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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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R.R Haywood... Why would you do that?

I’ve absolutely loved parts 1-10; but like so many others, I simply can’t listen to the new voices performed within part 11.

A change of narrator/voices wouldn't have ordinarily bothered me too much, as you soon get used to how a new narrator performs; but I can honestly say, that if the current voices had been in part 1, I wouldn't have made it to part 2.

The general narration, plus Howie and Cookie are fine, but all other main characters voices are poor, with Dave being simply horrendous.

Surely R. R Haywood must have listened to part 11 before release, if so, why would you proceed with it?

I’ve persevered for three hours, but can’t listen to the lobotomised version of Dave any further… I've checked the reviews for the next parts, but it looks like they are the same, so I’ll just pretend that the series ended on part 10!

I'm gutted at having wasted a credit and also having to leave such a poor rating... by far the worst I've left in over 100 audible books.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Dave does not have a brain injury

How does the narrater feel making a key character Dave sound as if he has had a brain injury, my son has Aspergers he speaks normally and so does his friends with this condition , why do you feel the need to mock with over exaggerated voices , I am a huge fan up till now , how dare you mock mental health , you would not use a cheap 70s style Chinese accent to narrate Larny so why Dave!!

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Don't like the new narrator

Such a shame the narrator had changed really loved the way Dan Morgan read the previous books nothing wrong with the new narrator but its like the character you have grown to enjoy are different such a shame spoilt the book for me

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Joe Jameson has ruined this book

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

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  • R
  • 31-10-16

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!

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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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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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.

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Just shows how vital a narrator is

I couldn’t agree more with other reviewers, I wish Joe Jameson had listened to the previous narrator’s work before setting out on this. His general narration is very good, it’s the voices and characterisation that are so bad. Howie, Cookie, Blowers and even Clarence are okay, but the women are jaw-droppingly dreadful. They sound like total airheads. And don’t even get me started on Dave!

Such a massive disappointment and it has really affected my enjoyment. In fact, I found my attention wandering during this story, for the first time since Book 1, and I’m not sure I’ll bother with the rest. What a pity.

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Give Joe a chance

At first I was annoyed that Dan Morgan was not to finish the undead series. But half way though the book I started to get used to Joe's voice. okay dave and Paula not so good but the rest is not bad and some voice's are even better. long as Joe carry's on with the series I'm sticking with it.

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  • Chris
  • 11-11-16

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!

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  • B M C
  • 05-03-17

terrible narrator change

It was hard to get into this one. I made it about 5 minutes in (far enough to hear Lonnie's annoying voice) and then deleted it. I was told it got better and was convinced to give it another try. While the narration sucked the whole way through (can't believe the next few have him as narrator), the story was still good. Ughhh. He made Dave seem dim-witted. The narrator seemed to completely change his personality. I would suggest reading the rest of these and not listening. Listen to the preview before buying. Hopefully it has a clip of Dave and Lonnie. That in itself will be enough to convince you not to bother. I hate the idea of giving up on the series, though.

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  • The Zombie Specialist
  • 26-01-17

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!

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  • Angie
  • 03-11-16

I miss Dan Morgan!!!!!

Any additional comments?

It is very difficult to rate this book for me. The story itself is superb as usual, but listening to the new narrator after 10 books with Dan Morgan makes me want to just read the next book instead. I feel like Joe is a good narrator, but just not for this series. His voice for Dave alone was just simply horrible. Dave is my favorite character, and Joe makes him sound like a total moron, which Dave certainly is not. So I may be returning book 12 and reading the print version. If there is anyway it can be done, please bring Dan back.

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  • Melody
  • 30-10-16

WHY?!?! Did they change the narrator?!

I can't believe they changed narrators this far into the series!!! I'm only 3 minutes in and I'm already hating this guy.

I'm sure the story is a 5 but I just can't with the voice-switch..

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  • T. Walker
  • 01-11-16

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.

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  • Nic
  • 30-10-16

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-10-16

voice

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

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  • Alex
  • 31-10-16

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

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  • Nichole
  • 29-10-16

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 6 people found this review helpful