Audiobook Review: How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back by Diana Rowland

Posted July 11, 2014 by Carmel in Audiobook Reviews, Carmel, Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 60 Comments

Audiobook Review: How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back by Diana Rowland
How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back by Diana Rowland
Narrator: Allison McLemore
Series: White Trash Zombie #4
Published by Audible
Published on: July 1, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 14 hrs & 21 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Gifted
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Our favorite zombie Angel Crawford has come a long way from her days as a pain-pill-addicted high school dropout with a felony record. After a year highlighted by murder, kidnapping, and the loss of her home, all she wants to do is kick back, relax, and maybe even think about college.

But when key members of the “Zombie Mafia” go missing, she has no choice but to get involved. Angel is certain Saberton Corporation is behind the disappearances, yet she can’t shake the sense that a far deeper conspiracy is at work. With the small band of friends she can trust, Angel strikes out to track down the missing zombies.

But when unexpected danger threatens to destroy her, all the brains and bravado in the world may not be enough to keep her from going to pieces.


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This series is now four books in, and I’m still not fully sold on the Saberton vs. Zombies story line however, Angel’s wacky antics and Allison McLemore’s engrossing narration more than make up for any plot shortcomings. I really enjoyed Diana Rowland’s snark in this latest installment, and the secondary characters were extremely well fleshed out which both went a long way in distracting me from the inescapable brain eating ick factor. The on-again-off-again relationship between Marcus and the heroine is also another sticking point for me. But in the end, the author’s firecracker of a protagonist and killer sense of humour tipped HOW THE WHITE TRASH ZOMBIE GOT HER GROOVE BACK into 4 star territory.

Angel Crawford is quickly becoming one of my favourite protagonists to listen to in audio. In this installment she’s attempting to master jujitsu by trash-ifying the terminology (i.e. osoto gari becomes Trip the Drunk Guy), learning how to punch without breaking her hand (while holding a beer! LOL), and FINALLY putting Marcus in his place (hopefully for the last time). Angel is also one of the rare heroines who’s character growth is obvious from book-to-book; she’s come a long way since MY LIFE AS A WHITE TRASH ZOMBIE, and is taking steps to help ensure that her forward momentum continues. The ending of this book did give me some cause for concern though; Crawford’s zombie state practically cured her of her addictions overnight, but the discovery of mods might soon change all that.

Saberton continues to be a thorn in the Zombie Tribe’s side by kidnapping their leader, attempting to blackmail a congresswoman, and conducting longevity experiments. I’m still not entirely sure why Nicole harbours such hate towards her friendly neighbourhood brain-eaters, but the whole thing reeks of government conspiracies which, as far as story lines go, I am not a big fan of. Rowland adds a couple of new elements to her zombie lore which again, were a little too WTF for my tastes; maybe I just need to read more walking dead novels, either that or the author really has gone off the deep end. I wish there’d been more of a resolution to Angel and Marcus’ relationship too because 1. I seriously hate that guy, and 2. NICK!! *swoons*

This audiobook wasn’t available in Canada through my usual go-to retailers which left me scrambling for a copy on release day. Normally, in cases like this I’d hold a grudge and postpone buying it out of spite, so it’s definitely a testament to Allison McLemore’s talent as a narrator that I went above and beyond to snag the audio version. I just could not wait to get my grabby hands on this one! McLemore’s Southern twang is perfectly suited to Angel’s POV, her character voices are distinct and memorable, and she delivers all of Rowland’s punch lines with finesse. There’s even a hat tip to audiobooks in this installment when the author references PASSION OF THE VIKING, Crawford’s current listen, which I loved!

Allison McLemore and Angel Crawford is a match made in heaven. Zombie superpowers ACTIVATE!


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60 responses to “Audiobook Review: How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back by Diana Rowland

  1. I’ve read Ms. Rowland’s Kara Gillian series and quite enjoyed it (I haven’t read the latest book though) but I haven’t given this series a try. Mostly because of the zombies – ick factor. 😉 Perhaps if I listened rather than read I might enjoy it more? It sounds like a lot of fun and I adore a snarky heroine.

    I still haven’t tried audio but I’m going to give it a shot later this month when I go on vacation. We’ll be driving a lot of the time and I can’t read in the car. 🙂

  2. No it’s already book 4? I don’t know but I was sure we were only at book 3, lol now I really have a lot to catch up, it’s dispressing sometimes to realize we’re late everywhere.

  3. Awesome review Carmel! And you’re a totally right, Allison’s narration is so good to the point that that made this book alright for me. I don’t think I’d would have finished it if I read it. I’m pretty sure is not the book, is just me, I was totally uninterested after having anticipated this so much. 🙁 and it bums me out.
    I still love Angel!
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  4. I told myself “you cannot read this review until you are done listening”, but I just couldn’t do it, I had to hear what you thought. Now I’m dying to get back in the car and listen some more. I love Allison McLemore’s narration of this book and I was giggling the first 5 minutes. The Jujitsu thing was hilarious! Does it leave off with potential for more? Nevermind, I don’t want to know yet. Well I do, but I must be patient LOL
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    • The first installment was a 5 star listen to me, but everything else since had kinda fallen short. They are still good books, but are missing the wow factor.

    • The zombies are mostly ‘good’ in this series, so it’s not very similar to The Walking Dead in that respect, but at least that means that you’re not grossed out by brains, so you’d probably get a kick out of these books.

    • Nick was kind of a snob in the earlier books, but I really like him now as a match for Angel. Hell, anyone has to be better than Marcus. What a tool! LOL He just keeps making the SAME mistake over, and over, and over… URGH!

  5. Danya from Fine Print  

    A great accent can really make or break an audio book for me. I recently listened to Clean Sweep, and Renee Raudman’s narration was wonderful. She’s just got that Texan drawl down, you know? It just adds a layer of atmosphere that I don’t think you can get with a print book. So glad you’re enjoying this series! 🙂
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  6. Characterization is very important in my book so it’s great that the characters are well fleshed out in this series. It’s the first time I’ve heard of it but it must be great if it’s the fourth one and you’re still loving it! I’ve dropped a lot of series over the years because I lost interest in them, so I’m glad you enjoy this one. Great review!
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    • I can deal with an on-again / off-again relationship when the characters are just starting to get to know each other, but when they never learn from their mistakes, it just pisses me off. LOL