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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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    Steve Metung, Australia 12-16-13
    Steve Metung, Australia 12-16-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Frustration"

    Overall this kept me glued.
    But there were many times I shouted aloud in frustration…why? It seemed that every time they got in a vehicle it shot off at great speed, and guess what happened every time…they crashed/ran into or nearly ran into something/someone. They left doors open, they didn't look behind them, they just didn't seem to learn from one minute to the next.

    2 of 3 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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    Tony Hot Springs, AR, United States 01-05-13
    Tony Hot Springs, AR, United States 01-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Left a lot to be desired"

    This is my 13th zombie book and It was definitely a tier 3 book. Don't get me wrong, there were some very good parts but there was a lot of boring stuff too. The beginning was too long for what it brought to the table. It was good enough if its one of your last options.

    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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    Mark Chicago 09-09-14
    Mark Chicago 09-09-14 Member Since 2014

    I'm an science geek, artist, and all-around IT administrator. I find all things interesting and love to learn.

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    "Use Google maps surrounding Pontevedra, Spain"
    What made the experience of listening to The Beginning of the End the most enjoyable?

    The story is very detailed and is fun to follow (for a zombie story). The guy is a bit of a whiner. He needs to suck it up, get it through his skull, and do what is necessary. Eventually you end up rooting for the cat.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pritt is likeable. He is very matter of fact and doesn't whine.


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

    Nope


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

    No, but i liked the captain of the "Zarankibbich".


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    David Redding Ontario 08-06-14
    David Redding Ontario 08-06-14 Member Since 2011

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    "I didn't care...You might"

    I have to start by saying that I'm not a fan of the first person "Journal" type of book. I just think that it takes a special story and a special author to pull it off and this story isn't special.

    I don't want to put anything on the author because this book is a translation, it was originally written in spanish so the mistakes I spotted could be a result of the translation. In the end, it's just an average zombie book with nothing that really sets itself apart for all the rest.

    A few people have complained about Nick Podehi's narration. I can see what they may not have liked, but I kind of liked it...he tries to put life into the story. It doesn't always work and Nick does "over act" it a few times...but over all I enjoyed his performance.

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    Scott 06-30-14
    Scott 06-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyable if predictable"
    What did you like best about The Beginning of the End? What did you like least?

    The narration of this book is excellent, and the main character is well developed and easy to care about. The writer deals with action scenes well. There's nothing earth-shatteringly new about this story, but if you want a reliable zombie thriller this will do the trick.


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    JacobC Post Falls, ID USA 06-24-14
    JacobC Post Falls, ID USA 06-24-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Something just didn't click"
    What did you like best about The Beginning of the End? What did you like least?

    The story was okay, a bit contrived from the start, but not bad. Every now and then, though, the author would say something that made no sense, or even contradicted something else he said. An armored car that couldn't run down zombies because the main character has "seen what bodies do to cars?" Meh.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not the rest of this series.


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

    I haven't listened to the narrator's other performances, but he did a fine job. A little trouble with some of the Spanish place names, but no real problem.


    Could you see The Beginning of the End being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    What was in the darn case that burned up?! He spends half the book going after this case and...nothing??

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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