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.
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
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!
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!
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!
The end bit. Lhani (?Well, I was listening not reading!) trying her best to comfort Howie after his breakdown!
Please keep going. Don't stop this series of stunningly different and engaging books! I am sooo addicted!
This series of books has had me totally captivated from the start. I don't normally buy extra credits to get the other books in a series, but when one comes a long,(Zombie Fallout series being one) that cannot be put down, I have to buy more. Being set in England, the characters and the interesting way the virus has an continues to evolve are the key pieces for this addiction.
Initially, I was impressed with his performance. I know how difficult it would have been to be expected to fill the space that Dan Morgan worked so well with, as I am a narrator myself. Its always a worry when working on a book that your taking someones characters and your giving them voice, which may or may not follow with the listeners ideas.
The character voices that Dan created were brilliant and memorable, especially Dave. I have to agree that he is a very major character in it and unfortunately Joe has not captured Dave as he was originated. Also with Lani, Paula, Lily and Nick.
Joe is a very good narrator, very well spoken and clear. But I really think that the characters outlined have been tainted.
To prepare and await the oncoming zombie apocalypse? Oh yes!
To become a narrator? Yes indeed. Its been an idea I've had for some time.
I may be bold but, I would really like the opportunity to audition for narrator for The Undead.
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
Non other, it remains and will always be my favourite series.
I really prefer his Howie over the previous narrator.
Yes both, Howie with the arm in the boats, and Howie again as his descent into despair begins
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.
from Best Zombie series on Audible to very average. such a shame.
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.
why has he made dave sound like a retard? and why does nick talk so slow? don't even get me started on the women's voices it's completely ruined it for me. surly he must have listened to at least one of Dan Morgans narrations to try and make the characters sound the same????? obviously not because it's shocking
I currently have 8 helpful votes. 28/02/17 In. Your. Face.
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.
Its Building, so please be prepared to purchase the following parts.
IT'S VERY ADDICTIVE.
I've said it once and I shall say it again... Cookie.
It gives me goosebumps, I love this world and its characters.
Audible please produce Mr Haywood's- Blood at the Premiere.
The plot was alright but l struggled with the new voice for Dave. Honestly he sounds like he is retarded and thick. l have perceivered with this book but unsure if l will continue which is a real shame. Also the swearing got too much and some of the general chat was too monotonous. A real shame as l had thoughly enjoyed the series.
"Different does not equal bad..."
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!
"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.
well good try James. Howies voice ok but ruined Dave and most others. so sad.
"Just get better and better!"
I find myself asking the question. ‘Why would I review book number 11 in a series which is not yet complete?’ This series for me continues to get better! The more I get to know the characters, the more I find myself spurting my coffee out in laughter at some of the antics of the unlikely heroes! I am fast running out of clean shirts.
R.R. Haywood has done an excellent job at character development but unlike so many authors who excel at character development. R.R. Haywood has equally excelled on the development of the story line. This is not just some mindless zombie tale! It is a well thought out, well developed story which keeps me coming back for more, the perfect blend of tension and humor.
The first in the series was good but was nowhere near my top 5 zombie stories. However, it has with each new new one in the series it has sky rocketed up the list. It is now easily in my top 3, and one of those 3 is just there because it was the book that got me hooked on the zombie genre (thank you Keith C Blackmore).
The only criticism I have of this one and it is only minor, but I have to mention it, just in case some might think I was paid or biased in some way. This one has a little too much ‘boyfriend girlfriend’ type tension… it may just be me… but I don’t think in this sort of situation I would even be thinking along those lines.
Once again the Dan Morgan does an excellent job narrating multiple characters. I increased the speed to 1.25x not because it was slow but because I couldn’t get enough of the story. There is no problem at all with listening to it at 1.25x speed. This is good news for those of you who are just like me ‘so broke you don’t have two coins to rub together’, the dollar per hour listening equation is not greatly affected by narration speed. 12 hours of listening pleasure is such a surprise with so many titles in this genre now days going for 8 hours or less of late.
The FatMan totally approves of this one! Two fat thumbs raised and a massive grin is the official rating!
"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.
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
"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:(
"DAVE!!!!! For the love of God!!! WHY?!?"
Wtf was Joe Jameson thinking. I realize things will be different, but did he even try with Dave?
I could look past everything else, like how strange he makes the women sound, especially Paula and Lilly, I could look past that Clarence and Blowers sound the exact same, I could even look past his often monotone, dull story telling. But not Dave. It is insulting. I've read that Joe will try to tweak Dave's voice in the following books, and it may well be better, they are already available, just haven't gotten to them yet. But I don't know if I can even finish this book.
He has killed the story for me, and with it a piece of my soul has withered and died. Dan Morgan is an unprofessional hack. How dare he make Mr Haywood re write his book to suit his fragile constitution. I will NEVER buy anything Dan Morgan touches. True fans should boycott all his work as well
Joe Jameson, while I appreciate your effort, it seems you did no research into previous books, just so disappointed, words are not enough to communicate my utter and complete hatred of what you did to DAVE!
"Why would you do this?"
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.
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.
"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.
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