This is an entertaining book and the narrator was wonderful when it came to the main character's voice -- but I didn't care for most of her attempts at male characters and sometimes she ignored the vocal directions in the story. As for the story itself, it reminded me a lot of iZombie-- which wasn't a bad thing at all! Angle's daily struggles are consistently interesting if not ground breaking. Don't read this looking for an awesome mystery or intense romance (I couldn't buy into the attraction between Angel and her man of interest- mostly because the narrator did nothing for me when reading his lines). But for something fairly light, fun, and about zombies, this is a winner.
Woo Hoo! I absolutely loved this audiobook. I found this book during one of audible's sales a few months ago and bought it on a whim. I just hoped that it would be a fun quirky story to go along with its attention grabbing title and awesome pick cover. I was instantly hooked with this one. I started this audiobook while I was doing the laundry one Sunday night and I actually found myself spending a lot more time than usual folding clothes just because I didn't want the story to stop. Anything that can make me want to do laundry deserves a medal of some kind. I really haven't had this much fun listening to an audiobook in a long time.
I love a good zombie story. I will have to blame The Walking Dead for that I guess. These stories are just so much fun and I like how varied each one can be. Angel is really my kind of zombie. She doesn't throw herself a pity party when she realizes that she is a zombie. She just tries her best to figure out what she needs to do in order to take care of herself. Angel is smart and I really liked the way she thinks about things so spending time in her head was great.
The mystery of this book really took a backseat to the wonderful characters for me. There were really two mysteries in the book. The main focus seemed to be about a series of deaths in the area but I found myself really wanting to find out what had happened that made Angel into a zombie. That was the big question in my mind and I was satisfied with the outcome.
I really liked the flow of the story. The pace that things were revealed was just right to keep me very interested. It was a very well rounded book for me as well. I wouldn't say that this book was laugh out loud funny but there were some moments of humor that I really enjoyed. Angel's realization about what she is and what she wants was just a lot of fun. She also shows a lot of growth during the book which was well done.
I loved the narration of this audiobook. Allison McLemore did an absolutely fabulous job of bringing life to this story. I am so glad that I went with the audio on this one because I can't imagine a better way to experience this story. I loved the voices that she used for all of the characters and her southern accent really was perfect for the story. I would definitely like to listen to more books narrated by this narrator and plan to continue with the series very soon.
I would highly recommend this book to others. I had a great time listening to it and would recommend to others to try it on audio if they have a chance. This is the first book by Diana Rowland that I have read and I can't wait to see what else she can come up with. It looks like I will be purchasing the remaining audiobooks in this series very soon because I need to spend more time with Angel as soon as possible.
This book was just not my cup of tea. In terms of irony and humor, it promised more than it delivered.
The narrator did a good job, right accent, right tone of cynicism,
Professional Artist, Fitness Guru and full time Ancestral Witch or "Brujo" as my Heritage comes from Spain. I paint and listen to Audible.
Of course the audio version is better with Allison McLemore at the helm. She does a deep Southern (modern) accent without overdoing it. All her characters have a distinct voice, their own drawl. Men, women, good guys, bad guys, rich, poor,
This and the other GREAT books in the series, I would not read. It's all about the Author and the Narrator mix. I am a professional Artist and Fitness Guru. I cannot read a book while working on a large painting. Will not run without a great book moving like a movie through my head. "My Life as a White Trash Zombie", is fun, funny and oddly touching.
Good Question! The memorable moments seemed to be when Angel would overcome some belief she had about herself. You know those, "I'm too poor to be at this party", "Can the other women tell I can't afford couture, or can they see my own sense of style".,"Wow, I actually pulled the skin off the head, sawed it open and took the brain out!"
Having the guts to start studying for her G.E.D.
Like I said above, no matter how good a book is as written by the Author, when it comes to audiobooks, it is ESSENTIAL that the Author finds a Narrator who not only understands the book, but understands the Author on a deep artistic level. Also the Narrator must be a talented actor. In an instant they must become many characters, all with different voices, attitudes, wants, needs etc. that have to come out in their voices.
MY cheers goes out to the truly dedicated and talented Narrators who add the magick that a good audio book needs in order to gather the masses.
Since this is the FIRST book in the series, it would have to be Angel Crawford herself. I would have hundreds of questions. "What really went through your mind when you realized that you had to eat brains or fall apart and decay like a corpse?" "What does feeling -TANKED UP- really feel like"? "Can you see yourself working up to getting out of that, white trash, label, getting you and your Father somewhere better?" "When I say better I also mean healthier, better friends, basically out of the gutter, no offense".
Both the Author and Narrator just make your root for Angel. Some people will always use her social status to bring her down. Angel gets mad and does not give up. She and her Father have a shaky relationship, but it seems to be on the up swing.
It is hard to imagine your home drive way paved with smashed beer cans, but Angel Crawford is going to turn it all around. You just wait and see.
I in no way expected to like this book as much as I did. It hooked me from beginning to end. Very well thought out characters, a fascinating world, and a heartfelt look at being white trash.
Because tales should be told.
The plot, the writing style and the characters make the book incredibly enjoyable. It is like "iZombie" meets "My Name is Earl," only with better writing.
There are lots of memorable moments in this well-written book. "Zombie super powers activate," comes to mind. The snarky scenes between Angel and the nurse in the hospital. Most of the scenes with Durrell. This is just a good book.
She has a charming Southern accent which is vital to her character. She gives a brilliant performance. I don't think anyone else could be Angel. She nails it.
The scenes between Angel and her father (especially at the end) are amazing. They are ennobling. This is what sets this book apart. It tackles difficult themes realistically and with character.
This book contains swearing and references to drugs and alcohol. Obviously it also contains references to dead bodies, gore and brain eating. Great book. I will be reading the rest of the series.
I love zombies stories in general, but the narrator was the best part of this audiobook. She really gave a voice to Angel and it was perfect to hear it read this way, it was so fitting. I was able to stay hooked to the story and feel like I was truly apart of the novel.
The whole book was amazing. I kept wanting to know who turned Angel into a zombie, but we don't find out until the very end. I loved the ending and was happy to not be left with a cliffhanger.
Angel was my favorite character just based on the way Alison read it. The voice of Angel was perfect and made me laugh at the same time. I'm excited to continue the series with her!
Yes! I only listened to the book while I was driving, but I never wanted to get out of my car because I wanted to keep listening!
Man, can we get some zombies up in my neck of the woods. Fun story, great narration - not a bad way to start a series. Didn't take a lot of white trash brain cells to figure out the mystery, but the main characters zombie driven introspection, which leads to not only a dietary change, but a lifestyle change was a fun listen. Allison McLemore is amazing with Angel.