• The Undead, Part 11

  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (313 ratings)

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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

What listeners say about The Undead, Part 11

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No. Just no.

I find Joe incredibly insulting in the way he portrays Dave and all the women. Thank you Mr. Haywood for a wonderful ride in the first ten books but unfortunately I won't be supporting the series anymore. The only thing more disappointing than Joe's narration is that I already bought the next two episodes before I heard this and I've wasted my money because I'm not going to listen to them.

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Miss Dan as Narrator!!!

I could not get into this book, mostly because of the way Joe's voice portrays everyone. He makes Dave sound like he is slow, and can not think fast. Dave is not slow. I feel like Joe thinks because Dave has ASD that he would talk slow and not think fast, but this is not the case. He also has Nick speaking very slow, and having severe dyslexia does not mean you think or speak slow. Very disappointed in the way he reads theses parts.

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please go back to narrator you had before <br />

this new one makes Dave sound dumb I will listen again if you do other wise I am done

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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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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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Why

I have loved this series Its incredible. But why would you change narrator after 10 books? I don't know if I'll be able to finish it..

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new narrator is brutally hard tip listen to

I could barely finish this book due to the narrator turning every male character into what sounded like sleepy dull wits and every female sounds like screachy nit picking crows. the story was also obviously rushed and poorly executed. i'm going to give it one more try with part 12 but, if it doesn't get better, I'll be done with this series

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Try it at 1.3x speed!

Update: I originally returned book 11, but months later decided to try again because I love the series and was really curious to know what happened next. As previously stated, my main objection was the narrator. However, when I turned up the reading speed to 1.30x everything was better!! Dave's voice is even near perfect. It's usually a tough transition between narrators mid-series, and this was like a record scratching, but I'm glad I gave it another shot. I still think Paula sounds like an old lady, but now I can see that the narrator makes room for the younger, hipper chicks introduced later in the story by presenting her as older & more matronly. Enjoy!!


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Apologies in advance for being blunt, and I realize that others won't have the same opinion, but he's almost intolerable. He sounds like he has so much saliva in his mouth that he's spraying rather than speaking. I'm afraid he's going to drown himself! The only way i could tolerate his performance was to set the reading speed to 1.25, but the effect is still there (yuck!) He also ruins how kick-bu** Paula & Lani have become (and other female characters) by making the women sound like prudish old ladies. In agreement with others, he slaughters Dave's voice, which actually erodes Dave's character as we've come to know him. This is the 1st of any of R.R.'s books that I have awarded less than 5 stars--this installment was such a disappointment. Because I like this series so much, I'm actually going to try the next book, but if there is no improvement I'm going to buy the kindle book instead and let the automated voice read it...maybe I'll select the one with a British accent (lol). As for the plot, I don't want to give any spoilers, but suffice it to say that it's very pessimistic and depressing. I hope the next installment is better!

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Different does not equal bad...

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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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I miss Dan Morgan!!!!!

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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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  • Darren
  • 10-04-17

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 to leave such a poor rating... by far the worst I've left in over 100 audible books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-08-18

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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  • Lulu
  • 04-07-18

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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  • Henry
  • 01-06-19

Joe James should be ashamed of himself.

Joe James should be ashamed of himself for ruining such a great series and I can't understand why R.R Haywood would let him get away with some of the appalling voices with Paula and Dave being the worst. If I could give the Performance no stars I would.

UPDATE While I still stand behind this review of Joe Jameson's performance I stuck with it as I'd already used all my credits on the rest of the books and in book 13 Joe appears to have taken all the criticism on board and drastically improves. I've just finished book 17 and gave him a 5-star rating. I really hope R.R Haywood would get Joe to read 11 and 12 again.

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  • C J Attwood
  • 10-18-17

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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  • Julja
  • 11-02-16

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!

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  • Paul
  • 12-19-21

Joe Jameson

I do find myself wondering whether anyone at Audible had given any thought to continuity. Joe Jamesons truly appalling narration should make him hang his head on shame.
I feel sorry for RR Haywood whose excellent series has now been totally butchered by Jameson.
The voices for Dave and Paula are utterly terrible. He had made Dave sound like someone who had been deprived of oxygen at birth. Paula sounds like a rancid crack addict.
Evidence if needed that a narrator can make or break a series. The previous work by Dan Morgan has now been undone.
I have no doubt that the book itself is the usual high standard that I have come to expect from RRH but I simply cannot concentrate on it due to Jameson.
The narration is so bad that I’m going to return it and buy the kindle book instead.
Mr Jameson, you have destroyed a perfectly good series. I’m so disappointed.

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  • shellie chalmers
  • 11-11-16

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
  • 10-31-16

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!

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  • michael
  • 12-12-16

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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  • Troy Coburn
  • 01-14-22

They swapped the narrator - Why

Extremely disappointed with the new narrator. After 10 books he thought it would be a good idea to change the voices of each character completely. Dave’s voice is rubbish. I just used 4 credits to buy 11 through to 14 in the series without realising the narrator had changed. So disappointed.

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  • Sam
  • 11-18-16

great series

first 10 books were amazing but new narrator takes a bit of getting used too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-14-22

AMAZING Series

books 1-10 hard me hanging off every word when I was listening, I loved everything about them, the engagement had me hooked straight away and it's hard for me to get engaged to a series.
I bought the 11th book, nothing against the narrator but his not for the series, I can't finish the series because I'm thrown off, he ruined Dave and Nick and they were my favourite characters!
I hope the rest of the books get redone by the original narrator so I can 1 day relisten to the series and finish it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-19-22

Change of narrator

Still a good good story, however the change in narrator is hard to get used to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-16-22

Poor change of narrator

loved the 1st 10 books, brought the 11th book and realise a new narrator has been used and is rubbish, I highly doubt I will be able finish the series now, its just that bad.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-16-22

Great story

I love this series. Great characters. Humour in all the right places.
I get that sometimes you can’t use the same narrator but what’s with making Dave and Nick into some kind of Gomer Pile. Made it difficult to listen to and made me hesitate to read any more

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-02-22

Fantastic series reading let this one down

I love this series. great story good character's.
Disappointed in the new narrator :(
I understand diffrent people read differently.
but this interpretation of Nick and Dave makes them sound like their both mentally challenged the way they speak.
Dave isn't slow or anything he is autistic and has aspergers not learning difficulty.
Nick is dyslectic again not challenged.
and the ladies voices don't suit them at all.
made it hard to listen too to be honest.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-27-22

Single handedly ruined by the Narrator

I have loved this series and read books 1 to 10 with devotion. Dan Murphy's delivery system brought R R Haywood's characters alive, enriching the storyline, the plots and the battles .

And then the narrator was changed. A good narrator enriches a book and bad one sinks it. And unfortunately Joe Jameson excruciating performance has injured the remainder of the series and the harmonious bond between storyline and the audience.

Goodbye Howie, Dave and the team - I bid you sadly goodbye - I just cannot go any further - Jameson's narrating is quite simply horrendous........

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-08-21

Not mad .....just disappointed

Don't let this somewhat negative review change or sway your mind it's just something to think about before you invest yourself in this series from the start......the story and writing is absolutely fantastic and can't stress enough the skill of R. R. Haywood and the way he can make an already over written genre seem so original, every book from 1-10 had me on a knife's edge and craving more,this (along side the Mountain Man series) is my favourite and comes highly recommended, although......the change of narrator is very unsettling, purely because we became so attached to the way Dan Morgan kept the personality of our characters so well throughout his stint of this series. My hat goes off to you sir. I also don't want to come across negative towards Joe Jameson in his portrayal of our team either as I know it must be hard to take over a role like that. All and all I will keep listening and hopefully through the series as this is truly a brilliant story. Thank you to everyone involved,new and old.

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  • Brad Costello
  • 02-11-18

WHY DID YOU CHANGE NARRATORS

What would have made The Undead better?

Sensational Series, but seriously cannot get into the new narrator - it's doing my head in

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

It's just so different from the first 10 books - really dumb way to go changing after 10 books