Life long fan of the mystery story. I like books where something actually happens, so history and biography are favorites of mine also. I also think that even good books are improved tremendously when an actor performs the narration.
Allison McLemore's narration was so charming that I couldn't resist using a credit and I was so pleasently surprised. Yes, there are zombies in the book, but mostly they're pretty nice folks. This is really more of a "cosy" mystery -- who's doing what to whom in small town Louisiana.
Don't know whether readers looking for zombie horror will like this, but those who want a southern style mystery will be delighted.
I've always loved books. Even before I could read I've loved them. Fact or Fiction, I love books. I'd sooner read a book than see a movie.
Having never read a story about a zombie before, I didn't know what to expect. I have read books like the World War Z, but this wasn't a typical apocalyptic zombie eating brains story. This was about a cool redneck chick, who just happens to be dead and has to eat brains to keep alive and falling apart. Her life began after she died. I found her funny and smart. Plus her story made you feel uplifted at the end. It's okay to be this type of zombie, just as long as you have a pipe line of brains you didn't have to kill to get. I've enjoyed zombie movies my whole life. I love 48 days, Night of the Living Dead and Shaun of the Dead. If I awoke and found myself craving brains, I would think I was crazy too, just as Angel did in the book. She didn't know she had been turned or that zombies were real. I think this made buying into a living dead person who was aware of themselves.
In the beginning she didn't know she was a zombie. This was a cool way to develop her story, plus it made you like her and than to love her. You were rooting for the zombie to win. What a twist of a tale.
I liked how she settled things with her father and started a new beginning. This felt real and gave everything a sense of closer.
"Nothing better than a brain smoothie to give you a brain freeze" or "Angel's life starts after her death."
This would make a good zombie movie along the same lines as Shaun of the Dead.
What an unusual, and entertaining, book! The addiction stuff rang true; the characters act like human beings, and the story stays true to the characters as presented--no plot driven people here. Different. The cover makes it look pretty grim, but it isn't overly graphic or nasty.
And the narrator is PERFECT. The accent sounded spot on, and she made the characters sound true to themselves. Pacing is good, and no weird quirks that narrators sometimes have.
Altogether, absolutely worth the time and money. And for me, it wouldn't have been nearly as entertaining in print form. Brava to author and narrator, on this one.
Mother of 8, grandmother of 9, RN and book nerd
I can't say exactly what my expectations were when I started this book, but before I was even half way through this first one, I was scrambling to download the other 2! All I can say is fun, fun fun! This book was fast paced, funny and a GREAT surprise. I listened to all 3 books in two days. This series is one of my purchases that I know I will listen to several times over. I'm just sorry I didn't listen sooner, but SO glad I finally did :)
Within the first few minutes of listening to this audiobook I was cracking up. I love the narrator, I thought she did an awesome job! Angel Crawford is from Louisiana and the narrator had a great southern, country accent. This is also my first Diana Rowland book that I've read. I really did enjoy her writing style. My favorite is her one liners that just cracked me up.
I'm not a huge zombie book or movie fan, but I'm not opposed to them either. From what I know of zombies from other movies and books, Angel is not your typical zombie. She is almost normal. Well as normal as Angel can be, but with a different diet.
Throughout the book Angel is scrambling around trying to learn more about what's going on with her body and these cravings. Her "maker" is nowhere to be seen. But Angel has backbone. She knows who she is and who she's not. She's aware that she's a drug addicted high school drop out with a sh*tty boyfriend and an alcoholic father. That being said, she's learning that she deserves better and is definitely building herself esteem back.
I truly enjoyed this audio. So much that I'm already halfway through the next audiobook. The narrator literally has a country twangy accent that sounds perfect with Angel.
Here two of the catchy one liners I loved.
"A brain a day keeps the rot away."
Zombie joke- "What did the zombie say to the whore? Keep the tip!"
This book grabbed me from the very beginning and held me until the end. I found myself listening in the car, the gym, and any free time in between. I'm not even a big zombie fan and thoroughly enjoyed myself. The narrator was perfect and the zombie story was a fascinating original twist...definitely sad when it ended!
I have an eclectic taste in books. I move from Jodi Picoult to Gillian Flynn. From Ken Kesey to Janet Evanovich. If it is good, I'll read it
I love how the Diana Rowland eases the main character into her life as a zombie. The real life issues the main character has coping with an alcoholic loser father and a stoner boyfriend makes the plot believable enough to immerse you. In a world where zombies are totally cliche, bravo, Diana!
This is my first experience with Allison McLemore. She totally nails the characters! Impressive performance turned in by the narrator.
For background, my favorite authors are George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobb, Jacqueline Carey, Ken Follett, Bernard Cornwell, Kevin Hearne, Jim Butcher and Margaret George.
I felt for the main character and couldn't wait to hear how it all ended and that was conveyed through the performer. It turned into a two day listen for me while at work and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I just really liked the different take on zombies and how easy it was to get lost in Angel's story.
Angel! I really enjoyed listening to her perspective and Allison McLemore really brought her to life.
Yes, most definitely which is why it turned into a two day listen.
If you are looking for a different take on zombies, this is the story for you!
OMG - I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! Finally, a heroine with a dirty mouth and a disposition as snarky as mine! I really liked her. There were plenty of one-liners that were just hilarious... What did the zombie say to the prostitute???? Heehehehe. Also, I liked the narrator. She's feels like Angel. Nice choice!
I definitely will be reading more!