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)
Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL
if you're new to the zombie genre, stop reading this review and download zombie fallout NOW! if you're into zombies AND haven't read this book, download it NOW!
ok...on with my review...
this is a funny book. hi-lar-ious! political correctness be damned. the story follows mike talbot and his family as the zombie apocalypse begins. mike lives in denver, colorado with his wife, tracy, 2 teenage boys, justin and travis, and his dog, henry, an english bulldog.
mike is in the shower when his wife screams. finding this unusual, mike dons a towel and heads downstairs to see what the heck is going on. tracy and travis are trying to shut the front door as mike appears. after they get the door closed, they implore mike to look through the peephole.
i'm inserting that part here:
"look out the peephole my wife whispered. i put my eye to the hole, expecting to see some little s#!t gangbanger out there tearing s#1t up. what i saw was a tongue. i see a tongue! some a$$hole is licking my peephole i said. then i laughed a little bit.
that sounded a little gross even to me. my wife didn't see the humor. her face still hadn't regained her color, and my son looked like he was about to hyperventilate.
my wife told me to look out the window, but she made no move to look with me. i'm not the brightest bulb on the string but even i knew at this point something was really messed up. i put on my best male bravado and stepped over to the window and rolled up the shade. to this day, i don't know how it happened, but i simultaneously felt my stomach lurch into my throat and my balls fill in the abandoned spot my belly left behind. there had to have been at least a couple dozen dead people milling about on our communal lawn."
so starts the zombie apocalypse and the quest for survival. mike's oldest son, justin, is working the night shift at walmart. mike, tracy, and travis set out to rescue justin.
while rescuing justin, they also rescue tommy. tommy is a greeter at walmart who gets stuck on the roof with justin. tommy is a jolly, seemingly retarded guy. he's huge, overweight, and always eating something sweet. mike and his family learn there is more to tommy than meets the eye. he hears a voice in his head. i won't tell you whose voice it is, but it's hilarious.
when mike and his family get back to their neighborhood, the entrance is blocked off by a bus full of armed people. jed, the neighborhood president, recognizes mike and lets him and his family through.
back at the house, mike finds his daughter, nicole, and her fiancé, brandon, have fled there. so starts the process of fortifying the neighborhood and venturing out for supplies.
on a supply run, mike notices a weird zombie, who just stares at him. later, he notices the same zombie following him. just what does this zombie have in store for mike? it's a joy to find out!
this story has it all! lots of humor. unimaginable gore. the power of a hoard. whew! when you get to that part, you just won't believe how well it's done. lots of zombie carnage. a great human nemesis, dergin. now, that's a great bad guy's name.
there are just so many superlatives that if i haven't convinced you by now, i never will. you know what they say...you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.
I've read a couple of reviews that mentioned this was like slapstick (as in Zombieland) and I passed over the series for quite some time. I HATE anything slapstick! Boy am I glad I gave it a chance. I absolutely love zombie and/or apocalypse books and movies. Sure the book was chock-full of humor but it was not ridiculous nor did the characters behavior exceed the boundaries of common sense! I found it to be very entertaining and very believable. I thought the narrator did an excellent job and cannot imagine anyone else voicing Mike. I also liked the hint of paranormal vibe i.e., Tommy. It is in my top 3 reads! Please give it a chance. If you're like me and cringe when you see the Three Stooges don't worry - this book is not slapstick! Love it!!!
"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one." - Jojen Reed. #ADanceWithDragons
This book was recommended to me by one of my co-workers and without question I'm hooked! I enjoyed this title so much.. Between the wonderful narration by Sean Runnette and the excellent writing of Mark Tufo, this book is easily one of the most enjoyable listens I have had.
To start the concept of the audiobook is something that would interest anyone with an open mind. The book is current (provided you are reading/listening it in 2012 or prior at least), humerus and witty. Mark Tufo did an excellent job creating the Talbot family and experiencing a majority of the story from Mike Talbot's perspective is hilarious to say the least. The way that Mike Talbot's mind work and the very situations he finds himself in makes him easily one of my favorite literary characters. You can't help but find the humor in even the most tragic circumstances in this book by just finding out how this man's brain tick.
Sean Runnette did AWESOME if you ask me. I agree with my co-worker who said he sounds a bit 'dry' in the beginning, but as the story progresses, he got better. It almost was a case where the story was carrying him in the beginning but as the book continued you found yourself warming up to his performance and by the end of the book you frankly can't fathom someone else narrating the book.
This is an excellent title, one of those nail-biters that ends with a cliff hanger but totally worth the listen! I would recommend this book to anyone who likes that witty, sort of satire, sarcasm riddled, modern titles!
I like zombies and comedy, but I called it quits on "Zombie Fallout" after a few chapters. I'm chiming in because many of these "unanimous five star" genre books have been unqualified hits for me. With this one, I wish I'd listened to the sample, although frankly I think the cover, title and marketing should indicate a bit more of the schticky style contained.
There's a lot here that just wasn't my taste - constant references to past zombie pop culture (no 00's movie or videogame goes unnoticed), the conceit that the main character was fully prepared for a zombie apocalypse, and, most of all, Mr. Tufo's overeager and slightly corny sense of humor.
Not a minute goes by without him trying to elicit some kind of laugh from the listener/reader, and just about every attempt was a failure with me. It's all firmly from the Jeff Foxworthy/King Of The Hill school of "redneck sitcom husband" humor; he slips in poop, gets annoyed with his wife, disdains anything more high-brow than a monster-truck rally, and expresses exasperation at the idiot neighbors. Hey, I have no problem with humor or bending genre conventions, but it didn't connect with me and felt fairly stale after Shawn of the Dead and Zombieland (which, of course, are knowingly referenced).
I can't say the narrator helped. Mr. Runnette is affable and sympathetic but his reading neither delivered the punchlines or amped up the suspense for me. Frankly, he sounds like a quirky character actor more than the leading man I'd want to join for a multi-book saga.
I sensed some inventive supernatural twists before I quit, but all of this was too much baggage for me. But hey, a quick listen to Audible's generous sample should be enough for you to tell which reviewers you should listen to.
Absolutely love this book. It is a zombie story, obviously. A man trying to protect his family and stay alive. But the twist here is the protagonist, Michael Talbot. He is hilarious even in dire circumstances. His sarcasm stays true and sharp despite the situation. The reader, Sean Runnette does a great job bringing Michael Talbot to life. I recommend this one to anyone who loves the zombie genre and loves a wicked sense of humor.
I'm addicted. I can't seem to get enough. Most books that I listen to are your average Zombie Apocalypse books, but this one adds a sarcastic and humorous twist. The characters are easy to follow and relate to, and besides the books by Max Brooks, this series is by far my favorite.
Mike. Definitely Mike. Though Henry and BT are fighting for 2nd. Mike is a smart ass, something I can relate to. His stories, past and present, are hilarious and spontaneous.
He IS Mike. He brings the voice of the book to life with his impeccable timing, incredibly accurate voice inflections, and the ability to make you feel like you're actually there. He reads so well that I can almost see his facial expressions as he narrates through each passage.
It's hard to get that in a reader anymore.
Oh yes! I couldn't stop! It's a fan favorite at my work, and there are currently about 4 or 5 of us listening to, and comparing, this book on a regular basis.
LOVE LOVE LOVE this series!!! Don't pass it up!
For the people who thought this was just a slapstick comedy book probably didn't get past the first chapter or two. At first I was kind of turned off from the comedy because it seemed a little much but as the story quickly develops it turns from humor to intense with a good natured laugh or thought here and there.
The story was read by Sean Runnette and his voice turned me off for a while until he grew on me. His voice reminds me of the actor Richard Kind a little bit and that threw me for a loop. It grew on me and I didn't even pay attention the story was so good.
About a third of the way into the second book and can't stop listening.
I did not know that a zombie story could be soo funny. I was downloading the second book and I had 6 hours left in the first. Much of the funny stuff is the ???are you for real???? type, husband and wife banter and blatant sarcasm. Oh Ryan Seacrest will never get as much exposure as he receives in this book; he is a prophet in zombie land.
Mike is one of those survivalist fellows. He taught his boys how to shoot as soon as they could hold a gun. He is prepare for whatever genocide could happen. He is particular prepare for zombies. Why? Because he has watched every zombie movie or book available. He is ready!! Really? But? Why are these zombies acting different? Do you think they are making plans?
The Talbot family is stuck in their little subdivision with perverts, bigots, mystic dogs, and lesbians who are on a real man are dogs rant.
Mike???s family members (that includes best friends, son-in-laws to be, friends of his son???s) are so helpful they are constantly, stumbling, running, and bumping into each other to be helpful. In one scene Mike???s son cannot even put on his sock (he is still recuperating from a zombie mauling) (hey if you figure out how he can survive having an open wound with an airborne virus, let me know) yet, he is getting dressed to man the wall.
Mike is the head of the family (as long as his wife lets him) and he takes his job very seriously even the dog has importance. Did he actually think about giving up one of his children for the dog?
When there is a tough decision the family turns to Tommy. He is the mentally challenged person with prophet Ryan Seacrest providing him life saving advice, ???I would not turn the car off it I were you.???
OK you have got to read/listen to this book.
If you always have a book with you...
What a fantastic listen. I love Zombie books and this is a great one. I love the humor, it fits in perfectly, I think Mike is a great main character and the narrator does a fantastic job of bringing everyone 'to life'. A nice light and easy listen.
The story could use some more development, but with 7 books in the series, this was a great start.
The story follows Mike Talbot and his family as they try to make sense of the new Zombie apocalyptic world. Mark Tufo does an excellent job developing multidimensional characters that force you to cry, laugh, and cringe at them and with them. This gory, intense, and frightening story is defiantly on my top 5 Zombie list. A MUST listen for ALL Zombie fans. Spoiler**** My favorite part was the mother and daughter's journey into town to purchase cigarettes only to find a perfect and frightening opportunity to extract revenge on a Zombie from their past....the dialog is hilarious. And of course the haunting Zombie kiss, which freaks me out to this day.
I really like Mike, I found myself relating to him in so many ways as he is sarcastic, witty, and a survivalist.
Spoiler*****Road trip to purchase cigarettes, the final breach of the wall as the Talbots move from one room to the next trying to stay ahead of the NEW intelligent Zombies.
The book provoked all emotions, some at the same time, mostly fear!
Starting the second book now.....CAN
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.
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.
"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.
"A great Zombie book with a sarcastic sense a humer"
I love zombie books & films and this zombie book is 1 of my favourites. It is a little bit like Shawn of the Dead, or maybe like Family Guy with zombies.
It's a sarcastic American man trying to look after his family from zombies.
It's funny & has zombies!!!!!
What's not to like.
He reads it well & really draws you in.
Yes if it was short I would have.
Very good book & I download the 2nd book straight after.
If you have a sense of humour (sarcastic & a bit dark) & you like zombies then get this book.
900 miles is also a good zombie book.
"Stumbled on to a real gem of a book!"
The most horrific ending of the world but a group you can invest your time into and laugh and laugh with through good and bad
This is a real new style of zombie book writing and it WORKS
Mike Talbot of course!
Seriously never listened to zombie fallout then get this book now it is brilliant!
"Cartoonish, gratuitous and unrealistic"
Any concern for scientific accuracy. The idea behind how the zombie outbreak starts is laughably bad. The main protagonist is impossible to sympathize with, in particularly found his description of an encountered obese character to be particularly unpleasant. The lack of well written characters doesn't stop there however. His two sons are trigger happy and moronic respectively, and the rest of the cast doesn't get any better. With the militaristic way it's written, it feels like it's trying to be a Chris Ryan book, and fails miserably.
Discarded the cast, re-written the storyline, spent more than a few minutes coming up with the scientific basis of the story and dropped all of the needless references to modern era brands. I personally got bored of comments like "With their Xbox 360's" scattered amongst the narrative
Steady, mature, disconnected
Massive disappointment, and occasionally guffaws of disbelief
"Classic horror with modern wit."
Yes I would recommend this audiobook. Told in a fascinating and thought-provoking manner. Actually gives you something to think about.....granted it's a zombie apocalypse, but the way it's told and the bond you build with the characters, it's nail biting stuff.
The narrator has a voice that you just can't help but enjoy. One of the best spoke audiobooks I've listened to.
The characters. Mike Talbot and his principles bulldoze through this nightmare. The sarcasm, intelligence and wit that is brought into this story during what can only be described as hell, is just memorable. Keeps you glued every second.
When Mike Talbot put a bullet into the head of a civilian (psycho) who kept a zombie in his basement to use in a most deviant way. Considering the world had changed, everyone's beliefs and principles had changed and survival was the primary goal, Mike still stood by his principles and acknowledged this situation was very wrong. The moment were the sick psycho hinted or suggested about mike's female members was the moment you knew his fate was sealed. A very satisfying moment indeed.
Bear the Rottweiler. Don't think I could listen to that part again. I have an English Bull Terrier. I love her to bits and if I had to look at her the way Mike Talbot had to look at Bear knowing what was about to happen......
will be buying all the Zombie Fallout series.
"Thoroughly Enjoyable Listen Great Narrating"
Really enjoyed this book. The narrating was great and I loved the characters in it. Written with a very dry sense of humour that I enjoyed. I will be listening to the others in the series.
"Good story, narrator impersonating a muppet"
If i see the name as Sean Runnette I will not buy the book . Awful voice for this business he sounded like one of the muppets
Enjoyed the book very hard to get over the horrible voice telling it
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