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)
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
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 ;)
Great unique twist on zombies and it's definitely an unique perspective on diet. If you try to describe what these books and characters are like, it sounds so weird, but when you read/hear it, it becomes totally rational!
It works in part to the really good writing and also the excellent work by the narrator, Allison McLemore.
Definitely on to the next book.
I like realistic books that stretch the truth and the laws of physics...and also emotionally resonant narration that doesn't suck.
This was entertaining. And I loved the Sookie books. But, I don't think I loved them enough to appreciate another series that is so much like them. It's like the author replaced vampires with zombies and gave the condition a medical cause instead of bringing in a bunch of supernatural stuff. The mystery part is a little boring and the main character catches on to what's going on a little too slowly. It's your typical supernatural investigator mystery with a first person, female point of view, though the writing is nice and balanced for the most part. The narrator makes some characters sound like they have a serious learning disability too. All in all, if you really miss Sookie then you may want to give it a read. I'd recommend it for light reading but I don't think I'll be getting into 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.
Highly creative series - what a wonderful surprise. I was impressed by all the high reviews on Amazon and figured I'd have to give it a try and now I am on number three. They really need to do more of these to audible. Excellent narration by Allison McLemore.
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 12, 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.
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