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

Posted May 16, 2024 by Jen in Listen Up!, Rating B, Urban Fantasy Tags: , , , , ,

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Audiobook review: White Trash Zombie Gone Wild by Diana Rowland

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Picking up a few months after the conclusion of the previous title, White Trash Zombie Gone Wild opens during Mardi Gras and the world premiere of the movie: Zombie Apocalypse!! The town is overrun with fans, tourists, and survivalists making things a bit hectic, especially when there is a murder victim who appears to have been killed by zombie hunters. To make matters worse, there are FBI agents poking around funeral homes owned by the Tribe, and Dr. Cherish has escaped Saberton Labs, taking pretty much all of the tribe out of town and leaving Angel alone.

At the end of the previous story, we see Angel take a hit from a zombie modification drug meant to help in combat. We discover at the beginning of White Trash Zombie Gone Wild that Angel is stealing the zombie mod V12 but rationalizes it’s to help with her anxiety and dyslexia. Angel has become reckless and is lying to her friends and family. It’s clear to the reader that she’s addicted, but it takes a while for Angel to realize it. Luckily she has an amazing dad and friends who want to help her and don’t treat her like a druggie loser. Unlike when she was turned into a zombie and drugs stopped working on her, Angel has to decide on her own if she wants to break her addiction. The author does an amazing job of getting the reader inside of an addict, and it was emotionally difficult for me when Angel realizes she wants to quit, but struggles. 

While I didn’t love this one as much as the previous book, in the end, I found myself enjoying the story. However, it took a long time to get there. What made the previous book so good was that Angel works with the Tribe, and we get camaraderie and teamwork. However, in White Trash Zombie Gone Wild, Angel is on her own and on the outside of the inner circle, again. I didn’t enjoy this aspect at all. That said, Angel accidentally gathers a team of her own, filled with friends who respect and admire her.

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 successfully alters her voice for the dialogue based on character gender, with slight variances between each character. Her male characters aren’t overly deep, and some of them often come off stilted and stiff, but I’m used to them now. She adds a lot of great emotion for Angel, helping me get caught up in Angel’s world.  

While Angel ends up working alone for much of the book (and making some questionable decisions), she finds her way by the end, and once again Rowland ends the story on a high note. The bigger picture appears to be changing significantly, and with only one book left, I am eager to find out what happens to Angel and the Zombie Tribe.

My Ratings
Story: B/B+
Narration: B+

About the Book:

Angel Crawford has buried her loser past and is cruising along in undead high gear—that is, until a murder-by-decapitation sends her on a hazardous detour. As Angel hunts for the killer, she uncovers a scheme that would expose zombies to the public and destroy the life she’s built, and she’s determined not to rest until she finds out who’s behind it. 

Soon she’s neck-deep in lies, redneck intrigue, zombie hunters, and rot-sniffing cadaver dogs. It’s up to her to unravel the truth and snuff out the conspiracy before the existence of zombies makes headline news and she’s outed as a monster. 

But Angel hasn’t quite escaped the pill-popping ghosts of her past—not with an illicit zombie pharmaceutical at her fingertips. Good thing she’s absolutely sure she can handle the drug’s unpredictable side effects and still take down the bad guys…or maybe she’s only one bad choice away from being dead meat—for real this time.

Author: Diana Rowland
 Allison McLemore
White Trash Zombie #5
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Audiobook Release Date: October 6, 2015
Publisher: Audible Studios
Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
Source: purchased
Audio Speed: 1.35x – 1.5x

Purchase info:
Audible/Amazon (affilate link)

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