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)
Exposure to "life" that I have not encountered before be it zombie, white trash, or bayou country. As much as I enjoyed the writing, Ms. McLemore's narraction makes the book live. I hope she had as much fun narrating the book as I did listening to her. Excellent choice for narrator.
Angel - how can a waif of a zombie be called Angel? :-)
I do hope that Ms. McLemore's accent is real. I would have read "My Life as a White Trash Zombie" with a neutral accent and so much would have been lost. Well done to the producers to get a properly accented narrator.
Ms. Rowland did go off on to a moral high ground here and there which took away from the fun reading aspect. However the chapter would end and the next chapter would start out with life of a zombie. :-)
The storyline was great!
Which one?? Too many to choose from.
Brawn and brains!!
Can't wait for what's to come!
One of the best in terms of narration.
I liked them all.
Her narration was spectacular.The accent is more generally deep South than Louisiana specifically, but I LOVED it.
Laughed several times throughout.
no really enjoyed fact that zombies could stay normal eating peoples brains and how it was done without murder
white trash Zombie
kept me interested
probably people love zombies at the moment so no reason why it couldn't , i would like to see unknowns cast
bit of mindless fun
great story with a much needed twist on a genre plagued by an abundance of monotony, shifting the storytelling into a first person perspective of what its like to be a Zombie living in an everyday world.
Angel, her emotions and feeling are real and her trails arn't forced her victories feel earned
Allison is Angel in every way. Perfect choice for narration
This book about a 21 year old high school dropout looser, Angel Crawford, was a fun read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I wasn’t disappointed. I am not really a zombie or vampire reader, however, the book cover was so cool and it had so many great reviews that I finally decided to purchase it.
The author, Diana Rowland, is new to me and I enjoyed her writing style a lot. I also liked the narrator, Allison McLemore, and her southern accent. The story and the narrator were a perfect match.
I really liked Angel as I read about her struggles and the drastic changes she was going through and what her personality was deep down inside. The other characters in the book were excellent too.
Great murder mystery, great writer, and great narrator! I am looking forward to listening to the second novel in the series: “Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues” and I am glad to see that Ms. McLemore will be narrating it too!
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.
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