller, of course! The female characters are bloody useless and annoying.
I've listened to this twice and the second time around I was struck by how ... dumb the female characters are. They are useless. The dead are walking; the regular rules of society no longer apply but these women are more concerned with gossip, cigarettes and w(h)ine. And being 100% useless with guns. By the time the book ended after the 2nd listen, I would have been happy to see all of the female characters gone.
I'll be the first to admit that I have a quirky sense of humor and this book is just that. Listen to the audio sample. If you don't find it funny then you will not enjoy this book or the series. If you do find it humorous then you will love the book and the series. I listened to the 8 published books in 2 weeks. Now I have to wait for the next book which makes me sad.
None the less if you are a fan of this type of humor you'll be in for a great ride. Download it and hold on for a great listen.
The main character Michael Talbot is a wonderfully snarky and flawed man that you will grow to love.
Anyone who loves a good zombie story this is it. This profoundly entertaining and witty. Absolutely love the characters and the narrator. Can't wait to move on to the rest of the series
the quality of story was there,there's parts that had me on the edge of my seat ,other parts that gave me laugher and even had me yelling at it. I found i could lose my self in this audio book. I will be looking forward to listening to the rest of the series and if it's anything like this one I'm sure I'll have a hard time putting it down.
I will be definitely buying more books by this author and by the narrator .