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Dads vs. Zombies

Dads vs. Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Phil Thron
Series: Dads vs. Series, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (71 ratings)

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John, Chris, and Erik are neighbors in the quaint subdivision of the Creeks of Sage Valley, Phase II. The three men happily live the typical suburban family life. Their only real problems have been with each other and the draconian rules of the HOA. But, all that changes when the dead rise from their graves and walk the Earth. 

Now, they must reluctantly join together to survive the spreading apocalypse and find their families. Personal fears, long buried secrets, and their own personalities threaten to tear the group apart as they make their way across the zombie-ridden landscape in Dads vs. Zombies.

©2019 Benjamin Wallace (P)2019 Benjamin Wallace

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Always good for a laugh

Thoroughly enjoyed my time listening to this. Made me smile and laugh all the way to the end. Story is not something sensational, but it is fairly original in how tongue in cheek all of the humor is. In short (and in order to keep this review short and to the point), the story is as goofy and silly as Zombieland. It is also relatively clean (apart from an occasional shit), and could possibly make a good read for older kids. If you want something hardcore and serious, look elsewhere. If you want something crude, rude, sensual, and gory, don't touch this with a 39 and half foot pole. If you want to relax and build some smile creases, then this is a good listen for you. Benjamin Wallace has yet to disappointment me.

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Absolutely Hillarious!

I really like the zombie apocalypse subgenre. I read the spectrum of them from the very serious to the spoofs and from the science-based virus-style infection to the supernatural cause. So it is with some authority that I state that this was one of the best zombie apocalypse novels I have ever read. It has a solid plot that would fit in nicely with any book in the genre (three men trying to reunite with their families as the world falls apart around them) but it’s the extraordinary level of humor that lifts this book to the top of the ladder.

The novel opens with our three dads (John, Chris and Erik) at the bowling alley where they have been forced to join a league by the much-hated president of their Home Owners Association. The three men don’t appear to like each other very much and it’s fairly clear that at least one of them (John) probably isn’t liked by much of anyone. The laughs start early in the chapter and continue to the end of the book. The banter between these three men is superb as Wallace draws out each man’s very distinctive character. Forced to walk home because they’ve been drinking, the zombie apocalypse comes to unlife around them and they don’t notice. By morning, the world has gone to hell and our three dads are trying to figure out how to find their families and reconnect with them.

Then the mistakes begin. In many of these novels the heroes are super smart and physically capable. They kill zombies better than Rambo. That does not describe our dads. John, especially, has an almost superhuman ability to do something stupid. And these blunders both add to the tension and create extraordinarily funny situations. Laugh out loud funny. Grab your sides funny. Rip yourself a new hernia funny. Get your eighteen-year-old son to start listening to the book with you funny. It’s that good.

It also took me in directions I didn’t expect several times. Part of this is because John continually does such comically stupid things. But many are also just good plot twists. I was sorry when the book came to an end because I just wasn’t done listening to it yet. Fortunately, I see on Audible that Dads vs. the World is coming so the humor will continue.

I received this book free from Audiobook Boom in exchange for an honest review.

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The only zombie story I've ever enjoyed.

It's really more about the interaction of the main characters than the zombies. You probably know people just like these guys, which only makes it more amusing. And who doesn't feel this way about their HOA? There is really no gore here, just some neighbors who don't get along trying, in the most bumbling and way possible, to survive the apocalypse together because together is better than alone.

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another win!

I found this because I love Phil Thron... I am absolutely going to read/listen to more Benjamin Wallace because the story telling
is hilarious!

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Zombie lit done right!

I love this book, this story, and these three incredibly flawed and fabulous fathers!!!!

The story runs the traditional gamut of how the zombies came to be. Where it differs and where it makes its definitive mark is with the humor, the non-stop attempt to maintain normalcy in the face of all the mayhem, and the decision-making that constantly gets the three in trouble.

The narration plays into the light and sometimes agonizing escapades. Thron was funny when needed to be and intense when needed. He was perfection.

I liked how the story ended and I'm so glad there is a book two.

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Humorous apocalyptic adventure or.."Shut up, John"

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I really enjoyed this humorous take on the zombie apocalypse. There is no deep drama here, just three ordinary neighborhood Dads who set out to reunite with their families after the dead start to rise. Join the ride as they first try to ignore it and let the government handle (as if), then take off in various different vehicles from Mustang to Prius to boats to get past the zombies and find their families. There are plenty of twists and turns, a surprise prepper, an HMO enforcer, bowling, drinking, lawn mowering over zombies, survivalists preparing to use the attack to take over the world, and more. Through it all, the guys who hate each other, end up bonded, and you may discover the answer to the question "How dumb can John be?"

The narration was great. Loved the different voices.

I received a review copy of this audiobook from the author, narrator, or publisher and am voluntarily leaving this honest review

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Very Humorous!

This book is hilarious! I found myself wanting to explain the ‘joke’ to someone when I started laughing while listening with headphones. They even had me laughing at things that would normally be inappropriate to laugh at. Mr. Wallace is a very talented humorist.

Mr. Thron did a great job as the narrator, but I would have liked a little more distinction between the character’s voices in the beginning. Especially as there is quite a bit of dialogue between the ‘dads’ and it is sometimes hard to distinguish them. As the book went on though it became a bit easier to recognize them based on their cadence and language.

This is a great book for a laugh, even if you don’t particularly care for the zombie genre.

I was provided with a free copy of this audio book for my honest review. The views expressed here are entirely my own.

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Loved the SSBs reference!

this writer has turned out to be a awesome. can't wait for the next in the series. us dads have to stick together

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Yes!

Do it. buy it now. this was just awesome. I NEED book 2 NOW.

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Dads vs Zombies

I really, really liked this. I liked the goofy characters stumbling from one bad decision and/or situation to the next. I liked the story line. But I loved all the one liners! I was laughing so hard at these silly grown men. I will definitely listen to this again in the near future. I received this for free for an honest review.

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  • Mr. Cj Smith
  • 10-11-19

Another modern comical Apocalyptic Tale

Ben Wallace has written another classic Apocalyptic Adventure, that screams Netflix or Amazon Prime material, with more plot twists and humour than some people can apparently handle. The story is very well written, combining action, humour and tragedy in even measure. Phil Thron brings the characters to life with humour and passion, the blooper reel if it exists is most likely epic. Like, Ben's Duck and Cover Series of books, this story is highly recommended to his Fans and new readers alike, hopefully we'll read more from John, Chris and Eric in the Dads Vs Zombies series soon.

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  • Jumpin' Bean
  • 09-13-19

Wonderful

Great story - funny, brave and hopeless heroes. Fantastic narration from Phil Thron.
I hope there is more of this to come.