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)
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
A BRAIN A DAY KEEPS THE ROTTING AWAY
I thought I was tired of zombies. Rowland writes an intelligent Zombie novel with much different about it. Rowland knows or has been White Trash, as she portrays trailer park life as it really is. Yet, like Walter Mosley, she finds complex personalities, where you would not expect to find it.
JUST BECAUSE I WAS INSANE DON'T MEAN I HAVE TO ACT ALL CRAZY.
SH*T DOESN'T JUST HAPPEN, SOMEONE HAS TO MAKE A BONEHEAD DECISION FIRST.
Angel, the main character may have a pity party from time to time, but she always comes to her senses and talks herself into doing the right thing. Her parents suck and society puts her down, put she does not let that be an excuse for failure. By chapter nine, you will be in love with Angel.
MY REFLEXES WERE PEGGED AT F**K YEA.
HOLY SH*T I'D ATE BRAINS FOR TWO WEEKS AND LOVING IT.
GOD F**KING DAMN IF HE WASN'T SERIOUSLY GOOD LOOKING.
This is most definately an adult book. The language is what you would hear from white trash and the subject matter is adult.
UNLESS YOUR F**KING ME, DON'T PUT YOUR HANDS ON ME.
I thought the narrator was very convincing and made the audible better then reading the book.
WHAT DID THE ZOMBIE TELL THE WAITER?
KEEP THE TIP.
I'm a big fan of Whispersync! My favorite genre is fantasy, YA and adult, but I'll occasionally listen to/read NA romance or space opera.
I loved this book but it was gross! Gross! Gross! Expected that though lol. On to the next in the series ;)
Life long fan of the mystery story. I like books where something actually happens, so history and biography are favorites of mine also. I also think that even good books are improved tremendously when an actor performs the narration.
Allison McLemore's narration was so charming that I couldn't resist using a credit and I was so pleasently surprised. Yes, there are zombies in the book, but mostly they're pretty nice folks. This is really more of a "cosy" mystery -- who's doing what to whom in small town Louisiana.
Don't know whether readers looking for zombie horror will like this, but those who want a southern style mystery will be delighted.
I've always loved books. Even before I could read I've loved them. Fact or Fiction, I love books. I'd sooner read a book than see a movie.
Having never read a story about a zombie before, I didn't know what to expect. I have read books like the World War Z, but this wasn't a typical apocalyptic zombie eating brains story. This was about a cool redneck chick, who just happens to be dead and has to eat brains to keep alive and falling apart. Her life began after she died. I found her funny and smart. Plus her story made you feel uplifted at the end. It's okay to be this type of zombie, just as long as you have a pipe line of brains you didn't have to kill to get. I've enjoyed zombie movies my whole life. I love 48 days, Night of the Living Dead and Shaun of the Dead. If I awoke and found myself craving brains, I would think I was crazy too, just as Angel did in the book. She didn't know she had been turned or that zombies were real. I think this made buying into a living dead person who was aware of themselves.
In the beginning she didn't know she was a zombie. This was a cool way to develop her story, plus it made you like her and than to love her. You were rooting for the zombie to win. What a twist of a tale.
I liked how she settled things with her father and started a new beginning. This felt real and gave everything a sense of closer.
"Nothing better than a brain smoothie to give you a brain freeze" or "Angel's life starts after her death."
This would make a good zombie movie along the same lines as Shaun of the Dead.
What an unusual, and entertaining, book! The addiction stuff rang true; the characters act like human beings, and the story stays true to the characters as presented--no plot driven people here. Different. The cover makes it look pretty grim, but it isn't overly graphic or nasty.
And the narrator is PERFECT. The accent sounded spot on, and she made the characters sound true to themselves. Pacing is good, and no weird quirks that narrators sometimes have.
Altogether, absolutely worth the time and money. And for me, it wouldn't have been nearly as entertaining in print form. Brava to author and narrator, on this one.
Mother of 8, grandmother of 10, RN and book nerd...
I can't say exactly what my expectations were when I started this book, but before I was even half way through this first one, I was scrambling to download the other 2! All I can say is fun, fun fun! This book was fast paced, funny and a GREAT surprise. I listened to all 3 books in two days. This series is one of my purchases that I know I will listen to several times over. I'm just sorry I didn't listen sooner, but SO glad I finally did :)
I was getting pretty tired of the whole Zombie Apocalypse thing, and then comes along my new favorite anti hero, Angel Crawford.
Here's a new take on zombie life told form a first person perspective with humor, insight and a great cast of characters.
Allison McLemore's absolutely pitch perfect narration elevates this book above just a summer beach read. Plan on using a second credit for the sequel as the two books really belong together.
Within the first few minutes of listening to this audiobook I was cracking up. I love the narrator, I thought she did an awesome job! Angel Crawford is from Louisiana and the narrator had a great southern, country accent. This is also my first Diana Rowland book that I've read. I really did enjoy her writing style. My favorite is her one liners that just cracked me up.
I'm not a huge zombie book or movie fan, but I'm not opposed to them either. From what I know of zombies from other movies and books, Angel is not your typical zombie. She is almost normal. Well as normal as Angel can be, but with a different diet.
Throughout the book Angel is scrambling around trying to learn more about what's going on with her body and these cravings. Her "maker" is nowhere to be seen. But Angel has backbone. She knows who she is and who she's not. She's aware that she's a drug addicted high school drop out with a sh*tty boyfriend and an alcoholic father. That being said, she's learning that she deserves better and is definitely building herself esteem back.
I truly enjoyed this audio. So much that I'm already halfway through the next audiobook. The narrator literally has a country twangy accent that sounds perfect with Angel.
Here two of the catchy one liners I loved.
"A brain a day keeps the rot away."
Zombie joke- "What did the zombie say to the whore? Keep the tip!"
Funny, Blunt, and Graphic!
Obviously the main character and because she was funny.
Great voice and ability to read out loud.
Ya one part reminded me of my step dad, how he collect every jar when it gets empty. So one day he can can fruits or whatever. In the book a similar scene comes into play!
This book was great and kinda had the feel like the TV show True Blood, but with zombies!
This book grabbed me from the very beginning and held me until the end. I found myself listening in the car, the gym, and any free time in between. I'm not even a big zombie fan and thoroughly enjoyed myself. The narrator was perfect and the zombie story was a fascinating original twist...definitely sad when it ended!
"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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