When the zombie apocalypse strikes without warning one dog will hold the fate of her pack in her paws. This is the story of Riley, an American bulldog. Follow along as she tries to keep her pack safe from a zombie apocalypse. Traveling with her are Ben-Ben the high-strung Yorkie; her favorite two-legger, Jessie; Jessie's younger brother, Zachary; and Riley's archenemy, Patches the cat. They are a rag-tag group of survivors, who, when pushed to the limit, realize that they are all each other has.
©2012 Mark Tufo (P)2013 Tantor
Fans of horror fiction laced with laughs are likely to be tickled by this droll audio edition that kicks off Tufo’s new series centering on the eponymous canine. To realize the author’s concept—seeing the zombie apocalypse through the eyes of an American Bulldog—narrator Sean Runnette (who performed Tufo’s equally funny Zombie Fallout series) needs to pull off a plausible first-animal narration. He does this and more—convincingly voicing a terrier and a cat, as well as various humans. And listeners won’t find it difficult to differentiate Ben-Ben, the “little pain in the ass Yorkshire Terrier,” from Riley. The story wastes no time rolling up its gory sleeves and getting into the action—and Runnette ably transitions from humorous canine antics to savagery (e.g., when Riley rips the face off a family friend turned zombie), successfully blending horror and humor. (Publisher’s Weekly)
Yes. I found this to be an interesting perspective on a zombie tale. This is the first zombie tale I've listened to and liked that it was told through the eyes of a dog.
Sean Runnette brings the characters to life with all the different tone and inflictions that he uses for each of the characters. It really helped me to visualise, almost like watching a movie but without the actual picture part.
The storyline progressed well and the characters, though mostly animals, were interesting in the way they reacted to the situation they were facing and the choices they made based on that. This is categorised as YA but I have to say the description of the violence I found very graphic and quite horrifying. It will be interesting to see where the story goes with next lot of books in the series.
"DOGS, A CAT AND ZOMBIES. WHAT ELSE COULD YOU WANT?"
The Book of Riley and it's creator Mark Tufo are in a category all of their own. I have read,or should I say listened to, everything Mr. Tufo has written and he never fails to surprise, but most of all, he never fails to make me laugh. Yes I have a bit of a sick sense of humor but, when you think about things really if you don't laugh your life is a lot darker.I believe my cats (as much as they are maligned in other's worlds hint hint) are intelligent and probably would talk too if I should write a series of stories imagining them rescuing their humans from a sudden zombie apocyliptic world ending horror. To put it easy The Book of Riley 1 and The Book of Riley 2 are entertainment in it's purest form. Mark Tufo is a brilliant author with an imagination and a wild sense of humor. Look him up, and simply ENJOY.
Cats can count higher than dogs. YEAH!!!!Laughed out loud when Santa had to kill those weird end of the world believing neighbors.
Patches, the cat, of course. Although I have to laugh whenever the subject of dogs and bacon comes up. Also, Santa will never be the same now that I have heard him described through BenBen's eyes.
I was moved to tears of laughter when two dogs, one cat, and an infant found out they could all talk to each other.
These two Books' of Riley are fun, enjoyable and at times a down right riot. ENJOY
"Sneaky way to make more money"
Don't get me wrong, I love the combination of Tufo and Runette, they are up there with my favorite pairings and I have read nearly everything Tufo has done but the Riley series has me a bit angry. Basically, he took a book and chopped it into four segments and is charging $10 or 1 credit each. I'm not sure if there are many 12 hour books worth $40 or 4 credits out there no matter how entertaining it is. Mark Tufo you should be ashamed of yourself for such a blatant scheme. I think I'm done after #2, it is just too distasteful for me.
"Good book, but too short"
Like other Mark Tufo books, this one does not disappoint in what is there. Problem is the story is written in chapter book style, so this one just gets going and it ends. There are a total of 4 books in the series and I believe only 2 of them are on audible. It is hard to swallow using 1 credit for 1/4 of a book. I picked this one up with $10 credit I earned for buy 4 books in a month, so no lose on that end. Still undecided if I will continue, because the story was good, but expensive to listen to. All 4 should be offered as one credit (when and if they are done)
"This was a great book! Tufo RULES!"
Mark Tufo is the new Jedi master of Zombie book authors. Sean Runnette brings the characters to life with his acting out.
"I barked out loud"
I would, this is a very clever book written so well from the view of a dog that I laughed (barked) loudly at many parts. Each character is well developed
Benben, so innocent, the distrust of Riley and Patches is very good
Benben been diving into the fray going missing then his return
Or his loose bladder at the worst moments
Spoiler if I explain it.
"Mark Tufo delivers again"
I love the insight that he gives into the minds of our pets and it's very believable.
The sadness of how it ended was memorable for sure.
He does a terrific job with voices and character. I always forget that he is a single person reading and interpreting these characters. Great work indeed across all the Mark Tufo titles.
Keep em coming!
"I like Zombie books and I like Dog adventures...."
A smart "dogs eye view" of the zombie apocalypse.
Riley of course, who wouldn't like her!
He is the narrator of the Zombie apocalypse in my mind forever now.
No, but I have read Mark Tufo's other books, so I'm a bit desensitized lol.
Wish it were longer...
"Homeward Bound meets The Walking Dead"
Yes Yes Yes!!! One of the best audiobooks I've read in a long time... dare I say - ever.
It's funny and scary and heartwarming with just the proper amount of gore. This book has everything. If you're a pet lover, you MUST get this book. If you're not a pet lover, you MUST get this book.
When BenBen stood with Riley to fight off the zombies. I was cheering all the way! BenBen is a brave little bitty guy.
Patches. He does a wonderfully condescending interpretation of her voice.
Yes!! I actually sat in my car in the driveway because I couldn't turn it off.
Just ordered part 2 and 3... can't wait!
"Riley's taking a bite out of the zombie apocalypse"
Gladly, over and over. It's a unique twist that makes me put a good loyal dog at the top of my zombie survival list.
Riley is brave and loyal a perfect example of her breed. But little Ben-Ben steals the show.
Riley is a wonderfully colorful story that only has one fault it was over too fast. (Wait, maybe two faults, not enough bacon for Ben-Ben)
"Greatest Zombie Tale Evers"
Love the new perspective for a zombie tale. I love the humor and cant wait foer the next installment. Brilliant!!
Everything. Dogs and Cats working together to take care of the kids. We can only hope that we are good enough to our pets that they would feel the same way.
Performance just enhances the perfection of this book.
Love it all
"Great fun. Another unusual take."
I had not really been overly interested in reading this as it seemed a bit ridiculous. I am so glad though that I did because I really enjoyed it. Mark Tufo's entertaining style, and obvious love and knowledge of dogs made this a really lovely story that ended far too soon. The play between the animal characters is really lovely and the characters really well thought out and executed. Riley is a great character and the play between her and the cat is particularly funny. The star of the story for me is BenBen, the Yorkshire Terrier. His eternal optimism and search for food is endearing and hilarious.
"a lot better than I thought"
I wasn't sure if I would enjoy a book from the dogs point of view but was pleasantly surprised. its got all the Tufo whit you would find in ZF but in a fresh approach
"Dog day night"
Yes the reader feels right and the story flows effortlessly.
The perspective shift.
A great voice echoes the sarcasm inherent in the authors work.
Yes, short sweet and direct to the story. If a little short.
Will read the rest, but credits are valuable to.
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