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Zombie Fallout 5: Alive in a Dead World | [Mark Tufo]

Zombie Fallout 5: Alive in a Dead World

In the latest installment of Mark Tufo's zombie fallout series, Mike Talbot and his family continue their fight for survival as Eliza plots their demise.
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Publisher's Summary

"What now, sister?" Tomas asked.
"We kill Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends and then we rule the world," she said absently as she fingered the locket around her neck."

In the latest installment of Mark Tufo's zombie fallout series, Mike Talbot and his family continue their fight for survival as Eliza plots their demise.

©2012 Mark Tufo (P)2012 Tantor

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    Mike 11-12-12
    Mike 11-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "If you've came this far you'll enjoy this one."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Zombie Fallout 5 to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I enjoy Mr. Runnette's Snarky portrayal of Mike, and he has a good range of voice for the other characters.


    If you’ve listened to books by Mark Tufo before, how does this one compare?

    While this is my least favorite thus far, it was still a good "on the edge of your seat" read that delivered what you'd expect from this genre.


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    Again, I enjoy Mr. Runnette's Snarky portrayal of Mike, and he has a good range of voice for the other characters.


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

    Sadly, no- I keep waiting for the big payoff of certain plot elements but this book didn't move very far on them. I have great expectations for book 6 which I have not read yet.


    Any additional comments?

    While my least favorite Tufo work thus far, I love his work enough for that statement to still include a lot of "like". Yes, his writing style is (as is often pointed out) a bit testing of a grammar nazi like myself but if you remember that these are supposed to be the journals of a former marine and not Stephen King you really don't have any room to complain. Also- if you can just get over this and the somewhat dragging in parts story line, and if you like Zombies (or at least the killing thereof) you will enjoy this ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen Indianapolis, IN, United States 11-02-12
    Colleen Indianapolis, IN, United States 11-02-12 Member Since 2012

    “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”- Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

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    "Best Zombie Story Ever!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Zombie Fallout 5 to be better than the print version?

    Yes! Sean Runnette has given Michael a voice. Reading in print just wouldn't be the same. Besides, I'm much more productive when listening to books rather than vegetating on the couch for hours.


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

    Yes! I listened non-stop with only short breaks for sleeping.


    Any additional comments?

    Sean Runnette is not just a book reader...he is a true story teller! His voices for different characters are excellent and he never gets the "creepy or irritating" women's voice when portraying a female character. Best narrator & author combo ever!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Killen, AL, United States 11-02-12
    John Killen, AL, United States 11-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "50% good, 50% all over the place."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

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    What do you think your next listen will be?

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    Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

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    Could you see Zombie Fallout 5 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

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    Any additional comments?

    This series started out with massive promise, which is what has kept me coming back to this point. Seems like ZF4 and ZF5 both had similar problems. I found myself drifting away in my personal thoughts as the story bounced to flashback after flashback that didn't have any bearing on the story. Sometimes I'd catch myself thinking, "WTH?" when there would suddenly be a jump to a completely unrelated side story.

    I thoroughly enjoy Sean Runnette's reading, he nails the sarcasm evident in Mike Talbot. The writing needs to be reigned in I think. IMO, time to put this series to bed, How 'bout a little closure for this one, Mark Tufo? Wrap it up!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Mercadante 11-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not a Horror Fan, But..."

    I started watching the Walking Dead on TV, and found it extremely compelling. So much so I started looking to see what Zombie books I might find interesting.

    The Zombie Fallout books are really, really good. There are a couple of continuity issues early on that are easily forgivable considering the quality of the characters, the action, suspense, and everything else a good Zombie book should be.

    The narration is also top-notch. The characters all have distinctive voices, in addition to personalities, and it’s very easy to follow.

    The only problem is (as of this writing), it’s not finished!

    Finish it, Mark. I need to know what happens next!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    frank 09-25-12
    frank 09-25-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Tufo jumped the shark on this one"
    What disappointed you about Zombie Fallout 5?

    This one seemed like Tufo rushed it. The book was filled with pointless flashbacks that had nothing to do with the main story.


    What could Mark Tufo have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    If Tufo spent more time developing the actual story instead of making it one flash back after another. I'm truly sad to say this because i liked the other books so much, but this one was terrible and i was of money.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Zombie Fallout 5?

    all of the flash backs which would cut out at least half of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what was with the cats? Really? Cats? are you serious? it was like Tufo was sitting at his desk writing this piece of crap and was like "hmmm, what can i use to kill paul? chickes? nahhh..... frogs? i don't think frogs will work. Rabid goats? nahh that's just silly. Oh i know house cats! Thats a great idea and wont piss off the people paying $20 for this book after 6 flashbacks that have nothing to do with the story." Sorry if this sounds harsh, but after listening to all five books in one sitting i was expecting a lot from him.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan D. Gilbert Huntington Beach, CA USA 07-26-12
    Ryan D. Gilbert Huntington Beach, CA USA 07-26-12 Member Since 2012

    RiddleofSteel

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    "Went from fun to annoying in no time flat"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    All of the characters are exactly the same as they were from book 1. Not 1 iota of growth from any of them. Mike started out as a fun, interesting character, but quickly morphed into very one dimensionial and annoying. What made it worse is as the books went on, he seemed to become more shallow then from book 1 or 2.


    Has Zombie Fallout 5 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. It just makes me think twice before I get another book from Mark Tufo.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator was decent


    What character would you cut from Zombie Fallout 5?

    I would cut the Author out.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the first couple of books, but they were maginal to begin with. I enjoyed more the novelty of the main characters as they were fun and original in the zombie genre. I was able to overlook some really poor story development and literary gambits. This book though was almost too much to bear.

    First off let me start with all of the ridiculous flashbacks that he uses in every book, but it was really bad in this book alone. Using flashbacks can be a powerful and useful tool in story development, but in this book there must have been four horrendously long and useless flashbacks alone. This has something he has done in every book, but at this point it really detracts from an already lackluster story.

    The second item I already discussed, but bears repeating. The lack of character development really hurt this story as time went on. By this book, all Mike every says or does is something sarcastic. So much so, that it has become very annoying. To make it worse, is the other characters who were pretty shallow to begin with are starting to begin mirror images to Mike. Everyone has become a comedian in this book, and too many comedians in one story is just not funny after a while.

    My other gripe is the ending of this story. You could tell that Mark Tufo had phoned this in. After everything you have gone through with his family and friends, it was very anticlimatic and borederline stupid. I don't want to put any spoilers out there, but as it was unfolding you will know exactly where it's headed and it's just the typical lazy author out.

    I could go on and on, but needless to say I am very disappointed where this story has ended up at this point. If this trend continues I could see this story heading in the direction of Laurell K. Hamilton's s Anita Blake series. Where the author will spit out book after book of the same canned stuff, just to get paid. I'm still hoping against hope that this story can be turned around, but I'm not holding my breath.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret wurtsboro, NY, United States 07-20-12
    Margaret wurtsboro, NY, United States 07-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "LOVE MIKE & FAMILY"

    I amso hooked on this series..... as Always Mark Tufo does not dissapoint <3 Keep them coming Mark, cant wait for the next one <3

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    Shannon RICHLAND, WA, United States 07-01-12
    Shannon RICHLAND, WA, United States 07-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great episode!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I definitely would recommend this book. If you follow Mike Talbot and associates, you have to listen to this one!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mike as always, followed by BT as a close second.


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

    All the Mark Tufo books read by Sean Runnette. He makes the story come alive.


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

    Yes! I almost did.


    Any additional comments?

    Just waiting for the 6th installment now. The story was great but left things unfinished, so I can only assume there will be another episode to this story.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    coreybeth Cincinnati, OH, United States 07-01-12
    coreybeth Cincinnati, OH, United States 07-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Awesome as usual - Tufo does it again!"

    I don't necessarily agree with others that book 5 was not as good as the first 4. Tufo remains my favorite author. I know there have been some complaints from others. Not enough Eliza & Tomas, too much filler with Paul & Mike's past, not enough B.T. (I agree with that one but I could never get enough of him), not enough of the rest of the Talbot gang and last but not least the ending. I can see were the author was going and why some folks were disappointed. For me, I loved it all (the end better not be what it appears though or I'm finding Tufo) As for the lack of page time for Tomas & Eliza I really liked the focus on good ole' post apocalyptic zombies! I'm sure Eliza will raise her nasty head in book 6. As far as the filler complaint, I personally don't agree with that. For instance, quite some time is spent on a particular story of Paul & Mike during their freshman year in college and then again with a weekend trip to a concert eight years before the zombies arrive. I didn't see it as a "filler". Considering what happens towards the end of Z5 I have to say I think Tufo was trying to point out the "history" these two men had, that they stuck with one another no matter what, had loads of fun and most importantly loved each other. It was meant as a somber last hurrah. I liked the focus on Mike. B.T., Gary & their small posse. The fact that the other Talbots weren't mentioned too much wasn't necessarily a bad thing and let the reader focus on Mike himself. The two new characters, Mary and her son Josh, weren't haphazardly placed in the story and were developed well. I also like the evil turn Ms. D. has taken as it is much more entertaining. The infamous cat scene? EEEK!!! I'll never look at my two cats the same way again! Cujo would run screaming from those little gremlins. I don't think this book was rushed as some people have said. I think it was not only a good story but also a good lead in to what is supposed to be the last book in the series. I will however be very disappointed if I'm wrong and the end to a major character really IS the end! I'd better see him/her (and not just a ghostly vision) in book 6! What can be said about Runnette? The man is awesome. Unless you knew in advance you'd never guess that it is one person voicing B.T. AND Mike. He gives life into every one of the characters male, female, young, old etc. Overall GREAT read, well worth the credit. This remains my favorite zombie series and I've read every one that audible has to offer! I can't wait for z6

    6 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew alton, il, United States 09-09-12
    Andrew alton, il, United States 09-09-12 Member Since 2013

    Im a listener.

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    "WHAT!?"
    Any additional comments?

    ....what a crappy...crappy ending...loved the characters....please say there is more....was the author just bored? omg crappy ending

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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