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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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    Chris Avon, IN, United States 05-03-14
    Chris Avon, IN, United States 05-03-14 Member Since 2016

    indy music guy

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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!

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    Katrina 04-24-14
    Katrina 04-24-14
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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!


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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.

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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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    brooksiegirl 04-04-14 Member Since 2014
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    "best zombie series ever"

    Love this series and how down to earth it is, it makes me laugh out loud at times. If you are searching for a good zombie series to suck you into an apocalyptic world, this is the one. Give it a chance, you won't be sorry...

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    Joshua grand rapids, MI, United States 03-31-14
    Joshua grand rapids, MI, United States 03-31-14 Member Since 2013
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    "If you like Zombie Survival books, try it!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Zombie Fallout the most enjoyable?

    It's semi-realistic in terms of the survival aspects but not so realistic that it gets tiresome. The story-line is going to take an odd turn, I could already tell about half-way through. Reminds me of "The Stand" in that sense. The pace was fast, a lot of action right away and an interesting choice of main character.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Henry the bulldog. I don't know why, the author just has a funny and accurate way of describing his actions.


    Did Sean Runnette do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not really. Many of the characters sound the same and the accent isn't consistent. I couldn't do better but I don't think he's the best fit.


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

    Not really. The relationship between husband and wife is hilarious and stays lighthearted which is a little ridiculous but adds a good element to the story.


    Any additional comments?

    If you can get past the "Mid-western" stereotypes the narrator is actually likable. It's the view point of someone from the Baby Boomer generation who grew up in the midwest. As much as I hate to admit it, it's fairly accurate.

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    Teresa 03-29-14
    Teresa 03-29-14 Member Since 2012
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    "What do you think about during a Zombie outbreak?"
    Would you listen to Zombie Fallout again? Why?

    I am already listening to the book again!! I love Zombie books and the humor that slips in makes this book a must!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It has to be Mike! It's his account of what happens when Zombies come true! It's fun to hear the wild thoughts that pop into his mind!!


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

    Sean does each voice so unique that you know who it is as soon as he speaks. He gives individual humor to each character!


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

    Sure it was sad in some parts but it mainly made me laugh out loud at what his thought process is!!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great series! Looking forward to more!!

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    Theresa 03-18-14
    Theresa 03-18-14

    Avid reader, lover of the arts and an altogether fun gal!!!

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    "Riveting!"
    If you could sum up Zombie Fallout in three words, what would they be?

    Thrilling, thrilling, thrilling


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

    The last three chapters are fantastic!


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    He is really good with the tongue in cheek delivery of the male lead!


    Any additional comments?

    If this wasnt an audiobook I would say it was a real page turner! Im a zombie movie enthusiast and I was skeptical when I bought this...but I was NOT disappointed in the least!!

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    Nabil N. Alanbar Burlington, Vermont, USA 03-18-14
    Nabil N. Alanbar Burlington, Vermont, USA 03-18-14 Member Since 2016
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    "This audiobook ended so very well."
    Where does Zombie Fallout rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty close to the top. Somewhere below the Lost Fleet series by Jack Campbell, which I really enjoyed, but above most of the others in my library.


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

    About halfway through the book, Mike Talbot spends a night watching his son fight off an infection. Dawn comes, and Mike, certain that his son is about to become a zombie, lifts his handgun to end the process before it finishes.


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

    Honestly, at first, I hated his narration. I almost stopped listening because of it. Several hours in, however, it dawned on me that he was doing such a good job of narrating that it was Mike's personality quirks coming through Sean's voice that caused my initial reaction to his narration. It really was good, but it took me a little while to realize how good.


    Any additional comments?

    Mark Tufo did a good job writing the story, but really missed the mark on his descriptions of military weapons. As a OIF veteran, my bullshit sensor was tweaked when he described the SAW, a weapon I carried rather a lot, as a 50 pound weapon. It weighs a hair above 15 unloaded. I was able to effectively handle it like an M-16 for the purposes of firing from the shoulder, although it was obviously much less accurate than a rifle.

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    Kevin Cavalier, ND, United States 03-13-14
    Kevin Cavalier, ND, United States 03-13-14

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    "NOT THE TYPICAL ZOMBIE STORY"
    What did you love best about Zombie Fallout?

    The characters are someone the reader could relate too.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tommy or Mike had to be my two favorite. Tommy because he was so innocent but there is more to him than meets the eye. Mike because he was a normal person not some over the top main character.


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

    The way he reads the different parts really has you believe that there are different people playing the parts.


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

    Yes, if I had the time I was very curious about what would happen next.


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