It was a flu season like no other. With the H1N1 virus running rampant throughout the country, people lined up in droves to try and attain one of the coveted vaccines. What was not known was the effect this largely untested, rushed to market, inoculation was to have on the unsuspecting throngs. Within days, feverish folk throughout the country convulsed, collapsed, and died, only to be reborn. With a taste for brains, blood, and bodies, these modern-day zombies scoured the lands for their next meal. Overnight the country became a killing ground for the hordes of zombies that ravaged the land.
This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.
Can he keep his family safe? Can he discover the secret behind Tommy's powers? Can he save anyone from the zombie queen? Encircled in a seemingly safe haven called Little Turtle, Mike and his family, together with the remnants of a tattered community, must fight against a relentless, ruthless, unstoppable force. This last bastion of civilization has made its final stand. God help them all.
©2010 Mark Tufo (P)2012 Tantor
"Once you read the first few pages of Zombie Fallout, you're in for the series." (John Ramsey Miller, author of The Last Family)
“The word lighthearted doesn’t usually come to mind when we think of the zombie apocalypse, but Sean Runnette does a skillful job balancing humor with horror in this audio edition, which makes for an entertaining stroll with the walking dead…Runnette gives Talbot a dry, I-knew-this-was-going-to-happen-to-me-someday attitude that captures the wry spirit of Tufo’s prose. This provides a welcome departure from the doom and gloom of most zombie tales, and Runnette wrings plenty of chuckles from the material. Still, the narrator doesn’t forget that this is an apocalyptic horror story, making sure there are plenty of chills and thrills along the way.” (Publisher’s Weekly)
I like zombies and comedy, but I called it quits on "Zombie Fallout" after a few chapters. I'm chiming in because many of these "unanimous five star" genre books have been unqualified hits for me. With this one, I wish I'd listened to the sample, although frankly I think the cover, title and marketing should indicate a bit more of the schticky style contained.
There's a lot here that just wasn't my taste - constant references to past zombie pop culture (no 00's movie or videogame goes unnoticed), the conceit that the main character was fully prepared for a zombie apocalypse, and, most of all, Mr. Tufo's overeager and slightly corny sense of humor.
Not a minute goes by without him trying to elicit some kind of laugh from the listener/reader, and just about every attempt was a failure with me. It's all firmly from the Jeff Foxworthy/King Of The Hill school of "redneck sitcom husband" humor; he slips in poop, gets annoyed with his wife, disdains anything more high-brow than a monster-truck rally, and expresses exasperation at the idiot neighbors. Hey, I have no problem with humor or bending genre conventions, but it didn't connect with me and felt fairly stale after Shawn of the Dead and Zombieland (which, of course, are knowingly referenced).
I can't say the narrator helped. Mr. Runnette is affable and sympathetic but his reading neither delivered the punchlines or amped up the suspense for me. Frankly, he sounds like a quirky character actor more than the leading man I'd want to join for a multi-book saga.
I sensed some inventive supernatural twists before I quit, but all of this was too much baggage for me. But hey, a quick listen to Audible's generous sample should be enough for you to tell which reviewers you should listen to.
The first thing you should know is that this is a zombie story in the tradition of movies like Shaun of the Dead or Zombieland. That is to say, a zombie comedy (zombedy?).
I am going to make this review easy. I imagine you are not going to buy two zombie comedies this month which means you may be considering this or The Zombies of Lake Woebegotton (also available from Audible). The difference between the titles is easily articulated: Zombie Fallout generates its humor primarily from one-liners, bad smells, slapstick, and bodily functions. The Zombies of Lake Woebegotton's humor is primarily situational, satire, and irony. I think the The Zombies of Lake Woebegotton is the much better of the two books, but you should assess by your own sense of humor.
Taken on its own, Zombie Fallout isn't bad. It is amusing, and I love a good zombie story. I think I'll even buy the sequel. However, if I were looking to buy a zombie-comedy this month, this would be my second choice.
I'm not sure. This book seems to be poorly written. It was impossible for me to follow. From the unnecessary wordiness to odd, labored descriptions, the writer made it very hard to understand where we were in the story arc. The structure of this story also doesn't make sense. If you lay out the 'major events', the pacing and chronology doesn't make much sense either. Finally, there's no closure. There are a handful of happenings in this book that are either so ambiguous or mysterious, the lack of resolve frustrates me rather than making me want to read the rest of the series.
At this point, no. He made some very odd choices in how this book is written, I don't think I'd chance the money on another of his books.
The narrator read through the book in a labored, slow fashion that made me feel like our main character was Homer Simpson. Dumb, lazy and disengaged from the world around him. The narrator made this character even harder to relate to.
Sorely disappointed. Waste of money. Waste of time.
I bought this audiobook because of its apparent popularity and large number of reviews, assuming it would be good. I was wrong. The story is difficult to follow. The author brings you into an intense situation, and the alludes to what happens and then fast-forwards without any indication of time passing. By the time you notice this, you'll be wondering if you spaced out or if part of the story was missing. Sadly, it's just the way the book is written.
I tried. Really, I did. It's actually boring, with shallow characters and unbelievably bad dialog.
These books are incredible! Tufo and Runnette are a great team. Yes, the books are about zombies but they are filled with so much more. Its an emotional roller coaster and the side trips Tufo takes are great. So many laughs as well. I've loved every book so far and will continue to buy them.
Some stuff seems to me like I have been there before, maybe it's the genre,don't get me wrong it's only one I enjoy my problem is I have read the book so in my head it was a hell of alot better, the narration didn't sound like the marine I imagined anyway it was good start and I'm off to the next book I have faith that it will just get better. Hope this helps you in your decision to get. Enjoy.
Most definitely recommend this! As a matter of fact I have! The characters are rich, the writing is real, the story is great....can't say enough good about this book and all the Michael Talbot stories.
Michael....I guess, it's hard to say. They are all so good.
Sean Runnette's voice has made me fall in love with Michael Talbot. He is the best I've heard.
Haven't a clue.....but this would be a fantastic film series.....I would definitely pay to see this.
What can I say. I love the Talbots. I love BT, Tracy, the kids, Alex, all of the characters, even Mrs. Denoe. I've already listened to all 4 twice and preaparing to start over and listen again while I wait for # 5 to be published.
I've only just listened to this first in the series, but so far it's the best zombie book I've head on Audible. It has a perfect blend of character development, humor, suspense, and horror. I lost a few hours of sleep listening to this at night. My wife, who knows English but not well enough to concentrate on following the story, couldn't understand why I was cracking up while lying in my bed trying to fall asleep to this novel. In the end, I had to turn it off, because I couldn't stop listening.
My mind often wanders while listening to a story, and I'll sometimes I'll "wake up" and realize I didn't actually hear the last 20 minutes or so. In most cases, I just focus my attention again and keep going. Not with this book. I had to go back and listen to every word.
Get this book. Here's how good it is: I didn't have the credits to buy this and the next book, but the first was so worth the price, I paid for the second rather than wait for my next credit to kick in. I can't wait to hear what happens next.
The narrator is excellent in delivery, but his voice isn't crisp and clear, so if your hearing isn't perfect, it can sometimes take effort to follow every word. Most people shouldn't even notice, though.
It balances humor and seriousness perfectly to a wonderful deadly zombie blend! Love this book
"Not My Usual, but hooked though to book 9!!"
Everyone should have a Mike Talbot in their life, I certainly have, the characters just grow and grow!! Best series of audio books in a long time!!
funny storyline great side stories, a character you instantly like, and a cliffhanging bridge to the second book..already downloaded and listening to it
"Excellent humorous Zombie fiction."
A great book, about a guy trying to keep his family safe though the beginning stages of a Zombie apocalypse. Sarcastic humour throughout via main character, Mike Talbot.
Loved the character Tommy, the voice for Tommy was spot on.
"Living.Walking.Shaun of the.DEAD ZF has it all"
Yes I have, because I laugh and gag all in same book
The characters living and dead
He brings it to life,(and dead) l would not have enjoyed it as much with anyone else
Story of a germophobe in a zombie world
Mark Tufo is a brilliant storyteller and Sean R brings the stories to life.
I listen to the books over and over, so much so I am biting my nails waiting for ZF 9
I love the zombie genre and was not disappointed with this book. I very light and easy listen with lots of funny bits. I also love the fact that he Zombies are intelligent. I thought the narration was really good and I would definitely recommend you give this a try. I will definitely be reading the next in the series
I liked the fact the zombies display some intellegence.
The scene with the zombie girl.
As the title sums it up in two words absolutely brilliant humour suspense great characters what more do you want.
"okay zombie novel, unsympathetic main character"
the narrator wasn't great, the main character was homophobic and misogynistic and I never felt anyone was in any real peril.
I love Mark Tufos writting, he has to be one of my favourite authors and I love Sean Runette. His voice just makes the stories come alive!!! A cracking start to a wonderful series!!
"Drama and comedy in abundance"
Narrated brilliantly ... This has definitely hooked me for the next instalment!!! The characters linked really well ... It's like Jack Reacher meets zombies.
5 stars all the way.
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