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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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    Bostonterrio FALL RIVER, MA, United States 11-04-13
    Bostonterrio FALL RIVER, MA, United States 11-04-13 Member Since 2009
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 05-01-13
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 05-01-13 Member Since 2009

    Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

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    "Great Book and even better peformance"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shea 12-24-12
    Shea 12-24-12

    Shea

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    "Felt Like I was Right there With Them"
    If you could sum up The Beginning of the End in three words, what would they be?

    Great Book Love the voice of the narrator he kept the book exciting voice was easy to listen too also...Good action along with gore and suspense. Wanting more could not put it down. I only listen to audible books in my car but found myself holding my Iphone and listening to the book. Looking forward to the next book. HURRY PLEASE.....


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Lawyer


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

    First time listening to him


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    dave LA JOLLA, CA, United States 01-21-13
    dave LA JOLLA, CA, United States 01-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "took care of my fix"
    Any additional comments?

    ok so this guy, the guy in this story is crazy annoying. like, sometime he's super heroic, other times he's totally fall down, curl into a ball. you can tell right off that this story is translated into english. if you can get over that its a pretty good listen. also, the main character is always crying over his cat, thorwing up out of fear, complaining about who knows what. its more annoying than anything.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Rex Canton, GA, United States 12-12-12
    Rex Canton, GA, United States 12-12-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Some real annoyances, but a decent story"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    A little fact checking could have gone a long way....1) SCUBA tanks are filled with compressed air, not oxygen. I thought the narrator was going to assemble a cutting torch when he was just going diving. 2) Those things on a diver's feet are not flippers. They are fins. If we are to believe the narrator was a regular diver before SHTF, this should have been corrected. and 3) The narrator familiarized himself with the basic functions of the Glock, including the trigger and the safety. -- I'm paraphrasing a bit. Glocks do not have an external safety. If the narrator had never fired a gun before, he would certainly not be familiar with the Glock's three passive safety mechanisms.

    None of them require the shooter to do anything but pull the trigger for it to go bang. But by far, the biggest annoyance is this. The author has tried to avoid the Z word at all costs. He describes the dead walking slowly around, stumbling, mumbling and pursuing the living. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, call it a duck, dadgummit! He even at one point compares the creatures to those in second rate horror films. Oh, you mean the zombies?

    I'm about half way through this book and it's driving me bananas!


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I might get there....


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I did like his interactions with the hapless neighbor.


    Was The Beginning of the End worth the listening time?

    meh


    14 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Hanna Vantaa, Finland 01-03-13
    Hanna Vantaa, Finland 01-03-13
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    "I personally loved this book"
    Where does The Beginning of the End rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I thought the book was really good, almost in par with day by day armageddon.


    Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

    Main character


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

    Yep, Dont want to spoil the book for everyone, but there is a rather disturbing, and sad part when he goes into a house with a banging sound...


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Whitehall, OH, United States 12-25-12
    Aaron Whitehall, OH, United States 12-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Zombie Story!"
    Would you listen to The Beginning of the End again? Why?

    Yes. I love zombie stories, especially Romero style.


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

    When they were hiding in the closet waiting for the zombies to leave.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely recommended for old school fans of slow, stupid, scary, gory zombies.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Karen United States 03-17-13
    Karen United States 03-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Life can change in a brief moment"
    If you could sum up The Beginning of the End in three words, what would they be?

    Surprising , intense, riveting


    What other book might you compare The Beginning of the End to and why?

    I don't have one to compare it to.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he finds his missing cat that he has been looking for.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Survival of the fittest


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't think I would like this book, but it didn't take long to get into. Thoroughly enjoyed!!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    sheree sarandos warwick, ri United States 02-11-13
    sheree sarandos warwick, ri United States 02-11-13 Listener Since 2010

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    "Slow to start right to the end"
    Would you try another book from Manel Loureiro and/or Nick Podehl?

    No


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Mark Tufos' Till Death Do Us Part Zombie Fallout 6


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    Do you think The Beginning of the End needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes looks like it would


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Naka 12-09-12
    Mike Naka 12-09-12 Member Since 2012

    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

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    "glad i live in u.s. where we can have guns LOL"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    8 of 15 people found this review helpful
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