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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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    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.

    20 of 32 people found this review helpful
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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.

    10 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Pell 05-18-12
    Craig Pell 05-18-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Some gallows humor expected,way too much delivered"
    Would you try another book from Mark Tufo and/or Sean Runnette?

    Probably not.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    disappointed. it just kind of "ended". no real resolution, or realization of purpose, future direction, etc.


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    nice job of narration


    Did Zombie Fallout inspire you to do anything?

    move on to the next book in my wish list.


    Any additional comments?

    I had high hopes for this book, but the author's incessant attempts to be cute and funny quickly grew tiresome, to the point that had I had another book in the wings, I would have moved on without finishing the listen. Sorry, dude, but too cute is sometimes just too cute...

    10 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    will gibbons 06-01-16 Member Since 2017
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    "One of the worst fiction books I've listened to!"
    What would have made Zombie Fallout better?

    I'm not sure. This book seems to be poorly written. It was impossible for me to follow. From the unnecessary wordiness to odd, labored descriptions, the writer made it very hard to understand where we were in the story arc. The structure of this story also doesn't make sense. If you lay out the 'major events', the pacing and chronology doesn't make much sense either. Finally, there's no closure. There are a handful of happenings in this book that are either so ambiguous or mysterious, the lack of resolve frustrates me rather than making me want to read the rest of the series.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Tufo again?

    At this point, no. He made some very odd choices in how this book is written, I don't think I'd chance the money on another of his books.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator read through the book in a labored, slow fashion that made me feel like our main character was Homer Simpson. Dumb, lazy and disengaged from the world around him. The narrator made this character even harder to relate to.


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

    Sorely disappointed. Waste of money. Waste of time.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this audiobook because of its apparent popularity and large number of reviews, assuming it would be good. I was wrong. The story is difficult to follow. The author brings you into an intense situation, and the alludes to what happens and then fast-forwards without any indication of time passing. By the time you notice this, you'll be wondering if you spaced out or if part of the story was missing. Sadly, it's just the way the book is written.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Daryl FORT COLLINS, CO, United States 05-17-16
    Daryl FORT COLLINS, CO, United States 05-17-16
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    "Couldn't Finish It"

    I tried. Really, I did. It's actually boring, with shallow characters and unbelievably bad dialog.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dominique 10-30-15
    Dominique 10-30-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Refreshing"

    Although this story has a zombie on the cover of the book it focuses a lot more on the living than the dead. That is a wonderful thing. The wit of the author and neurosis of the main character were very entertaining. I will certainly read the rest of the series and check out Mark Tufo's other books as well.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Micah 03-09-15
    Micah 03-09-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A good snarky zombie story"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I'll be the first to admit that I have a quirky sense of humor and this book is just that. Listen to the audio sample. If you don't find it funny then you will not enjoy this book or the series. If you do find it humorous then you will love the book and the series. I listened to the 8 published books in 2 weeks. Now I have to wait for the next book which makes me sad.

    None the less if you are a fan of this type of humor you'll be in for a great ride. Download it and hold on for a great listen.


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

    The main character Michael Talbot is a wonderfully snarky and flawed man that you will grow to love.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rushmore Baltimore, MD 02-11-15
    Rushmore Baltimore, MD 02-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Such fun!"

    The story of narration mesh perfectly. Campy with a dash of gore. Just enough New England snarky to work. Great!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sydney 02-10-15
    Sydney 02-10-15
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    "Never Thought I'd Laugh During a Zombie Story"
    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    Sean Runnette was the perfect choice for this audiobook. He has the right accent for the main character, and allows both the humor and horror to shine through.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first zombie story that made me laugh. The story line was funny and gross at the same time, and the characters could be anyone's neighbors. The best part is the internal dialogue of Mike Talbot, which shows him to be as perfectly twisted and real as anyone you may come across.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • 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
  • Thomas Barnes
    1/31/15
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    "Absolutely epic"

    The entire season of this adventure is fantastic. this is by far the best written and read zombie story.

    n.b. All the Michael talbot stories are fantastic

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matt
    1/26/15
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    "yeah it was alright"

    worth a listen but i dont feel it was worth the £20+ i paid for it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • R
    1/21/15
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    "audio virgin."

    this has been my first audio book and I loved it!
    the narrators voice was a little too soft and soothing as I fell asleep more than once. lol
    ready for the next one.
    gypsy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Graham
    10/29/14
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    "A great Zombie book with a sarcastic sense a humer"
    Where does Zombie Fallout rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love zombie books & films and this zombie book is 1 of my favourites. It is a little bit like Shawn of the Dead, or maybe like Family Guy with zombies.
    It's a sarcastic American man trying to look after his family from zombies.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's funny & has zombies!!!!!
    What's not to like.


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    He reads it well & really draws you in.


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

    Yes if it was short I would have.
    Very good book & I download the 2nd book straight after.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have a sense of humour (sarcastic & a bit dark) & you like zombies then get this book.
    900 miles is also a good zombie book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trevor
    Llanyre, United Kingdom
    6/29/14
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    "Stumbled on to a real gem of a book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Zombie Fallout the most enjoyable?

    The most horrific ending of the world but a group you can invest your time into and laugh and laugh with through good and bad


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

    This is a real new style of zombie book writing and it WORKS


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

    Mike Talbot of course!


    Any additional comments?

    Seriously never listened to zombie fallout then get this book now it is brilliant!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Farran
    4/24/14
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    "Cartoonish, gratuitous and unrealistic"
    What would have made Zombie Fallout better?

    Any concern for scientific accuracy. The idea behind how the zombie outbreak starts is laughably bad. The main protagonist is impossible to sympathize with, in particularly found his description of an encountered obese character to be particularly unpleasant. The lack of well written characters doesn't stop there however. His two sons are trigger happy and moronic respectively, and the rest of the cast doesn't get any better. With the militaristic way it's written, it feels like it's trying to be a Chris Ryan book, and fails miserably.


    What could Mark Tufo have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Discarded the cast, re-written the storyline, spent more than a few minutes coming up with the scientific basis of the story and dropped all of the needless references to modern era brands. I personally got bored of comments like "With their Xbox 360's" scattered amongst the narrative


    What three words best describe Sean Runnette’s voice?

    Steady, mature, disconnected


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

    Massive disappointment, and occasionally guffaws of disbelief


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gareth
    Belfast, United Kingdom
    3/15/14
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    "Classic horror with modern wit."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend this audiobook. Told in a fascinating and thought-provoking manner. Actually gives you something to think about.....granted it's a zombie apocalypse, but the way it's told and the bond you build with the characters, it's nail biting stuff.
    The narrator has a voice that you just can't help but enjoy. One of the best spoke audiobooks I've listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters. Mike Talbot and his principles bulldoze through this nightmare. The sarcasm, intelligence and wit that is brought into this story during what can only be described as hell, is just memorable. Keeps you glued every second.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    When Mike Talbot put a bullet into the head of a civilian (psycho) who kept a zombie in his basement to use in a most deviant way. Considering the world had changed, everyone's beliefs and principles had changed and survival was the primary goal, Mike still stood by his principles and acknowledged this situation was very wrong. The moment were the sick psycho hinted or suggested about mike's female members was the moment you knew his fate was sealed. A very satisfying moment indeed.


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

    Bear the Rottweiler. Don't think I could listen to that part again. I have an English Bull Terrier. I love her to bits and if I had to look at her the way Mike Talbot had to look at Bear knowing what was about to happen......


    Any additional comments?

    will be buying all the Zombie Fallout series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ali
    oxfordshire
    3/5/14
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    "Thoroughly Enjoyable Listen Great Narrating"

    Really enjoyed this book. The narrating was great and I loved the characters in it. Written with a very dry sense of humour that I enjoyed. I will be listening to the others in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    Norwich, United Kingdom
    1/29/14
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    "Good story, narrator impersonating a muppet"
    Would you try another book written by Mark Tufo or narrated by Sean Runnette?

    If i see the name as Sean Runnette I will not buy the book . Awful voice for this business he sounded like one of the muppets


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Enjoyed the book very hard to get over the horrible voice telling it


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

    No way


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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