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The Beginning of the End Audiobook
The Beginning of the End
Written by: 
Manel Loureiro
Narrated by: 
Nick Podehl
The Beginning of the End Audiobook

The Beginning of the End: Apocalypse Z

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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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    Nikoli Gogol Edmonton 03-13-15
    Nikoli Gogol Edmonton 03-13-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Mind-numbingly Boring"

    A self-absorbed Spanish lawyer finds himself in a world filled with zombies.

    This is presented as if read from a journal. Give me a break. Journal entries are terse comments describing a situation not elaborate flowing verbose prose.

    Every possible cliche is used. Cars won’t start till the last moment; the climb down the rope will result in a fall hurting an ankle; an entry into a house will invariably be too noisy alerting the zombies… How many guys would spend time and precious paper writing in a journal that they can’t use a pistol, that they fear shooting themselves in the foot, and worrying if they will be able to shoot a zombie in the first place?

    Every action has to be second guessed agonized. Man up buddy! Stop the hand-wringing. You are in a zombie novel. Act accordingly.

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    Shaun Margate, FL, United States 03-13-15
    Shaun Margate, FL, United States 03-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Predictable"
    What did you like best about The Beginning of the End? What did you like least?

    Good time passer.....Very overly decriptive story telling. Way to much "fill" about the scene or situation.


    Has The Beginning of the End turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Nick Podehl?

    No


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

    I hope not


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    Donna Des Moines Iowa 03-11-15
    Donna Des Moines Iowa 03-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Couldn't stop listening."

    Very exciting. Good story about average, unprepared, people surviving the apocalypse. Can't wait to listen to book 2 .




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    D. Cole Charlotte, NC 03-09-15
    D. Cole Charlotte, NC 03-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "You have to love a good zombie book"

    I think the narrator did a wonderful job with this book. I really enjoyed listening to him and his different takes on the characters. I enjoyed his style enough that I may look for more books he does as well.

    This was a great tale of a person trying to survive a zombie apocalypse. The problems that he runs into along the way make things very difficult in an already difficult world. The book is basically about a man that decides to try and survive the plague that has hit the world hard and he has try to avoid the infected while finding supplies and searching for other survivors.

    I only have 1 complaint with the book and its why it lost a full star from me. There was way to much descriptions of everything in this book. I honestly think this book could have been an hour or more shorter without all those excessive descriptions. Every zombie encounter was way over described for me. I really didnt need to know the description of every single zombie they encountered as it seemed to drag each encounter on and on and on. I get that the author was trying to give you the feel of the terror our adventurer was seeing but it was just to much for me.

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    Alberto 03-08-15
    Alberto 03-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Poor man's version of world War z"

    Poor man's version of world War z ,its interesting enough to want to hear more

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Allen-Poole 03-05-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Rolled my eyes a lot"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Plot often felt contrived.


    What could Manel Loureiro have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Too much cat.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I really like end of the world stuff, so probably.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    AnnG. 02-28-15
    AnnG. 02-28-15
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    "Runs on way too long."

    This book runs on and on. Perhaps in the original dialect it is more interesting. However, if you like zombie or walking dead books, this one is for you.

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    David Glen Mills, PA, United States 02-25-15
    David Glen Mills, PA, United States 02-25-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Good Story - for 14 year olds"
    Any additional comments?

    I wanted this book to be good. The basic concept was solid; a 30 year old lawyer finds himself one of the few survivors of a zombie apocalypse. The author does a good job of explaining how the event occurred and he does this through the eyes of the narrarator, but that is where all the good things end. There are so many instances where the plot is completely predictable and the author goes out of his way to kill any suspense he may have built. He starts out several chapters with the narrarator telling you he is ok now, or he is a captive, or that he is exhausted but safe, and then the story reverts to the past tense and we learn the events that led up to the current situation. There is no suspense if you know the hero is going to be safe and ok. Worse, the hero does stuff that would have you screaming at the screen if this was a movie. A suicidal mother kills herself with a shotgun. Does the hero take the gun to replace the one he lost. No, it's never mentioned again. The hero puts down his weapons and loses track of them while he loots a store with zombies handing around outside. Never gonna happen to a person with half a brain. The whole story is full of What??? moments like this and it takes away from the story. The first person narrative is full of whiny opinions and excessive hyperbole used to describe even mundane events. You are left saying, this guy is so stupid and he deserves to be a zombie victim. That's how I feel about the whole story. The narration was adequately done, though the narrarator does have a very young sounding voice. I think that is part of what makes the whole book sound like it was written for the 14 year old market.

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    Amazon Customer 02-23-15
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    "Kept me wanting to listen!!!!"

    Narrator had great inflections at the changes in the reading. Story line was similar to 'World War Z', but still very enjoyable.

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    Maryann Birmingham, AL, United States 02-17-15
    Maryann Birmingham, AL, United States 02-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Ok"

    The story just never seemed to go anywhere . From one gruesome counter to the next. Like walking on a treadmill . Exciting but not satisfying nor thought provoking .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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