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The Beginning of the End: Apocalypse Z | [Manel Loureiro]

The Beginning of the End: Apocalypse Z

A mysterious incident in Russia, a blip buried in the news - it’s the only warning humanity receives that civilization will soon be destroyed by a single, voracious virus that creates monsters of men. A lawyer, still grieving over the death of his young wife, begins to write as a form of therapy. But he never expected that his anonymous blog and journal would ultimately record humanity’s last days. Governments scramble to stop the zombie virus, people panic, so-called Safe Havens are established, the world erupts into chaos; soon it’s every man, woman, and child for themselves.
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Publisher's Summary

The dead rise…

A mysterious incident in Russia, a blip buried in the news - it’s the only warning humanity receives that civilization will soon be destroyed by a single, voracious virus that creates monsters of men.

Humanity falls…

A lawyer, still grieving over the death of his young wife, begins to write as a form of therapy. But he never expected that his anonymous blog and journal would ultimately record humanity’s last days.

The end of the world has begun…

Governments scramble to stop the zombie virus, people panic, so-called Safe Havens are established, the world erupts into chaos; soon it’s every man, woman, and child for themselves. Armed only with makeshift weapons and the will to live, this survivor will give mankind one last chance against…Apocalypse Z.

©2012 Manel Loureiro (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Tilo 05-17-14
    Tilo 05-17-14 Member Since 2012

    Zombies Books in order: 1. We're Alive 2. Day By Day Armageddon 3. Roads Less Traveled Series 4. Alaskan Undead Apocalypse 5. World War Z 6. The Walking Dead 7. Rise Again 8. As the World Dies 9. Zombie Fallout

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    "Pretty good"

    If there is a twist to this story, I guess its the cat. No wife, girlfriend, kid, or whatever, just him and his cat. Sucullus the cat is the stand in for a chick and does all the stuff that normally happens to chicks in scary zombie stories. Except the cats male. You can't picture it, don't even try. Oh yeah, and its a translated Spanish story, that in itself makes it a totally different type of story.

    The story is a series of safe house, travel, safe house, travel kind of thing, mostly lonesome kind of story with not many characters. I found it kind of drawn out, but thats ok, there is also action and nasty zombies too.

    I think a weakness is character depth. Although its a journal type, I find the story just the environment and his reactions to it. The protagonist seems a bit anonymous and could be anyone. The few extra characters there are don't help define him at all. Later, a girl shows up, but any relationship development is totally skipped.

    The ending felt a bit like "blah, I have to find some way to end this book" type of thing.

    But still! Its a good, long, interesting story and I'm going to follow the series.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    C. S. 02-27-15
    C. S. 02-27-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Not Bad"

    This was not my favorite book. There are certainly enter post apocalyptic stories out there such at Mark Tufo, After AmericaI, and Ted Dekker's The Circle Series. I did like the premise. I did like the international plot. But the main thing was too much histrionics and I had a really hard time buying a man running around fighting zombies while holding a cat carrier.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J 02-12-15
    J 02-12-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Out of The Story"

    I really like the fact the stories central location is a place other than the United States. What I'd didn't like was how the story is written or translated. It is in a first person style, which is fine, but as if the main character is writing in a journal. It wouldn't have been much of an issue except that he would have to be writing an awful and that quickly took me out of the story. I agree with another reader, this would be a better read rather then a listen via audio book.

    I could only get to the 7th chapter. I am passing on this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adam J Houtkooper 02-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Everything is the worst thing ever."
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    Despite repeatedly saying that he is becoming desensitized to the horrors of the zombie apocalypse, the protagonist is constantly almost throwing up or staring in horror or frozen with fear or forever haunted by a sight.

    The author's cluelessness regarding how guns work regularly took me right out of the story. Characters regularly 'cock' their weapons for dramatic effect even if the weapons are already charged. The author (or translator) uses 'rifle' and 'shotgun' interchangeably, calls a magazine a 'cartridge', and various other small blunders that killed any suspension of disbelief that I may have built up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 02-09-15
    Anne 02-09-15
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    "So Bad on So Many Levels"

    About an hour and a half into this, I was almost laughing and thinking, "This had to have been written by a 16-year-old boy with a lively imagination."

    It starts with the coincidence of the storyteller's installation of two freezers, solar panels and storage batteries in his house. The house is in a new housing development in which the streets don't even have names, but the house is - ready for this? - surrounded by a 10 foot stone wall. TEN feet. Uh huh.

    The main - and only - character starts hearing about an epidemic in Russia that is either West Nile Virus or a mysterious hemorrhagic fever like Ebola ... or both. The author doesn't seem to know what either is so they are used interchangeably and as if nobody else knows the difference either.

    Almost from the first few minutes of the book, with no character development at all, civilization begins to break down and what follows in the story is simplistic, childish and poorly written that nothing could persuade me to devote any more time to this.

    The narration was OK. He only has one voice to do and he mostly does that breathlessly. All emotions have only one expression. But I can't blame him because the story is so thin and the characters - such as they are - have the depth of potato chips.

    This is just so bad. I'm giving it back to Audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Thurston 02-08-15
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    "Graphic and Repetitive"

    How many ways are there to kill a Zombie? Evidently, just one, you've gotta get them in the head. Over and over and over and over. I barely managed to finish this book and I am not sure why I did. I guess I owed it to the cat .... and the narrator who did a good job, considering what he had to work with.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    pattiduq 02-06-15
    pattiduq 02-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    It was an okay story, but I found myself mostly concerned with the cat more than any of the human characters. Typical b-movie zombie story.

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    Shaina TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 12-27-13
    Shaina TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 12-27-13

    Are you Ready?

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    "Kept me listening"
    Would you listen to The Beginning of the End again? Why?

    Yes because the performance was great and delivery was spot on.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator


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

    he brought personality to all the characters


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

    when 2 characters were trapped in a store together with a dead mother and toddler


    Any additional comments?

    I will be getting the next one!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    shane DUNEDIN, New Zealand 12-04-13
    shane DUNEDIN, New Zealand 12-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Could not stop listening to this book !!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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 !!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Beginning of the End?

    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 .


    Have you listened to any of Nick Podehl’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I really enjoyed the narrator i thought it was a clear and emotional narration ,and would definitely listen to more by Nick Podehl.


    Any additional comments?

    have listened to the sequel, and waiting on the third installment !!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bostonterrio FALL RIVER, MA, United States 11-04-13
    Bostonterrio FALL RIVER, MA, United States 11-04-13 Member Since 2009

    Linda Theriault

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    "Took a Chance and Scored!"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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