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Zombie Fallout Audiobook

Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

It was a flu season like no other. With the H1N1 virus running rampant throughout the country, people lined up in droves to try and attain one of the coveted vaccines. What was not known was the effect this largely untested, rushed to market, inoculation was to have on the unsuspecting throngs. Within days, feverish folk throughout the country convulsed, collapsed, and died, only to be reborn. With a taste for brains, blood, and bodies, these modern-day zombies scoured the lands for their next meal. Overnight the country became a killing ground for the hordes of zombies that ravaged the land.

This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

Can he keep his family safe? Can he discover the secret behind Tommy's powers? Can he save anyone from the zombie queen? Encircled in a seemingly safe haven called Little Turtle, Mike and his family, together with the remnants of a tattered community, must fight against a relentless, ruthless, unstoppable force. This last bastion of civilization has made its final stand. God help them all.

©2010 Mark Tufo (P)2012 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Once you read the first few pages of Zombie Fallout, you're in for the series." (John Ramsey Miller, author of The Last Family)

“The word lighthearted doesn’t usually come to mind when we think of the zombie apocalypse, but Sean Runnette does a skillful job balancing humor with horror in this audio edition, which makes for an entertaining stroll with the walking dead…Runnette gives Talbot a dry, I-knew-this-was-going-to-happen-to-me-someday attitude that captures the wry spirit of Tufo’s prose. This provides a welcome departure from the doom and gloom of most zombie tales, and Runnette wrings plenty of chuckles from the material. Still, the narrator doesn’t forget that this is an apocalyptic horror story, making sure there are plenty of chills and thrills along the way.” (Publisher’s Weekly)

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    tara Cheney, WA, United States 03-13-13
    tara Cheney, WA, United States 03-13-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A Fresh Look At The Apocalypse"
    Where does Zombie Fallout rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm addicted. I can't seem to get enough. Most books that I listen to are your average Zombie Apocalypse books, but this one adds a sarcastic and humorous twist. The characters are easy to follow and relate to, and besides the books by Max Brooks, this series is by far my favorite.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mike. Definitely Mike. Though Henry and BT are fighting for 2nd. Mike is a smart ass, something I can relate to. His stories, past and present, are hilarious and spontaneous.


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    He IS Mike. He brings the voice of the book to life with his impeccable timing, incredibly accurate voice inflections, and the ability to make you feel like you're actually there. He reads so well that I can almost see his facial expressions as he narrates through each passage.
    It's hard to get that in a reader anymore.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh yes! I couldn't stop! It's a fan favorite at my work, and there are currently about 4 or 5 of us listening to, and comparing, this book on a regular basis.


    Any additional comments?

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this series!!! Don't pass it up!

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey 04-14-12
    Jeffrey 04-14-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Amusing in a slapstick, crude kind of way"

    The first thing you should know is that this is a zombie story in the tradition of movies like Shaun of the Dead or Zombieland. That is to say, a zombie comedy (zombedy?).

    I am going to make this review easy. I imagine you are not going to buy two zombie comedies this month which means you may be considering this or The Zombies of Lake Woebegotton (also available from Audible). The difference between the titles is easily articulated: Zombie Fallout generates its humor primarily from one-liners, bad smells, slapstick, and bodily functions. The Zombies of Lake Woebegotton's humor is primarily situational, satire, and irony. I think the The Zombies of Lake Woebegotton is the much better of the two books, but you should assess by your own sense of humor.

    Taken on its own, Zombie Fallout isn't bad. It is amusing, and I love a good zombie story. I think I'll even buy the sequel. However, if I were looking to buy a zombie-comedy this month, this would be my second choice.

    14 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    donna Lake Orion, MI, United States 04-06-12
    donna Lake Orion, MI, United States 04-06-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Think "King of the Hill ""

    Meets zombies.... worth your time and credit. Main character in the book is a joy to follow... very funny. . The story has a bit of a supernatural twist that makes it interesting.

    The narrator did a good job he was very well suited to the main character.

    I will get the next book.

    18 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Wild Wise Woman Atlanta, GA, United States 10-16-13
    Wild Wise Woman Atlanta, GA, United States 10-16-13 Member Since 2012

    WildWiseWoman

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    "Good performance of dated, sexist boys-only story"

    This book is written in a pleasant, joshing tone; a self-deprecating ex-Marine survivalist trying to keep his family and friends alive, under siege in a gated suburban community during a standard zombie apocalypse. I enjoy zombie novels and horror in general, and I've read all the best. Tufo's writing is cutesy and his storytelling clear - he never reaches the literary genius of Jonathan Maberry or the originality of Scott Kenemore, but the character is solid and the narration above par. I *was* enjoying it.

    Then I reached past the midpoint of the novel, and the few female characters began to be featured in more-detail. I had to check the publication date to be sure I was listening to a book written in 2010, and not 1940. Tufo's female characters come in two types - aggressive whores and mean, inept feebs. How has this Master Survivalist raised two teenaged sons who stand side-by-side in battle with him, can shoot like marksmen and reload with their eyes closed, yet his daughter - their *older* sister - doesn't know which end of the gun to put the ammunition into. His wife is equally useless, pouty and sullen, and isn't motivated to kill a zombie until she spots the dead slut who almost ruined their marriage years ago. The daughter has value ONLY because she brings a gun-toting boyfriend into the group.

    ALL the women in this book are useless at best, and evil detriments at worst. The wife is a chain-smoking bitch who petulantly withholds sex and says things like "If you don't know what you did, I'm not going to tell you!" and cares more about damage to the carpet and the resale value of their house DURING THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE. If this is meant for laughs, it's not even a little bit funny. The "other wives" -- and that phrase is used -- are a bunch of similar sniping harridans, more interested in stabbing each other in the back than doing anything remotely helpful.

    Tough white guys are pretty standard in this variety of fiction and I'm accustomed to it. I read the Walking Dead series and have been very glad that the often-brutally sexist portrayal in the graphic novels has been largely corrected in the TV series. But even in the original format, women may have been victims, but they were also strong, smart and worth having around.

    I understand that there are a half-dozen more books in the Zombie Fallout series, but I fear that Mark Tufo has too many personal issues he dumps into his novels. I won't be reading or recommending any more of them, and will warn half his audience to stay away or risk being greatly insulted.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph APO, AE, United States 04-16-12
    Joseph APO, AE, United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2009
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    "One of the best I have heard"

    I have truly enjoyed this book! I have heard a number of zombie books as of late, to be honest I was starting to get bored with them. Story line a bit cliche, narration boring, in a last ditch effort I downloaded this book. I was captured by the humor in the narration, Sean Runnette is great at this, made this a must read, the story line is a bit off the norm as well, made the entire experience great, have already downloaded the 2nd volume.

    13 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Ringer 06-04-12
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    "Another sub-par zombie novel with big problems"
    What disappointed you about Zombie Fallout?

    I read several reviews about how this was the best of the bunch in zombie fiction, it was not.

    Several things particularly annoyed me about this novel, first the shifting between first person, memoir, and 3rd person narration didn't really work, wasn't consistently executed and just came off as the author being lacking the discipline to pick a style and stick with it. Sure it's easier to suddenly have a chapter written by the wife of the main character, but the characters voice is essentially that of the narrator/main character what's the point, just use a 3rd person narration and skip the pseudo diary formmatt, it's been done and done better.

    The second point of annoyance was the author's repeated use of homophobic slurs, the first couple times I was willing to let it go as being part of the character's world view, but they didn't add anything to the depth of the character, were not used as a prop in the character's growth and really server no apparent purpose other than illustrating the author's discomfort with men kissing.

    Lastly editing, if I of all people am catching editing mistakes, you have problems. For Lovecraft's sake it's disconcerting not disconcerning(there is no such word).

    Aside from those things, the story offerend nothing new by way of the genre. Tenuous explanation of how the plague started, check. Siege and survivalism themes, check. Plentiful and mind numbing "run and gun" action sequences, check.

    A brief aside; I don't understand why authors try and offer an "pseudo-science" explanation for the origin, especially when the explanation is just a trite rehash of the "science gone wrong" meme, which was clearly speculated and not researched. There have been better explanations than others, none of them are great. Sometimes it's better just to leave to the readers imagination, how things got started especially when you haven't provided a better explanation that what someone might just ad hoc, and when the "how" is not critical to the story.

    Other loose ends I won't criticize because it's a series and I immagine they will be the foundation for themes in the later novels. Needless to say I won't be reading them. Further more I think this book may have finally convinced me that the genre is as dead as the antagonists it portrays.



    Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Tufo again?

    No.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was fine.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The fact that I could multitask, and my time wasn't utterly wasted.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I've said my peace.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Brampton, ON, Canada 10-26-12
    Christopher Brampton, ON, Canada 10-26-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Too much bickering"
    What disappointed you about Zombie Fallout?

    My main issue with this audiobook is the incessant bickering and sarcasm. Maybe some people like that, apparently a lot do, but I wouldn`t recommend this book. I just found myself getting annoyed and frustrated with the relationship between the main character and his wife, and how he`s always getting the evil eye`from her.

    For instance, who bickers over which car to take when your kids life is on the line?


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Tufo again?

    I tried the second book and just couldn't deal with it. Slow plot movement, and the character kept referencing back to the first book in an attempt to explain plot holes away.

    I stopped listening after a few chapters of nothing much happening and returned it.


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    The performance was well done, he captured the character's essence very well. Should be a 5 star performance but I just can't stand the character enough to rate it that high.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The survivalism aspect of the book was neat...personally I think that's what a lot of people are drawn to with zombie stories. It definitely satisfied in that department.

    Mostly I felt frustration.


    Any additional comments?

    As I said, I wouldn't recommend, but clearly most people really dig this story. Maybe it just wasn't for me.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Nashville, TN, United States 12-28-16
    Steven Nashville, TN, United States 12-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "what happen to good old zombies"

    it seems everyone want to add something besides zombies. god, magic, etc. it just ruins it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 11-07-16
    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 11-07-16 Member Since 2013

    Love my family...along with guitars, road bikes, cameras, and a good book!

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    "A great addition to the genre!"

    I love a good zombie story. I think that zombie stories are going to be the defining genre of the 201* decade, haha. There are some really good ones out there, and there are some pretty bad ones, in my opinion. This is one of the good ones! Tufo's writing style was quite good. I loved the sarcastic humor that is all throughout this book. Especially with the main character. He is living through a nightmare, but still has his personality. I think this is much more believable than those books where everyone is instantly morose and plodding and ultra serious. Humor is a great way to cope with crazy situations, and those who have a propensity towards that kind of reaction would still be that way during a Zombie Apocalypse! I am convinced of it!

    Seriously, though, this is a fantastic book, and if you follow this genre, you will not be disappointed in it. I have never heard the narrator before this book, and he is also quite good. He didn't take this book too seriously, which is exactly what is needed here, and really made the story come alive for me. I will be moving on to the next in the series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Danni 10-06-16
    Danni 10-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Zombies and Dad jokes"

    Loved every second of it. It was funny, action packed and very True to the genre. It kind of reminded me of Z nation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    4/2/17
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    "Fantastic & Funny!"

    Very dry sense of humour throughout this fantastic zombie fiction. Can't wait to start the second in this series!!!

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  • Mike
    3/18/17
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    "Fantastic"

    Every zombie enthusiast needs Zombie fallout in their life, best series out there, and I have listened to many.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • david
    2/28/17
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    "up there with the best."

    I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend this to anyone who likes zombie fiction. it's got some good twists on the genre,won't say anymore,no spoilers.the narration is also brilliant and he brings all the different characters to life, there's always a lot of humour in the book , which is needed due to a lot of people get eaten. don't miss this real treat 5 stars xxxxx

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  • Amazon Customer
    Campbeltown, United Kingdom
    2/18/17
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    "hooked"

    I like zombie books and after listening to this i love them. Mark tufo captured me with the humour, excitment and sentiment from the go and Sean the narrator is a one in a million catch for this adventure.
    When the missus heard me listening to this she had to start it herself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    1/9/17
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    "brilliant"

    a good story, told well. well narrated. I look forward to listening to the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. S. J. Downing
    Devon, UK
    9/25/16
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    "Hack-tastic hackery"

    Can't rave about this one. A non-memorable addition to an over catered-for genre. It's not bad, just not great. I also regretted having read another reviewer's comparison of the narrator's voice to that of Peter Griffin, which I struggled to shake as I listened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ross higgins
    9/3/16
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    "The perfect narrator"

    There is no one else that read this series this well.
    P.S. Did you know that a review on this site needs 15 words minimum?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alan
    9/1/16
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    "love this"

    really love the main character and narrator is excellent. Nice few twists on normal zombies story. be of a pain it broken into 9 parts though.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • InvalidHexCode
    6/20/16
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    "Great zombie fiction"
    Would you listen to Zombie Fallout again? Why?

    I'll be a while before I listen to this book again because I'm only on book six of the series now and have discovered other series by Mr Tufo that I want to read first.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Zombie Fallout?

    So many it's a constant thrill ride


    Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favourite?

    Mike Talbot


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If only I had the time!


    Any additional comments?

    Good book - nice addition to the zombie genre.
    There is a constant pull back to gentle humour that works well amidst the blood and gore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catja
    5/18/16
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    "Deadly funny!"

    It balances humor and seriousness perfectly to a wonderful deadly zombie blend! Love this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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