Yes i have already recommended this book to my friends, and they are hooked too ! This author introduces you too an average bloke in this story that could be just like you , and takes you on a wild ride !!
A memorable moment in the book is when the main character looses his cat, his friend and companion throughout this terrible ordeal , and is desperately looking for him and you as a reader identify with the emotion for a pet thought lost .
I really enjoyed the narrator i thought it was a clear and emotional narration ,and would definitely listen to more by Nick Podehl.
have listened to the sequel, and waiting on the third installment !!
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I would recommend this audiobook to anyone who likes books in the Apocalypse Genre. Normally I do not care for books that are written in a journal type form and I rarely purchase books that are translated into English. I believe I made this purchase because it was a cheap price and I was trying to load my audible account with books to listen to while traveling. This book surprised me! The hero of the book knows more about legal paperwork than he does about any sort of weaponry. Having lost his wife in a car accident he has become closely attached to his cat, Lucullus. This attachment proves to a be a life saver since he refuses to seek safety in the Safe Havens because pets are not allowed. Most apocalyptic novels focus on the survivor's abilities to be bad asses. Not this one. Our protagonist will slay zombies if the situation warrants it but he is clear about being reluctant. I really could identify with the characters emotions as I too would be most reluctant to deal with these creatures. Toting the cat around adds a nice element to the story. I enjoyed the audio book so much that I just purchased the second book.
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This is a really good book. Well written and translated. The characters are very likable and the story is great. I couldn’t put it down! The book starts off a bit slow as the zombie apocalypse begins, but once the action starts it keeps coming. Party scary, part funny and part sad this book has a lot of great qualities.
The performace by Nick Podehl was so good. His eastern european characters were dead on! Loved it!
I love good books.
Not as good as I hoped. I did finish to see how it ended, and I did like the main character and some of the other minor characters. The characters were developed fairly well in spite of the style of the audiobook. The "journaling" style of the book was grating after a while. It is better in written form.
I would have returned the book but I did like the character and had interest in how it turned out. I think the author should have expanded the hospital stay in more detail. Although there was a bit of creep factor there..but it was the end of the world after all. This may have enhanced the book...if it were not in the journaling style.
I bought the "whisper-sync" kindle book and audiobook, and I did like the kindle version better so you may try that if you love zombie books.
I think the book would really appeal to the reader/listener who is familiar with the story area. I looked up the places on google earth to get a feel for the some of the geography.
The audiobook was pretty good, but the style (journaling) was very distracting. The reader was very good and may have helped me like and care about the character. There were unanswered parts of the plot which may be answered in the next installment. Be aware there there is massive levels of profanity and gore as in any Z story.
Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL
different kind of zombie survival story. all of the zombie survival books i've read or listened to are u.s.-based. this story takes place in galacia, spain. the 30 yr old protagonist is a lawyer and a cat man. it kind of threw me, being a 30 something dog lover. but i guess to each his/her own. LOL
i enjoyed the beginning of the story b/c it's like a slow boil. a virus breaks out causing the eu (european union) to close each country's borders. nobody knows whats really going on. for a while it just looks like a really bad virus, causing people to get really sick. what i liked about this part was how the author filtered out the news- the lead character's journal reports what the different news channels are and aren't reporting. the first few hours of the story have the lead character fortifying and hiding out in his house, listening to the news reports and talking with his neighbor who wants to flee to his boat at the marina.
the lead character is a diver who has a spear gun as his weapon. remember, he's in the eu, in spain. it makes me thankful, here in the u.s., we can buy guns. LOL
the first part of the story, our lead is mostly alone and isolated while his family and neighbors flee to safe areas set up by the gov't. seeing what happens to these safe areas is horrifying. there's not a lot of space/land area in galacia as in the u.s. so it's interesting to see how a different culture reacts to a panic. here in the u.s., we don't seem to trust the gov't as much. imagine 350,000+ scared and hungry people packed into a small port base. one of the characters put it best. with maybe 350 toilets that's over a 1,000 people using it a day. the infrastructure can't handle that.
the middle part of the story seems a little implausible- the lead character runs into a crazy ukranian boat captain that makes him run an errand to get his stuff back. but by the end i was happy, wishing the story continued.
the main character is scared and freaked out a lot, but he does grow stronger. it's believable development, remember, he is just a lawyer, not an american survivalist.
there aren't a lot of big zombie fighting scenes- one man against a horde. instead, there's a bunch of sneaking around, taking on and fighting small groups of zombies, which is kind of more believable. there are descriptions of larger zombie fights when the lead character tries to put together what must have happened from all the bodies and ammo strewn about.
there are several gripping scenes- slowly driving through a mass of undead so as to not damage the truck, being stuck in crawl space for 24 hours without a weapon while the zombies ramble through the store killing and eating some of your party.
nothing comes easy and there's always a price to pay for mistakes. i think that's why i enjoyed this story.
Overall, middle of the road zombie fare.
The writing was compelling and the read by Nick Podehl was phenomenal. What terrified me most was the possibility that this was a stand-alone work. Just found out there are two books in the story. While I do not believe in the supernatural, I surely enjoyed believing for the duration of the listen.
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Ingenuity wins Out !
This book is full of memorable moments. I love the cat and that it's written like a journal.
When he goes to check on the Neighbor
This book is a good story with good characters
I will continue to buy books in this series.
This was just hard to listen to. I love Zombie books and have read a ton of them. Listening to the main character 'work through it' was like watching the idiot at the office try and make a photocopy. It was painful. I would not recommend this to anyone.
Mark Tufos' Till Death Do Us Part Zombie Fallout 6
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In the past, I've had very good luck picking out books to listen to. Almost all of them have been excellent. However, this was the first book that I really came close to quitting more than once. I don't know why I decided to endure to the end. Maybe I'm a masochist.
Oh, man, where do I start? You should know that I really like this genre. I enjoy zombie/apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic books, and have listened to quite a few great ones. The genre is not the problem. The book is written in first person journal entries. That's not the problem, either. The main problems, as I see it, are the annoyances all throughout the novel. Some are little, and some are big. They add up, though, and by the end I felt weighed down with them. The book is replete with cliches, over-the-top melodrama, and needless repetitions, not to mention the times when he states suppositions as fact.
These may not be exact quotes, but I got awfully tired of hearing things like:
"Things were really bad, but they were just about to get much worse."
"The situation couldn't be any bleaker."
"The situation was much more chaotic than we'd foreseen."
Or how he would start journal entries by saying, "I'm still alive ..."
One example of how he stated conjecture as fact was when they were in the city and found a vehicle whose ante-apocalypse driver had left the key turned and the door opened. Here's the quote: "The driver had stopped the car so abruptly, he'd left the motor running. It idled for weeks, until it ran out of gas and died."
Okay, anyone see the issues with that statement? How does he know the circumstance of the driver? How did he know it idled for weeks before it ran out of gas? Maybe the tank was low and it idled for two hours before it died, or for two days.
That wasn't the only part like that, either. You may think I'm nitpicking, but things like that bug me, especially with everything else this author did. It all added up to the point that I was about to explode.
I know, I know. Just turn the Audible player off, and quit listening to the stupid book already, right? Well, to repeat myself, for some reason, I chose to endure to the end. I wanted to beat myself over the head with my phone, but I listened to every bit of it.
Oh, and here's this: At one point (thankfully near the end of the book) he said that because of an oncoming fire, the smoke in the air had reduced the visibility to 1/8 of a mile. Then, like two sentences later, he said that he could "clearly see the flames moving over the hills." He goes on to describe in detail how the fire was consuming everything in its path, and he stated that the fire was moving extremely fast because of the wind. The next thing the author said is that in 15 minutes the fire would be at his location. So, if visibility is so low, how can the character see these details so clearly, when the fire--which is moving very fast--is still fifteen minutes away? Argh!
And what's his problem with using the word "zombie"? He referred to them as just about every name possible except for "zombie." What's up with that?
Just to throw this in: The ending was unsatisfactory as well, in my opinion. To be honest, I was satisfied that it finally ended, but I was unsatisfied with how it ended.
Okay, I'm going to quit bashing, and move on to some slightly redeeming qualities of the book. There was one area of the book where it was interesting enough that I either ignored the aforementioned issues, or they really weren't there to hear. I don't know which. Without giving too much away, I'll just say that it involves the scenes where the main character and his friend make it back from their mission to the ship. If you've read the book, then you know what I'm talking about. If you are planning to read the book (poor soul), then you will know when you get to it.
I will steer clear of this author in the future. Lesson learned.
The narrator, IMHO, got dragged down with the book. This is the first time I've listened to him, and I am willing to give him another try. As I've heard, you can't turn poo-poo into honey. I don't think any narrator could overcome the inherent obstacles of this book and end up smelling pretty.
If you really like the genre and are starving for something to read/listen to, then go ahead and give it a try. (Yeah, like you need my permission.) But you have been forewarned. And maybe keep a baseball bat handy. You may need it.