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".
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"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)
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.
This was a good, fun tale, reminiscent of the Sooky Stackhouse series.
I would recommend this if you're looking for something engaging, but not demanding. The story line moves at a good pace, keeping the reader interested without overkill or never-ending cliff hangers.
The concept of zombies in this book is a lot of fun, and presented in a way I hadn't seen before. The lore development was clever, and the characters were quite likable. The narrator did a wonderful job.
Overall, a great book for when you're in the mood for a book, but don't want to concentrate too hard.
I would, although I'm sure the book would be interesting either way, the narrator brought a lot to this character.
I'm writing this review after reading all 3 (and anticipating the 4th) in a row, so the memorable moments are many.
I haven't but will look for her now.
This series could easily become a hit series on Netflix.
If you thought you were done with the genre, take a chance, you won't be disappointed.
I got this because it was on sale... I am not hard to please at 3.50... I had fun listening to this story. I do not think I will get the rest of the series but it you like funny Zombies this is a great one to start with... It felt much like a Molly Harper book, with quick funny people you could like.
Allison's reading of was perfect and makes this practically a five star book. Hell, there you go Allison... five stars. My Life as a White Trash Zombie takes place in Louisiana and has the laid back attitude to match. The zombie mythology is very unique and is a nice setup for a supernatural detective series. Fantastic first person point of view, and a fun character. Fits a similar niche as series like The Dresden Files and Sandman Slim, and holds it own relying on charm more than action for this first installment. I am sure I will come back for more.
Yes, it was a fun story to listen to. Kept me interested, laughing and wanting to find out what happens in the next book.
I like that this book had some reality to the story along with the hilarious Zombie story. It was also fun to hear the difference in a Zombie vs a Walker (from Walking Dead).
Allison McLemore voice was so animated for these characters! I laughed out loud several times. Since I'm a southern girl myself I could relate to the accent. Fabulous job!!!
When the daughter felt bad for her drunk dad even though she knew he deserved what he was getting by going to jail, it pulled on my heart strings just a little for how torn she felt. That would have to be very difficult in real life to be in that abusive father/daughter relationship and feel so hurt physically and emotional by your father.
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