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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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    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 11-07-16
    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 11-07-16 Member Since 2013
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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.

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    jesse vadnais 10-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointed."
    What disappointed you about Zombie Fallout?

    It felt like the author was living out his fantasy of a Zombie apocalypse. So if you like that idea, he check it out. But I felt the story was not that good, the characters uninteresting. I turned it off half way through and I will not be picking it up again.


    Has Zombie Fallout turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I started listening Day by Day Armageddon by J. L. Bourne and its the book I hoped this would be.


    What didn’t you like about Sean Runnette’s performance?

    I just did not care for his voice, sounds silly, but I just did not care for it.


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

    If you really like Zombie Apocalypses stories you may find some enjoyment from it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    TheMartian Nyc 10-18-15
    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!"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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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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    Wild Wise Woman Atlanta, GA, United States 10-16-13
    Wild Wise Woman Atlanta, GA, United States 10-16-13 Member Since 2012
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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.

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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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    "realistic fantasy"

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

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  • Amazon Customer
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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
  • Anonymous
    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
  • Steve Downing
    Falmouth, 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
  • 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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