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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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    TheMartian Nyc 10-18-15
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    "awesome."

    great story line. superb narrator. action packed, gore, humorous, intense looking forward to finishing the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan Indiana, United States 06-16-15
    Bryan Indiana, United States 06-16-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Listen to all of them!"
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    These books are incredible! Tufo and Runnette are a great team. Yes, the books are about zombies but they are filled with so much more. Its an emotional roller coaster and the side trips Tufo takes are great. So many laughs as well. I've loved every book so far and will continue to buy them.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Char1ieco 05-22-15
    Char1ieco 05-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Off to a good start"

    Some stuff seems to me like I have been there before, maybe it's the genre,don't get me wrong it's only one I enjoy my problem is I have read the book so in my head it was a hell of alot better, the narration didn't sound like the marine I imagined anyway it was good start and I'm off to the next book I have faith that it will just get better. Hope this helps you in your decision to get. Enjoy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    CaseyS 01-14-15
    CaseyS 01-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great listen."

    Loved it. Just as good as the book. I have read them all and now I will listen to them all.

    1 of 2 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

    The audio books I get tend to be either 1) scifi or 2) things for my husband and me to listen to on long road trips--humor or history

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    "Not funny, not well-written, not worth your time"
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    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).

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Keith Springfield, MO, United States 06-24-12
    Keith Springfield, MO, United States 06-24-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Racist, Sexist, Sarcastic Survivalists vs Zombies"

    Given some of the things the main narrator says (in his head and aloud), at times, I was rooting for the zombies. I am hoping that one day, the main character will have a change of heart and not be such an unlikeable character. But that change doesn't really happen in this book. Also, Homophobic and the many other traits of the main character didn't fit into the title of my review. The writing and narration were very good as far as that goes, but considering I sincerely didn't like the main character, I didn't give this book an excellent rating. There was also an odd chapter that dropped from being written by the main character to being written by his wife. I don't know why that was important and played into the story-line, but it felt awkward. Now, I have said all this bad stuff about the book, so I have to say that if you like a good zombie story, this one was very good. There were a few times that I felt anxious for the characters, which doesn't normally happen when I listen to audio books. At times, however, this was like being trapped in a van driving cross-country with someone you don't really care for that much, but you have to love and care about them because they're like family. Will I read the next book in the series? Yes. I'm hopeful that this guy can change and be a better person through all of his experiences. Do I think that is the direction the author will take him? Probably not.

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    John Milford, NJ, United States 06-22-12
    John Milford, NJ, United States 06-22-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Pooly written book"

    I don’t usually write reviews on books purchased on Audible, but I have to about this one. I enjoy a good Zombie book like the next person but this was neither a good book or a good Zombie story. The author’s poor writing skills become apparent after a few paragraphs that include phrases like “she retorted” “I barked”… It’s not “slap stick” as some reviewer stated, its one bad joke after another, after another, after another! The narrator sounds like Billy Chrystal delivering a boring monologue filled with old tired jokes. Do yourself a favor and listen to the sample. If you can stand that, then maybe you can get through the entire book. To me, it was a waste of a credit and time. I really did try and give it a chance, but the plot and jokes are so predictable I stopped listening.

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    MrOcculture Fairfax, VA, United States 08-31-12
    MrOcculture Fairfax, VA, United States 08-31-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Amusing enough."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I'd be the last to praise this book as I often found myself cringing at the writing, but I was entertained to some degree.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It is interesting to hear a zombie story for the point of view of someone who might be suited to deal with it (mike's guns and weapons training) rather than the usually random dude. The characters were mostly unbearable.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different narrator, was not a fan of the narration.


    Was Zombie Fallout worth the listening time?

    It was pretty entertaining if you overlook the obvious problems.


    Any additional comments?

    Mike was not funny, not in the slightest. No one was legitimately entertaining. Sarcasm seems to be the only attempt at humor which was kind of awful. The wife is irritating, irrational and endlessly nagging.

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    Shannon RICHLAND, WA, United States 06-04-12
    Shannon RICHLAND, WA, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Incredible"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Most definitely recommend this! As a matter of fact I have! The characters are rich, the writing is real, the story is great....can't say enough good about this book and all the Michael Talbot stories.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Michael....I guess, it's hard to say. They are all so good.


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

    Sean Runnette's voice has made me fall in love with Michael Talbot. He is the best I've heard.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Haven't a clue.....but this would be a fantastic film series.....I would definitely pay to see this.


    Any additional comments?

    What can I say. I love the Talbots. I love BT, Tracy, the kids, Alex, all of the characters, even Mrs. Denoe. I've already listened to all 4 twice and preaparing to start over and listen again while I wait for # 5 to be published.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Angelyn S. Furst 10-28-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Can't say I wasn't warned"

    This was simply not my cup of tea. While I like zombie books, this one just left me irritated. The bathroom humor is more suited to a 12 year old boy, and some of the first person character's actions were just plain stupid.

    So, if you have a 12 year old, edit out the bad language and you might have a fun juvenile book.

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    4/20/16
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    "Not My Usual, but hooked though to book 9!!"

    Everyone should have a Mike Talbot in their life, I certainly have, the characters just grow and grow!! Best series of audio books in a long time!!

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  • Danny Trejo
    3/21/16
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    "great "read""

    funny storyline great side stories, a character you instantly like, and a cliffhanging bridge to the second book..already downloaded and listening to it

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  • Amazon Customer
    1/11/16
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    "Excellent humorous Zombie fiction."

    A great book, about a guy trying to keep his family safe though the beginning stages of a Zombie apocalypse. Sarcastic humour throughout via main character, Mike Talbot.
    Loved the character Tommy, the voice for Tommy was spot on.

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    12/10/15
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    "Living.Walking.Shaun of the.DEAD ZF has it all"
    Would you listen to Zombie Fallout again? Why?

    Yes I have, because I laugh and gag all in same book


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters living and dead


    What does Sean Runnette bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He brings it to life,(and dead) l would not have enjoyed it as much with anyone else


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Story of a germophobe in a zombie world


    Any additional comments?

    Mark Tufo is a brilliant storyteller and Sean R brings the stories to life.
    I listen to the books over and over, so much so I am biting my nails waiting for ZF 9

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    12/1/15
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    "Great listen"
    What did you like most about Zombie Fallout?

    I love the zombie genre and was not disappointed with this book. I very light and easy listen with lots of funny bits. I also love the fact that he Zombies are intelligent. I thought the narration was really good and I would definitely recommend you give this a try. I will definitely be reading the next in the series


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I liked the fact the zombies display some intellegence.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The scene with the zombie girl.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    zombies


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • j
    10/22/15
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    "Absolutely Brilliant"

    As the title sums it up in two words absolutely brilliant humour suspense great characters what more do you want.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • AdeptusAce
    9/15/15
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    "okay zombie novel, unsympathetic main character"

    the narrator wasn't great, the main character was homophobic and misogynistic and I never felt anyone was in any real peril.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    8/3/15
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    "Loved it"

    I love Mark Tufos writting, he has to be one of my favourite authors and I love Sean Runette. His voice just makes the stories come alive!!! A cracking start to a wonderful series!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stella Harwood
    3/7/15
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    "Drama and comedy in abundance"

    Narrated brilliantly ... This has definitely hooked me for the next instalment!!! The characters linked really well ... It's like Jack Reacher meets zombies.
    5 stars all the way.
    😀😀😀😀😀

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • William
    2/8/15
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    "Amazing witty addictive"

    Loved this audio book.
    Very detailed and good writing, fun themes keep it light hearted with all the doom and gloom. Descriptive and humoured. I am hooked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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