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Publisher's Summary

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
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Critic Reviews

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)
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By Tony on 10-03-14

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.

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By Jennifer on 04-04-13


Where does The Book of Riley rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

Cats can count higher than dogs. YEAH!!!!Laughed out loud when Santa had to kill those weird end of the world believing neighbors.

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

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.

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

I was moved to tears of laughter when two dogs, one cat, and an infant found out they could all talk to each other.

Any additional comments?

These two Books' of Riley are fun, enjoyable and at times a down right riot. ENJOY

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By Annette Wright on 04-09-13

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.

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By Amazon Customer on 02-09-15

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

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By Fiona Maxwell on 04-11-17

Zombie Tale with an interesting perspective

Would you listen to The Book of Riley again? Why?

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.

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

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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