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

Posted June 24, 2024 by Jen in Listen Up!, Rating A, Urban Fantasy Tags: , , , , ,

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Audiobook review: White Trash Zombie Unchained by Diana Rowland

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White Trash Zombie Unchained is the sixth and final book in the delightfully entertaining White Trash Zombie series. If you haven’t read this series, do not start here. This urban fantasy tale builds upon the events from each previous book. 

Picking up a couple weeks after Angel literally fell apart while trying to save the Tribe, she’s fully healed and back to work and school. Things go sideways when a body brought to the morgue reanimates and shambles, and soon it’s happening across the parish. 

White Trash Zombie Unchained is my favorite book of the series by far, and it’s a well-written conclusion for the overall story arc. I love how the whole group comes together against a common threat: a real zombie epidemic. Angel is absolutely stellar. She still isn’t perfect, but she is beyond competent. She is compassionate when called for, and brutally honest when needed. She reads people and situations with acute clarity. And she has learned to own up to her mistakes. 

I loved how the threat of the zombie epidemic adds tension to the entire story. It is a nightmare come to life for Angel and the Tribe. The clock is ticking and as the mutated disease gets close to home, Angel is brilliant. I absolutely loved watching her put the pieces together and figure it all out. Plus, there are zombie gators and they are so awesome!

Probably my favorite thing about the book, however, is seeing how all of Angel’s relationships have developed over the course of the series. In the first book, we witness broken relationships and a closed-off Angel, and by the end of White Trash Zombie Unchained, she has created and fostered healthy and supportive relationships with her dad and a dozen or more found family members. Plus, Angel finds herself with an equally lovely budding romance. And then there is a scene with another friend that was so emotional, I found myself in tears.

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, each becoming familiar over the course of the series. She adds a lot of great emotion for Angel, helping me get caught up in Angel’s world.

That said I have two issues with the narration in White Trash Zombie Unchained. First, the narrator changed the pronunciation of one of the main characters’ names. I don’t care if it was incorrect for the first five books, it shouldn’t have been changed for this last one. It took me out of the story almost every time I heard it. Second, there are several “patches” to the narration that were done after the initial recording. McLemore sounds like she has a cold and the patches are disruptive to my listening experience.

In the end, I adore Angel Crawford and enjoyed watching her go from a White Trash Zombie to an amazing human being! This series has been a joy and I highly recommend.

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

About the Book:

Angel Crawford has finally pulled herself together (literally!) after her disastrous dismemberment on Mardi Gras. She’s putting the pieces of her life back in order and is ready to tackle whatever the future holds.

Too bad the future is a nasty bitch. There’s a new kind of zombie in town: mindless shamblers, infectious and ravenous.

With the threat of a full-blown shambler pandemic looming, and a loved one stricken, Angel and the “real” zombies scramble to find a cure. Yet when Angel uncovers the true reason the plague is spreading so quickly, she adds “no-holds-barred revenge” to her to-do list. 

Angel is busting her ass dealing with shambling hordes, zombie gators, government jerks, and way too many mosquitos, but this white trash chick ain’t giving up.

Good thing, since the fate of the world is resting on her undead shoulders.

Author: Diana Rowland
Narrator:
 Allison McLemore
Series:
White Trash Zombie #6/final book
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Audiobook Release Date: September 5, 2017
Publisher: Audible Studios
Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
Source: purchased
Audio Speed: 1.5x

Purchase info:
Audible/Amazon (affilate link)

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