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The Undead Audiobook

The Undead: Part 11

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Publisher's Summary

A Message from The Author

Writing The Undead is a humbling experience. I am eternally grateful to the readers and listeners for the incredible support you always show.

Dan Morgan superbly narrated Parts 1 to 10, but unfortunately he was not able to continue. To my delight, the wonderfully talented Joe Jameson has now taken the series on. His range and skills are superb.

I am aware of the feedback about the voice of one of my characters, Dave. If this change has upset your listening experience then I can only apologise, but both Joe and I, and everyone at Audible, have listened to the points you made and take them very seriously. It is a wonderful thing to have such responsive fans, so willing to listen and work to make it better, plus the interactive nature of the series means you the listener can speak out and say what you like and don't like, otherwise how would we know?

We've got some cracking days ahead of us. Some real stonking rip-roaring storylines to come and both Joe and I can only hope you'll stay with us on this journey.

Take care,

RR Haywood.

It is the morning after the storm. Thick fog covers everything. In the stifling, claustrophobic atmosphere, Howie and his group head out for supplies.

Skirmishes and tense fights take place and there are messages left in blood at key sites: 'he's coming'. As the day progresses, Howie becomes increasingly darker in thought, and more demanding of his team. By the end of the day they have discovered a munitions factory, but can Howie hold it together?

©2016 R.R. Haywood (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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    Julja 02/11/2016
    Julja 02/11/2016 Member Since 2012
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    "Oh how I've missed these books!"
    What did you like most about The Undead?

    I've waited so long for the next instalment. Good story, well paced. I'm holding back on the next ones just in case I have to wait ages for more books. I nearly cried when I thought Audible weren't doing them anymore!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Undead?

    Howie's descent in to near madness. Well, he had to go at some point! So much has happened since the first book. Howie and his merry band have been through so very much. Someone had to go to pieces and at least Mr Haywood didn't chicken out and make a lesser character flip out. Well done! I can't wait for more. Well, apart from the enforced rationing I'm making myself go through! More, please!


    What about Joe Jameson’s performance did you like?

    Hmmm! He was better than I was expecting. Anyone taking over after such an established narrator (Dan, you were fab! Where did you go?) would struggle but I got in to it after a while. The only unforgivable change was, as others have already said, was Dave. I could even forgive Paula! But Dave is such a massive character, to have been changed in to a monotone fool. Every time he said something I felt myself cringe! Dave was always my favourite! If Joe is to stay as narrator please, please get him to change his take on this beloved character! Dan had him spot on. His discomfort around others, the fact he clearly has Asperger's. His relationship with Howie, that has built up in to dependency that means neither can not exist without the other!


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

    The end bit. Lhani (?Well, I was listening not reading!) trying her best to comfort Howie after his breakdown!


    Any additional comments?

    Please keep going. Don't stop this series of stunningly different and engaging books! I am sooo addicted!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Benny butthead 03/11/2016
    Benny butthead 03/11/2016 Member Since 2012
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    "Oh dear"

    such fantastic stories. Ruined by dreadful narration. Dan Morgan was a ledgend but has not renewed his contact with RR Hayward.
    Joe jameson is not right for this, his female voices sound like octogenarians.
    Dave who is brilliant, Morgan got him perfectly, jameson makes him sound like a retard, which I find quite offensive.
    end of an era for me I'm afraid.
    But the first 10 episodes were genius, brilliant.
    now unlistenable.
    from Best Zombie series on Audible to very average. such a shame.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Pauline Ennis 02/11/2016
    Pauline Ennis 02/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Welcome aboard Mr Jameson"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Undead to be better than the print version?

    No, each have their merits and place in the series. I like the books as i can keep dipping into my favorite places, i Like the audio books on planes and holidays


    What other book might you compare The Undead to, and why?

    Non other, it remains and will always be my favourite series.


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

    I really prefer his Howie over the previous narrator.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes both, Howie with the arm in the boats, and Howie again as his descent into despair begins


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ryan 31/10/2016
    ryan 31/10/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Joe Jameson does a fantastic job!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Undead the most enjoyable?

    Joe Jameson.
    He took on an incredibly hard job replacing Dan Morgan (who was FANTASTIC BTW) nevertheless Joe breathed new life into this fantastic series and I for one am pleased with audible and Mr Haywood's choice of narrator.
    Admittedly Paula and Dave's Voices are bad....really bad.
    But all in all an improvement with most of the other characters and accents.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its Building, so please be prepared to purchase the following parts.
    IT'S VERY ADDICTIVE.


    Which character – as performed by Joe Jameson – was your favourite?

    I've said it once and I shall say it again... Cookie.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It gives me goosebumps, I love this world and its characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible please produce Mr Haywood's- Blood at the Premiere.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    R 31/10/2016
    R 31/10/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "the first 10 books were great but ..."

    what the hell has happened?
    This new narrator makes everyone, especially Dave sound like a 12 year old retard from Yorkshire!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    wolfie15 30/10/2016
    wolfie15 30/10/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "dan come back "

    too used to Dan Morgan I think the performance was off to me the female voice was wrong in my head Paula sounded like a 60+ year old.
    dave omg what have they done to him he sounds thick and he just isn't happy the books are out but it wasn't the best.

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    Mrs. Kerry J. Gellard 06/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Was nervous about new narrator"

    Got used to the new narrator, although didn't like how he voiced Dave and Blowers sounded like Clarence. Good job after having to follow from someone else.

    Still love the series and pretty much spoilt for any other novels in this genre!!

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    Rich Knight 01/12/2016
    Rich Knight 01/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Great again!"

    Another great addition to the series. However the characters voices this time around in places are awful! Why has Dave gone from fast talking and slightly high pitched to going to sounding like he has had about 10 pints of beer and in slow motion??

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    Zylpha E Reynolds-Wright 30/11/2016

    I'm the kind of person who can enjoy a book and if I really enjoy it - can start to read / hear it all over again! I blame the dyslexia.

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    "I miss Dan Morgan"

    It's taking some time for me to get used to the new narrator. Dave sounds completely unlike himself and unlike any person l know that suffered with the same issues. All the women sound like effeminate men until we get to Marcie in the last few sentences, so maybe someone has said something part way through the recordings? I understand that Dan decided to withdraw from the work as he was unhappy with the way some of the story was going. I'll be honest I feel the same. There is a difference between 'horror' and some twisted perversion. The zombie army, wondering what the infection will do next and that this is man made is horror enough. Please note R R Haywood.

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    L. Curran 19/11/2016
    L. Curran 19/11/2016
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    "Narrator too slow"

    I've had to increase the speed with this narrator. He's too slow and pauses too long between characters. Despite that the story is still good.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Nic
    30/10/16
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    "Bring back Dan Morgan"

    The story is spot on. I have been a fan of The Undead from the beginning. Dan Morgan narrated the first ten books, and brought the characters to life the way they were written. The new narrator ruins the story with his subpar narration. He also makes Dave sound like a simpleton which he is not. Don't mess with Dave. Redo book 11, 12, and 13 with Dan Morgan or I will be reading them instead of listening to them with audible, and this is the series that got me to sign up for audible.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    30/10/16
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    "voice"

    well good try James. Howies voice ok but ruined Dave and most others. so sad.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    Avon, IN, United States
    11/11/16
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    "Different does not equal bad..."
    Any additional comments?

    I love that RR Haywood follows "a logical path" in some ways. It's predictable only to keep the story familiar and relatable. But then he adds the genius...he includes unexpected and realistic conflict between main characters! Its been like this for almost the entire series and I love it! *** Give Joe Jameson a chance *** Initially I was not happy with the change in narrator...then I read that Dan Morgan refused to continue this series. Joe Jameson stepped up to continue one of my favorite audio series of all time, so I felt that I owed it to Howie & Co. to start fresh and give Joe a chance. By the end of this book, I realize that Joe is an incredibly talented actor! His voices for EVERYONE are better! IMO, Dan Morgan's Dave was the only voice better...That said, Joe's "Dave" is far more realistic given who Dave is. We got used to Dan's more human sounding Dave, which made him so likeable. More great news: Joe is such a pro that he has taken the feedback and made some changes to Dave's voice going forward.

    Please give Joe a chance and let the story continue!Ultimately, another great addition to the series! Enjoy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • T. Walker
    Purvis, MS USA
    01/11/16
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    "Please bring Dan Morgan back!!!!!!!!!!"

    LOVED the emotion of this one!!! Joe Jameson is a good narrator. however he does not relay the intensity Dan does. Love this series and will continue as long as Haywood does.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Alex
    31/10/16
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    "Alex"

    The story was as exciting as the previous books. I've awaited the audio version for some time and was very disappointed by the change of narrators. I listened through but couldn't stand how he changed the voices and inflections of the characters. Dave most of all, was it because Dave is autistic that he chose that manner of speaking. The Virus spoke with clearer intelligence. I found it a bit offensive, not to mention what he made of the women's voices. I'll be reading the print version until the original narrator is back

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    29/10/16
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    "where the hell is Dan Morgan?!?!?!?!?!"

    I love this book and have been waiting for this book to release for a long time... than you switch with this guy??!?!?! you can't go this far into a series and switch.. His voices are wrong.. inflections... ugh.. I don't think I'll be able to finish this series:(

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mary
    Manly, Australia
    08/11/16
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    "Why would you do this?"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I Love this series but I don't want to answer questions I just want to ask one. Why would you change narrators at this point in the series? This is no slight against Mr Jamison, he did an admirable job, however those of us who have loyally followed this story through know the characters voices as we know our own family.


    Any additional comments?

    Whatever the silly reasons for this whether a dispute about money or scheduling difficulties, you need to fix this Mr Haywood and fast. Readers and fans are your bread and butter and I feel totally afronted that you would think so little of us that you would do this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • tor
    06/11/16
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    "no no no no no NO!!!!!"

    im a BIG fan of this series. partly because of the well written story but mostly because the way the previous narrator brought the story to life.
    this new narrator, neh, not so much. its not enough that he makes Dave sound like a slow retard, I mean, didnt he listen to the previous books at ALL???
    he also get extremely monotone in many passages through the story, making the whole thing boring.
    the whome thing is so dissapointing that im going to return this book and get my credit back, then Im going to forget every volume after vol 10.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Teresa
    06/11/16
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    "Good story, mediocre narrator"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Undead to be better than the print version?

    Yes, for the first 10 books in the series. Dan Morgan brought life to the characters. Disappointed at the switch in narrators for the last three books.


    What didn’t you like about Joe Jameson’s performance?

    The characters simply were not as believable


    Who was the most memorable character of The Undead and why?

    Dave is an interesting mix of personality traits


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sabrina
    05/11/16
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    "Story great as always, narration is not."

    I understand Joe Jameson tried his best to keep the voices similar, but he failed. The inflection is wrong, he made Dave sound terrible, and the women sound like insipid fools. Even with the narration on the skids, I continued to listen and will continue because I love this world. I can only hope they can somehow bring back the original narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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