When the zombie apocalypse strikes without warning one dog will hold the fate of her pack in her paws. This is the story of Riley, an American bulldog. Follow along as she tries to keep her pack safe from a zombie apocalypse. Traveling with her are Ben-Ben the high-strung Yorkie; her favorite two-legger, Jessie; Jessie's younger brother, Zachary; and Riley's archenemy, Patches the cat. They are a rag-tag group of survivors, who, when pushed to the limit, realize that they are all each other has.
©2012 Mark Tufo (P)2013 Tantor
Fans of horror fiction laced with laughs are likely to be tickled by this droll audio edition that kicks off Tufo’s new series centering on the eponymous canine. To realize the author’s concept—seeing the zombie apocalypse through the eyes of an American Bulldog—narrator Sean Runnette (who performed Tufo’s equally funny Zombie Fallout series) needs to pull off a plausible first-animal narration. He does this and more—convincingly voicing a terrier and a cat, as well as various humans. And listeners won’t find it difficult to differentiate Ben-Ben, the “little pain in the ass Yorkshire Terrier,” from Riley. The story wastes no time rolling up its gory sleeves and getting into the action—and Runnette ably transitions from humorous canine antics to savagery (e.g., when Riley rips the face off a family friend turned zombie), successfully blending horror and humor. (Publisher’s Weekly)
Like other Mark Tufo books, this one does not disappoint in what is there. Problem is the story is written in chapter book style, so this one just gets going and it ends. There are a total of 4 books in the series and I believe only 2 of them are on audible. It is hard to swallow using 1 credit for 1/4 of a book. I picked this one up with $10 credit I earned for buy 4 books in a month, so no lose on that end. Still undecided if I will continue, because the story was good, but expensive to listen to. All 4 should be offered as one credit (when and if they are done)
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I have actually wondered about how the animal companions of the people trying to survive the zombie apocalypse survive or what the zombies think of such creatures. Tufo delivers a unique take on what some might say and overcrowded genre. This story is told from the point of view of a American Bulldog with a companion Yorkshire Terrier, reminds me of the old Bug Bunny cartoons with the big bull dog walking down the street with the much smaller dog running circles around him desperately wanting approval. They have also befriended an unlikely creature, a cat. The dialog between the three animals was enough to make me choke on my breakfast it was so hilarious. I really appreciated Tufo’s translation of the items in the world from a dog’s point of view, stinging metal bees, wet meat, viewing holes, two leggers, ect. In his typical fashion Tufo has the Talbot family get mentioned, I can’t think of a non Talbot story were they are not mentioned. If you are looking for something a bit different, but with all the gore you expect from a zombie story and twisted humor, you must listen to The Book of Riley: A Zombie Tale.
The Book of Riley and it's creator Mark Tufo are in a category all of their own. I have read,or should I say listened to, everything Mr. Tufo has written and he never fails to surprise, but most of all, he never fails to make me laugh. Yes I have a bit of a sick sense of humor but, when you think about things really if you don't laugh your life is a lot darker.I believe my cats (as much as they are maligned in other's worlds hint hint) are intelligent and probably would talk too if I should write a series of stories imagining them rescuing their humans from a sudden zombie apocyliptic world ending horror. To put it easy The Book of Riley 1 and The Book of Riley 2 are entertainment in it's purest form. Mark Tufo is a brilliant author with an imagination and a wild sense of humor. Look him up, and simply ENJOY.
Cats can count higher than dogs. YEAH!!!!Laughed out loud when Santa had to kill those weird end of the world believing neighbors.
Patches, the cat, of course. Although I have to laugh whenever the subject of dogs and bacon comes up. Also, Santa will never be the same now that I have heard him described through BenBen's eyes.
I was moved to tears of laughter when two dogs, one cat, and an infant found out they could all talk to each other.
These two Books' of Riley are fun, enjoyable and at times a down right riot. ENJOY
Huge Zombie fan! Need I say more?
Mark Tufo is the new Jedi master of Zombie book authors. Sean Runnette brings the characters to life with his acting out.
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I would, this is a very clever book written so well from the view of a dog that I laughed (barked) loudly at many parts. Each character is well developed
Benben, so innocent, the distrust of Riley and Patches is very good
Benben been diving into the fray going missing then his return
Or his loose bladder at the worst moments
Spoiler if I explain it.
I love the insight that he gives into the minds of our pets and it's very believable.
The sadness of how it ended was memorable for sure.
He does a terrific job with voices and character. I always forget that he is a single person reading and interpreting these characters. Great work indeed across all the Mark Tufo titles.
Keep em coming!
A smart "dogs eye view" of the zombie apocalypse.
Riley of course, who wouldn't like her!
He is the narrator of the Zombie apocalypse in my mind forever now.
No, but I have read Mark Tufo's other books, so I'm a bit desensitized lol.
Wish it were longer...
Yes Yes Yes!!! One of the best audiobooks I've read in a long time... dare I say - ever.
It's funny and scary and heartwarming with just the proper amount of gore. This book has everything. If you're a pet lover, you MUST get this book. If you're not a pet lover, you MUST get this book.
When BenBen stood with Riley to fight off the zombies. I was cheering all the way! BenBen is a brave little bitty guy.
Patches. He does a wonderfully condescending interpretation of her voice.
Yes!! I actually sat in my car in the driveway because I couldn't turn it off.
Just ordered part 2 and 3... can't wait!
Gladly, over and over. It's a unique twist that makes me put a good loyal dog at the top of my zombie survival list.
Riley is brave and loyal a perfect example of her breed. But little Ben-Ben steals the show.
Riley is a wonderfully colorful story that only has one fault it was over too fast. (Wait, maybe two faults, not enough bacon for Ben-Ben)
Love the new perspective for a zombie tale. I love the humor and cant wait foer the next installment. Brilliant!!
Everything. Dogs and Cats working together to take care of the kids. We can only hope that we are good enough to our pets that they would feel the same way.
Performance just enhances the perfection of this book.
Love it all
"Great fun. Another unusual take."
I had not really been overly interested in reading this as it seemed a bit ridiculous. I am so glad though that I did because I really enjoyed it. Mark Tufo's entertaining style, and obvious love and knowledge of dogs made this a really lovely story that ended far too soon. The play between the animal characters is really lovely and the characters really well thought out and executed. Riley is a great character and the play between her and the cat is particularly funny. The star of the story for me is BenBen, the Yorkshire Terrier. His eternal optimism and search for food is endearing and hilarious.
"Dog day night"
Yes the reader feels right and the story flows effortlessly.
The perspective shift.
A great voice echoes the sarcasm inherent in the authors work.
Yes, short sweet and direct to the story. If a little short.
Will read the rest, but credits are valuable to.
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