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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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    A User newport, NC, United States 01-19-15
    A User newport, NC, United States 01-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "a good listen"
    What did you love best about The Beginning of the End?

    this is the first book I have listened to about an end world that was not done in the us primarily and must admit it was a very good listen cant wait till number two.


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    Michael W. Ruth Schenectady, NY United States 12-12-14
    Michael W. Ruth Schenectady, NY United States 12-12-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Weak attempt at a quasi-zombie novel."
    What would have made The Beginning of the End better?

    With the antipathy we have for lawyers in the USA, I certainly would have selected a different profession for the main character.


    What was most disappointing about Manel Loureiro’s story?

    Our "hero" just doesn't seem like the type that would survive 10 minutes, much less months. His ability to survive is just "to good to be true".


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performance was adequate, but it supported my impression of a weak main character that could only survive this long by beating impossible odds, like being a lottery winner.


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

    I wanted this main character to die almost from the beginning. The fact that anyone would put their life in danger for a damned pet in the midst of the fall of mankind just made me despise him. Times like these require hard choices, hard men or women, not idiots like this in love with their cat.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cameron Arnold, MD, United States 10-13-14
    Cameron Arnold, MD, United States 10-13-14 Member Since 2011

    A lover of contemporary, character driven sci-fi.

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    "Tired, predictable"

    If you've never read a zombie novel before, then by all means read this book. You will be consuming the distilled contents of the basic concept of a zombie apocalypse. If, on the other hand, you're looking for something new and original, look elsewhere.

    1 of 2 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".


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scott 06-30-14
    Scott 06-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    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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    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 2015
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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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    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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