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Publisher's Summary

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.

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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)

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  • harry
  • PLEASANTON, CA, United States
  • 06-25-13

I Loved It!

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.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Awesome zombie audio with some laughs

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!"

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Andrew
  • Linden, CA, United States
  • 02-19-13

A Great Adult Book

If you could sum up My Life as a White Trash Zombie in three words, what would they be?

Funny, Blunt, and Graphic!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Obviously the main character and because she was funny.

What does Allison McLemore bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Great voice and ability to read out loud.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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!

Any additional comments?

This book was great and kinda had the feel like the TV show True Blood, but with zombies!

9 of 13 people found this review helpful

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pure entertainment

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!

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  • suzanne
  • New York, NY, United States
  • 12-03-12

really fun

I am not a fan of zombies but this book was just a lot of fun to read! well worth the credit!

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  • Jazzi
  • Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • 12-03-12

A refreshing departure from the mindless undead

What did you love best about My Life as a White Trash Zombie?

I love how the Diana Rowland eases the main character into her life as a zombie. The real life issues the main character has coping with an alcoholic loser father and a stoner boyfriend makes the plot believable enough to immerse you. In a world where zombies are totally cliche, bravo, Diana!

Have you listened to any of Allison McLemore’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my first experience with Allison McLemore. She totally nails the characters! Impressive performance turned in by the narrator.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Arwen
  • BOISE, ID, United States
  • 11-25-12

Not Your Daddy's Angel!

This was my first tip-toe into trying out a zombie story, as a long time veteran of all things vamp and angel. I'm glad I did, this was a great book! Well-written, especially within the context of the characters and the type of story it is. Compelling characters, including a very likable main character who has more strength and depth than she has been given credit for and indeed, even realized herself. Just a heads up for those who may be more language-sensitive, the narrative does contain a lot of four-letter words (since) Angel does swear like a sailor. Good, exciting plot that is well-paced, keeping the reader interested and listening for what happens next. Allison McLemore nails the narration in her rendering of the story, IMO. I will definitely continue on the the second book...I highly recommend this fun listen!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Zombies in Louisiana

What made the experience of listening to My Life as a White Trash Zombie the most enjoyable?

I felt for the main character and couldn't wait to hear how it all ended and that was conveyed through the performer. It turned into a two day listen for me while at work and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

What did you like best about this story?

I just really liked the different take on zombies and how easy it was to get lost in Angel's story.

Which character – as performed by Allison McLemore – was your favorite?

Angel! I really enjoyed listening to her perspective and Allison McLemore really brought her to life.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, most definitely which is why it turned into a two day listen.

Any additional comments?

If you are looking for a different take on zombies, this is the story for you!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Page
  • Whittier, CA, United States
  • 11-01-12

Mmm mmm good!

OMG - I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! Finally, a heroine with a dirty mouth and a disposition as snarky as mine! I really liked her. There were plenty of one-liners that were just hilarious... What did the zombie say to the prostitute???? Heehehehe. Also, I liked the narrator. She's feels like Angel. Nice choice!

I definitely will be reading more!

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Who ever thought I'd be rooting for a zombie?

What made the experience of listening to My Life as a White Trash Zombie the most enjoyable?

Diana Rowland is really good at first person narrative. She's created a fairly intimate story about someone getting their act together, while weaving in a mystery and the horrors of a terminal illness. Somehow, she makes all that funny. When you add Allison McLemore's narration, this is a really compelling listen.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Angel, the main character, is wonderful because she's smart -- way smarter than she thinks in fact. At one point she tells someone off by saying, "I'm ignorant, not stupid." And she works hard to stop being ignorant. I also loved Derrel, the death investigator, and his sense of humor

Which scene was your favorite?

That would involve a spoiler, but it was one between Angel and Dr. Leblanc. When you get a little misty-eyed listening, you'll know you've hit it.

Any additional comments?

I've enjoyed Diana's other fiction, but had shied away from this because I'm not keen on zombies usually. I am so glad I gave this a try. It is not horror. It's a coming of age, comic mystery in which the main character happens to be a zombie.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful