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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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    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 02-15-14
    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 02-15-14 Member Since 2017
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    "ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS!!!!"
    Would you listen to Zombie Fallout again? Why?

    ABSOLUTELY!!! This was one of the funniest zombie books I have ever read....and can not wait to read #2!!


    What other book might you compare Zombie Fallout to and why?

    I dont think I can compare it...its super entertaining on its own!!


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

    He is soooo good...and I love a first person narration...he becomes the character...I dont think anyone else could have done a better job!!


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

    I did...lol...well I fell asleep in the last hour...but woke up and finished it....loved it!! Just add to your cart now...you will love it too....


    Any additional comments?

    I am so glad I found this little gem on sale and bought it!! I loved it all!!! The story, the narration, the characters..Definitely a new series for me...the way it lays out the zompocalype is perfect...very similar to the Walking Dead show....but may even be better!!! 2 Huge Thumbs Up!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-02-13
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    "You should know what your getting yourself into"
    Any additional comments?

    Ok, confession, I did buy 5 of the fallout books. Here is what you need to know. If you are looking for a realistic scary what if (insert any Pandemic) were to happen, this is not it. It is however entertaining, funny and you can get sucked into the story, but if you do you should know the Talbot books go on forever. I purchased the first series except for book 5. You could dump $100 into these easy. It can be quite slapstick and toward the end books some wacky and convoluted stuff develops because of course the story must go on and you must part with more $. It's not worth the credit unless you can find nothing else you're interested in. The narrator does a great job and is perfect for the Talbot character. The story is between ok and well, silly. But if you're looking for a lighter zombie story (except for book 5 which apparently is gory) this is for you.

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    willdan Fort Worth, Texas 07-17-13
    willdan Fort Worth, Texas 07-17-13
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    "Good story, awesome narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the writing is not the strong part, however, the story is solid and the narration is top notch!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite in this book is Mike, he is not my favorite for the series, though. I like him because I think if I was just a tad bit more paranoid I could very easily be him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The battle of Little Turtle is really well done, but I think my favorite might be when we meet Durgan/Home Depot.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh out loud in some parts, it made nervous in others. The language is extremely strong, no way is this a kids book or for easily offended. The reviews talking about the gore I find odd. While it is descriptive of the gore, it's hard for me to be grossed out without seeing it, no matter how descriptive words just don't get that done for me.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first "zombie" book and was read at the suggestion of a friend. I downloaded the other books in the series and enjoyed them all. So much that I am hoping for more in the series.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jude R. Washington Rancho Cucamonga, CA, United States 06-14-13
    Jude R. Washington Rancho Cucamonga, CA, United States 06-14-13 Member Since 2017
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    "NOT worth the 1 credit or the $20 price!!!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book was amusing at best, but I was hoping for a better story. "Mike" the hero of the story is suppose to be an ex Marine, but he cowers whenever his 5'-2' wife gets angry or scolds him for being an over done "Tim the Tool Man Taylor" of the show from the early 90's "Home Improvement". No disrespect Tim.

    The story is full of ill fitting, not funny humor and I cannot for the life of me figure out how "real" people can act the way the characters in this story do during a real "zombie apocalypse"


    If you’ve listened to books by Mark Tufo before, how does this one compare?

    This is the first book I listened to by Mark Tufo.


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

    This is the first Sean Runnettte performance I listened to.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not if the movie followed the story line I just listened to.


    Any additional comments?

    Find another story to listen to.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cherie Plumpton, Australia 06-13-13
    Cherie Plumpton, Australia 06-13-13
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    "Pleasantly surprised"
    Where does Zombie Fallout rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have only read one other book about zombies and I found it bordering on boring, so I was a little apprehensive about using a credit on this one - but I am so glad I did! It would have to be in my top 10.

    This book started with a bang and just kept going from there, it was fast paced, action packed with laugh out loud moments.

    If you don't like guns and gore then this probably isn't for you, but if you do then give it a go - I'm going to get the rest of the series now.


    What other book might you compare Zombie Fallout to and why?

    It could be compared to Larry Correia's Monster Hunter International in terms of gun action and violence, although Monster Hunter is one of my all time favourites and has a lot more mythology in it.


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    He reminded me of Ray from "Everyone loves Raymond", but don't let that put you off because it really worked and his voices were very distinguishable and I knew straight away what character was talking.


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

    I almost did! I listened over two days.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David San Diego, CA, United States 06-07-13
    David San Diego, CA, United States 06-07-13
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    "I wanted to like it..."

    I really wanted to like this book, I did, I promise. But that's the problem, this book seems to promise a lot but in the end couldn't help but letting us down.

    First, I wasn't real happy with the narration but I tried to overlook, just somewhat irksome in the back of my head, voice acting was not superb.

    In the beginning of the book I was actually thinking at least a 3 star (maybe 4 star depending on the ending) up until the book went ahead and 'jumped the shark' in Chapter 18.

    ********BEGIN SPOILER ALERT********
    I mean really, Zombie girlfriend, I thought this was a dream sequence at first. I am sure it has something to to with the later books but the Tommie/Seacrest thing I could accept, this pushed it to far.
    ********END SPOILER ALERT********

    ...but keep those skis on, not done jumping yet.

    The next few chapters (19-20) seemed contrived as if the editor asked the author to go back and add some more content or these we're short stories brought into the book and crammed to fit. Ending was okay but the damage was done.

    I really did like the first few chapters though, funny realistic (for a zombie book) and entertaining. Just didn't hold together.

    Seacrest Out.

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    Dennis Beaufort, SC, United States 05-29-13
    Dennis Beaufort, SC, United States 05-29-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Almost didn't even give a chance"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Zombie Fallout to be better than the print version?

    N/A


    What did you like best about this story?

    I'm a zombie guy; haven't found a book I enjoyed since World War z


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

    Excellent reading. Really conveys character emotions


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I carried an odd sense uncertainty through the book. Wondering what the heck was going on.


    Any additional comments?

    After you clear the Wal-Mart scene the cheesy sense of humor grows on you. The story pulls you in. Once I was hooked that was it. I bought the rest in the series.

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    5ismyfavoritenumber Lincoln, NE, United States 05-28-13
    5ismyfavoritenumber Lincoln, NE, United States 05-28-13 Member Since 2016
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    "A very one-dimensional zombie book"

    I have the distinct feeling this book was trying really hard to be Evil Dead. I think it tried to be a less campy, more rooted in reality Evil Dead, but it still had that kind of feel. I really disliked how I got more descriptions of the main character's OCD tendencies than I did the zombies themselves. There is little to no psychological thrill in this book. Mike, the main character, states many times how he, as a man, hates feelings; and thus, we just get a line or two about how Mike vomited again rather than digging any deeper into the terror and fear being surrounded by zombies could inflict.

    I think my dislike of this book boils down to one thing. It tends to be very one-dimensional. Characters are one dimensional (and trope-filled), plot is one-dimensional, ect. I honestly don't think this book adds much to the zombie genre (at least at this point in the series, I know things get weird in the later books, I'm forcing my way through book 2 right now).

    If you are any kind of feminist, this book isn't for you. I'm pretty sure half of my friends would hate it. If you are homosexual, you will also probably not enjoy the "stereotypical" lesbians, and misrepresentations of gay men. In my opinion, there was a bit of homophobia that leaked through (hey editors, you could have really nixed that part about how two men kissing is disgusting as dead rotting flesh, that was not cool).

    Tufo also goes a little overboard on sexualizing his female characters, fat-character bashing, and the only competent members who fight against zombies are male. There are No. Strong. Female. Characters. None. The closest thing is Mike's daughter, but she is tiny and useless in a fight according to the story. Also, I really disliked Tufo's portrayal of minorities. This especially applies to Big Tiny, who is a huge black man written as being a little dim and a hulking threat in the first book, and he ends up allying himself with Mike. Alex, the book's Latino character, is a little better (I think we can thank Runnette for his portrayal of Alex for that). I'll talk about Tommy below.

    If you don't overthink the literature you read, then you probably won't have an issue with the book. If you haven't watched the Evil Dead movies, you might also enjoy them, because I do love Ash (played by Bruce Campbell), and Mike seems like a weak Ash reboot. Sean Runnette does a pretty solid job with the narration. He brings Mike to life in a way I feel does the character justice. Runnette also doesn't overdo Tommy's character, which leads me to...

    (SPOILERY) Tommy. The magical, fat disabled Latino boy who is guided by the voice of Ryan Seacrest. As hilarious as the Ryan Seacrest thing is, the trope of the happy go lucky disabled boy who is mentally inept, but actually the best, most lovable puppy in the world, kind of makes me want to puke. Yet another trope that makes me disappointed in the book. (END SPOILER)

    Also, this book is highly unrealistic for the genre. I wanted to slap the characters many times for doing things that *should* have gotten them infected. I actually don't know why or how they weren't infected.

    So why did I push through the end of this book? Why did I purchase and start the second book? Am I a little bit masochistic? Maybe. I was pretty harsh on Tufo's characterizations, but I have to say there is an underlying story which can be somewhat enjoyable. There were long stretches where I enjoyed the writing and didn't get pulled out of the story because of how improbable a plot point was. There is some solid writing in this novel, it just wouldn't be my first pick of zombie books, nor would I necessarily recommend it.

    (However, I will say I am about to give up on the second book. So no, the series doesn't get better, it only gets more ridiculous).


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    Ryan 05-21-13
    Ryan 05-21-13
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    "Mediocre Zomb-Trash"
    What did you like best about Zombie Fallout? What did you like least?

    I’ll give any zombie book a listen, and for the past few years it seems that this one makes every Audible ‘Five Dollar Bottom-of-the-Bucket Sale’ that comes around. It’s worth a listen for that low price, but I doubt I’d be satisfied with the purchase had I paid full member price – and I have serious hesitations about continuing this series. (Sidenote: The fact that seven books have been released in two-and-a-half years is pretty telling about the quality of the writing and the richness of the plot. Don’t expect anything too deep here, folks; this is some hastily-written fodder.)

    The plot is straightforward and predictable. We follow a main character from the onset of a ‘zombie apocalypse’ for a few weeks. Within the plot are all the clichés that have come to represent contemporary zombie literature; we witness the transformation of a suburban subdivision into ‘Defense Bunker Alpha’ for a colorful cast of survivors; we follow expeditions to plunder the local Wal Mart and state armory; we observe struggles of power within family and community in the name of ‘survival.’

    Along the way there is plenty of zombie gore and death.

    Tufo lacks pacing and substance throughout much of the book. What he does achieve is the creation of a conventional and believable post apocalyptic world. It’s a bit funny, sort of tense, not so clever, moderately creative, and overall pretty enjoyable to escape into.

    I have one nitpick with this book, and that is that I repeatedly cringed at many of Tufo’s hamfisted and stereotypical plot devices. I can generally ignore such things for the sake of the overall story arc, but Tufo manages to bog his narrative down with so many unrealistic distractions: the villains in the story are all ‘bad guys’ just for the sake of being ‘bad guys’ and they lack any real motivation; the humor is crude in a ‘lols we all smell like poop’ way, and probably worst of all, the supporting characters are all utter stereotypes without any development or reasoning—we have a Russian henchman whose sole purpose in life is to speak in a thick accent and inject icy intimidation as needed, a pair of weepily woeful lesbian feminazis, and the most facepalmy—a mentally-retarded teenage sidekick with an obsession for Yoohoos and Kit Kat bars.

    Runnette just doesn’t convince as a narrator. His monotone ‘old timey’ voice and calm, plodding narration style is charming for more political and scientific fare (I loved him reading ‘The Roots of Obama’s Rage’ and ‘What Einstein Didn't Know’), but he isn’t able to communicate the appropriate levels of suspense, emotion, and sheer horror that a zombie book needs.

    In short, this book stands on its own well enough if you have low expectations and don’t take it too seriously. The plot is predictable and straightforward, and because of the way that the author employed standard zombie conventions and emotions, it is easy to get into the minds of the characters and enjoy—at least surficially—the world that Tufo has created and the story that he tells. But for the sheer amount of ‘Zomb-Lit’ available nowadays on Audible, I would suggest looking elsewhere within the Horror Pantheon. Zombie Fallout isn’t a classic—it leans more toward ‘Zomb-trash.”


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    Karen United States 04-26-13
    Karen United States 04-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Zombies are here"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No, not really, I read some of the reviews decided to read anyway. Good read!


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

    When bear protects the family.


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

    Had a couple , but liked tommy quite a bit.


    Did Zombie Fallout inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, read some more of Mark Tufo books.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyable read...:)

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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