I haven't read the printed version, but the narrator was great with her southern drawl and dry humor, I wouldn't have read it on my own and given Angel justice, so I'm glad I listened to it rather than read it.
laughed, it was surprisingly funny.
I wouldn't say that I'm a fan of the zombie genre, I've never read any before and seen only a few movies, but the fact that Angel is a zombie is only part of the story, HER story. She is not a brainless zombie looking for brains, the fact she didn't even know she was a zombie for a while was not her fault, how would you know something like that?! This book was funny and engaging and I liked it so much I immediately bought the next book (although I haven't listened to it yet).
Yes. It was fun. And I mean that. It was a fun book to listen to and McLemore knocks it right out of the park with her performance.
So, I picked this up on a lark while looking for new stuff to try. The title sounded funny so I figured what the hell. Not only is this book funny, its fun. The character really grew on me and by the end of the book I wanted more. I wanted to know what else she got up to. And that is the sign of a good book. If I like your character enough to want to know more about her you've breathed life into her, and that is definitely the case here.
If you don't like crude language or gore, you want to give this a pass. But if those things don't bother you've gotta give it a try.
A very easy and enjoyable listen. Characters are portrayed very well and are believable even though the subject matter is so far fetched. The easy way it is delt with is refreshing and fun.
Zombies? Zombies? I read a zombie book and I loved it. Color me surprised. Color me stunned. Color me amused, entertained, and impressed.
So I really don't know what to say. I bought this because it was an Audible Daily Deal and I was intrigued by the other reviews I read. Frankly, this doesn't turn out well for me often. But this was a stunning success.
The basics: Angel is a druggie with issues. She is immersing herself in the drugs and the issues and finds herself waking up in the hospital with blank portions in her memory and questions about just what is going on in her life.
She is presented with some bottles of some liquid with chunks, a letter telling her about a job she has no choice but to take, and more questions than answers.
The book is relatively short, so situations unfold quickly and believably (okay, well, once you accept that whole zombie thing, it is believable).
The writing is very good. It is evocative of place and feelings. You see that Angel is really screwed up. Ms. Rowland doesn't do the whole zombie=good person thing. Angel still struggles with right and wrong. She is in situations that are not pleasant. Her living situation is not the best. And she just deals. There is no Magic Millionaire that shows up with a freezer of brains to help her out. She must help herself, stand up for herself, and deal with the real world and the machinations of the zombie world.
If Audible's goal was to get me hooked on the first one and buy the others at full price (or full credit), goal was achieved. I am also eyeing her other series.
And I would be remiss is I didn't mention the narrator. A definite new-to-me narrator. She is fabulous. Angel's "voice" is spot on. The emotions in the voice are spot on. She is everything you want your new favorite series narrator to be.
Effuse, effuse, effuse. Can't help it. I loved it.
This was a good, fun tale, reminiscent of the Sooky Stackhouse series.
I would recommend this if you're looking for something engaging, but not demanding. The story line moves at a good pace, keeping the reader interested without overkill or never-ending cliff hangers.
The concept of zombies in this book is a lot of fun, and presented in a way I hadn't seen before. The lore development was clever, and the characters were quite likable. The narrator did a wonderful job.
Overall, a great book for when you're in the mood for a book, but don't want to concentrate too hard.
I would, although I'm sure the book would be interesting either way, the narrator brought a lot to this character.
I'm writing this review after reading all 3 (and anticipating the 4th) in a row, so the memorable moments are many.
I haven't but will look for her now.
This series could easily become a hit series on Netflix.
If you thought you were done with the genre, take a chance, you won't be disappointed.
I got this because it was on sale... I am not hard to please at 3.50... I had fun listening to this story. I do not think I will get the rest of the series but it you like funny Zombies this is a great one to start with... It felt much like a Molly Harper book, with quick funny people you could like.
Allison's reading of was perfect and makes this practically a five star book. Hell, there you go Allison... five stars. My Life as a White Trash Zombie takes place in Louisiana and has the laid back attitude to match. The zombie mythology is very unique and is a nice setup for a supernatural detective series. Fantastic first person point of view, and a fun character. Fits a similar niche as series like The Dresden Files and Sandman Slim, and holds it own relying on charm more than action for this first installment. I am sure I will come back for more.
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.