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Zombie Fallout Audiobook

Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

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.
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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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    Amazon Customer abilene, TX, United States 11-13-13
    Amazon Customer abilene, TX, United States 11-13-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Mark Tufo, My Hero."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Such a great story from an amazing point of view Mike is funny and sarcastic, and a hero when he needs to be.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mike's humor.


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

    Sean Runnette is Mike Talbot.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed so much, and that was suprising, but i cried oh lord when i thought Justin was a gonner.


    Any additional comments?

    Even if you are not the normal "Zombie" fan you should absolutley check this book out you will be hooked, i feel in love with the Talbot family instantly!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thia 11-08-13
    Thia 11-08-13

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    "Quirky - in a good way"
    If you could sum up Zombie Fallout in three words, what would they be?

    huh? what? ahhh!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a weird little series. It took me halfway through the first book to get into the groove of the inappropriate humor, what is usually internal dialogue being external, and seemingly light-hearted approach to the zombie genre. Once I got it into my head that this felt like a character with some time and distance from the events using the "laugh or lose your mind and cry" approach it all made sense to me. I would encourage readers to hang in there, get through the first book, and see if it doesn't grow on you. If I hadn't paid 20 bucks for the audio book I would have stopped a chapter in. I'm soooo glad I didn't because now I'm on book 6 and I love this series. This isn't a humorous take on zombies. It is a character (like cops, military, er nurses etc) using sarcasm and black humor to get through tragedy and horror.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David 10-29-13
    David 10-29-13
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    "Fun and engaging"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Other reviewers have said his sense of humor was a negative but I found it gave the story a lot of life. I really had a hard time with the reader though, it took a long time for me to get used to his voice and his performance did pickup (or maybe I just got used to it) as the story went on. I would not miss this book though because of the reader, it's definitely worth the credit. I enjoyed it at least as much as Day By Day Armageddon.


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    Andrew 10-26-13
    Andrew 10-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great zombie book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Zombie Fallout to be better than the print version?

    na


    What did you like best about this story?

    that the author wrote the main character more like a real person with side mental conversations and jokes. Very funny and like me in real life (minus the whole zombie thing)


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

    laughing during a zombie book


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    naw its just a better than normal zombie book


    Any additional comments?

    I really like this one

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Yoshi Ex Orlando, FL United States 10-23-13
    Yoshi Ex Orlando, FL United States 10-23-13 Member Since 2016

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    "Sarcasm and the Undead"
    Where does Zombie Fallout rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    That's a tough question. It is definitely one of the best ZOMBIE books I've ever read. The writing style flows quickly and is light and enjoyable. The narration is excellent and overall, the story is great. I finished it without the urgent need to jump and immediately listen to the next book in the series so that could be an indication of the books appeal overall. I would certainly recommend it and I will listen to it again at some point.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There is a lot of laughing in this book. The main character is witty, sarcastic, and street smart. The author blends the desperation of the apocalypse and the main characters sarcastic jackass personality into a really enjoyable story that all book lovers should enjoy.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tanya Kernersville, NC, United States 10-22-13
    Tanya Kernersville, NC, United States 10-22-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing Thrill Ride and a Lot of Heart"
    Would you listen to Zombie Fallout again? Why?

    Yes. After six books of the series plus the Lycan novel with Mike Talbot, I have grown invested in the characters. I love the Talbots and especially Henry.


    What other book might you compare Zombie Fallout to and why?

    I've never read a Zombie series. Tufo's was my 1st. I was pleasantly surprised.


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    Excellent narration with perfect translation of the characters. Flawless . He molded the characters for me.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried when a very special character was bit by a zombie. I cried when a certain character was sure to die. I laugh all the time.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story Mark. Kudos. It'll go down in my top 10 book series' of all time for me....and I'm a girl who loves mainly fantasy romance ...so that's big!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa 10-18-13
    Melissa 10-18-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Love love love Mark Tufo"
    Would you listen to Zombie Fallout again? Why?

    Yes, I think people that aren't into zombie's would enjoy all the characters. My kids are now listening and are now hooked on the books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I Loved them all.


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

    Michael Talbot, but Sean Runnett preformed them all very well.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    not sure


    Any additional comments?

    Mark Tufo is the best I couldn't stop listening.Great book and the whole series was GREAT. Can't wait for book 7

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    Elijah United States 10-16-13
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    "Best zombie series around"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Zombie Fallout to be better than the print version?

    I don't know I don't read I like the audio books


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

    Mike taking the road by my house to save his son at Walmart


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    Sean is just the right guy for the job. He reads Marks writing very well.


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

    Yeah the creepy doll on the back dock of the wal mart shipping and receiving. Thanks mark nightmares for sure.


    Any additional comments?

    You will never be disappointed by Mark Tufo. I've meet this man and he's great.

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    Alaina 10-15-13
    Alaina 10-15-13 Member Since 2016
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    "a great listen"
    Any additional comments?

    I thought it was a great listen. It had me laughing out loud very often from just the "normalcy" of the character and his thought process on things. I will say though that the ending did not make me crave the next book, however I still may listen to it because of how funny this first book was.

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    NinMarysville MARYSVILLE, OH, United States 09-25-13
    NinMarysville MARYSVILLE, OH, United States 09-25-13
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    "LOVED IT!"
    Where does Zombie Fallout rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed Mike's sarcasm and wittiness. Made me laugh out load, but was still was a great story line. Had a few problems with the actual 'preparedness' for the battle for survival. Seemed a little amateurish considering Mike's military background. But overall, loved the book and have already purchased #2 Kindle Edition and Audible Edition. I look forward to the next installment. Wish that this was available in an omnibus series (along with many other series).


    What did you like best about this story?

    Wittiness, sarcasm, and overall humor while in a survival situation.


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

    I like his narration - sounds a lot like Billy Crystal. However, during serious situations, I had a hard time believing the narration voice to the situation. Seemed more for the humor than for the storyline. He certainly doesn't sound ex-military!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh mostly, but had some very emotional portions. Made me cry but at the same time made me laugh out loud.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope that the 'vampire' addition to the storyline doesn't end up being just plain stupid!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    4 of 4 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.

    8 of 9 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.

    2 of 2 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.

    8 of 12 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

    2 of 3 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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ross
    South Yarra, Australia
    10/26/13
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    "Juvenile and disappointing"

    Seeing that this was one of the highest rating zombie books on Audible, I tuned in with much excitement. The number of books gave the potential to have long-term character development similar to the Walking Dead. I was sorely disappointed.

    The main character comes across as a self-absorbed narcissist. I can't help but feel that this is reflection on the author himself.

    The treatment of female characters is also pretty reprehensible. I couldn't shake the feeling that there is a underlying feeling of sexism and mysgonism throughout the book, reinforced by female characters who blunder around like idiots, failing to recognise unloaded guns despite not putting in any bullets, being terrible shots, always getting the main character 'in trouble' for trying to do the right thing and many other examples.

    Other targets of 'humour' include characters with learning difficulties, bodily functions, rape, and a completely pointless and unfunny epilogue paying out Canadians for some reason.

    Maybe I just don't get it, but I really can't recommend this book.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Matt
    4/20/16
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    "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!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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