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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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    Jeffrey 04-14-12
    Jeffrey 04-14-12
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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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    Joseph APO, AE, United States 04-16-12
    Joseph APO, AE, United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2017
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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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    Julie W. Capell Milwaukee, WI USA 01-13-13
    Julie W. Capell Milwaukee, WI USA 01-13-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Not funny, not well-written, not worth your time"
    Any additional comments?

    I’ve been reading (actually, listening to) a lot of zombie fiction lately and find most of it hugely entertaining. So I was looking forward to Zombie Fallout, but after just one-half hour of listening I had to hit “escape” and go on to my next audiobook.

    The very first thing that happens in the novel is that the protagonist is about to take a shower when he is interrupted by zombies at the front door. So he has to abort the shower and run around naked saving his family. Many subsequent sentences are devoted to this guy’s interior ruminations on how he hates the feel of dry soap on his skin. SRSLY? Then he steps in a pile of dog poop. I guess this is supposed to humanize him, or be funny, possibly both, but the author’s habit of making every other sentence an aside about something completely inane from within the protagonist’s mind grated on me from the start.

    So I took an instant dislike to the main character. He’s an ex-military man (not unusual for the genre) but on top of that, he is a survivalist. This seems like such a cop-out; the author has set up his protagonist in the best possible position to survive the zombie apocalypse. He has stockpiles of everything, especially weapons. He has taught his sons (three of them, I think, so obviously this book is going to be chock-full of testosterone) to be expert shooters. When the author started listing, with loving fascination, the exact names and calibers of eight or ten semi-automatic weapons in one sentence, I groaned inside. But I went on.

    The family gets in the car to search for one son who is not home at the time of the zombie attack. I eagerly awaited my first real glimpse of the zombies in the book. Up until this point, I had been trying to ignore the man-child protagonist and weapon envy hoping that a plot would appear and get the book going. Then came a sentence that just could not be ignored. It went something like this: “These zombies were not the zombies that the visionary George Romero had envisioned” (paraphrased by necessity since I was listening, not reading}. I had overlooked a few other poorly written sentences and awful word choices earlier, but this proved to be the last straw. I knew I could not spend another minute on this drivel.

    And I have now spent more time writing this review than I did reading this book. Don’t waste any more of your time. Check out my reviews of other excellent zombie books that really are either funny (My Life as a White Trash Zombie) or action-packed (Plague of the Dead), or both (The Zombies of Lake Woebegotten).

    10 of 14 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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    Kristi Winder, GA, United States 11-14-16
    Kristi Winder, GA, United States 11-14-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Women need not apply"

    I HATED this book. I made myself finish it in order to write a fair review, but it was a considerable chore.

    It had a *few* things going for it. It was rather refreshing to have a zombie apocalypse where the protagonists are already familiar with the zombie apocalypse-- doesn't it just drive you nuts when people in these kinds of stories act like they've never even heard of a zombie??? It also has a flare of humor. Corny and juvenile humor, but that can have its appeal.

    These things however were not enough to make up for the horribleness of the female characters. I get that the characters are largely made into caricatures for their comedic values, but the women were uniformly AWFUL. The cast of female characters are as follows:

    -The protagonist's wife, who is an irrational obstacle to be gotten around in order to do anything sensible. When she stops looming in the house as something to be angry at whatever the protagonist is doing, she acts with utter stupidity, and her only real accomplishment is winning a cat fight with the zombie that once tried to seduce her husband. Maybe I should include that zombie too-- it gets as much backstory and character development as any of the other females in the story, mostly detailing how it was an evil seductress who lived to prey on men even before it wanted to actually eat them.

    -The protagonist's daughter, who is equally useless. The protagonist gun nut has a house full of armaments and two strapping sons (and even a son-in-law) who all know how to handle guns, but he apparently hasn't even bothered to teach his daughter how to tell if a gun is even loaded. She pretends she can determine this basic fact and takes her mother out into the zombie hordes with unloaded guns so that they can get cigarettes.

    -The best friend's wife. She does get off on life-saving shot... after being roundly ridiculed for being a terrible shot. And then she spends the rest of the story hiding in the house with the rest of the women.

    -A horrible old neighbor woman, who's only line is to demand that no Black people be sheltered with her.

    -A lesbian who's "bull dyke" wife had turned zombie and been killed earlier by the protagonist. The protagonist laments about what a "waste" it is that she is so attractive. She goes out on a mission, falls apart, declares that zombies are just as bad as all men, and becomes worse than a waste of space.

    There are of course some less-than-useful male characters... but the message of proper gender roles in this book is very clear, and extremely distasteful . If it had been set in the 1950's it might have been excusable. As it is.... YUCK! If your own sensibilities have advanced from 60 years ago, I recommend you give this one a pass.

    18 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    KEITH Canyon Country, CA, United States 04-18-17
    KEITH Canyon Country, CA, United States 04-18-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Love it or hate it"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The book is a classic Zombie book, for starters, which is great, as I love zombie books. I did not care for the author's writing style. He was flippant when I thought he should be serious, and tried to be serious when it didn't seem to be a good time for it. He tries to create a "macho cynic" as the main character, but it just appears juvenile.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I am listening to Greyhound, which is excellent. It has a better use of dialogue and character development.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sean Runnette’s performances?

    Yes, the narrator did well with the material he had.


    What character would you cut from Zombie Fallout?

    The main character tries to be a family man with grown kids. I did buy his relationship with his kids. His wife is always on his ass, doesn't seem to appreciate his attempts at survival, etc. I would have her be a tasty meal early in the story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rusty 01-27-17
    Rusty 01-27-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Such a disappointment!"

    Started strong but quickly went down hill. Struggled to finish it.

    Aside from a weak storyline and characters lacking any depth it feels like it was written by a racist homophobe that doesn't have a very positive view of females.

    1 of 1 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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  • kevin wright
    9/22/17
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    "Zombie Fallout"

    Great start to the series. Very well read by Sean Runnette as always, Humor abounds in this cracking tale of reluctant hero and zombies galore. Give it go, you won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mary Murphy
    9/14/17
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    "Loved it the story was good and super funny lol"

    Relatble main character funny and full of zombie stuff will be getting the rest of the series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sam
    9/1/17
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    "very good"

    loved this very funny in parts and has good story progression if your a fan of zombies this the book for you

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  • Stuart W Robb
    8/29/17
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    "Seriously light hearted!"

    A fairly typical zombie story with an as yet unknown twist.
    The comedy laced throughout the story by Mark Tufo from start to finish makes it enjoyable and isn't a slog of terror and depression to get through as many stories of the genre are while the delivery of the comical moments by Sean Runnette will have you sniggering and all out guffawing at times.
    Really enjoyed this book and will definitely be reading further into Mike Talbots escapades and encounters with the strange zombie girl who seems to have an unknown link to him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ElltheCam
    Bingley, United Kingdom
    7/15/17
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    "Enjoyable hokum at first but quickly palls-"

    I have an unaccountable soft spot for zombie end of world stories and films. A secret vice.
    This audiobook started well with some good variations on the theme and promise for more but about half way through I became so irritated by the female characters ( I'm not a rabid feminist prude - honest) that I bailed.
    It is a different twist to desperately want the heroes wife and daughter dead and eaten, but not an enjoyable one.
    Good narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lee
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    7/14/17
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    "Mike Talbot and family plus dog..."

    I've read a lot of ZA books and watched most Zombie films available so I like this genre. I also read all the reviews etc for Zombie Fallout and was pretty hyped up about find a new author. Sadly I found it so-so. Yes it had funny moments, enough gore, a fair amount of interaction between characters and lots of descriptive narrative but nothing new :( The narrator did do a cracking job though and there was a twist on how the virus responsible for causing the VA came about.

    On saying/writing the above I am going to download part 2 to see if that pulls me in more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    6/10/17
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    "average"

    average zombie novel with predictable outcomes, but worth a go. think I'll try number 2

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • TheTokenGeek
    Horsham, UK
    5/12/17
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    "Nothing but good things"

    I have already passed the name of this book onto many of my audible (and non-audible) friends, telling them that if they are in anyway interested in the Zombie genre they would do well to check out this book.

    I have fallen in love with Sean Runnette as a narrator, his characterisation of Mike Talbot is spot on and all of the supporting characters are all cracking in their own way.

    Mark Tufo shows that a zombie book doesn't all have to be about horror, but can also be light-hearted, humorous and laugh out loud amusing while still retaining that sense of dread and hopelessness the Talbot family finds themselves in.

    I have now completed the entire series of the Zombie Fallout books and can honestly say that I still crave for another volume. I am going to have to now look at the Lycan fallout books to see if they still retain the quality of these.

    Highly recommended book series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    5/7/17
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    "realistic fantasy"

    excellent book and series, the pace is consistent without being boring would recommend this and the series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Scotland, UK
    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!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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