2024 #Read-Along #Audiobook Review: White Trash Zombie Apocalypse by Diana Rowland

Posted March 18, 2024 by Jen in Listen Up!, Rating B, Urban Fantasy Tags: , , , , ,

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Audiobook review: White Trash Zombie Apocalypse by Diana Rowland

audiobook cover of White Trash Zombie Apocalypse by Diana Rowland, Narrated by Allison McLemore

It’s been about six months since the previous book, and Angel has found herself in a stable routine. She’s studying for her GED, dating Marcus, and enjoying her work at the morgue. Her relationship with her alcoholic dad is stable and he continues to respect her rule about drinking at home. It’s all good until Angel sees Phillip, her zombie-baby, on the set of a movie production and then again at a fancy dinner event. Even though Angel just wants to live her normal zombie life, it looks like the fates aren’t going to allow it.

I am absolutely enjoying the heck out of the White Trash Zombie series. Angel is an amazing main character. I love watching her continue to rebuild her life and improve herself and her situation. She rarely feels sorry for herself, instead she works hard to make sure she doesn’t end up in the sorry state she once lived. She believes in herself, and she’ll fight for herself and those she loves. I adore her relationship with her father which is messy, but rooted in love. His love for his Angel-kins shines brightly in this book.

White Trash Zombie Apocalypse (!!) is an action-filled adventure, but is chocked full of personal growth and developing relationships. Rowland provides a more in-depth look at Uncle Pietro’s organization, but I think it’s just the tip of the iceberg. I’m amazed by the amount of zombie-related research that has clearly been going on for years. It’s scary what can be done to both zombies and humans alike. 

One of the central relationships in the book is Angel’s ongoing romance with her “maker,” Marcus. While I understand Angel’s frustrations with some of what went down since she’s become a zombie, I also feel like sometimes she’s a bit harsh on Marcus, considering him controlling when he’s just worried about her. I love that the pair talks out some of the concerns, and Angel even gains some insight as to why Marcus acts they way he does at times.

Narration: The story is shared via the first person POV of Angel. McLemore utilizes a lively, southern-accented female voice for Angel/the narrator. Her voice well-suited for Angel and I adore her performance. McLemore slightly alters her voice for the dialogue based on character gender, with slight variances between each character. Her male characters aren’t overly deep, and they often come off stilted and stiff, but I’m used to them now and wouldn’t change it. She adds a lot of great emotion for Angel, helping me get caught up in Angel’s world.

There is one negative aspect about her permeance in White Trash Zombie Apocalypse. At chapter 9, there is a distinctive change in the narrators voice. Honestly, it sounds like she has a mild cold and is working hard to get through it, but there is definitely a change and it sounds more nasally. Later in the book, there are also voice-over “patches” that are noticeable. 

In the end, I enjoyed White Trash Zombie Apocalypse quite a bit. I absolutely adore Angel and love that she continues to grow and get better with each book.

My Ratings
Story: A-/B+
Narration: B+
Jen

About the Book:

Our favorite white trash zombie, Angel Crawford, has enough problems of her own, what with dealing with her alcoholic, deadbeat dad, issues with her not-quite boyfriend, the zombie mafia, industrial espionage, and evil corporations. Oh, and it’s raining, and won’t let up.

But things get even crazier when a zombie movie starts filming in town, and Angel begins to suspect that it’s not just the plot of the movie that’s rotten. Soon she’s fighting her way through mud, blood, bullets, and intrigue, even as zombies, both real and fake, prowl the streets.

Angel’s been through more than her share of crap, but this time she’s in way over her head. She’ll need plenty of brainpower to fit all the pieces – and body parts – together in order to save herself, her town, and quite possibly the human race.

Author: Diana Rowland
Narrator:
 Allison McLemore
Series:
White Trash Zombie #3
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Audiobook Release Date: July 2, 2013
Publisher: Audible Studios
Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
Source: purchased
Audio Speed: 1.3x

Purchase info:
Audible/Amazon (affilate link)

Reviews in the Series:
White Trash Zombie series by Diana Rowland