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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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    James D Kempton Topeka, Kansas United States 07-30-13
    James D Kempton Topeka, Kansas United States 07-30-13 Member Since 2012

    Working towards retirement hopefully. I enjoy sci fi, horror, steampunk and some ya for good luck.

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    "The ending was the best."
    Would you try another book from Manel Loureiro and/or Nick Podehl?

    Not sure if I would purchase another book from the author. I did love the narrator, the character accents really made the story.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The ending was good and for me the best part. Not at all being sarcastic here the ending was right on. Listening to a zombie apocalypse based in Spain was interesting, most are based in the U.S. The udder despair of the humans and total power of the zombies, awesome. The main character after months and months remained pretty damn stupid.


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

    Never listened to Nick Podehl before, enjoyed his voice and the story telling. Actually his performance kept me listening.


    Any additional comments?

    I got tired of the author needing to describe every human corpse in detail. I get it the world was crap. Things were bad and the main character was having a bad time.

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    Robert Mt. Pleasant, SC, United States 07-10-13
    Robert Mt. Pleasant, SC, United States 07-10-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Fan of the Zombies"

    Having read/listened to many zombie/apocalypse stories this is good enjoyable zombie fun, with some good twists in the story and narrated well.

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    Jason L. Gaither Chicago, IL USA 06-25-13
    Jason L. Gaither Chicago, IL USA 06-25-13 Member Since 2010
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    "great concept"
    What made the experience of listening to The Beginning of the End the most enjoyable?

    love the history plus real world outlook. Manel has grasped humanitys largest fear of losing our control and humanity. a modern classic.........can not wait for the next installment.


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    Sharlene Tauranga, New Zealand 06-21-13
    Sharlene Tauranga, New Zealand 06-21-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Wish there was a sequel"
    If you could sum up The Beginning of the End in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, thought provoking, gruesome


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I looked forward to listening to it


    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyed listening to this

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    Sarah 06-16-13
    Sarah 06-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I hope the rest of the series comes out in English"
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    I really enjoyed this book, it's a winner for sure. There are 2 more books in the series, and I hope they come out in English.

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    Jens v?xj?Sweden 05-01-13
    Jens v?xj?Sweden 05-01-13 Member Since 2009
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    "New take"
    Where does The Beginning of the End rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A good zombiebook and it feels refresehing that the story is taking place i Spain, europe in contrast to all the american zombiebooks.


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


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

    Nick Podehl is a great narrator and always delivers and helps the listener in to the different scenes


    Any additional comments?

    Good buy, will go on the next book in the series

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    Daleya SARATOGA SPRINGS, UT, United States 04-17-13
    Daleya SARATOGA SPRINGS, UT, United States 04-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointing"
    What did you like best about The Beginning of the End? What did you like least?

    The story didn't seem to become interesting until over half way through. I felt like many of the situations were cliche of these types of books. Nothing out of the ordinary or original.
    I think I liked the author's choice of pet the least: a cat. Who can relate to that? And who cares about a cat in the apocalypse? Dogs are at least loyal and can help you, but cats are totally useless. The author lost me at the beginning with this.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    It has been a classic, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.


    What three words best describe Nick Podehl’s voice?

    Young, inexperienced, whiney


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

    No. There are already much better novels out there about this subject that are far more interesting and original.


    Any additional comments?

    Couldn't wait to finish this book so I could move on to the next.

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    Matt 04-01-13
    Matt 04-01-13
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    "Great Character Driven Book with Zombies too!"
    What did you love best about The Beginning of the End?

    The way the author engrosses you in the life of the character. The writing style makes it feel like you are right there with him.


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

    It is a lot like Walking Dead in the fact that it is a character driven story set during a zombie Apocalypse. Unlike Walking Dead this book is about one main character and his personal story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the main character finds out about the zombies and gets the courage to try and go out for the first time.


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

    It made me really feel for the world the story was set it in and how bad things could get it such a short period of time.


    Any additional comments?

    Great Zombie book a must for any zombie fan. I cannot wait until the second book is translated into English this year.

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    Daniel Venice, CA, United States 03-26-13
    Daniel Venice, CA, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not a good translation/bad reader"
    Would you try another book from Manel Loureiro and/or Nick Podehl?

    I would not read a book from either the writer or reader of this book. Maybe Mr. Loureiro is better in spanish but the translation is simple and uses the same english phrases throughout the book. The reading by Nick Podehl is not good, and often painful although he isn't given much to work with. Try another zombie book.


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    Andrew Boston, MA, United States 03-25-13
    Andrew Boston, MA, United States 03-25-13
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    "Typical Z Novel with a not so typical main charact"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Beginning of the End to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed both. I started with the kindle version and finished with the audiobook version. Both were excellent. The narration added a different dimension to the experience making the character more 'real'.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the fact that the lead character wasn't a survivalist, just a man with common sense.


    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    He sounds like the All-American boy next door. Very easy to listen to with enough distinction in his voice to easily separate the characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! I did it in two, actually. Read half on the kindle, finished up on Audible.


    Any additional comments?

    So . . . .part 2? Where are you????

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