Audio Review: My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland

Posted October 1, 2012 by Jennifer in Book Review | , | 4 Comments

Audio Review: My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana RowlandMy Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland
Series: White Trash Zombie #1
Narrator: Allison McLemore
on July 5th 2011
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
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.


 The cover art and title sucked me in but Angel keep me listening. The moment she said

But then again, I was about as far from touchy-feely as you could get. Unless you’re fucking me, don’t put your hands on me.

I knew we were soul mates. Angel is a great character, she is full of snark and dieing really was the best thing that happened to her.

My Life as a White Trash Zombie is my 1st book to read where the main character is a zombie. And like many creatures, each author puts their own spin on them. Rowland’s version of zombies is a like a cross between a vampire and the movie Death Becomes Her, where Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn keep falling apart but with some created makeup and paint tricks they still look good. Yeah, Angel has a moment like that.

I say vampires only because they way that zombies are made in Rowland’s world sounds like how vampires are made in many books. They are dying and then a zombie bites them, turning them and then they must feed on brains (instead of blood). Also the zombies act like their human selves as long as they eat brains every few days.

But when they miss a meal of brains….. The hunger starts to take over and they become the mindless zombies that we see in movie, looking for their next meal.

YAY another heroine with a drug problem (aka Chess from the Downside series by Stacia Kane). But Angel has help kicking her pill problem. Apparently zombies don’t get shit from pills or booze. Well, ain’t that great. Angel now gets her high from b-r-a-i-n-s. That is after she decides to follow the advice she receives from an anonymous note about eating it if she craves it.

“It looked like pieces of bread pudding that had been soaked in raspberry syrup.”

Angel spends most of the book trying to solve the mystery of who turned her into a zombie and who is going around town chopping people’s heads off. Oh did I mention that a mysterious person set her up with a job at the county morgue? The perfect place for a zombie to work. She has all the brains she can eat. Or does she??

You’ll have to read My Life as a White Trash Zombie to find out the answers to the mysteries.

If you are a fan of the Sookie Stackhouse series but wish it was a little more on the smart ass side, then this is a book for you.

I thought that Allison McLemore did an excellent job with Angel. She added just enough southern twang to her voice and but a hella lot of smart ass into Angel that worked. I have both books in audio and paper format and after listening to McLemore do Angel I don’t think I could read her without hearing her narration of her.

I’ll leave you with this zombie joke:

It reminds me of an old joke: What did the Zombie say to the whore?” I looked at him blankly. “Um….what?” He winked. “Keep the tip.


About Diana Rowland

Diana Rowland worked as a bartender, a blackjack dealer, a pit boss, a street cop, a detective, a computer forensics specialist, a crime scene investigator, and a morgue assistant, which means that she’s seen a lot of weird crap. She won the marksmanship award in her Police Academy class, has a black belt in Hapkido, has handled numerous dead bodies in various states of decomposition, and can’t rollerblade to save her life.

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My name is Jennifer (not Jen!) and I live in the South. I coexist with my husband of 15 years, our 11-year-old son and two cats. I'm finishing my BA in English this Spring (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not touch anything labeled "classic" but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my courses. While I hated to read growing up I am now avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction with my favorite (at least to date) genres include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly paranormal from authors I read in the adult genre but I'm explaining after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in my college courses).
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4 responses to “Audio Review: My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland

  1. Great review!! I’m glad the southern accent was acceptable for you 😉
    I didn’t listen to this on audio,this was only out on print then, but I did get to listen to next book, and I totally agree with your take on the narration.

    • I have both books in paperback and signed from AADNOLA. I love the covers so much that I wanted a copy to keep. LOL

      I’ve listened to both books on audio and I love the narrator. I don’t know if I would have enjoyed reading the book as much as I did listening to it.