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Joshua

grand rapids, MI, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Zombie Fallout 5: Alive in a Dead World

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (1409)
    Performance
    (1321)
    Story
    (1329)

    In the latest installment of Mark Tufo's zombie fallout series, Mike Talbot and his family continue their fight for survival as Eliza plots their demise.

    Teddy says: "Feels like Tufo was Stalling"
    "Good listen. Not the best but fun and worth it"
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    What did you love best about Zombie Fallout 5?

    I've read or listened to the entire Zombie Fallout series so far. It's fast paced and great for mindless reading/listening. It's getting a little out there in terms of fiction at this point but it's still entertaining and not too ridiculous. If you've read "The Stand" it has a similar but different twist. It's hard to explain without spoilers but if you've read this far into the series I'm sure you saw it coming.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It moves fast and keeps the pace.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sean Runnette?

    Grover Gardner maybe. Even though his pace is too slow, his ability to relay characters is much better and would make the main character much less annoying.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nope, it was just entertaining.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like the Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Survival genre it's worth listening. Put the speed at x1.5 and push through the beginning, you'll be hooked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6167)
    Performance
    (5437)
    Story
    (5484)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Meaghan says: "My First Completed Stephen King Novel"
    "Don't watch the movie first! Read it!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's a great mix of what I like about this genre even though it doesn't quite fit in completely. It gets a bit "fantastical" with the twist but it makes it unique and keeps you interested. The story is great, characters are developed in an entertaining way and it moves at a changing pace so it's doesn't get monotonous (shoot, run, repeat).


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Stand?

    No spoilers...


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He did a great job differentiating the characters. With so many characters he made it easier to keep them straight. I'm terrible with remembering names and who did what so having an actual difference in tone and timbre was great.


    Any additional comments?

    Grover narrates a little slow so turn the speed up to x1.5 and it makes the story easier to stick with. If you're like me and love "Post-apocalyptic" books it's a good read/listen. I like the survival aspect of these books, this one doesn't focus solely on it but the story is good enough that you don't miss it. I listen on my commute and I had a tough time turning it off to head into the office or found myself driving the speed limit home so I could get a few more minutes in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2902)
    Performance
    (2713)
    Story
    (2723)

    This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

    Teddy says: "Hooked!"
    "If you like Zombie Survival books, try it!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Zombie Fallout the most enjoyable?

    It's semi-realistic in terms of the survival aspects but not so realistic that it gets tiresome. The story-line is going to take an odd turn, I could already tell about half-way through. Reminds me of "The Stand" in that sense. The pace was fast, a lot of action right away and an interesting choice of main character.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Henry the bulldog. I don't know why, the author just has a funny and accurate way of describing his actions.


    Did Sean Runnette do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not really. Many of the characters sound the same and the accent isn't consistent. I couldn't do better but I don't think he's the best fit.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really. The relationship between husband and wife is hilarious and stays lighthearted which is a little ridiculous but adds a good element to the story.


    Any additional comments?

    If you can get past the "Mid-western" stereotypes the narrator is actually likable. It's the view point of someone from the Baby Boomer generation who grew up in the midwest. As much as I hate to admit it, it's fairly accurate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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