Yes, it was a fun story to listen to. Kept me interested, laughing and wanting to find out what happens in the next book.
I like that this book had some reality to the story along with the hilarious Zombie story. It was also fun to hear the difference in a Zombie vs a Walker (from Walking Dead).
Allison McLemore voice was so animated for these characters! I laughed out loud several times. Since I'm a southern girl myself I could relate to the accent. Fabulous job!!!
When the daughter felt bad for her drunk dad even though she knew he deserved what he was getting by going to jail, it pulled on my heart strings just a little for how torn she felt. That would have to be very difficult in real life to be in that abusive father/daughter relationship and feel so hurt physically and emotional by your father.
This was the only time I actually LAUGHED OUT LOUD when listening to an audiobook. I read reviews constantly on GoodReads and Audible about how people laughed out loud but I rarely do- and never from the 30 or so audiobooks that I've listened to. The characterization was fantastic and refreshingly honest. This whole series has certainly been the funniest audiobooks so far and the zombie storyline was different and actually quite human. Fantastic dialogue and most characters were distinguishable from each other except for the 2 doctors at the coroners office- I might have caught the differences in written format at the beginning. This lead to some confusion in this book and the second one.
Angels honest reactions to the unreal bull (insert expletive). She's a former druggie white trash tough chick and those people are real and they cuss. It was refreshing to hear a truthful response full of cusswords from a character that would never had said, "oh golly!". Absolute most memorable was her battle cry towards the end- I can't spoil it for you here cause I really cry-laughed so hard- that's how awesome it was. And I could count on one hand how many times a book has made me laugh out loud- usually just a humph or a light chuckle- never hysterics from me.
This is the BEST narration from the 30 or so audiobooks I've heard. Southern accent was great. Don't be expecting Cajun accent (set in Loiusiana)- not all areas of the state speak cajun. But as a Southerner, I was completely blown away by a genuine thick southern accent. A good bit of the secondary characters spoke a little slow in general which is a bit of a misconception of the accent but not enough to prickle my ire. This narrator WAS Angel. And even though I could have read the books more quickly and cheaply as I was dying to do because I fell in love with the series, I actually HAD to spend the additional $30 to HEAR it read by Ms. McLemore. That's how good it is. And I'm a big Indie reader mainly for budget reasons.
Main character, Angel of course. She's real and kick@ss and would probably keep my in stitches. I can't say I particularly befriend "white trash" but I'd snap this girl up as a bestie in a heartbeat.
Some comments from Goodreads mentioned this novel being a little slow in the middle. I am usually pretty perceptive to that but I didn't feel it. That part of the novel was about her adjustment to these major changes in her life and her struggle to make herself a better person who had hit absolute rock bottom. It was real and honest. No one comes out of a situation like that in a single chapter- if they did, I'd be filing it on the "eye roll" shelf. That struggle made her victories and achievements that much better so I'd pay attention to it even if it feels like you are tired of it. It really wasn't a disruption for me but I can see how action junkies would get impatient- especially when reading a zombie urban fantasy.
Elizabeth, Artist, Alaska...
It's a relief to find a zombie book that isn't all about death, destruction and gore. Sure, that's what the genre is all about, but this new take on it is really refreshing. The narrator did a brilliant job with accent and attitude and the story line just rollicks along. Thoroughly enjoyable.
No spoilers here.
Short Version Review: It's not a horrible "mind candy" sort of story. The majority of the book is pretty slow and repetitive. In contrast the conclusion is fast and sloppy, with a ton of holes.
Long Version of Review:
My issue with this book is the first 75% was horribly slow, boring, and repetitive. As the main character figures out what's going on, it's very predictable and as a reader you're wading through chapter after chapter waiting for the character to figure obvious things out. The author also repeats character history/traits in an annoying way that feels patronizing (e.g., in case you missed the fact she was squeamish in her prior life the first 4 times I told you, let me work it in a 5th time). If I had had anything else to listen to on my roadtrip, I would have switched books about 1/3 of the way in.
Then all of a sudden there's a huge gear shift in the tempo towards the end of the book. We go from clueless repetitive to HUGE leaps of logic to get to a fast-paced conclusion. In some ways I was relieved things were actually happening in the book as opposed to the cyclical "I have to find food for myself" monotony the majority of the book is. However, I have no idea how/why the "bad guys" were named and it seems bizarrely forced and a surprise in a bad (very sloppy) way. I wasn't alone, as I think the main character says something like, "I have no idea how I knew XYZ was the killer. I just did." Oh, ok. Ditto on the "good guy" situation at the end of the book...it made me immediately want to poke the 20 "well then X doesn't make any sense" holes in it. I'm unconvinced the author had any kind of plan for this book...just a meandering ramble and then "Oh, I need to end it" feeling.
That said, if you don't mind the patronizingly repetitive tone of the book, it's not a horrible light read/listen. It's very simplistic and I guess designed to make you feel smart as you're probably about 6 steps ahead of the main character at any given time. I also didn't find the "I'm a clueless trailer trash loser" nearly as charming as most reviewers. I wanted to groan and tell her to grow-up.
My other beef is how the author portrayed the conclusion of an abusive relationship the main character was in. If someone verbally abuses you for your entire life and beats you senseless...you don't make-up and move back in like everything is hunky dory a week later and go riding off into the sunset. Domestic violence is not ok, especially the pretty extreme case painted in the book...and making it seem trivial sets a horrible example for young readers, imo.
Very interesting story and a wonderful audiobook performance. Can't wait to read the next book in the series.
The absolute strength of this book was the development of Angel's character. The supernatural trappings serve to illustrate Angel's real dilemma (ala Buffy the Vampire Slayer), how to transform herself from a "loser" to someone with self-esteem and reason for living.
Ms. McLemore really embodied the main character and made her jump off the page. Her portrayal...accent, animation, characterization...added to Angel's independent yet sympathetic nature.
Angel Crawford. Ms. Rowland has you rooting for her protagonist from the very first pages. You can "smell" the intelligence brewing just underneath Angel's low self-esteem and can't wait for it to start bubbling to the surface. Very nice character arc.
I did feel the plot was a bit quickly and conveniently wrapped up, but this was a minor consideration in an otherwise engaging read.
Books and music make my world go round, and I have 9 nieces and nephews and one chihuahua who rule my heart.
Angel's journey to find herself.
The story is fast paced with many surprises, and there is just enough gross factor for a good cringe. Also, there are many laugh out loud moments. That is a double plus for me.
I was mixed about her Southern accent. Sometimes she was spot on, other times it was laughable. Being a southerner it's a personal preference. Otherwise, excellent job.
This was a good book overall. It was pure, unexpected entertainment from beginning to end. I bought this book solely on the high reviews, being I have never read this genre. Good choice for a credit.
I admit, I haven't read many zombie novels. I mean what's to know about zombies? They have no minds, right? They're dead, right? Wrong. I really enjoyed this author's imagining of zombies. I find I have a vested interest in the characters in the book as they are well developed. I appreciate the fact the Angel is given a chance to make something of her life, all-be-it after her 'death.' This book addresses some sensitive topics, such as domestic violence and the cycle that victims can get trapped in. I appreciate how Angel is showing what a strong woman she is becoming, and how she is straightening out her life and her ability to understand others' psychology because of her own background. Angel is doing a good job of exerting her own humanity over her zombie tendencies, and exerting her conscience as best she can over her zombie desires.
I look forward to listening to her continued exploits and am eager to see where her adventures will lead her next....
I don't read zombie books but I do read Rowland's other series and like her writing. Last week when Audible had this book on special I decided to give it a shot and boy am I glad I did. Between the great story, characters and narration I'll be listening to the rest of the series.
I'm so glad Allison McLemore does all the narration for this series because she has Angle down pat. Perfect.
This was a fun read. I wondered why I avoided reading it for so long and came to realize that I was put off by the cover. The cover coupled with the title gave me the impression that the main character would be stupid in every way. True Jerry Springer show material. And what is that thing hanging out of her mouth? Gross! No way! But for a sale price of $6.95 I can be bought, and I'm quite pleased. I really enjoyed this story. It is not a traditional zombie story, but a story in which the main character happens to be a zombie. She comes to this realization over time and learns to deal with the pluses and minus' of her new condition. She enters her new life just trying to keep her head down and not get found out. She does not actively seek out trouble, but does not hesitate to act when her friends are threatened. She tries to change her life for the better in light of the fact that she is now a brain eating zombie. Really fun!
She had a very nice southern accent that gave the story more of a sense of place than the story itself
I don't think I would listen to it again but I will probably be buying the 2 other books in the series to continue the story.
Yes it was. I listened to it over several days but if I had time I would have listened for the whole 8 hours in one go.
It's an interesting take on Zombies. I love the typical George Romero zombie and even the 'infected' zombies like from resident evil. This book seems to place them as normal people who happen to be zombies and need a brain now and again to feed them before they start rotting. It heals them up and makes them seem alive even though, I guess technically, they're dead? It's an interesting concept for sure.