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)
Accountant addicted to Audiobooks. I was never a reader until I started my Audible Subscription.
Funny, Mike Talbot, Sarcasm
The humor in the story. It was not all serious like other zombie books I have listened to before.
No. I liked the way he told the story, but I thought the voice for Mike Talbot made me envision him in his 50's or 60's not 43.
It made me have many good chuckles.
The wit and humor. I like the narrator's initial reaction especially... torn between horror and giddiness.
I thought there were some unique aspects to the story. At first everything seems like any fan of george romero would expect, but then some mysteries crop up as the zombies act in unexpected ways, which hooked me in for the sequel (i'm sorry if that's vague, but i'm attempting to avoid spoilers)
the narration was decent in that overall, he had appropriate inflection for the scenes in question, but there was something about his voice that was a little distracting. he almost sounds like the actor frank oz. for anyone who doesn't know who that is, he voiced several muppets, including fozzy bear. the slight goofiness to the sound of his voice occasionally distracted me from the tone of the genre, but over time, i got used to him and it only bothered me a very little
the audio moved at a pretty good pace, the reader didn't rush or plod along, the book wasn't overly long or boring, and my mind stayed engaged throughout the performance. fans of the genre shouldn't have problems finding something they can enjoy here.
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It's impossible to narrow it down to just one. This whole series is one long uninterrupted continuous story which makes every part of it flow seamlessly.
Sean Runnette’s performance was without a doubt superb! At first I wasn't sure about him. That quickly faded after about 3-4 chapters and now, after listening to 7 book he's narrated, I couldn't image anyone else even coming close to capturing the essence of Tufo's creations!
I couldn't stop listening! Even in the shower, I'd prop my phone on the edge just hoping it wouldn't fall in!
I have to admit, I'm a zombie story junkie. When I first signed up to Audible I didn't really listen. To be honest, I forgot I had a subscription and six months later I logged on to find I had six or so credits. Well, I found Zombie fallout and thought, "this looks interesting and has a bunch of books, why not..." so I downloaded like 4 Zombie Fallout books. Needless to say I didn't even listen to them! What an idiot I was! A year or so went by and I started listening to a lot of other great series, still not listening to any of the Tufo books. With the ever growing number of books in my Audible library, I actually forgot that I had even downloaded the Zombie Fallout series. When I did notice them again, I thought to myself "why did I download these? There are now like 7 books in series and it's probably just a bunch of trash that this Tufo guy threw out to make a quick buck. Kinda like the more words on paper the higher the paycheck." I tried to see if I could return them to Audible for the credits but it was a no go because it had been too long since I purchased them. So, I let them sit in my library untouched. THEN, I ran out of books that I hadn't listened to and had no new credits coming for a couple of weeks. At this point, I decided what the heck, I paid for these I'll give it a chance. Maybe I could force myself to listen until my new credits came in. From the first few minutes and continuing on through ever single book in the series, all I can say is WOW! Just WOW!!! I can't believe that went all that time not listening to the Tufo books and I had even tried to return them! What I huge mistake that had been! When I say these books are great, it's an immense understatement! Tufo's writing style is fresh, fun, and super easy to follow. His characters are awesome and highly entertaining! The books are very FUN to listen too! While they are not ground breaking, Pulitzer Prize wining books, (which they're obviously not supposed to be) they very easily could and should win awards for being some of the best new writing out to date! Once I finally started with the Zombie Fallout series, Tufo very quickly, has became one of my favorite authors. I've now listened to all of Zombie Fallout books, and am looking forward to devouring all of Mark Tufos other writings as well!
Buy these books!
Interesting take on zombies...
I really enjoyed the acknowledgement of zombies being in our culture before the invasion.
Probably not. . He doesn't do a bad job, but the east coast accent kills me.
I listened to half the book in one day while painting my deck. . . I was able to put it down easily. There are too many asides in this novel. It is a bit like listening to an episode of "Family Guy". One thing will happen then you'll have two minutes of irrelevant exposition.
I will give this series one more novel before I quit. The zombies are interesting. The writing style isn't great for me...
I love zombies movies and never read or listened to a zombie book until Mark Tufo Zombie Fallout. I love the book and I am hooked. I have already purchased all his books to read and/or listen to.... Love the action and his witty character.
I just didn't enjoy this book. characters are simple and the story just didn't hold my attention well.
It's one of my favorites, I finished it faster than most because I couldn't stay away.
There were a few that will stick with me. Getting the kids off the Walmart roof. Building a zombie trap on the stairs. Finding what was in that guy's basement.
No, but I love his style. He fits the personality of the main character flawlessly.
Yes, I couldn't stop thinking about it.
I was barely halfway through this book before I decided to purchase the 2nd and 3rd in the series. This is a smart and unique take on the zombie trope that is so overdone and predictable right now.
Maybe if it was free.
I could not get past the first hour. In my opinion if a book can't grab you in the first hour of listening then it was a bad buy choice.
Definitely, I have listened to this book a few times, it's that good.
It is the perfect mix of humor and a great, original plot.
Sean seems to read all of marks books and is the perfect voice. I hear his voice and I think "Mike?"
Towards the beginning when everything is playing out, there is a great part where a zombie is licking the peep hole of the main characters front door. If you have read the book you are probably laughing right now. If not, you will.
Don't stop with the first book. The series continues to play out and more original story line plays out. It's addictive. Also don't miss the 4 1/2 book in the series. It helps tie things together.
This is a great series - particularly the first novels. It took me a bit to get used to the narrator's voice for the main character, but as the story progressed, I got used to the voice and began to appreciate it. The main character is actually very humorous, and is a good example of how to inject humor into a zombi/sci-fi novel without making the story corny/silly.
Sean Runnette's reading was excellent, with the proper inflections/emphasis placed at the appropriate moments. I enjoyed his ability to make the characters come to life by altering his register, intonations and accents for each.
"Just not for me . . ."
I think that sometimes there are books / authors / narrators which in combination just don't resonate with me. I only got about an hour into this but I just didn't really "get" the humour in any big way and once that didn't work for me the apathetic way the characters react to an apocalypse full of zombies just turned me off.
Clearly plenty of other people see it differently and I can accept that it's entirely possible I've just tried getting into one too many zombie series. But this one just didn't grab me and the style wasn't something I could enjoy.
Not the best zombie story, but I liked it. The main thing bringing this down, the narrater sound like the dad from Family Guy. Will get the next book, but as a priority.
I really enjoyed this, the humour that runs through it is great. Its different to the usual zombie end of the world theme, which does become more apparent in book 2. Which I downloaded as soon as I finished this one. Don't be put off by the humour it has plenty of sick bits.
The narration is really good, and following Mike, his family and friends on their journey is really good.
Buy this I don't think you will regret it.
"Mediocre zombie story with nothing new"
If you don't enjoy the first part of this book, just stop and get a refund. You can fill in the rest of the story in your head and it will most likely be better than this.
Not worth it for the characters either. No depth and the dialogue is mainly the main character having "comically" disconnected thought about the situations he gets in.
"Fantastic book for all Zombie Apocalypse fans!"
I loved listening to this book from Mark Tufo. Being a busy mum it's not viable for me to buy books to read as I never get more than five minutes to myself so I opted for the audible version. In go the headset and I was whisked into a world that was crumbling. The story had me ewwwing and chuckling, anxious and relieved. The smooth and warming voice of Sean Runnette even had me searching other titles he narrates so it was obvious that I added all the other titles in this series and others by Tufo to my 'to listen to' library.
I am a huge zombie fanatic and this book whet my appetite in a big way.
A must read/listen to for anyone who is interested in this genre!
Like everyone else in the western world I'm addicted to the zombie genre - why? I don't know, perhaps it's a brain disease or a government plot putting some drug into the water supply to keep us all happy - but that's not the point, the point is I've wasted half my credits trying to find a zombie novel that isn't utter crap - and I've failed.This isn't the worst of a bad bunch but it is one of the most annoying. The reader DOES sound like Peter Griffin which I could handle if the characters weren't so utterly stupid and constantly cracking wise. They wander about, as though being eaten was just a minor inconvenience, doing such stupid things, like going to fetch cigarettes without a gun, or arguing about what car to use because they're worried about the paint work! Infuriating!
Perhaps the worst thing about is that at no time do you think that any of the central characters are going to get bit or eaten because that would interfere with the awful American family cliche they inhabit.
Oh and were does the electricity, hot water and fuel come from in the post zombie world of Mr Tufo.
"Apocalyptic awesomeness guaranteed!!!!!"
I must admit that i had this book for over a year before i listened to it, and now i know i wasted a year of my life! I should have listened to it as soon as it had downloaded. When it comes to the end of the world as we know it Mark Tufo has it nailed. Horror at its best, with a dark wry sense of humour that few writers can master. A wonderful cast of characters that you can help but love, laugh at, and root for. Go team Talbot!
My new Favourite Writer without a doubt. The Zombie Fallout series more addictive than crack (not that I've tried it) lol. oh and brilliantly narrated by Sean Runnette.
"Mark Tufo is a brath of fresh air"
FAN TAS TIC
Witty cripping great Characters all bond well big t is great good all round story
Great voice draws you in
Yes and did
Great series all tufo books are fab like having the same characters in different books but playing different parts and different outcomes well done Tufo
I bought this audiobook not expecting much and I was blown away but the characters and the story I loved it and could not wait to hear the next installment I would highly recommend the Zombie Fallout series of books if you like Zombies and great Characters.
Can't rave about this one. A non-memorable addition to an over catered-for genre. It's not bad, just not great. I also regretted having read another reviewer's comparison of the narrator's voice to that of Peter Griffin, which I struggled to shake as I listened.
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