AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: My Life As A White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland

My Life As A White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie #1)
by Diana Rowland (Goodreads, Twitter); Narrated by Allison McLemore (Goodreads)
Presented by Audible Studios on July 3rd, 2012
Genre(s): New Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook (8hrs 44mins)
Source: Purchased

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Angel Crawford is a loser.

Living with her alcoholic deadbeat dad in the swamps of southern Louisiana, she's a high school dropout with a pill habit and a criminal record who's been fired from more crap jobs than she can count. Now on probation for a felony, it seems that Angel will never pull herself out of the downward spiral her life has taken.

That is, until the day she wakes up in the ER after overdosing on painkillers. Angel remembers being in an horrible car crash, but she doesn't have a mark on her. To add to the weirdness, she receives an anonymous letter telling her there's a job waiting for her at the parish morgue—and that it's an offer she doesn't dare refuse.

Before she knows it she's dealing with a huge crush on a certain hunky deputy and a brand new addiction: an overpowering craving for brains. Plus, her morgue is filling up with the victims of a serial killer who decapitates his prey—just when she's hungriest!

Angel's going to have to grow up fast if she wants to keep this job and stay in one piece. Because if she doesn't, she's dead meat.

Literally.


Audiobooks aren't really a thing for me, especially with my short attention span that matches that of a 5 year old. Heck, if I can't listen well in during a school lecture, how in the world am I supposed to listen to an 8 hour novel narration? I don't exactly remember the first [audiobook] I've listened to but I sure couldn't concentrate for a whole 15 minutes, and that wasn't even halfway a single chapter. Obviously, my first take didn't go well. However, after listening to an excerpt of My Life As A White Trash Zombie, I became so intrigued. I knew I had to continue listening, which lead me into getting an Audible subscription (thank goodness for the 30 day free trial, in case I decide to change my mind about audiobooks).

This isn't your regular zombie story. It's not about an apocalypse or some sort of virus outrage, and definitely nothing like Dawn of The Dead, or The Walking Dead. Nope. My Life As A White Trash Zombie is a witty and funny novel of, well, Angel Crawford's life as a zombie. Pretty much contemporary and the only fantasy thing about it is the idea of brain eating monsters.

Angel Crawford's life wasn't exactly on the right track. At 21, she's a druggie who can't keep a single job, even as basic as working in a convenience store. However, her whole life changes the moment she wakes up in a hospital after an apparent overdose, which she "miraculously survived" despite not having remembered a single thing from the previous night. Now, Angel's a zombie, although she was oblivious to the fact at first, but the mystery behind her change seems unknown.

"Death hit nice people, and nasty people. It didn't give a shit."

Rowland's take on Angel's character wasn't something I expected. What I expected was a messed up druggie who doesn't see to reason; feisty with a bad attitude. Well, that's pretty much what the cover suggested. To my surprise, Angel is quite the opposite. She's a feisty character, sure enough, but she's a total sweetheart; absolutely caring and actually very witty for someone who hailed from a terrible background.

One of the things that surely drove me to continue listening was the narrator, Alisson McLemore. I was absolutely fascinated by her Southern accent, which was spot on for Angel, who's also Southern. McLemore did a great justice in narrating the whole story from Angel's point of view. It was as if I was really listening to Angel tell her own life story. Not only that, she's pretty cool with trying out different accents, both male and female characters all throughout the book. 

To say that My Life As A White Trash Zombie was good would be an understatement. No, this book was awesome! I was hooked on everything, from the characters, the witty and hilarious dialogues and scenarios, and most especially the mystery, which pretty much spiced up the whole thing. This book just grabbed me that I managed to listen to a whole 8 hours of it in a single day with only brief pauses! Definitely a great start to my audiobook listening attempts, and absolutely worth it that I don't even want to read the next book anymore. Nope. I want to LISTEN to it and hear more of McLemore's voice!

It's funny how I never thought that reading about zombies could be this fun. Definitely an addition to my favorites and highly recommended shelves! Read it, or listen to it, you won't ever regret it!

16 comments:

  1. I never tried Audiobooks before. Great review Blessie. :) Glad you enjoyed listening to it.

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    1. I hope when you do get to try audiobooks, you'll get a good one! Some audiobooks just turn out to be really boring. Thanks, Danna! :)

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  2. I love zombies. LOVE THEM. But I put off reading this book because honestly the title just made me leery. Thought it wouldn't be anything spectacular so I never tried to read it. But since Christy's review I've given it serious thought.. everybody seems to love it! Must grab me a copy soon!

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    1. Well, I do have to agree that the title does sound a bit off, but it's a really fun book! Really excited for you to read this one! xx

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  3. It's funny how many reviews I have seen for this lately, that say the same thing. It makes me really want to read this!
    Thanks for following my blog, I am now following your's as well!!

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    1. Yes! It's a really fun book! Can't wait to hear your thoughts on this when you do get to read it! Thanks for the follow and for stopping by! :)

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  4. That cover is going to give me nightmares now lol.. I haven't read any zombie books lately, but I should with this one since you happened to enjoy it quite a bit. Lovely review :) Benish | Feminist Reflections

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    1. It does look creepy, but what's funny is that it's got nothing to do with the book because the heroine literally looks like a normal girl, lol. You should definitely check this out! I'm very sure you'll enjoy Angel's character. :D

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  5. This book sounds so... weird. Haha! I've definitely never heard of this one and I'm not sure I'd read it, to be honest. I have a hard time with humor in books, for some reason. That's why I could never get into Hitchhiker's Guide! Great review though! :P I'm glad you liked it!

    Tracy @ Cornerfolds

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    1. Well, I don't know about the Hitchhiker's Guide but I looked it up and it looks weird, lol. But I assure you, this book is pretty much contemporary with a little bit of mystery, other than the fact that she's a zombie, lol. And the humor is pretty light, and not the weird kind, lol. Thanks for stopping by, Tracy! :)

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  6. I have this on audio and cannot wait to dive in. When I first tried audio books I was meh, but then I found that one audio that made it all click and now I am addicted

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    1. Hope you get hooked as well when you start to listen to this! xx

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  7. I haven't tried audiobooks yet but I have considered them. Zombies aren't really my thing but this one sounds like something I would read.

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    1. Awesome! Hope you enjoy it when you do! Thanks for stopping by, Tina! xx

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  8. Yes! I'm the same with audio, so I'm really picky about which books I listen to. But yeah, this rocked! I just started listening to the second book, and it's really good so far too.

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    1. Allison McLemore did great. Oooh, can't wait to hear your thoughts about book 2!!!

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