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Mark Tufo, the author of the popular Zombie Fallout and Indian Hill series, presents the latest entry in the Book of Riley series.

©2013 Mark Tufo (P)2014 Tantor

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Another terrific Tufo finish. Worth the credit.

Would you consider the audio edition of A Zombie Tale (Part 4) to be better than the print version?

I have not read the book only listened, but I can tell you its an amazing story. It is well written and is tied into other Tufo stories brilliantly. Personally I just love the audios more.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Riley of course. She is what every four legged furbaby stands for. Loyalty, unconditional love, protection, guidance and strength. She is truly the symbolism of a true best friend not just a dog.

What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

Love love love Runnette.. A Tufo story + Sean Runnette = A work of art... I cant imagine a Tufo story narrated by anyone else. He makes this book complete and narrates the story perfectly.

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

Yes!! This is the last book in this series. These books are only a few hours long but I craved more. Even if it was 10 hours I know I would not stop listening until it was done. Lol

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At first I was pretty reluctant to start this series. I mean a zombie tale told through the eyes of 2 dogs a cat a baby and a teen age girl...... But once again Mark Tufo's imagination and Passion for zkmbies as well as dogs & maybe for the cat too wiped away any doubts. He created not just a story but a work of art. The depth of his characters for this series blows me away. I mean he had to create personalities for 2 dogs and a cat and make them believable. He did that and more. As a true animal lover I found myself saying yup my cat would sooo say that, or man I bet thats really what my dog is thinking. Amazing job, Amazing series & an Amazing endjng.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • William
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 01-14-14

Stop. Just get it. It's good.

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Mark Tufo is brilliant with writing... words.... and things. Okay, enough already. You've read hundreds if not thousands of reviews where literary style, penchant for character creation and a thousand other aspects of writing are discussed. Forget all that this time. Mark Tufo can really spin one heck of a story. Mr. Runette is an incredible orator who tells stories with near perfect... well... all that stuff that great orators do to tell it well. What you won't find in the Book of Riley is pretentiousness, dullness or that stuff that makes for a bad story... because this isn't one of those... this is a good story... not one of the bad ones... and... yeah...
*cough*
*kicks some dirt*
Anywho... just get it already, you won't be disappointed.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Tufo does it again.

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Every Mark Tufo book I have read I have loved and the Riley books are no different. You can't help but full in love with Riley and all the other characters. I love the Riley books so much I named my pit bull puppy Riley.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Tufo masterfully weaves a story

Riley, Ben-Ben, Patches, Jess and the baby continue their trek to Colorado to find Justin Talbot.  Jess and her menagerie are still on the run dodging the crack addict Icely and his goons.  They finally and safely make it to Turtle Run and find the abandoned home of the Talbot family.

Mark Tufo reveals what happened to a favorite character from the Fallout Series and the impact Alec has on Jess.  Guiding her to Maine, we are told of the final resting place of Alec.  Not everyone survives a zombie apocalypse and even the most beloved of characters can and do die.

Tufo masterfully weaves a story around a strong plot and several strong characters.  Tufo’s ability to coax his readers into the story, drawing them in is done skillfully.  He is definitely talented at leaving his listeners breathless and with a strong emotional upheaval crying for his blood.  Riley: Book 4 is full of twists and turns that will leave you asking, “what? … WHAT?”

I enjoy listening to Tufo’s Riley series.  Hearing it from a dog’s perspective is interesting and presents a new viewpoint.  If you are a dog lover or a zombie enthusiast this is a series you won’t want to miss.  Tufo has grown as a writer and continues to entertain with his wit and mastery of sarcasm.

Sean Runnette does an excellent job and has become the voice of the “Talbot World.”  He adds personality to the characters through his ability to move the wit and sarcasm from paper to audio with just the right tone and inflection.

There were no issues with production.

Audiobook was provided for review by the author.

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11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Mark Tufo has done it again

What did you love best about A Zombie Tale (Part 4)?

the uniqueness of the story

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Zombie Tale (Part 4)?

all of it

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

brought the characters to life

Any additional comments?

I love all of Mark Tufo's series and have read all of them a few more than once. He characters are common like you have met someone in your life that is like one of them and they say and do believable things. They are characters that you would want to know if they were real

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  • Lora
  • Houston, TX
  • 01-13-14

Tufo and Runnette are my gods!

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Just another awesome book that combines Tufo's talent with Runnette's wonderful ability to weave a tale. Absolutely loved it and love that it is far different from normal zombie apocalypse tales.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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A good ending to a fun little series

The final installment in the series brings the group’s journey to a close. If you liked the other books in the series you’ll probably enjoy the finally. I’ll miss Ben Ben maybe we can get a short story with him in the future.

Mr. Runnette is stellar as always

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • anne
  • Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • 04-29-15

SUPER GREAT! TEARS!!!!

Would you listen to A Zombie Tale (Part 4) again? Why?

YES!!! I will listen to this series again....one of Mark's best!!!

What other book might you compare A Zombie Tale (Part 4) to and why?

No comparison!!!

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

I loved them all...but I have to say Ben Ben!!!

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

Oh yes..the sacrifices that were made at the end....broke my heart...I am still all weepy!!!

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This series is fantastic...if you like Mark;s work...you MUST listen to this!!! I listened to it all in 2 days!! I am actually out of Mark books for now...I have marathoned ALL of them!!! Discovering ZFO last year was a blessing...it led me to so many great series and stories....and to an author who cares about his readers...This is a very special series...and a MUST listen!! 2 HUGE thumbs up!!!

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  • Dennis
  • GAINESVILLE, TX, United States
  • 06-12-17

Zombie Apocalypse from fur babies point of view.

What did you love best about A Zombie Tale (Part 4)?

Who would love to know what your little critters are thinking? Especially during a zombie apocalypse.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Zombie Tale (Part 4)?

Start to finish Riley is a hero and you are rooting for him and all his companions.

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

Oh, Ben-Ben absolutely. Sean Runnette can do anybody and any character, dog, cat person. He's phenomenal.

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

You never know who has your back.

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great series

Riley is a great series, you really feel the love amongst the animals. their bond is amazing

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  • Trevor
  • 06-28-14

Shame so Short But Great Book

Where does A Zombie Tale (Part 4) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In top 15

Who was your favorite character and why?

Riley of course she is the hero and as a dog lover who else could it be

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

Sean is great :)

Any additional comments?

A great book love the Riley books, not happy about the ending but what can you do. Loved all 4 Riley books just wished they were much longer......

1 of 1 people found this review helpful