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The Beginning of the End Audiobook

The Beginning of the End: Apocalypse Z

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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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    mfphilo Pacific Northwest, USA 02-26-16
    mfphilo Pacific Northwest, USA 02-26-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Detailed"

    I really liked the in depth details. Characters feelings and emotions. Even if it was a bit much. that can be chalked up to the passion of rhe reader. Look forward to the next

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    George Parsons 11-03-15 Member Since 2012
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    could not put it down
    gripping story with engaging characters and plot and subplots. hope there is a sequel

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    Tina 10-20-15
    Tina 10-20-15 Member Since 2016
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    "bland, tells too much of the obvious"

    Storytelling was weak and a lesson in why storytellers should show instead of tell. Too much "I was shocked" and other redundant and obvious phrases. Sounded like a journal I would have written if the younger me experienced a zombie apocalypse, and I know that would've been unfit for publication.

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    mrjawbones 10-08-15
    mrjawbones 10-08-15
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    "Just average..."

    I like a good zombie story as much as the next person, but with the sheer number of books in the genre these days, the bar is set pretty high.

    The good:
    -I liked the fact that it took place in Spain, I found that to be a refreshing change of pace.
    -The narration was pretty good overall, although a few times I think he kind of over-acted it.
    -The ending leaves you somewhat with a sense of hope, purpose, and sets the stage for the next book.

    The bad:
    -The dialogue I felt was very repetitive, at times almost to the point of being annoying. Example...the phrase "I shuddered at the thought" or some variant involving the word "shuddered" came up time after time.
    -The writing style (that of journal entries), while different, I think hinders some of the story. For example, it would have been interesting to see how the boat captain's reaction to getting the wrong briefcase would have played out, but because there are only journal entries the reader never gets this satisfaction.

    Overall I thought the book to be middle-of-the-road average and I'm just not interested enough in the characters to continue the series.

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    MANUEL LOZANO 09-02-15
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    "good"

    I liked it very much and def recipient it for all the read there I said my 20 words

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    eric wright eddyville, KY, US 08-25-15
    eric wright eddyville, KY, US 08-25-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome!!"

    the plot is excellent and with very good flow and it's not about some superman or guy with super powers just a normal man with brains defeating the dead!!!

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    Adrian COLUMBIA, SC, United States 06-20-15
    Adrian COLUMBIA, SC, United States 06-20-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Story"

    Lots of action and a really well written story in the walking dead (zombie) genre. I really enjoyed this first entry of the series and can't wait to read the next entry.

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    Raider Rodney NC 06-14-15
    Raider Rodney NC 06-14-15
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    "Another solid zombie apocalypse story."

    Nothing new here really. You know what to expect going in and the story delivers. Characters were OK and the narrator does a fine job. Story wise, we've heard it all before but I still enjoyed.

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    D. DOMINGUE 06-13-15
    D. DOMINGUE 06-13-15 Member Since 2017

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    "The Best of the Bunch"

    It is by far the best of the trilogy. The idea of the story is great. The beginning of the story is great. I've felt that it slowly fades away the further you go along, though.

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    Victoria Roberts 05-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Dumb and Dumber - The Zombie Apocolypse"
    What disappointed you about The Beginning of the End?

    The main character of this book was just so incredibly unbelievable. He just happens to be buying all this survival gear, lives in a walled compound like home and is just always "wondering what the hell is happening?" he's just really dumb. the narration just added to my exasperation, it's read quite slowly, i had to turn it up to 1.5X and it was still pretty slow.


    What could Manel Loureiro have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    he could have given his himbo of a character more of a rational thought pattern. he also could have left out about 1000 "MY GOD!'s". there must have been at least two a minute. it made me want to punch on.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    i think i pretty much just thought it was pretty bad. in the speakers defence, he didn't have much to work with.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Beginning of the End?

    all of it


    Any additional comments?

    this was my first audiobook experience. it was pretty appalling but I've moved on to greener pastures. It was so bad, i couldnt finish listening to it.

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