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Mary Robinette Kowal

Professional puppeteer, audio book narrator, author.

Chicago, IL

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  • 42 titles in library
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  • My Life as a White Trash Zombie

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2115)
    Performance
    (1954)
    Story
    (1952)

    Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive".

    Marvin says: "New diet trend, become a zombie!"
    "Who ever thought I'd be rooting for a zombie?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to My Life as a White Trash Zombie the most enjoyable?

    Diana Rowland is really good at first person narrative. She's created a fairly intimate story about someone getting their act together, while weaving in a mystery and the horrors of a terminal illness. Somehow, she makes all that funny. When you add Allison McLemore's narration, this is a really compelling listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Angel, the main character, is wonderful because she's smart -- way smarter than she thinks in fact. At one point she tells someone off by saying, "I'm ignorant, not stupid." And she works hard to stop being ignorant. I also loved Derrel, the death investigator, and his sense of humor


    Which scene was your favorite?

    That would involve a spoiler, but it was one between Angel and Dr. Leblanc. When you get a little misty-eyed listening, you'll know you've hit it.


    Any additional comments?

    I've enjoyed Diana's other fiction, but had shied away from this because I'm not keen on zombies usually. I am so glad I gave this a try. It is not horror. It's a coming of age, comic mystery in which the main character happens to be a zombie.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Bloody Jack

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By L.A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1611)
    Performance
    (1092)
    Story
    (1086)

    Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.

    Terry says: "Sometimes it clicks"
    "Beautifully narrated"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jackie Faber, the main character, thinks that she isn't very brave, but she very much is.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    She has an amazing voice and makes each character distinct, not just in sound but in emotional range. This is beautifully acted.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I usually listen while I'm driving or doing work with my hands. I found myself doing extra cleaning so as to not stop listening.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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