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Publisher's Summary

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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Decent story for zombie Apocalypse

Easy to listen to and get lost in the day to day telling of survival.

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One of the best Zombie stories!!!!

I absolutely love this book. The story and the narrative keep you gripped in its clutches till the very end.

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My first and favorite Z book

Though there are some tells that this series has been translated it still makes for a great listen. I really enjoy listening as his world goes from everyday ordinary to a desolate wasteland right around him. Light humor and well rounded characters make this series a great buy.

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I was really excited, until the second entry....

Oh holy Hera. Where to begin? The plot early puts too much of the fear of Ebola and Islamophobia. The plot hops continents, the CDC is in Atlanta; but in the United States. International readers or those not familiar to the zombie genre might not know where the CDC might be. Just a note. I got 10 mins into the audio book. I'm happy I didn't pay for this one, put pissed I wasted data on it. Not my cup of tea.

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I wanted to shake some sense into this guy!!!

I'm a fan of this genre, but this was a hard story to listen through.
The narrator is a highly skilled voice actor, which is partly why this was a hard listen. He captured the essence of the main character perfectly.
almost too perfectly.

The "hero" of this story is a whimpering heap of terrified jelly.
He spews vomit, and leaks tears throughout the whole tale.
His idiotic decision making, and staggering naiveté, deserves a swift and violent death. Unfortunately, because he is the lead character, we are forced to experience this horrifying apocalypse through the eyes of the most wussified man imaginable.

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Excellent book, engrossing, enjoyable, gripping.

If you enjoy end of days, undead, survival types of things this is most definitely a good read or listen.

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Best Zombie Book Ever

What made the experience of listening to The Beginning of the End the most enjoyable?

The main reason that I enjoyed this book so much is that the main character is just a regular guy.

During the first part of the book, you discover little by little through the eyes of the main character how this apocalyptic event evolves to the point where the entire world is affected.

He is not a super soldier like many of the main characters in most Zombie books. I grow tired of the super soldier fighting the zombie hoards in book after book.

I have read all three books several times and enjoy them just as much as the first time.

I would like it if more authors would use this style of story telling.

The book just clicked for me I highly recommend it.

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phenomenal!

An absolutely logical and realistically emotional account of the beginnings of an apocalypse. The narrator performed all voices quite well!

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  • Nate_D
  • Payson, Utah USA
  • 05-06-16

Not bad...not great, but not bad.

This was an average zombie book. What a strange sentence. Haha.... Seriously, this was not the best book I have read in this genre, but it was not the worst, either. The story was a little strange, and quite a bit of suspension of reality is needed, but the characters were pretty good, and fairly consistent. The cat bothered me. To be in such a perilous situation and be so concerned for a cat; not my kind of thing. I'm sure there are those out there who will love this book precisely for that reason, though. To each his own. The narration was good, and helped make this a better experience.

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  • Cheryl
  • Douglasville, GA, United States
  • 04-29-16

Zombies in Spain . . . very interesting

This was a good read, but a bit long. The ending was the best part because of the excitement and events that happened. I enjoyed it and would recommend it.

I did find the cat annoying. The author focused way to much on the importance of the cat in the eyes of the lead character. That was ridiculous to me. I did like the European setting, however.

For readers that love Zombie stories, you'll probably like this one.