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The Book of Riley: A Zombie Tale | [Mark Tufo]

The Book of Riley: A Zombie Tale

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

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)

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    Barbara NEW WESTMINSTER, BC, Canada 07-01-13
    Barbara NEW WESTMINSTER, BC, Canada 07-01-13
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    "Good book, but too short"

    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)

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 01-08-14
    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 01-08-14 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

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    "Zombie Apocalypse from the POV of a Dog"

    Please find this complete review and many others at audiobookreviewer dot com

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Windsor, ON, Canada 04-04-13
    Jennifer Windsor, ON, Canada 04-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "DOGS, A CAT AND ZOMBIES. WHAT ELSE COULD YOU WANT?"
    Where does The Book of Riley rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Cats can count higher than dogs. YEAH!!!!Laughed out loud when Santa had to kill those weird end of the world believing neighbors.


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

    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.


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

    I was moved to tears of laughter when two dogs, one cat, and an infant found out they could all talk to each other.


    Any additional comments?

    These two Books' of Riley are fun, enjoyable and at times a down right riot. ENJOY

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Xavier Villalobos mission, TX, United States 03-01-13
    Xavier Villalobos mission, TX, United States 03-01-13 Member Since 2008

    Huge Zombie fan! Need I say more?

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    "This was a great book! Tufo RULES!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Book of Riley to be better than the print version?

    Mark Tufo is the new Jedi master of Zombie book authors. Sean Runnette brings the characters to life with his acting out.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Riley


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Garry Cannington, Australia 11-02-13
    Garry Cannington, Australia 11-02-13 Member Since 2011

    I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too

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    "I barked out loud"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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


    What did you like best about this story?

    Benben, so innocent, the distrust of Riley and Patches is very good


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Benben been diving into the fray going missing then his return
    Or his loose bladder at the worst moments


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

    Spoiler if I explain it.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paul M. Drew FlowerMound, Texas, USA 03-25-13
    Paul M. Drew FlowerMound, Texas, USA 03-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Mark Tufo delivers again"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love the insight that he gives into the minds of our pets and it's very believable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Book of Riley?

    The sadness of how it ended was memorable for sure.


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

    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.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Keep em coming!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Conrad Midland, TX, United States 03-07-13
    Conrad Midland, TX, United States 03-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I like Zombie books and I like Dog adventures...."
    If you could sum up The Book of Riley in three words, what would they be?

    A smart "dogs eye view" of the zombie apocalypse.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Riley of course, who wouldn't like her!


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    He is the narrator of the Zombie apocalypse in my mind forever now.


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

    No, but I have read Mark Tufo's other books, so I'm a bit desensitized lol.


    Any additional comments?

    Wish it were longer...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Igrat777 Hollywood, CA 08-01-13
    Igrat777 Hollywood, CA 08-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Homeward Bound meets The Walking Dead"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Book of Riley?

    When BenBen stood with Riley to fight off the zombies. I was cheering all the way! BenBen is a brave little bitty guy.


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

    Patches. He does a wonderfully condescending interpretation of her voice.


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

    Yes!! I actually sat in my car in the driveway because I couldn't turn it off.


    Any additional comments?

    Just ordered part 2 and 3... can't wait!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanette lakeland, GA, USA 07-05-13
    Jeanette lakeland, GA, USA 07-05-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Riley's taking a bite out of the zombie apocalypse"
    Would you listen to The Book of Riley again? Why?

    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.


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

    Riley is brave and loyal a perfect example of her breed. But little Ben-Ben steals the show.


    Any additional comments?

    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)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Keri Post Falls, ID, United States 04-29-13
    Keri Post Falls, ID, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Greatest Zombie Tale Evers"
    Where does The Book of Riley rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Love the new perspective for a zombie tale. I love the humor and cant wait foer the next installment. Brilliant!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    Performance just enhances the perfection of this book.


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

    Love it all


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • T. D. Harvey
    Hampshire, United Kingdom
    4/9/13
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • James
    portarlington, Ireland
    2/20/14
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    "Dog day night"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Book of Riley to be better than the print version?

    Yes the reader feels right and the story flows effortlessly.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The perspective shift.


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

    A great voice echoes the sarcasm inherent in the authors work.


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

    Yes, short sweet and direct to the story. If a little short.


    Any additional comments?

    Will read the rest, but credits are valuable to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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