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The Undead, Part 13

Written by: R. R. Haywood
Narrated by: Joe Jameson
Series: The Undead, Book 13
Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
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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.

After the carnage of the night and dealing with an infected Lani, the team leave the fort and once more venture into rural towns to find food and buy time. As the day wears on, the tension between Howie and Marcy grows, with increasingly petty arguments that sap the morale of the others.

They find a deserted village where the infection strikes in vast numbers. With too many to fight head-on, the lads flee and take refuge in an old mansion. Meanwhile, Marcy and Howie become trapped in a house, and the scientist riding on horseback stumbles across the village.

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

I’ve always disliked skipping sections when reading a book. It seems to me that if I’ve committed to read a novel then I owe it my full attention. However with this series I find myself routinely skipping ahead whenever I hit certain segments. They have become formulated and predictable in their arcs. The fight scenes, Howie’s ruminations and any description of the group’s devotion to each other or their “cause”.

Additionally, the writing has become flowery and a little over the top in places. Do we really need to hear again and again (and again) how good Howie’s band of misfits are? Or how Howie struggles with his place in the universe? Either way, Howie is becoming annoying.

I’m also noticing more and more how the women are typically portrayed first by their looks and abilities as an afterthought. Their looks are continually mentioned whenever the character is referred to. And, of course, all of the women on Howie’s team are startlingly beautiful and captivating.

Last, the more I think about it, we are now two weeks in. This group is referred to as a band of soldiers, perhaps even elite soldiers. I keep trying to reconcile that with the weeks and months it typically takes to train. I know this is fiction, but just seems too far-fetched. Wouldn’t it make more sense for at least one or two of them to not be up to snuff? I find it frustrating that an author that has obviously spent so much time researching glosses over some basics.

At this point I’m in too deep to not finish the series. Unfortunately, it’s turning into a slog more than an escape.

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  • bossturbo
  • 2017-08-22

Getting irritated with the characters

The characters are acting dumber and more immature as the books progress. It's getting a bit harder to listen to because you want to reach in and smack them.

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  • Michael Garcia
  • 2016-12-08

just finished it! I want more!!

ok, this one is like a drug. I want more and to know who "he" is that is coming! I'm ready for the rest of the story!!

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  • Brandon
  • 2017-11-10

A little disappointed

Very rarely do I write an opinion but I am a little disappointed with this narrator. The original narrator made me fall in love with the characters each one had a distinctive voice and personality that was felt through the voice. The new one I have a hard time figuring out who is speaking until they say their names. It ruins the whole experience for me

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  • Melinda S. Moore
  • 2017-10-18

I'm done with the series

The books are way too short and not worth the money with the new reader. I'll wait for the next combined book and read it myself.

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  • MNash
  • 2016-12-20

Went really fast

I've grown used to Joe by now. Dave's voice is still off and the little boy is annoying, but I'm in the groove now and Joe is moving things along. The story thus far is exciting and has me guessing what happens next. I'm not pleased with the turn of events with "her" but I get it. So day 17 took me less than a week to finish. So, now I wait for day 18. Hint hint.

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  • Jonathon Fitzgerald
  • 2016-11-26

Awesome!!

Great Job Jameson , and thank you for continuing this series sense Dan pussied out , can't wait for more!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-11-02

james

Good story but .... still ruined Dave sigh.
I hope they can get Dan back. James would be ok if he done it from the beginning but the sounds are now part of the story.

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  • craig
  • 2016-11-04

new voice

still trying to get use to the new voice the way Dave Cartier sounds now is weird after so many hours of Dan Morgans way of portraying Dave's cartiter and the new way of Nick's cartiter...

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  • Loretta
  • 2018-10-11

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I struggled to finish this book. The storyline and character development was lacking for me. I was just happy for it to be over with. However, Joe's performance is so much better!!! Almost forgot it was a new guy.

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  • Lawrence
  • 2018-08-12

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The storyline got a little squirrelly between Howie and Marcie. The two of them sounded like kids. Disappointed. Having said that, I like the series and hope that the next installment is better. Cheer!