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)
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
Allison McLemore was quite possibly the best narrator that I've heard. Her voice fit the role just perfect. She brought the characters to life. I've heard several narrators ruin a good book, but I believe Allison McLemore made this book significantly better.
Only from the other books in this series. She was incredible for all of them.
I couldn't stop listening to it, and ended up purchasing the other two books in the series and finishing all three in about a week.
I really didn't have high expectations of this book, and only bought it during one of the "buy one get one" sales. I'm glad I did. This turned out to be my favorite purchase on Audible yet (over 50 audiobooks/great courses for comparison). I ended up buying the next two in the series and loved those as well.
I would strongly recommend this to anyone who is even remotely interested. Listen to the preview if you're unsure. It helped me make the decision to buy it.
Excellent!!! Perfect casting!!! Authentic accent and engaging performance really brought the main character to life!!!! One of the top audiobook performances that I've heard!!!
The story was also wonderful!!! I would normally be turned off by a zombi book, but this is different. The zombi is a lucid character speaking in first person. Much like many other modern, urban fantasy novels the main character lives among humans and must hide her true nature. Also I love the colorful language...the writing paired with the performance makes cursing a true form of art.
As a general rule, I rarely read books more than twice (life's too short ... unless you're a zombie) but I dare say I will likely come back to this one for a second read once enough time passes that I forget some of the details.
It was a really fresh idea to tell a zombie story from the zombie's point of view and the authors take on what a zombie was also proved a breath of fresh air. I also loved how the author was able to make me root for the monster - and question my definition of what a monster is.
There were several but (and without giving anything away), I liked the scene just before she put it all together (who made her a zombie)
Finally - a southern story with a true southern drawl, narration is well done. The tone is just right for a young high school drop out and the writing is enhanced by Allison McLemore's inflection and emphases. There was only one time close to the end when I could not distinguish the fact that the main character was thinking to herself rather than talking out loud.
Love the premise that the best place for zombies to work are funeral homes and morgues. Of course!
"Becoiming a zombie helps Angel get a life"
I don’t read zombie books.
Well, not unless they’re original, funny, well written, and make you fall in love with the main character, not because she’s zombie but because she’s doing her best to be a good person who just happens to need to eat brains, in which case, I’m reading “My Life As A White Trash Zombie.”
This book is pretty close to perfect (except for the cover art, which is cool but not remotely related to the character of Angel Crawford in the book) the story is fast-paced enough to keep you turning the pages (or listening in my case), the language is vivid, fun and unconventional and the “voice” of Angel Crawford is authentic and compelling. I strongly recommend the audiobook version of this novel because Allison McLemore’s narration makes good text even better. Her accent, timing and emotional range are a perfect fit for the story. She helped make Angel Crawford real for me.
This is a relatively short book but not a page is wasted. You’ll read it with a smile and perhaps the occasional tear and you’ll be glad you did and then go looking for more.
Fortunately there is more to be had. “Even White Trash Zombies Get The Blues” is in my reading queue, mentally tagged as “reward yourself with this one”.
I bought this on a whim - because there was a sale on and the title amused me.
When I first heard the narration, I thought I was going to hate it, but it turned out to be very appropriate for the story.
The premise - telling the story from the zombie's point of view - is well-executed and the author has come up with a new take and some new ideas on the old formula to make it work. Without spoilers, one or two things that I thought she had got "wrong" turned out to be perfectly in-line after all.
It's quite a short listen at only 8 hours, but I liked it enough to buy the sequel.
This was an incredible find, I absolutely love it!!! I was looking for a good zombie book (and by good I mean, end of the world, lots of zombies, scares etc) but I was intrigued by the idea behind this. I have read a little of DR other series and was not interested at all but I listened to the excerpt and it sounded different and, bias here, I love the accent. So I got it and its great, I think the characters are real and likeable, the situation is incredibly normal then the zombie layer carefully interwoven, the relationships are well written and the lead girl is very real, vulnerable, flawed but very likeable.
"Witty, gory and all round fab!"
Since I didn't have the print version, I'm not sure but I did love the audio version. The narrator's performance was brilliant, so I definitely think it added something I may not have gained from the print version.
Angel. Her character's growth was captivating to listen to; slow and believable (even while munching down brains). It pulled me in and made me really want to see her succeed - not just in surviving as a zombie but as a person.
Allison McLemore's narration was fantastic. Each character had a distinctive voice or accent and the pacing made this a joy to listen to. It reminded me of listening to Johanna Parker narrate the Sookie books - one of my all time favourite narrations.
I would have done if it had possible time wise.
"Great cover art, better story!"
A complete turn around on the standard zombie story, the protagonist is the the brain eating monster....which makes for an interesting and different perspective...
The main character, Angel, is a white trash resident of loserville, which sounds like it would make her pretty hard to like, but actually she comes out pretty compelling, and over this and the sequels the character development feels warm and believable...
I looked this book up because I follow the blog of the artist who did the cover. It was the first audiobook I downloaded, I went for it since I found out it was set in Louisiana and I know I would have read it in an English accent, so I though the reading might help add to the atmosphere. And it so did! Allison McLemore manages consistent, distinct voices for all the characters...and excellent swearing =) brings it all to life and makes it easy to follow who is talking.
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