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The dead rise…

A mysterious incident in Russia, a blip buried in the news - it’s the only warning humanity receives that civilization will soon be destroyed by a single, voracious virus that creates monsters of men.

Humanity falls…

A lawyer, still grieving over the death of his young wife, begins to write as a form of therapy. But he never expected that his anonymous blog and journal would ultimately record humanity’s last days.

The end of the world has begun…

Governments scramble to stop the zombie virus, people panic, so-called Safe Havens are established, the world erupts into chaos; soon it’s every man, woman, and child for themselves. Armed only with makeshift weapons and the will to live, this survivor will give mankind one last chance against…Apocalypse Z.

©2012 Manel Loureiro (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • Shaina
  • TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States
  • 12-27-13

Kept me listening

Would you listen to The Beginning of the End again? Why?

Yes because the performance was great and delivery was spot on.

What did you like best about this story?

The narrator

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

he brought personality to all the characters

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

when 2 characters were trapped in a store together with a dead mother and toddler

Any additional comments?

I will be getting the next one!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • shane
  • DUNEDIN, New Zealand
  • 12-04-13

Could not stop listening to this book !!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes i have already recommended this book to my friends, and they are hooked too ! This author introduces you too an average bloke in this story that could be just like you , and takes you on a wild ride !!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Beginning of the End?

A memorable moment in the book is when the main character looses his cat, his friend and companion throughout this terrible ordeal , and is desperately looking for him and you as a reader identify with the emotion for a pet thought lost .

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

I really enjoyed the narrator i thought it was a clear and emotional narration ,and would definitely listen to more by Nick Podehl.

Any additional comments?

have listened to the sequel, and waiting on the third installment !!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Took a Chance and Scored!

I would recommend this audiobook to anyone who likes books in the Apocalypse Genre. Normally I do not care for books that are written in a journal type form and I rarely purchase books that are translated into English. I believe I made this purchase because it was a cheap price and I was trying to load my audible account with books to listen to while traveling. This book surprised me! The hero of the book knows more about legal paperwork than he does about any sort of weaponry. Having lost his wife in a car accident he has become closely attached to his cat, Lucullus. This attachment proves to a be a life saver since he refuses to seek safety in the Safe Havens because pets are not allowed. Most apocalyptic novels focus on the survivor's abilities to be bad asses. Not this one. Our protagonist will slay zombies if the situation warrants it but he is clear about being reluctant. I really could identify with the characters emotions as I too would be most reluctant to deal with these creatures. Toting the cat around adds a nice element to the story. I enjoyed the audio book so much that I just purchased the second book.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great Book and even better peformance

This is a really good book. Well written and translated. The characters are very likable and the story is great. I couldn’t put it down! The book starts off a bit slow as the zombie apocalypse begins, but once the action starts it keeps coming. Party scary, part funny and part sad this book has a lot of great qualities.

The performace by Nick Podehl was so good. His eastern european characters were dead on! Loved it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Typical Z Book

Not as good as I hoped. I did finish to see how it ended, and I did like the main character and some of the other minor characters. The characters were developed fairly well in spite of the style of the audiobook. The "journaling" style of the book was grating after a while. It is better in written form.
I would have returned the book but I did like the character and had interest in how it turned out. I think the author should have expanded the hospital stay in more detail. Although there was a bit of creep factor there..but it was the end of the world after all. This may have enhanced the book...if it were not in the journaling style.
I bought the "whisper-sync" kindle book and audiobook, and I did like the kindle version better so you may try that if you love zombie books.
I think the book would really appeal to the reader/listener who is familiar with the story area. I looked up the places on google earth to get a feel for the some of the geography.
The audiobook was pretty good, but the style (journaling) was very distracting. The reader was very good and may have helped me like and care about the character. There were unanswered parts of the plot which may be answered in the next installment. Be aware there there is massive levels of profanity and gore as in any Z story.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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glad i live in u.s. where we can have guns LOL

Any additional comments?

different kind of zombie survival story. all of the zombie survival books i've read or listened to are u.s.-based. this story takes place in galacia, spain. the 30 yr old protagonist is a lawyer and a cat man. it kind of threw me, being a 30 something dog lover. but i guess to each his/her own. LOL

i enjoyed the beginning of the story b/c it's like a slow boil. a virus breaks out causing the eu (european union) to close each country's borders. nobody knows whats really going on. for a while it just looks like a really bad virus, causing people to get really sick. what i liked about this part was how the author filtered out the news- the lead character's journal reports what the different news channels are and aren't reporting. the first few hours of the story have the lead character fortifying and hiding out in his house, listening to the news reports and talking with his neighbor who wants to flee to his boat at the marina.

the lead character is a diver who has a spear gun as his weapon. remember, he's in the eu, in spain. it makes me thankful, here in the u.s., we can buy guns. LOL

the first part of the story, our lead is mostly alone and isolated while his family and neighbors flee to safe areas set up by the gov't. seeing what happens to these safe areas is horrifying. there's not a lot of space/land area in galacia as in the u.s. so it's interesting to see how a different culture reacts to a panic. here in the u.s., we don't seem to trust the gov't as much. imagine 350,000+ scared and hungry people packed into a small port base. one of the characters put it best. with maybe 350 toilets that's over a 1,000 people using it a day. the infrastructure can't handle that.

the middle part of the story seems a little implausible- the lead character runs into a crazy ukranian boat captain that makes him run an errand to get his stuff back. but by the end i was happy, wishing the story continued.

the main character is scared and freaked out a lot, but he does grow stronger. it's believable development, remember, he is just a lawyer, not an american survivalist.

there aren't a lot of big zombie fighting scenes- one man against a horde. instead, there's a bunch of sneaking around, taking on and fighting small groups of zombies, which is kind of more believable. there are descriptions of larger zombie fights when the lead character tries to put together what must have happened from all the bodies and ammo strewn about.

there are several gripping scenes- slowly driving through a mass of undead so as to not damage the truck, being stuck in crawl space for 24 hours without a weapon while the zombies ramble through the store killing and eating some of your party.

nothing comes easy and there's always a price to pay for mistakes. i think that's why i enjoyed this story.
Overall, middle of the road zombie fare.

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  • Richard
  • Arkansas City, Kansas
  • 04-10-14

Manel Loureiro Makes You Believe

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The writing was compelling and the read by Nick Podehl was phenomenal. What terrified me most was the possibility that this was a stand-alone work. Just found out there are two books in the story. While I do not believe in the supernatural, I surely enjoyed believing for the duration of the listen.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • rene
  • Henrietta, Tx, United States
  • 05-23-14

An excellent Beginning

If you could sum up The Beginning of the End in three words, what would they be?

Ingenuity wins Out !

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Beginning of the End?

This book is full of memorable moments. I love the cat and that it's written like a journal.

Which scene was your favorite?

When he goes to check on the Neighbor

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

This book is a good story with good characters

Any additional comments?

I will continue to buy books in this series.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • iMo
  • Philly
  • 01-14-14

Hard To Listen To

This was just hard to listen to. I love Zombie books and have read a ton of them. Listening to the main character 'work through it' was like watching the idiot at the office try and make a photocopy. It was painful. I would not recommend this to anyone.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Slow to start right to the end

Would you try another book from Manel Loureiro and/or Nick Podehl?

No

What do you think your next listen will be?

Mark Tufos' Till Death Do Us Part Zombie Fallout 6

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes

Do you think The Beginning of the End needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes looks like it would

5 of 8 people found this review helpful