Hilarious, action-packed, relatable
I can honestly say I've never read another book let alone series like Tufo's ZF. This series was a great change for a fan who was running out of options for good zombie books.
“Look out the peephole,” my wife whispered. I put my eye to the hole expecting to see some little shit gang-bangers out there tearing things up. What I saw was a tongue. “I see a tongue! Some asshole is licking my peephole,” I said, and then I laughed a little bit. That sounded a little gross even to me.
At least we now knew what had the zombies so enthralled. Justin and a couple of his co-workers had escaped to the roof before it was too late. One of them had grabbed a couple of pellet guns and from the looks of all the empty beer cans on the ground somebody had the presence of mind to grab some cases of Keystone Light. So let’s make sure we’re clear on this: Obviously the people that managed to get to the roof knew their lives were in danger. They had the presence of mind to climb to a safe haven and even to arm themselves as best they could. So far so good, but then one of the group decided that they might need some beverages to stave off thirst, still good. That person, fearing for his life, went to the beer section, which again is admirable, everyone knows beer is the nectar of the gods. But then he grabs Keystone Light? Are you kidding me? I’d rather eat the can than drink the contents.
Mike and the rest of the Talbots willingness to not only take in Tommy but other people who find themselves alone. Would it happen in a real life apocalyptic scenario, probably not but it is nice to think people would ban together than look out for themselves.
I have read so many zombie/apocalypse books and I felt like I was coming to the end of the line with good books let alone a series. I bought this book with low expectations and that quickly changed. I had to check myself when listening to Zombie Fallout in public because I would burst into laughter. Then rewind and make my husband listen to it. Mike Talbots dry sarcastic humor is such a great fit for the genre. Another favorite thing for me, the noticeable lack of T&A. I like a good nude female zombie as much as the next chick (SARCASM) but I was getting a bit annoyed with not being able to go a chapter without some woman who apparently shows appreciation with sex.....in the first few days/weeks of a zombie apocalypse. There is also, thankfully, a lack of rape scenes in Tufo's book. There are a couple scenes throughout the series but they are done well, getting the point across and moving on. I'm sure sexual predators will be all over an apocalypse but I appreciate being able to focus on the zombies in a book rather than such a heinous act.
All in all, I have a new favorite writer. Once you finish this series, you should try out Lycan Fallout.
The story was excellent, the narrator captured the mood and personality of Talbot perfectly, and the humor was well placed well timed and very appropriate. I found it a pleasant change from the other zombie stories and I liked the fact that it was self aware and not afraid to call a zombie zombie
I've been an Audible junkie from way before it was cool.
I listen to audiobooks like this when I don't want to think too much. There are one liners that make you laugh out loud. There are some funny metaphors and a few creative twists. However, ultimately, you can tell the author is looking to milk this zombie train for multiple books, leaving many unanswered questions. At the end, was I intersted enough in the characters to want to wade into the next several books? I'm on the fence. That probably is the answer I'm looking for, and might be the one you are seeking as well. Great narrator though.
This is my first review of a book on Audible and I've listened to almost 300. I felt as if this was written by a 16 year old boy. I love zombie stories and this was just not what I consider funny. The jokes fell flat, the wife was someone I would have locked outside and the lead was a man child. definitely wouldn't recommend.
...kill your babies. If Tufo's editor had done that, there wouldn't be much of a story left. Excessive, cheesy humor abounds, so if you're into that, then you're in for a treat. If not, you'll be trying to figure out how to return an audiobook and get your credit back. I wanted to like it, and I listened through chapter 9 to feel like I'd given it a chance. Couldn't take it. Sorry, Mark. Nothing personal.
This book is kind of like a dad sitcom (think Everybody Loves Raymond, Sinbad, Blackish, Home Improvement, etc.) set in a zombie novel. It is not necessarily a comedy, but it is definitely comedic and the comedy takes a backseat to the suspense.
The tasty nibblets:
The voice actor who reads it does a good job and does a decent job with both humor and suspense.
Some of the characters and relationships are well developed.
Some of the novel is genuinely suspenseful.
The dog is pretty great.
Tommy, while something of a trope-character, is a really great character.
The parts I could live without:
The women in this novel are basically all either helpless and underdeveloped, or helpless and added to create tension in the group. The women are perpetually defined by how they relate to the men.
So many soiled drawers.
The sons are just kind of the sons without any real development.
This zombie novel is one of those zombie novels that tends to completely discount the merits of melee weaponry when fighting the undead.
It's decent and worth a listen, but it definitely doesn't belong on a top ten list anywhere.
No one I would want to interact with. Depressingly bad because out of the hundreds of audio books I have listened to, this is without a doubt is the worst, and that so many people gave it good reviews it makes me very sad. I can always find a positive aspect of most any book so here it is. Thank God it wasn't longer. It would have been one of the few books I have given up on, but I had to go on, like being unable to look away from an accident. Prejudiced, masaganistic, homophobic, and just plain illiterate, and how many sequels does it have? I'm not sure but one is too many. I rarely offer up reviews but I just couldn't let this one pass without warning other innocent buyers. I'm sorry to be so negative. It makes me feel bad writing this. Look elsewhere, there are many good books in this genre.
There was nothing I can think of that stands out. It was all bad. See above.
This is the first time I have hear Mr. Runnette. Perhaps he submersed himself in the tone and feeling of the book and did a great job. I can't condemn his performance based on this material.
Try "The Remaining" , "Extinction Age", "The Dog Stars", "The Joe Ledger Novels", "World War Z", "Day By Day Armageddon", to name a few.
I was excited by all the titles in the series. I was eager to get started. This series is simply not for me. I found it campy and full of toilet humor. The main character hit me as slapstick. I assume that is the intention. The supporting characters were simply idiot burdens in his life.
I thought the narration was done by Richard Kind at first. :-)
I am not calling the book horrible in general, but it was not one I enjoyed.