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The End Has Come and Gone

Zombie Fallout, Book 4
Written by: Mark Tufo
Narrated by: Sean Runnette
Series: Zombie Fallout, Book 4, Zombie Fallout, Book 4
Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From Mike Talbot's journal:

"The End . . . has come and gone. This is the new beginning, the new world order and it sucks. The end for humanity came the moment the U.S. government sent out the infected flu shots. My name is Michael Talbot and this is my journal. I'm writing this because no one's tomorrow is guaranteed, and I have to leave something behind to those who may follow."

So continues Mike's journey. Will he give up all that he is in a desperate bid to save his family and friends? Eliza is coming: can anyone be prepared?

©2011 Mark Tufo (P)2012 Tantor

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  • Theodore
  • 2013-01-13

What a twisted web we weave....

This series is getting downright convoluted in nature and I mostly get infuriated when stories get too convoluted; it generally reads to me that the author is trying too hard. In this case though... I'll make a huge exception!

The book becomes more and more complex with various twists and turns appearing throughout the title. As soon as you think that you have gotten a good enough grasp of the series something new is introduced which adds a twist to the series but makes it a bit more harder to follow. I find myself feeling sorry for the Talbots, they seem to can't catch a break... With all that being said though, I can't help but be gripped by the entire book... I will see this book through to the end come hell or high water and anyone who has gotten this far in the series would probably agree.

Again this series shine mostly due to the characters whose vantage point we read from. The neurotic germophobe that is Mike Talbot, his formidable and dedicated wife Mrs. Talbot, the loveable Tommy, the dangerous Thomas and the vicious Eliza all brings about their own special touch to the book. Their differing vantage points are fascinating to view from and will have you cracking up or on the edge of your seat with excitement.

The narration gets better with each book I find and Sean Runnette's command of the myriad of characters in the book is note worthy. He's truly gotten a grasp of all the characters in this book and frankly, I wouldn't have the narration done any other way.

The series thus far has been just plain fun to experience, with this one only adding to it. It doesn't take itself too seriously but it isn't a complete joke either. A young crowd will certainly love these books.

P.S. The book once again ends with a cliff hanger....

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  • SD Shopper
  • 2019-06-09

Falling off...

This series started of great with the first couple books. Great zombie detail and storylines. interesting characters and great narration despite some glaring mispronunciation. But the last two books...especially this one have changed. Still great narration...but the books have become obnoxious comedies...like a dawn of the dead literally morphing into Shaun of the Dead. The suspense and drama is gone from tense situations because the characters want to have nonsensical dialogue and argue with each other about farts and feelings. Tracie and BT....the worst. Ugh...Talbot's own internal musings are fine and often morbidly dark...but that feels genuine. And Eliza is the stereotypical bad guy who tells you everything...then steps on their own dick. At this rate...I'm not sure I'll hit the rest of the series. Great start....but totally stalled out. :(

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  • Todd
  • 2014-11-22

It's moving....

Would you try another book from Mark Tufo and/or Sean Runnette?

This particular story starts a new chapter in the story... Though it doesn't really make sense....

What other book might you compare The End Has Come and Gone to and why?

The last book.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narrator is improving.. but I still feel like he doesn't emote correctly in tense situations.

Do you think The End Has Come and Gone needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Well yes, in that it is intentionally written with a cliffhanger.... But I think the books are just stalling the conclusion. The author wants to keep this going to make more money. Unlike Dresdyn or other stories with an overlaying plot and a story plot, this author doesn't do that. He now has one main plot and is trying to come up with reasons to extend the story. . . So every blade of grass becomes important. Creating new problems.

Any additional comments?

If you're this far in the series... Book 5 gets good. Book 4 is kinda an F' you to the reader... It sets up to be something big but just wastes time.

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  • Amanda H.
  • 2012-05-06

Nail Biting Zombie Drama and Terror

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

YES! I would recommend this book to all my friends. The Talbots, their family, and their friends are in for a fight of a lifetime. As the drama and small battles surround the Talbots ensues, Tommy (or as he likes to be called now...Tomas) and his EVIL sister, Eliza, along with the thousands of Zombies prepare for the ultimate battle. Michael has to make a heartbreaking choice for his family's survival. Justin catches a break....the hard way. As if the Zombies and the evil siblings aren't enough for the Talbots to deal with.... throw in a band of weird spiritualists and you have enough stress and chaos to ensure the Talbots have panic attacks and PSTD for the rests of their lives. I know just reading this series as left my finger nails bitten to the nub.

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

Yes, I have listened to the entire Zombie Fallout series and so far I am addicted!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2015-08-19

Fun Series, Bad Narrator for this Genre

What did you love best about The End Has Come and Gone?

Main character's personality is realistic and the interactions between characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Main Character, like the way he thinks.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sean Runnette?

Ray Porter from Joe Ledger series. Sean Runnette sounds like he is on Prozac. Seriously, this is a suspense post-apocalyptic story about an ex-Marine fighting for survival and the narrator sounds like the depressed robot from "Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe." A little energy would be nice. The difference between the main character's dialogue and the narrator's depressed, Prozac induced, auditory is huge.

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

Fun story to forget about life for a while.

Any additional comments?

I read Post-Apocalyptic stories so I don't have to think, have to think too much at work and in real life. Just retreat and enjoy a story, nice break while working out or driving. This series is good for that. If you are looking for realism or answers to the worlds problems, this ain't it!

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  • G.Monie
  • 2013-07-03

Should be Trilogy, not 'never-ending'

I loved the concept of Tufo & taking the same character & putting him in different books. I enjoyed Indian Hill a great deal because it had the same type of dry hunor & it knew when to stop.

I believe all 6 of the 'Zombie Fallout' books probably could have been condensed into 3 & I think there is going to be another one, the only reason I am not positive is because I did not finish reading the 6th book.

The characters are the same, u see some new traits from old ones, & a couple new ones thrown in for fodder but overall the books are stretching out a topic that is already WAAAAAY too old considering WWZ & the other trillion zombie books out, this includes the 'White Trash Zombie' books which are ok as well

In the end, if u like the humor & back & forth that goes along with Talbot, & u like Zombies than u will probably like this book & all the ones after

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  • Mike Naka
  • 2012-10-01

slow start, great ending

Any additional comments?

book 4 starts off where book 3 finished. i like that about this series. mike is at his brother's house. ron shows mike a hidden compartment in his closet that holds info about their great grandfather, dr. hugh mann.

we also learn mike talbot isn't the only one in his family that has come into contact with tomas and eliza. ron shows mikea box that has something of eliza's in it. i'm not going to tell you, you just have to read it.

what do you NEVER do in a scary movie? leave/break up the group. mike decides to leave his family to try to rescue alex, paul, and their group of survivors. as expected,, splitting up the core group of survivors causes things to get FUBARed.

there are a few side adventures of the various groups before the big push to rescue the other survivors who are trapped in north carolina in what other than a furniture store. note: that was meant to be sarcastic. lol north carolina is the furniture capital. well at least before most of the furniture makers moved to china, but i digress..

it's nice to see some of the women in action and see how they respond. other than jen, the women have kind of stood behind the men. it's nice to see they can get themselves into trouble all by themselves, a la tracy's and nicole's jaunt to the convenience store to buy cigarettes.

don't forget mrs. dino. oh...how i love to hate her!

mad jack is an interesting side character. turns out he was rising star in dept. of defense. he was a loner who played halo and had a kill ratio of 98%. he's kind of a mad genius whose invention sounds intriguing.

another interesting twist is zombie 3.0. geezzzz...i may have to buy a desert eagle after all! lol

but the ending really makes this book. it adds a new dimension to the story. you'll have to read it to see what i mean. but if you've made it this far, you probably don't even need to read my review b/c you like the story enough to go ahead and buy the audiobook.

the story is still fresh, and the scenarios the survivors find themselves in are believable. so far, mark tufo has kept clear of repeating himself.

so far, my 3rd favorite book of the series, with book 3 #1 and book 1 #2.

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  • Wordlance
  • 2012-08-27

Get on with it

Would you try another book from Mark Tufo and/or Sean Runnette?

Yes, they are both talented

Could you see The End Has Come and Gone being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I am a fan of this series--good characters, strong plot lines, humor, good use of flashbacks.... However, the problem with this 5th novel is that it is directionless without an ending. He introduces too many story lines without ending the original story. FINISH the original narrative instead of dragging the reader into new story lines that do not end. Complete this story, then move into the next major story line.

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  • Jon
  • 2012-06-06

The funniest audio books I've heard

Would you listen to The End Has Come and Gone again? Why?

Once I have finished the whole series I would definately start a fresh at some stage

Which scene was your favorite?

Anything with BT and Talbot sniping at each other

Any additional comments?

I can honestly say that the series is the best narrated and one of the funniest series of audios I've listened to. I bought all four and listened to them one after another. Just howled at BT and Talbot.

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  • coreybeth
  • 2012-05-10

Awesome - can't wait for 5 & 6

Damn you Mark Tufo. Now I can't read a zombie book without comparing it to Zombie Fallout. I've downloaded two since finishing zombie fallout 1-4 and nothing even comes close. Great series with believable characters, excellent story, great narration and definitely worth the credit. I'm just buying my time hoping audible makes 5 available soon & Mark finishes 6!!! Do yourself a favor GET this series!!!

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