Friday, June 23, 2017

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
Narrated by: Allison McLemore
Series: White Trash Zombie #4
Publisher: DAW / Audible Studios
Publication Date: July 1, 2014
Date Read: June 14, 2017
Length: 14 hours 44 minutes
Source: Purchased - Audible
★★★☆☆
It’s zombie versus zombie as the Saberton Corporation declares war against the Zombie Mafia, kidnapping several of their party. It falls to Angel to lead the remnants of her gang halfway across the country to claw their way through corporate intrigue, zombie drugs, and undead trafficking to rescue her friends - and expose the traitor responsible for their abduction.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her
My Review

I liked this book but not nearly as much as I thought I would.  I actually listened to about an hour and a half of this audiobook several months ago and found it just wasn't working for me so I decided to try it again later.  I started over from the beginning this time and was able to make it through the book but still had some trouble with the first part of the book.  The story did really pick up and by the end I was really enjoying myself but that beginning was rough for me.

I think that the beginning of the book had too big of a focus on Angel's internal dialogue.  I love Angel but I have to tell you that she was starting to drive me crazy.  Some of her actions seemed a bit childish to me and I kind of wanted the other characters to tell her to snap out of it.  Once the action really got going I didn't have any of these issues so maybe the balance was just off at the beginning.

This book did have a lot of things going on and once the action got going it seemed to move pretty fast.  There were a few revelations that I found completely surprising and look forward to seeing how they impact future installments.  Angel proved that she can hold her own in a fight and is able to make really good decisions very quickly.  The big twist was a pretty big surprise for me which was a definite plus.

Allison McLemore does such a wonderful job in narrating this series and this book was no exception.  She is the voice of Angel to me.  She is able to perform a large cast of characters quite well making it easy to follow along with conversations.  She reads the story at a very nice pace making it very easy to listen for hours at a time.

I would recommend this series to others.  This is the fourth book in a series that I think is best read in order.  I thought that this was a good installment, not my favorite, but still good.  I do consider 3 stars to be a good rating.  I look forward to reading more of this series very soon.

The Series

Book #1 - My Life as a White Trash Zombie - My Review
Book #2 - Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues - My Review
Book #3 - White Trash Zombie Apocalypse - My Review
Book #4 - How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back
Book #5 - White Trash Zombie Gone Wild
About the Author

Diana Rowland has lived her entire life below the Mason-Dixon line, uses "y'all" for second-person-plural, and otherwise has no southern accent (in her opinion.) She attended college at Georgia Tech where she earned a BS in Applied Mathematics, and after graduation forgot everything about higher math as quickly as possible.

She has worked as a bartender, a blackjack dealer, a pit boss, a street cop, a detective, a computer forensics specialist, a crime scene investigator, and a morgue assistant, which means that she's seen more than her share of what humans can do to each other and to themselves. She won the marksmanship award in her Police Academy class, has a black belt in Hapkido, has handled numerous dead bodies in various states of decomposition, and can't rollerblade to save her life.

She presently lives in south Louisiana with her husband and her daughter where she is deeply grateful for the existence of air conditioning.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

10 comments:

  1. A lot of people seem to like this series. I guess I'm more of a traditional zombie kind of person which is why I guess I haven't looked at these books! Great covers!

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  2. I've been wanting to start this series for some time. I REALLY love the covers and always look forward to seeing what they come up with for new releases.

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  3. Glad the second time worked out better. I'm not one for prolonged internal monologue so I can see why the first bit was a struggle. These are on my list already so someday. :)

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  4. I am not a fan of zombies, so this is not for me. Glad that your second attempt at getting through the book worked out a lot better.

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  5. Oh, I'm digging the cover. Plus, the zombie idea is quite exciting. I'll be checking out this series. Great review Carole :)

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  6. I've never read a book about zombie, so I'm curious. Sorry you had some issues with the story. I hope your next book/audiobook is way better. Awesome review, Carole. :)

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  7. haha I hadn't heard of this series before now but that title definitely got my attention. I really love the covers for all the books in this series. Sorry you didn't love it as much as you hoped, but glad you got a good surprise at the twist. That's always great. Great review!

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  8. Maybe this was the one that for me felt good but not as good

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  9. Internal dialogue can be such a fine balance. I know a few who love the series so maybe one day :)

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  10. The title of this book really intrigues me! But I do know how hard it can be to make a zombie book good. There is just something about zombies in novels... anyway, I am glad the ended picked up. But it doesn't sound so good in the beginning, and too much internal dialogue can be quite dry :/

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