Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

Posted April 26, 2012 by Paul (Audiobook Reviewer) in Reviews / 1 Comment

Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1Zombie Fallout by Mark Tufo
Narrator: Sean Runnette
Series: Zombie Fallout #1
Published by Tantor Audio on 27 March 2012
Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
Genres: Zombie Apocalypse
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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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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Audiobook purchased for review by ABR.

I painstakingly choose Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1 for several different reasons. It was a newer zombie audio book, it was the first in a series of zombie audio books, the publishers summary seemed interesting, almost feeling like a new take on the genre, it was available at Audible.com, and the image on audible captured my attention. So I dove in head first without knowing what to expect except for zombies, as you know or will find out by reading more of my reviews, I am a sucker for zombies, and I was hoping for a lot of them.

I really enjoyed the fact that Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1 is an atypical zombie story. By not believing that it’s a super serious literary achievement, immediately I knew that this was going to be an entertaining journey. Mark Tufo has realized that zombie novels should be fun, engaging, exciting, suspenseful, and has hit the nail on the head. Even made me laugh out loud on several occasions, to the surprise and mortification of my coworkers. I found the way that that the zombie “virus” spread through the population different and intriguing but not unique. By the way this is the exact reason I have never and will never get a flu shot willingly. Tufo tells his gory tale through the eyes of a white, smart-alecky, ex-military, self-proclaimed survivalist, almost douche-baggy Michael Talbot. Who’s trying to protect his family and friends from the zombie hordes. There was a moment that I had me thinking that this apocalypse was going to go in a different direction than most…

Sean Runnette is one of those narrators that make me think that I will hate everything about the story, just because of his horrible nasally, whiny voice. As The Guilded Earlobe, a fellow reviewer puts it “As the story opens, my first thoughts when hearing Sean Runnette’s voice was that he sounded like Ray Romano with a traumatic brain injury. Yet, as I got deeper and deeper into the story I started to realize that Michael Talbot sort of acted like Ray Romano with a traumatic brain injury”. He couldn’t be more right on with what I was thinking, just stated way more eloquently than I ever could. In the end I really enjoyed Sean Runnette narration and will be listening to the next installment of the Zombie Fallout, hopefully, very soon.

About Sean Runnette

ABR interviewed Sean here

Sean Runnette has earned two Audie nominations and five Earphones Awards for his narration. He has also directed and produced more than 200 audiobooks including several Audie Award winners. He has toured the US and internationally with The American Repertory Theater and Mabou Mines, as well as appearing in Two if by Sea, Copland, Sex and the City, Law and Order and 3rd Watch. He lives, unapologetically, in New Jersey.

The stuff that fits in between the lines:
I’ve been married for 13 years to the girl I first fell in love with when I was 19 years old. Which should make me 32, but somehow I’m closing in on 50. Go figure. We have a dog and a cat, live in a witness protection program style townhouse on the edge of farmland in NJ and don’t miss living in NYC.
I was raised mostly in California. Initially in Mill Valley and finally in LA. I went to Los Angeles Community College, realized I enjoyed acting, moved to SF (where I met my future wife) then moved again to Cambridge for more schoolin’. Then it was off to NY, where I did many, many plays in small rooms with and for swell folks. After a while the rooms got bigger and the people less fun. After a while hearing 100 no’s to every yes got to be too much, so I opted for sanity. Which is audiobooks. Still nutty, but much more civil.
I record in our basement, make holes in sheetrock and call it home repair, and train.

About Mark Tufo

Mark Tufo is the creator of the Zombie Fallout series, which feature everyman hero Mike Talbot.

Mark Tufo was born in Boston Massachusetts. He attended UMASS Amherst where he obtained a BA and later joined the US Marine Corp. He was stationed at Parris Island SC, Twenty Nine Palms CA, and Kaneohe Bay HI.

After his tour of duty, he went into the Human Resources field with a worldwide financial institution and has since gone back to college at CTU to complete his Masters.

He wrote the first installment of the Indian Hill Trilogy whilst in college. This manuscript was stored in his garage until July 2009, when he published it on Kindle at his wife’s insistence.

At the time of this writing, Mark has since written the extremely popular Zombie Fallout series comprised of six serial novels, one prequel novella (Dr. Hugh Mann), and a related side story following the plague from the point of view of a zombie retaining human sentience (Timothy); two additional installments of the popular Indian Hill series; a metaphysical horror novel (The Spirit Clearing); two books following the trials of domesticated pets in the time of a zombie plague (The Book of Riley 1 & 2); a young adult version of Indian Hill entitled The Ravin (with a YA version of Indian Hill 2 scheduled for release in 2013); and a contribution to a compilation of zombie short stories (Undead Tales).

Mark’s books are generally written in a first person narrative style and crossover into several genres including horror, science fiction, and comedy. All of his books make some reference to the recurring semi-autobiographical character Michael Talbot and usually include some interesting insights into the real history of this unique author.

Mark Tufo lives in Maine with his wife, three kids and two English bulldogs.

As of September 2012, Mark’s first film, Zombie Fallout is in pre-production with Illuminandi Media.

About Paul (Audiobook Reviewer)

Paul is a quiet man who shares his passion of books through reviews assisting others select books through honest and professional reviews. Having built a team of professional reviewers, Audiobookreviewer (ABR) is the result of his passion of reading/listening of books. His family consists of a wife, 2 cats, and 2 African Grey parrots (https://www.facebook.com/tuckertheafricangrey). More frequently than not, you will see Paul plugged into the audio of his technology listening to books while riding his bike 100+ miles, tending to a huge fruit and vegetable garden, growing bonsai trees and operating his own largest online bonsai magazine (http://ofbonsai.org).

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