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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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    MrOcculture Fairfax, VA, United States 08-31-12
    MrOcculture Fairfax, VA, United States 08-31-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Amusing enough."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I'd be the last to praise this book as I often found myself cringing at the writing, but I was entertained to some degree.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It is interesting to hear a zombie story for the point of view of someone who might be suited to deal with it (mike's guns and weapons training) rather than the usually random dude. The characters were mostly unbearable.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different narrator, was not a fan of the narration.


    Was Zombie Fallout worth the listening time?

    It was pretty entertaining if you overlook the obvious problems.


    Any additional comments?

    Mike was not funny, not in the slightest. No one was legitimately entertaining. Sarcasm seems to be the only attempt at humor which was kind of awful. The wife is irritating, irrational and endlessly nagging.

    19 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Dominique 10-30-15
    Dominique 10-30-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Refreshing"

    Although this story has a zombie on the cover of the book it focuses a lot more on the living than the dead. That is a wonderful thing. The wit of the author and neurosis of the main character were very entertaining. I will certainly read the rest of the series and check out Mark Tufo's other books as well.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Micah 03-09-15
    Micah 03-09-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A good snarky zombie story"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I'll be the first to admit that I have a quirky sense of humor and this book is just that. Listen to the audio sample. If you don't find it funny then you will not enjoy this book or the series. If you do find it humorous then you will love the book and the series. I listened to the 8 published books in 2 weeks. Now I have to wait for the next book which makes me sad.

    None the less if you are a fan of this type of humor you'll be in for a great ride. Download it and hold on for a great listen.


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

    The main character Michael Talbot is a wonderfully snarky and flawed man that you will grow to love.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rushmore Baltimore, MD 02-11-15
    Rushmore Baltimore, MD 02-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Such fun!"

    The story of narration mesh perfectly. Campy with a dash of gore. Just enough New England snarky to work. Great!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sydney 02-10-15
    Sydney 02-10-15
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    "Never Thought I'd Laugh During a Zombie Story"
    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    Sean Runnette was the perfect choice for this audiobook. He has the right accent for the main character, and allows both the humor and horror to shine through.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first zombie story that made me laugh. The story line was funny and gross at the same time, and the characters could be anyone's neighbors. The best part is the internal dialogue of Mike Talbot, which shows him to be as perfectly twisted and real as anyone you may come across.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Just Me 02-07-15
    Just Me 02-07-15 Member Since 2014

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "I loved this book."
    Would you listen to Zombie Fallout again? Why?

    Yes because it's highly entertaining.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mike and Timmy...can't choose between them.


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    I love his voice. It's so unique. He plays the part so well.


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

    There's not one part in particular that I can think of. I enjoyed the entire book!!!


    Any additional comments?

    If you are into zombie books you should check this one out. It is awesome!!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon Peery 02-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Best Aries EVER!"

    I love book Mark Tufo writes. Also get his Indian Hill series. Great author & narrator! Listened to this series over & over.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Season Hatcher 01-18-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved it!"

    I was skeptical when I downloaded this book, because of the few bad reviews. I will admit, it's not a literary masterpiece, but this book is fun and exciting. Perhaps I just have the same sarcastic sense of human as the author. This book made me chuckle and kept me listening the whole way through.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Ann C. 05-02-13
    Lee Ann C. 05-02-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointment"
    What would have made Zombie Fallout better?

    Less bathroom humor. Female characters that weren't shrill harpies or idiots. Realistic reactions to the situations that the characters were put in. The writing style was very much "showing, not telling".


    Has Zombie Fallout turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I've read some really good zombie books, Jonathan Maberry's Rot and Ruin series comes to mind.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I didn't care for the narrator's style. I would recommend listening to the sample before buying.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The story and characters just weren't developed well enough to feel much of anything.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    matthew Colorado Springs, CO, United States 04-16-13
    matthew Colorado Springs, CO, United States 04-16-13

    still waiting for audible to sell me Metro 2033

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    "look at all my money fly way"
    If you could sum up Zombie Fallout in three words, what would they be?

    It's a must own for any ZPAW fan.


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

    No but he is now one of my fav readers


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

    YES!


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Simon
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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.

    8 of 8 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.

    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.

    9 of 10 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

    4 of 5 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.

    4 of 5 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
  • 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.

    3 of 4 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.

    13 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Campbeltown, United Kingdom
    2/18/17
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    "hooked"

    I like zombie books and after listening to this i love them. Mark tufo captured me with the humour, excitment and sentiment from the go and Sean the narrator is a one in a million catch for this adventure.
    When the missus heard me listening to this she had to start it herself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    1/9/17
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    "brilliant"

    a good story, told well. well narrated. I look forward to listening to the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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