• Alive in a Dead World

  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (1,953 ratings)

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Alive in a Dead World

By: Mark Tufo
Narrated by: Sean Runnette
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"What now, sister?" Tomas asked.

"We kill Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends and then we rule the world," she said absently as she fingered the locket around her neck.

In the latest installment of Mark Tufo's zombie fallout series, Mike Talbot and his family continue their fight for survival as Eliza plots their demise.

©2012 Mark Tufo (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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Let's talk about character flaws.

When I first started reading this story I really enjoyed the characters personalities but they have begun to be quite annoying. Mike and company spends too much time going on tangents during dire situations that it makes them more like cartoon characters. I understand making jokes and having quirks but you would think that those would go by the way side as things escalate from bad to nightmare. ( Spolier)






The dialog when that one guy who fell down from the ladder, survive the fall and then was thrown apart by zombies was down right inappropriate. The main characters were making jokes and quips immediately afterwards. Right in front of the grieving widow of the guy who was ripped apart. Mike even made a joke about having a drink with the same zombies that killed her lover and his only criticism by the group was that it was a bad joke not that it was made in front of a grieving widow. For a guy who says he would be devastated if his family died he sure lacked emphaty in that moment. The jokes and dialog during crisis sometimes seems that everything in the world freezes around them. It's like a jokes and quips bubble forms giving the characters time to talk. The effect is that it sucks the tension from the scene.

The scene on the roof wasn't done that well. The vampire had them dead to rights and how they got away was just too cheap. If Eliza was portrayed as more as alof about the fates of Mike and the group then it could have worked. If she was just playing a game for the purpose of passing the infinite time she has on earth then her letting them go after the fight would make more sense. However, seeing how much she hates them the idea she wouldn't kill them win or lose is just an ass pull.

I know I'm not the first person to say this nor I suspect I'll be the last but Tracy is the worst character in the book. Mike has his problems which kind of explains why they are together. Tracy puts up with his complexs and he puts up with her terrible personality. However, he is strong, skilled, somewhat of a good strategist, compassionate for the most part, loving and more times then not reliable. Tracy is just a useless,angry ,selfish,bitter and vindictive person. She shows no respect to her husband who fights for her survival everyday and Mike just takes her abuse like a beta male. I just cringe at the moments he just bows to her barbs and irrational whims. We should have already had a conversation a few books ago where he lays out how much he sacrifice for his family and how he won't stand for her lip. He should have given her the ultimatum that she treat him with far more respect then she has given or he goes. Without him she would have been dead many times over but she can't seem to humble herself to act like it. She is still acting as if their in a first world country where that attitude of hers could exist and not the end of the world. Mike should have pointed out that her angry tantrums won't stop a zombie nor will her infamous finger pointing stop a thug who wants to do her harm.The only time she has anything useful to say is when Mike is artificially made dumber by the writer to give her a opportunity to say something that Mike would have otherwise said. Mike says he loves her but why? If they didn't have kids together what reason could anyone name that makes her a desirable person to be around? Like I said before, she is useless for the most part. I keep rolling my eyes every time the writer makes up a reason to put her in the field. It just shows how useless she is in the grand scheme of things. She can't shoot,she can barely drive,she's not that strong physically and has no other skills from her pervious life that helps. When she demanded to come along to find Eliza Mike should have, for the good of the group, put his foot down with a resounding no. She was dead weight the whole time. Hell she brought the dog with her after she ran into BT and they then followed Mike's trail. The dog! Why would you bring the dog to a fight with zombies? The writer should have killed off her character or put her away from the action long ago.

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Great continuation, except

I almost had to stop at the part with the cats. Ok, we get it, you're a dog person. That doesn't mean you should devote an entire half hour or more to a scene that involves myriad gruesome cat deaths.

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cry

This book it my favorite so far. I have laughed and cried with this one. This series is by far the best zombie books I have ever read or listen to. Thanks to the author for writing these books.

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Loved them all until this one

(SPOILER) This whole book was just upsetting. There was no reason for certain people to die especially the person during the cat scene. He went through so much. What was the point of telling everything he went through just for him to die? it was very upsetting and really the whole scene about the cats was terrible.

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best one yet

I truly enjoyed the other books leading up to This one. This one is my favorite thus far.

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They are getting worse and worse

There isn't even a story left any more. It's just the author milking as much as he can out of the characters to keep his money train alive. I haven't liked these books from the start. The only reason I'm still listening is because they are free and I drive for a living so I have lots of time to get through everything. But seriously, if you made it this far just cut your losses. I can tell you all the reasons it's terrible but I'm tired of writing the same review over and over again.

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Lowest point in series.

Disappointed at this book. What could've been 1 chapter, turns into half the book. Besides the typical monologs from Mike that take up the minimum 20% of all the books, the story just stalled. Love the series, but still wished from an abridged series. it would easily be 9 to 10 books max, and I would pay what I paid for the 15 books. (not including 3.5 or zero)

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If you aren't listening then your ears missing out

I am just so in love with Mark Tufo's books as well as the narration. Both are AWESOME!

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Skip 2 chapters if you’re sensitive to animal hoarding.

Once you start hearing about a house with cats in it…just skip it. Gratuitous and unnecessary. I’m not a crazy cat lady or anything but it’s just gross and sad. The rest of the book fits nicely with the theme/tradition and mixed mythologies of the precious books in the series.

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can Zombies really make you cry?

This series is very surprising and this book broke my heart. very well done.

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  • Mia Harper
  • 08-21-21

So Good!

Another unbelievably good listen, it had me on the edge of my seat, and what a cliff hanger.

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  • Mr M Machin
  • 09-19-22

Hit and miss

What I mean regarding hit and miss is:
I found the first book irritating, Mikes sarcasm became too much that it became distracting from the story and flow as he would go off on a tangent, I was going to stop after the first one but as they were free a carried on the second one was more the same but book 3 and 4 I liked, everything seemed to be coming together, the performance is now really good a perfect balance and Mike, although still sarcastic, seems better paced and balanced. All the characters are really strong, the story is unique and quite interesting. Just finished book 5 which seemed like a filler book, a few people got killed off but the whole book felt like it was a few chapters stretched out. I only hope the book finish’s up after book 6 as I don’t want to pay for more.
Overall well written and well performed

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  • Paul
  • 09-10-22

Great again

These books have everything. They are funny, tense and keep going right up until the last word.

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  • Fiona
  • 05-17-22

another gripping story

another amazing book. more laughs and heart breaks along the way. Mark tufo had me on the edge of my seat. so funny ,so sad

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  • Ian C Dando
  • 02-24-22

Excellent books!

Great series - getting better & better! What’s not to enjoy about Talbot & co’s adventures!? Highly entertaining and very highly recommended.

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  • Zofee Sully
  • 12-17-21

Loved the series so far. Great imagination. Loving the sarcasm.

Great series mixing zombies and vampires. The fine lines between good, bad , right and wrong.
In this book interesting take on ‘God don’t pay his debts back in money ‘- re one of the hero’s friends, the mass of cats and his subsequent afflictions

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  • Sandboy
  • 11-29-21

Should be called vampire fallout

I could really do with more zombie survival and less vampire clueless fumbling. Also surely no narrative is improved by graphic details of violence to former pets by the hero...

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  • Nick Kennedy
  • 03-17-20

Brilliant

Love these books and the narrator is spot on and keeps it interesting. Now and again the book explains details a bit more than I need and just occasionally I find myself wishing the story would get to the point but my favourite at the moment by a lot way.

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  • scott townsend
  • 08-18-21

another good book

great book realy enjoyed. I was so sad in places and I can tell the author is a dog lover.

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  • Kim Tate
  • 08-01-21

always left wanting to know more

love mark tufo's character building zombie fallout series is a wonderful ride through the multiverse.