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Audiobook Review: White Trash Zombie Gone Wild by Diana Rowland (@dianarowland)

Audiobook Review: White Trash Zombie Gone Wild by Diana Rowland (@dianarowland)
White Trash Zombie Gone Wild by Diana Rowland
Narrator: Allison McLemore
Series: White Trash Zombie #5
Published by Brilliance Audio
Published on: October 6th 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 11 hrs & 18 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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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.

Angel knows a thing or two about kicking ass, but now the ass she needs to kick might be her own.

Snarky Zombie Hot Mess

Angel Crawford is at it again in WHITE TRASH ZOMBIE GONE WILD taking on multiple plot threads, dodging cadaver dogs, and battling inner demons. The story was a clever spin on Zombiefest-gone-bad, and things are starting to come together for the heroine on the work front. I was happy that Saberton was put on the back burner for an installment, and that Marcus is now firmly in the “friend zone”. Still, I did take issue with Angel’s regression, and the ending wasn’t ideal.

This novel took a turn for the silly with less emphasis on corporate espionage, and more on redneck drama—think too much alcohol paired with trailer park logic and a doomsday prep kit. Crawford’s paranoia also catches up with her when Allen & Dr. Nikas, her bosses, confront her about two separate issues, but not for the reasons you’d suspect. It was nice seeing the protagonist’s support system establish itself, and I just love her dad to bits!

Angel’s been on a path of self-improvement for most of this series; she got her GED, kicked her bad habits, and is working hard on building her career. However, I knew that a relapse was brewing, and would have been ok with it had the author not used it solely as a gimmick, and as a way to forgive amateur mistakes. Crawford still had plenty of awesome moments, but her decision making wasn’t up to snuff, and I was bummed that her character was somewhat devalued because of her actions.

Allison McLemore’s narration is the difference between these books going on my someday pile or my pre-order list. Whenever the next installment is on the horizon it becomes a rat race to find where the audio is available in Canada because the last two volumes have been difficult to find. But, McLemore’s performance is worth the added legwork because her Louisiana voices are beyond compare, and her snark compliments Diana Rowland’s humour to a T.


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  1. Still thinking about giving this series a try, not a huge zombie fan but it sounds fun.
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  2. I read first three books in this series and liked them, but after reading some not very favorable reviews for fourth book I kind of lost my interest. I love Rowland books, but unfortunately the latest installments of her series haven’t been that great.
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  3. Aah! I need to get back to this series. I adored the first book and will share my review for Halloween. This series is so me. LOL And just look at the covers. They get better and better!
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  4. I’m glad the narrator made up for the gimmicky plot, Carmel. I’ve not read this series of Rowland’s because, well, zombies. 😉 But I like her Kara Gillian series. Maybe I’ll give this one a shot in audio though.
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  5. Haven’t read these yet, but they are high on my list to get to. Bummer the drama sidelined the plot for you.
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  6. I can’t wait to read this one
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  7. I’ve only read the first book and I’m about to listen to it on audio. This is such a fun series and I can’t wait to get caught up. Looks like relapse will be fun here. 🙂
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  8. After the way the last one ended I can’t wait to listen to this one. I’m hoping to get to it before the month is over.
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  9. Sounds like the way to “read” this is audio. I haven’t gotten that much into audio but maybe this would be a series to start with.
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  10. I’m listening now. I love the narration for this! You have me a bit scared about the ending! This book seems like Angel is kind d of thrown out on her own, even with her issues. I’m glad Dr. Nikas took things the way he did.
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  11. This sounds like a great series, all reviews I’ve read have been favourable so far. A shame you found this one a little silly… redneck drama, huh?
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