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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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    Brad 06-05-14
    Brad 06-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Sure wish I didn't buy this one!!"
    What would have made The Beginning of the End better?

    I think the one thing that would have made the book better is if the cat died at the beginning. I know this might seem cruel but I just found it unbelievable that a person would go to such measures to save a cat.


    Any additional comments?

    I found myself getting frustrated by the main character's actions. I want to list the incidents that would prove my point but I don't want to make the story even worse than it is.

    I really would love to sit down with the author over a beer and ask him what was he thinking when he had the characters do certain things. It made the story really unbelievable (keeping in mind that this is a zombie story too).

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Husam AbuZaid Baghdad, Iraq 01-15-14
    Husam AbuZaid Baghdad, Iraq 01-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "good, but I've read better"

    story is nice, lots of feelings and emotions, main charecter is a not what you would expect from a Zombie apocalypse, all in all the book is nice, I will even buy the second book in the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    iMo Philly 01-14-14
    iMo Philly 01-14-14 Member Since 2008

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    "Hard To Listen To"

    This was just hard to listen to. I love Zombie books and have read a ton of them. Listening to the main character 'work through it' was like watching the idiot at the office try and make a photocopy. It was painful. I would not recommend this to anyone.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andi 01-12-14
    Andi 01-12-14
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    "Typical Zombie story"
    What would have made The Beginning of the End better?

    More originality. I thought that the story was boing and hard to get in to.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Don't bother.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Maryann Cleveland, OH, United States 01-03-14
    Maryann Cleveland, OH, United States 01-03-14 Member Since 2012
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    "good book"

    I enjoyed this book. Simple and well written. It kept my interest. I liked the narrator. I'm looking forward to the second book. I can't believe it is so cheap now. Well worth the price. I would just pay the price not even use one of my credits.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Newark, CA, United States 11-11-13
    Joe Newark, CA, United States 11-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Dissapointed with the writing style."
    What would have made The Beginning of the End better?

    Less cliche "hollywood" writing and a little more research on the firearms used.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Prit.


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

    Prit.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Dissappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    The characters are pretty good, the story as well. It had a lot of potential. But then there were way too many instances where the writing is just too overdramatic and "hollywood". It was like reading a B movie. And the fact that the characters, who have been in danger for literally days but yet they are constantly "cocking" their AK-47s. First of all you don't "cock" an assault rifle, it's not a pistol. You chamber a round. And second, even if you call the chambering "cocking" you would do it once and it would stay chambered until you emptied your magazine. It's like a bad movie where the star has to pump his shotgun every time he walks into a room even though he hasn't fired it. And the last, utterly annoying part, is the fact that they don't call zombies "zombies". Maybe it's the translator's fault, or publisher for making that choice during translation, but even the title is Apocalypse "Z". Z is for zombie! The whole time they're called "creatures" and "monsters" and "things" or my favorite "Predators". Sheesh, call them what they are.

    And the straw that broke the camels back, the reason I won't download the next book in the series... [SPOILER] why the hell do the zombies suddenly have intelligence and a self preservation instinct? Seriously? All through the book they are mindless zombies that will walk right into gunfire (like they are supposed too) then at the end they are running from a forest fire like deer. That was just dumb.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher M. Lyford 10-29-13

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    "Great Opening for a Series"
    If you could sum up The Beginning of the End in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, fun, graphic


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

    The Magic of Recluce- Both are first person narratives, and while the methods differ, (one is a blog and one is a recounting) both stories are about learning and adapting on the road.


    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    This guy is amazing! His accents are great so you can always tell when the dialogue shifts from person to person.


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

    I gasped a few times when things started to get bad


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the second and third books are as good as this one!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    aaron Clearfield, UT, United States 10-24-13
    aaron Clearfield, UT, United States 10-24-13 Member Since 2015

    I am 36 years old. Married with 3 kids - 2, 4, 13. I work at night, my wife during the day. I don't have time to read, so I listen at work.

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    "Solid Zombie Story!"
    Would you listen to The Beginning of the End again? Why?

    Actually, today is 10-23-13 and I just finished it for the fourth time. Additionally I will listen to it again, maybe in a year. Why? Despite the fact that this book was originally written in Spanish and translated into English, the Apocalypse Z is a genuinely good book. 99.9% of the book is relateable even through the culture gap.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The book is written in journal form from the prespective of the main protagonist. So much of the story is monologue. The dialog that does exist between other characters is often interrupted and cut short. What I'm saying is that you don't have a choice but to get really cozy with...I can't even think of his name...the antagonist calls him Mr. Lawyer.


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

    Actually I am currently listening to this books sequel. Other than that...no. So I can't give you a comparison.


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

    Yes, this book was engaging to me. I found myself wishing I didn't have to turn it off.


    Any additional comments?

    This book translated really well but you'll have to forgive Manel, he tells several jokes that just didn't make sense to me. I blame cultural barriers.

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    Garry Cannington, Australia 08-08-13
    Garry Cannington, Australia 08-08-13 Member Since 2014

    I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too

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    "Excellent, fun and enjoyable"
    What did you love best about The Beginning of the End?

    The narrative style takes you into the heart of the story


    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed the tone and the voice which was a pleasure to listen too


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

    Heads above many of the same ilk, I enjoyed it immensely


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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