Audie Award Nominee, Paranormal, 2013
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".
©2011 Diana Rowland (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
"Allison McLemore's delicate voice and Southern accent give Angel's first-person narration a humorous kick. McLemore excels at bringing Angel's self-deprecating and sarcastic comments to life. Her brisk pacing suits Angel's personality and draws listeners in from the first chapter, keeping them glued to their earphones as she plays up the book's 'gross factor' with drawling descriptions of gooey brains and crunchy skull cavities. She's also good at giving unique voices and mannerisms to secondary characters." (AudioFile)
Say something about yourself!
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.
Geeky, photography-loving stitcher. Hobbits, zombies, space cowboys, agents, avengers, & clones are welcome in my post-apocalyptic dystopia.
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 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.
It was a fun distraction. The narrator wasn't amazing, but neither was the text she had to read. This isn't great literature, it's just a fun story. Glad I gave it a listen. Although now I have to shake talking/cussing with the accent, but that's fun too.
It took me a while to buy this book, it has good reviews and the premise was different than most zombie books. In the end I am quite happy I decided to read/listen to it. Miss Rowland wrote a hilarious book and Miss McLemore did a wonderful job of translating to the listener. I will happily continue series, I hope others will give it a read.
Photographer, nature & water geek, music lover, book fiend.
I don't review often, and hadn't expected to be rating this, much less reviewing it. Thought it looked like a fun "beach read" type of thing, but I didn't pull the trigger until it went on sale recently. I was very pleasantly surprised! Not only by the book itself, (and yes, I will be following the series after getting through this first very funny & entertaining book), but by the absolutely pitch perfect narration done by Allison McLemore. Just hearing McLemore say "nekkid" in pure "white trash" form was worth the price of admission. If you're on the fence, take a chance and you won't regret it. And keep that blender nearby:)
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