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My Life as a White Trash Zombie | [Diana Rowland]

My Life as a White Trash Zombie

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".
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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Christopher Houston, TX, United States 02-07-14
    Christopher Houston, TX, United States 02-07-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Zombies can heal themselves?"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I have to admit it took quite a bit for me to suspend my ideas of what zombies are defined as now - rotting corpses that never look pretty for very long. But once I did it was an interesting read.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I really liked how the author compared the hunger for brains with the hunger for drugs and how even as a brain eating zombie the heroine was a better person. It was a bit off kilter, but I liked it.


    Do you think My Life as a White Trash Zombie needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It already has one.


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing that really turned me off was the idea that zombies can have sex? It sorta creeped me out and some of the descriptions.....well I can't give it away. So I'll just leave it at that. The narrator really was great though and she brought it all together very well.

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    K. Hall Central Texas 01-28-14
    K. Hall Central Texas 01-28-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Sooky Better Watch Out"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This had me at the sample. Of course I've already recommended it, and it's not even finished yet. I've been through a number of zom and vamp stories, and this one is a good one. A great new perspective with an approachable heroine, or zomb-oine as it were.


    Which character – as performed by Allison McLemore – was your favorite?

    Angel Crawford, of course. Allison's hit the right mix of southern sound with smart aleck that works. Also, her dumbass cops are funny too.


    Any additional comments?

    This is just good fun. My only wish is it were longer.

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    Isak California 01-26-14
    Isak California 01-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A little boring"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I just couldn't empathize with the main character. Something would have to change with her for me to like the book more. Maybe a bit less of the white trash side.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Diana Rowland? Why or why not?

    No. I felt this was a book quickly written to jump on the zombie trend. It seemed a little to much like light or pulp fiction (It is a funny zombie book...I know I shouldn't expect "epic"). It seemed a little formulaic and the characters didn't seem to have a lot of depth.


    What three words best describe Allison McLemore’s performance?

    I think the performance was very good. She definately got the character across and made her somewhat believable.


    Could you see My Life as a White Trash Zombie being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    K. Roberds Laguna, NM USA 12-31-13
    K. Roberds Laguna, NM USA 12-31-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Best Zombie ever, Angel Crawford is my hero!"
    What made the experience of listening to My Life as a White Trash Zombie the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was excellent she made Angel Crawford "POP" from the book. I could not wait to go to bed to listen ever night. The story was great and you can not help but fall in love with Angel and her journey.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Life as a White Trash Zombie?

    Being with Angel as she became and embraced being a zombie, she made me laugh and she made me proud. Angel Crawford is to Zombies what Sookie Stackhouse is to Vampires but cranked up to 10!!!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of it!!!


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    TW Brown, Author, Editor, and Reviewer Estacada, Oregon 12-06-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Angel's (inner) Demons"

    If you have passed this by a few times and thought about it, but then moved on...you are making a mistake. I enjoyed this from start to finish and will be on to book 2 very shortly.

    Allison was fantastic as the narrator. (There was one voicing she did that sort of grated, but I will keep that to myself so as not to taint your listening pleasure since it was just my own personal irritant.)

    This is fun, pure and simple. Angel is perfect and the story has such a believable voice that this is a PERFECT alt-reality book. I would love for Angel to meet That Ghoul Ava...I think they would raise holy hell.

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    Jennifer Beadle Granite City, IL United States 12-01-13
    Jennifer Beadle Granite City, IL United States 12-01-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Guilty pleasures"

    This is a real guilty pleasure for me. I just really enjoyed the book and her performance. It reminds me of works by Charlaine Harris. If you like Sookie Stackhouse, I think you will love White Trash Zombie.

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    Audie Humble, TX, United States 11-27-13
    Audie Humble, TX, United States 11-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "You will be glad you took the risk"
    Any additional comments?

    I don't know why I got this book but I'm glad I did. I never got a book with a women narrator but she nailed it. I'm not really into the zombie books but this one is different, you will see. Plus I'm from Texas and I only live a hour from Louisiana. So the southern accent the narrator has made it comforting and easy to listen to.

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    Cheryl San Diego, CA, United States 11-22-13
    Cheryl San Diego, CA, United States 11-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "The best white trash novel!"

    I loved this book and have told all my friends that read zombie books that it's the best. I laughed out loud multiple times! I hope there is a sequel so the story continues. Loved it!!

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    art Seattle, WA, United States 11-15-13
    art Seattle, WA, United States 11-15-13 Member Since 2009
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    "MLaaWTZ Promising. Rest of series not so much...."

    MLaaWTZ was funny, exceptionally well read, and had some worthwhile philosophical insights to convey. Allison McLemore earned a place as one of my favorite narrators because of her work here. Unfortunately the rest of the series did not deliver for me. Each succeeding book was shallower than the last, veering further and further into straight up romance. The follow up novels inspired me to use the Audible return function. Something that I rarely do. Granted, being a middle aged dude, I may not be the intended demographic for these stories.

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    Steph United States 11-15-13
    Steph United States 11-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "So very suprised...I really liked this.."

    I have to be honest, I picked this up in a sale and did not expect much. While I enjoyed the pop culture fun of the cover and the title it didn't inspire me to rush out and purchase the book. On the surface I thought it would be a recycled romance with zombies to make it so very slightly different from the rash of vampire romance books. Anyway, I did pick it up, and while I will say that it probably will not become a classic, this was a funny and well thought out book. It was enjoyable and I already picked up the next in the series

    Is it crass? A bit but not as much as I would have expected with a title of "My Life as a White Trash Zombie" . Is it gross? Somewhat, but it's not page after page of zombies massacring the masses. It is about zombies, however, if there isn't some brain eating it would be odd. There is mild swearing and sexual material, but its not really a romance. It is a coming of age zombie mystery.

    Angel is our protagonist and she is, in her words, a loser. She is a high school drop out with alcohol and pill addictions who lives most of time with her on and off again loser boyfriend. She does this so she doesn't have to go home to her alcoholic abusive father. She wakes up in the hospital from an overdose to find herself to very changed. This book explores how she learns she is a zombie and what it means for her future. It changes her life and is probably the only thing that could have spurred her to get and keep a job and see possibilities for her future.

    The book is a lot of fun. Allison McLemore narrated it. She does a great job with Angel's character. Her interpretation of male characters is not great but certainly not the worst I've heard. It is my preference to listen to the audible version but certainly others have not liked it. My recommendation is to listen to the snippet audible gives you. If you are ok with her interpretation of Angel you will most likely be ok with the narration.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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