An absolute joy to read. I was at first captured by the performance of the reader and the quality of the writing. Though I am not anyone notable, I am not easily won. This reads as so many classics I have delved.
The zombie story is just a fake storefront for an absolutely wonderful book I will now buy and read while listening to my own voice reading it.
(Hope I didn't over do it),
Good story with a new take on the zombie genre. The narrator was very mono tone and put me to sleep twice. Had to stick with it just to finish. I did enjoy the book but even the few action scenes were meh cause of the flat tone of the reader.
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The book dragged in spots. Overall it was very enjoyable. I would recommend this book to people that like zombie stories.
It was as I expected, save the zombie R was very verbose and repetitive. Other than that a fairly common zombie storyline, at least in these days of 'sympathetic' zombies.
Both the book and the movie are offbeat, funny, and full of memorable characters. I did not expect this take on the zombie apocalypse to be so great. Now I hope the author or other writers continue to write stories in this vein.
I enjoyed the movie (very cute, heartwarming), so I did not expect to enjoy the book (the surprise element being gone). I was wrong. Even though the two are nearly identical, the novel was still a fun listen. The narrator is excellent. The story is still endearing the second time around.
I chose to read this because I loved the movie. It's a great story and well written, but I actually enjoyed the movie better (which is unusual for me!) I just preferred the points they focused on in the movie and the parts of the ending.
But the performance was very good - he handled the zombie voices well in particular.
If you like zombie books I think you'll like it - I liked that the narration was from the POV of the zombie. It's quite an optimistic post apocalyptic story and has a bit of humour and romance.
Overall a good read.
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Read/Listened for Fun (Library/Audible)
Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 3.50
Audio Rating: 3.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion was quirky & fun!
Story Thoughts: This is one of those books that I have started and stopped probably a dozen times. That would make it seem like I didn't like it but that wasn't the case. I think you have to be in the mood for this kind of fun quirkiness. It is one of those books you aren't supposed to take too seriously and just have fun with. Once my mood matched my random pick up of the book it clicked! It was also a breeze to read. There are lots of pop culture references that I think "dates" the book a little but most people should be able to get them. In fact, I think they added to the fun just a bit.
Character Thoughts: The lead characters of Warm Bodies (R & Julie) were both a little "stale" (for lack of a better word) to me but they were sweet together. I was actually more interested in M. He was the "heart" of this story I believe. He was the one that stuck with me long after the story was over. I know though that most loved R and I can see the appeal. I think he was right for Julie and that is all that matters.
Narrated By Kevin Kenerly / Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
I don't even know really how to say this: Kevin nailed the narration but this isn't really a book I enjoyed on audio. I think this goes back to how I thought the characters were a little "stale". I don't think that translates well on audio. In this case, I KNOW I am in the minority. Most people that listened to the audiobook raved about it. I did think Kevin absolutely nailed the pace, tone, and characters of the story. In that essence he was brilliant! It just didn't work for me.
Final Thoughts: I thought Warm Bodies was a fun light read that fit my quirky mood at the time.
*This review really tested my story retaining skills--I read it in April and didn't write this till September*