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Handling the Undead

Written by: John Ajvide Lindqvist
Narrated by: Steven Pacey
Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Handling the Undead is a thrilling, shocking and moving story about a love that can defy death, from the acclaimed author of Let the Right One In.

In the city morgue, the dead are waking up....

What do they want?

What everybody wants: to come home.

p>Something peculiar is happening. Stockholm is enduring a heatwave, electrical appliances cannot be switched off and everyone has a blinding headache. Then the terrible news breaks - in the city morgue, the dead are waking....

David always knew his wife was far too good for him. But he never knew how lost he'd be without her until tonight when her car hit an elk. Now she's gone and he's alone. But when he goes to identify her body, she begins to move. It's terrifying, but it gives David a strange kind of hope.

Across the city, grieving families find themselves able to see their loved-ones one last time. But are these creatures really them? How long can this last? And what does it all mean?

©2010 Quercus Publishing PLC (P)2011 WF Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Reminiscent of Stephen King at his best. Best read by sunlight." (Independent on Sunday)
"The new Stephen King, don't miss it." (The Times, on Let the Right One In)
"A terrifying supernatural story yet also a moving account of friendship and salvation." (The Guardian, on Let the Right One In)

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  • The Picklepea
  • 03-07-13

Loved Let the Right on it - this wasn't so great

What did you like most about Handling the Undead?

A really great way to look at the living dead in a different way and how people cope with the loss of a loved one...loved the characters and the story behind their loss...

What other book might you compare Handling the Undead to, and why?

This is no normal 'zombie' book and therefore is not a 'horror'..more a book that deals with human emotion and dealing with loss..

What aspect of Steven Pacey’s performance might you have changed?

The way he says GRIMACE!! It annoyed me beyong belief..more so that it should have to be really not keen on the mixture of accents considering it was was based in another country..

Plus the inflections were wrong in a number of sections..but I am just being picky!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No - perfect for my long days behind the wheel...

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  • W.M.
  • 24-06-19


....slow paced at times, but everything here is worth the extraordinary tale, well told.

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  • A. Cooper
  • 01-06-18

Not your average zombie story

I really enjoyed this story. Excellent narration too. Steven Pacey has a massive repertoire of voices upon which he draws in order to bring to narrative to life.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-03-14


What disappointed you about Handling the Undead?

I was expecting more, it didn't amount to much in the end, too much left unknown.

Would you ever listen to anything by John Ajvide Lindqvist again?

Yes the narrators voice was good, that's probably the only reason I was able to carry on with the story.

How could the performance have been better?

Pronouncing the word 'grimace' would have been helpful as its used so much in the story.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The premise of the story was good, I just didn't love any of the characters or how it ended.

Any additional comments?

This could have been acceptable as a short story, maybe