My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland

May 8th, 2015 kimbacaffeinate Review 78 Comments

8th May
My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland
My Life as a White Trash Zombie
by Diana Rowland
Series: White Trash Zombie #1
Published by: Audible
Narrator: Allison McLemore
Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchase
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
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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".

AMAZEBALLS Audiobook smartfunny urban ZOMBIE

I have read Diana Rowland’s books before and enjoyed them, so I have no idea why I waited so long to begin the White Trash Zombie series. I finally decided enough was enough and snagged the audio version of My Life as a White Trash Zombie. At just under nine hours, this was hilarious on audio. Rowland weaves humor and a little mystery as our protagonist discovers she is a zombie. BRAINS!!!!

Five reasons to grab your earbuds and listen to My Life as a White Trash Zombie

  • Angela Crawford- She is a twenty-something high school dropout and druggie from the wrong side of the tracks and completely hilarious and lovable. Yep, even as a zombie you cannot help loving this chick. She is snarky, smart and doing this zombie thing by the seat of her pants.
  • Southern Louisiana. The setting is perfect for this zombie tale, and Rowland takes advantage of the redneck stereotype to add humor as we discover what it takes to survive being a zombie. From the morgue to life at home, Rowland shares it all.
  • Zombies- Rowland adds a twist to zombies. Unlike the mindless brain, eating zombies we usually encounter Rowland’s zombies are smart, heal fast and unless they have been without food for a couple of days and have begun to decay you would never know that the woman in the booth next to you is a brain-loving zombie.
  • Mystery- Angel has no idea how she became a zombie and it was fun tagging along with her as she discovered things. We also have an unusual amount of bodies showing up at the morgue beheaded or missing important parts. Angel is inquisitive and worried about her own hide and begins to investigate. I love that despite being a dropout and former junkie Angel is quite smart. Seeing her gain confidence, make decisions and form new friendships all while juggling her new “zombie” status was a hoot to observe.
  • Narrator- Allison McLemore rocked this narration from Angel’s redneck accent to capturing her snark I loved listening. Each character had a distinctive voice and she helped capture the author’s intended tone only enhancing the overall story. I cannot wait to listen to the rest of the series.

My Life as a White Trash Zombie was delightful, suspenseful and humorous from beginning to end. I have a feeling I am in for one heck of a ride with Angel Crawford.

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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78 Responses to “My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I wanted to watch that show, but I am just too busy. I will need to catch it on NetFlix

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Completely different from any zombie book I have ever read 🙂

  1. Melanie Simmons

    I so love this series on audio. I started reading it when it first came out, before the audios. I was already reading Rowland’s demon series, so I started this one when it came out. I quickly fell in love with it. Once the audios came out, I was an audio only for this series. The narrator is perfect for Angel. I’m so glad you enjoyed this.
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  2. Melliane

    I always love a good zombies book and this one sounds great, I love her other series so I know I need to try it. Plus I have it lol so I should read it, I just have too many books…. same problem for everyone right?
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I hope you try it, I really had fun listening

  3. Jennifer

    I love this series on audio. Allison McLemore is so good that I don’t know that I would enjoy it as much if I read it.

    As a Southerner (Arkansas) I’m really peaky about “fake” southern accents and when I listened to this one a couple of years ago I thought that Allison get a great job with hers. Then I researched her and she’s from Arkansas. LOL Granted she does put on a lot, she doesn’t really talk that southern.
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yay..so good to hear you love the narration as well. I had fun with this one

    • kimbacaffeinate

      No wuss fear hear Nick..this is unlike any zombie book I’ve ever read.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love her other series as well..but this is totally fresh and funky fun.

  4. Jenny

    Normally I stay far, far away from anything zombie Kim, but this sounds like my kind of zombie tale! Yes to snarky, lovable heroines and zombies who aren’t mindless, gore-riddled beings. Must give this a try!
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes..this is not your typical zombie book and quite funny

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It is such fun on audio Lori. I am glad you like this series as well 🙂

  5. Ramona

    This has been on my list for a while now and I absolutely want to read it, because everyone seemed to have had a really good time with it. The MC sounds like an unforgettable character, lol, an interesting mix not often encountered. Wonderful review, Kimba!
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      This was fresh and unique. It worked beautifully as an audio

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This is so not your typical zombie book Lexxie.

  6. Heidi

    I read this one when it first came out, and I loved it. So funny. I am sure it was even better on audio. I still need to read books three and four. I think I will do those on audio.
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I have the next one and hope to start in June.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL, trust me these zombies are different and probably one you would enjoy.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL, I don’t know about that but it sure was a heck of a lot of fun 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Awe thank you Paij. Despite the narly headache I have had for almost 3 days now I did enjoy my weekend and Mother’s day.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This is so different from your typical zombie books Sharon

  7. Lupdilup

    Yes! I loved this one! I’m glad you enjoyed it too 🙂 McLemore is perfect with this series. I read this one (no audio then) and then I re-visit on audio, and It’s not often when a narrator is better than my inner-voice, but she sure was 🙂
    Great review girl!
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      She rocked it and I will continue on audio 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am shooting for book 2 in June and book 3 in July

    • kimbacaffeinate

      These are not your garden variety zombies 🙂

  8. Lindy

    Great Review Kim! I love a fun, snarky, humorous character! I think it’s awesome that the narrator was able to do Angel’s accent perfectly, as well as many other characters! I enjoy reading stories about Zombies. The Walking Dead is one of my favorite shows. Great Review 🙂 I love how you do your reviews! Always so creative and concise!!!
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  9. Amir

    I have this on audio too but I still need to listen to it! I skimmed your review but you’re rating is enough for me. I’m glad the narrator’s a win and she was able to portray the characters well. I should listen to this soon. I love zombies!!!
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  10. Alise

    I’ve seen My Life as a White Trash Zombie around at the library before but never picked it up but I sure will now! Although I might be on the lookout for the audio because it sounds really great, I tend to enjoy humor more verbally than just reading it so it should be fun 🙂
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Either way I hope you pick it up..such fun!

  11. Lily

    The last time i read a zombie book was when i read Amy Tintera’s Reboot duology. it was crazy good but i’m still wary of zombies. They arent the most likable characters LOL. But you’ve got me tempted.
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      No they aren’t but Rowland’s zombies are very human

    • kimbacaffeinate

      *makes a note to check out Downside Ghost series*

  12. Adriana Garcia

    This is a book I would never go for before, but you’ve convinced me. I need to try more zombie books anyways. I really liked what I listened to – the narrator is really believable. I like that Angela is smart despite doing drugs for a long time. I hope the book explores what her motivation was and I’m always curious if she will form a romance with someone.
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      *dances* Yay..glad you are going to try something different

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Sometimes the audio adds a little something 🙂

  13. Sarah

    I don’t think it’s possible NOT to love Angel… or at least feel for the girl. And I always root for the underdog 🙂 Plus I find that I love me some Louisiana set novels. Always makes for the most interesting characters, if done well 🙂
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am partial to this setting as well Sarah. Angel is unique and agree I got caught up in her drama.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It helps me decide on audio books, so I try to include them if I can track one down