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Handling the Undead Audiobook

Handling the Undead

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Publisher's Summary

In his new novel, John Ajvide Lindqvist does for zombies what his previous novel, Let the Right One In, did for vampires.

Across Stockholm, the power grid has gone crazy. In the morgue and in cemeteries, the recently deceased are waking up. One grandfather is alight with this, with hope that his grandson will be returned, but one husband is aghast at what his adored wife has become.

Here is a horror novel that transcends its genre by showing what the return of the dead might really mean to those who loved them.

©2005 John Ajvide Lindqvist; Translation copyright 2009 by Ebba Segerberg (P)2010 Macmillan Audio

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    Anthony Iowa City, IA, United States 11-09-10
    Anthony Iowa City, IA, United States 11-09-10
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    "Shouldn't be listed as a zombie novel"

    First off, I am an avid audiobook listener. I go through about one every week or two (gets me through long work days in a research lab).I really hate writing negative reviews, especially about the zombie genre. I just don't know what to write about this that would be good. I don't want to spoil the book but I feel obligated to throw out a couple of details that might have saved me from buying this audiobook. First, it has a bunch of funky Stephan King "The Cell" kind of stuff (i.e. telepathy with zombies and humans). Second (contrary to one of the other reviewers statements), gore NEVER happens. During the entire listen, the first bit of horror related anything does not occur until the last hour and a half! This "suspense" is quickly let down in an M.Night Shyamalan style of disappointment. The zombies in this book are almost completely lifeless (no pun intended). They literally just sit motionless. Total body count in this book---1. This book has more feelings moments than anything else. I really don't know what more to say. By the time you think something is finally going to happen, it doesn't. If you buy it, good luck and prepare to be as scared as if you were reading Forest Gump.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Jaime D Hennick 12-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "This is a good book but is a little hard to follow"

    this was a good book however it was a little hard to follow at times especially in the beginning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    B. Simpson 06-12-16
    B. Simpson 06-12-16
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    "It's not another zombie apocalypse book"

    Lindqvist's take on the zombie sub-genre is uncommon, refreshing and presents a scenario that I found deeply unsettling.

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    Paulx 03-06-14
    Paulx 03-06-14 Member Since 2016
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    "good story. but no violence"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really a flesh eating zombie story. Good writing well acted. But just not what I expected.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performance was really well done


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    chilicheesecake Rocky Mountain High 10-25-10
    chilicheesecake Rocky Mountain High 10-25-10
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    "Booooring!"

    Classic zombie fans - Beware!
    Slow-paced and anti-climactic. The zombies are not stereotypical brain-eating zombies, either. I'm really wondering if this did translate well, because this was just plain boring. The "climax" was so disappointing - the whole story left me with a bunch of questions but without any real interest in indulging in sequels.
    Seriously, I should have ordered ordered Book Yourself Solid. This was a waste of time. And credits/money.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Mechanicsburg, PA, United States 10-04-13
    Joseph Mechanicsburg, PA, United States 10-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "AVOID AT ALL COSTS!!!"
    What would have made Handling the Undead better?

    If the Zombies had started eating people


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a zombie book. I listened to this god awful piece of crap just thinking "at any moment the zombies are gonna go crazy and start eating people..." Nope. Never happens. They wake up, they walk around like idiots, everyone feels bad for them, then they die again.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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