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Zombie Fallout Audiobook

Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Robert A Easton 06-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I just feel like this would be better if I were 11"

    I just didn't enjoy this book. characters are simple and the story just didn't hold my attention well.

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    Shellie M 06-11-14
    Shellie M 06-11-14
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    "always surprising"
    Where does Zombie Fallout rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's one of my favorites, I finished it faster than most because I couldn't stay away.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Zombie Fallout?

    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.


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

    No, but I love his style. He fits the personality of the main character flawlessly.


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

    Yes, I couldn't stop thinking about it.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott 06-07-14
    Scott 06-07-14
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    "Don't Bother"
    Would you try another book from Mark Tufo and/or Sean Runnette?

    Maybe if it was free.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    keith Howell, Michigan, United States 06-01-14
    keith Howell, Michigan, United States 06-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Best zombie book series ever"
    Would you listen to Zombie Fallout again? Why?

    Definitely, I have listened to this book a few times, it's that good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is the perfect mix of humor and a great, original plot.


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    Sean seems to read all of marks books and is the perfect voice. I hear his voice and I think "Mike?"


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adrienne 05-31-14
    Adrienne 05-31-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent Audio Book"
    What did you love best about Zombie Fallout?

    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.


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    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.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JEAN nederland, TX, United States 05-11-14
    JEAN nederland, TX, United States 05-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "was a long trip book"

    was good was funny in places good is what i give it.... glad i got it listened to it but it was slow in places but had enough to keep me coming back for more........

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Avon, IN, United States 05-03-14
    Chris Avon, IN, United States 05-03-14 Member Since 2016

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    "My favorite series of all-time!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    As a stand alone book, it rates VERY highly! As the opening to an amazing series, not much to improve on. Writing is fantastic, the characters are some of my favorite and the narrator IS Michael Talbot!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Tufo does an incredible job throughout the entire series, as well as the other Talbot Adventures, of painting a vivid picture of the emotional state of the characters...so much so, that I find myself thinking in advance about how BT or Tracey...etc, will act/react to given situations. He was brilliant in capturing Michael Talbot's gravitational personality...in most cases, we all know someone like him...and we...love him? Hate him? Both? The range of emotion in the characters and the dialog remaining so true to them is rarely done THIS well. Despite, or perhaps because of, the overwhelming use of the sarcastic and, often, inappropriate sense of humor, the dialog feels right in every way. I found it very realistic that the fictional Michael Talbot could inspire the loyalty that he does...I know real people like him...they also inspire loyalty and a provide natural leadership...and they, like Mike, also bring out the best/worst in others! I could probably say something similar about my sarcastic-to-a-fault Bostonian friends!


    What does Sean Runnette bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He IS Michael Talbot...the comedic timing, tone inflection, range of vocal emotion...name it. He is, for me, maybe the only narrator that would inspire me to purchase a book just because he is the narrator. How he is able to put himself into the lives of diverse characters, like, Mrs. D, BT, Tracy, Tommy, and so many more...amazing! Don't get me started on the Progs and Genos, especially "D" from Indian Hill series!


    Any additional comments?

    After recommending this series to 5 people, all 5 feel as passionately positive about it! If you like Zombie books, but LOVE a great character-driven story, this book and series are a must!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katrina 04-24-14
    Katrina 04-24-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome Zombie Series!"
    Would you listen to Zombie Fallout again? Why?

    Yes! The story has a serious tone but Mike Talbot's dry sense of humor takes away some of the End-Of-The-World dreariness and had me laughing myself to tears!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jacob Redmond, WA, United States 04-18-14
    Jacob Redmond, WA, United States 04-18-14
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    "Good story, could benefit from better writing."

    I got this book on a recommendation and was really excited about it. It's enjoyable and can be interesting at times. I just had a really hard time staying focused while listening to it. The story as a whole is interesting, but I found myself having to re-listen to entire chapters. The author's style of writing just didn't really keep my attention during a lot of scenes. I really am interested in how the rest of the series goes though, so I might give this one another listen through and then move on to book 2.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Connie 04-10-14
    Connie 04-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Zombie Fallout Rocks!"

    I have always avoided Zombie stories, but had a sudden turnaround after listening to this Fantastic, action packed, Hysterical series. LOVE Mark Tufo's Zombie Fallout Series! The personalities of all the characters are a riot! I listen to Audible books while I'm at work.. I work in a very quiet office with a lot of quiet worker bee people. 15 minutes into the book and I was laughing so hard I was crying. I snuck outside so I could keep listening! The banter while all the insanity is happening is what finally eliminated my fear of Zombies. Don't get me wrong, the flesh eating Zombies are Scary, but between the story and the Narrator Sean Runnette I'm hooked! I have read all 7, one right after another. No other books have compared to this series. I felt a loss when I finished the 7th one, I can't wait for the 8th!
    Thanks Mark Tufu you are incredible!

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  • Simon
    Waterlooville, UK
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    "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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • ben
    EASTBOURNE, United Kingdom
    4/30/12
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    "It's ok!?"

    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.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • mrs
    6/22/12
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    "Loved it!"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • rasmus
    6/22/16
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cherry
    6/27/15
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    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Giles
    Portesham, United Kingdom
    4/6/13
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    "Bad"

    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.

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • supernooby
    9/11/13
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    "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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • michael
    TONYPANDY, United Kingdom
    6/30/13
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    "Mark Tufo is a brath of fresh air"
    If you could sum up Zombie Fallout in three words, what would they be?

    FAN TAS TIC


    What did you like best about this story?

    Witty cripping great Characters all bond well big t is great good all round story


    What does Sean Runnette bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Great voice draws you in


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

    Yes and did


    Any additional comments?

    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

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • P
    Axminster, United Kingdom
    2/24/13
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    "Amazed"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • InvalidHexCode
    6/20/16
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    "Great zombie fiction"
    Would you listen to Zombie Fallout again? Why?

    I'll be a while before I listen to this book again because I'm only on book six of the series now and have discovered other series by Mr Tufo that I want to read first.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Zombie Fallout?

    So many it's a constant thrill ride


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

    Mike Talbot


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

    If only I had the time!


    Any additional comments?

    Good book - nice addition to the zombie genre.
    There is a constant pull back to gentle humour that works well amidst the blood and gore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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