Paul Is Undead

  • by Alan Goldsher
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to really meet the Beatles. This is a delightfully gory retelling of the Beatles’ U.S. tour that reimagines the Liverpool foursome as bloodthirsty zombies who take over the world…literally!
For John Lennon, a young, idealistic zombie guitarist with dreams of global domination, Liverpool seems the ideal place to form a band that could take over the world. In an inspired act, Lennon kills and reanimates local rocker Paul McCartney, kicking off an unstoppable partnership. With the addition of newly zombified guitarist George Harrison and drummer/Seventh Level Ninja Lord Ringo Starr, the Beatles soon cut a swath of bloody good music and bloody violent mayhem across Europe, America, and the entire planet.
In this searing oral history, discover how the Fab Four climbed to the Toppermost of the Poppermost while stealing the hearts, ears, and brains of smitten teenage girls. Learn the tale behind a spiritual journey that resulted in the dismemberment of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Marvel at the seemingly indestructible quartet’s survival of a fierce attack by Eighth Level Ninja Lord Yoko Ono. And find out how the boys escaped eternal death at the hands of England’s greatest zombie hunter, Mick Jagger.
Through all this, one mystery remains: Can the Beatles sublimate their hunger for gray matter, remain on top of the charts, and stay together for all eternity? After all, three of the Fab Four are zombies, and zombies live forever.

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What the Critics Say

“Goldsher turns in a classic rags-to-riches tale of aspiration and success that would do Horatio Alger proud, punctuated by no end of gore.” (Kirkus Reviews)
"Roughly paralleling the real-world career of the Beatles, this alternate history reimagines successes, failures, and rivalries with over-the-top bizarro charm." (Publishers Weekly)

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Stinks like feet!

What would have made Paul Is Undead better?

It would have been a good short story. As a longer work it was repetitive and juvenile and tiresome. Are all zombie books like this?


Would you ever listen to anything by Alan Goldsher again?

Maybe. Something not about zombies.


What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

Very versitile: lots of voices, lots of accents.


What character would you cut from Paul Is Undead?

Everyone but Ringo.


Any additional comments?

Stay away!

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- Michael R. Smith

The Much, Much, MUCH more long and winding road

Would you try another book from Alan Goldsher and/or Simon Vance?

I'm not sure. It would depend what it was about.


What could Alan Goldsher have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

He could have told his story in half the time; it was much too long.


Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Simon Vance?

One of the Beatles would have been nice...since that's not likely to happen, maybe Harry Shearer or Michael McKean--they did such a good job with their satire of the heavy metal music business, Spinal tap. Their put-on accents were very good.


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

The beginning of the book i found very funny. It was such a unique idea that i was very interested....however, it dragged so much after a while that I began to hate the whole premise and felt I'd never want to read anything about the Beatles again....or zombies.


Any additional comments?

Not worth the cost of the audiobook.

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- JanBreesmom

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-22-2010
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.