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.
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*
David Bowie. Jane Austen. Good beer. Red Wine.
I would tell my friend to watch the movie.
He was so monotone through the entire story. I lost interest.
Usually the book is better but not in this case. Boo.
None. I've never run into a book about zombies from the zombies perspective that wasn't someone turning into a zombie and losing their mind and humanity. This is opposite. very Cerebral. Pun not intended.
He brings the voice of R. He make are, for lack of a better term, come alive and be a distinct voice instead of a boring narration.
R of course . Gives us a really idea of what it might be like to exist as a zombie and if capable of thought why they don't just die.
I biased because I liked the movie and saw it first, but I ended up liking the book more in a lot of ways since it discussed things we didn't have time to delve into in the movie. Also the ending is a little less happy ending and more uncertain, but still ... sorry no spoilers. Buy it.
Love to exercise while listening
YES! Cute zombie book. I loved hearing about R's emotions and his transformation.
He did very well with the voices and the slow zombie talk and grunts.
This was a short book that you could easily listen to all at once.
Even if you saw the movie, you'd love this book. Some things are different. nice treat!
The writing was beautiful, though sometimes a touch on being overly "writerly." I would give another Marion work a try, especially as I think his style will grow as he does. Kevin Kenerly was a good match for this book, I'd listen to him again happily.
The ending weakened what came before for me. No spoilers, so I can't say more than I felt that the ending felt forced and just a bit nonsensical.
Hard not to choose R, the narrator. Kenerly brings a lot to this character.
This is a question that mystifies me. So I guess the answer must be no.
A good book, not a great one. It kept me interested throughout, though it lost me in the last hour.
Wonderful, unique, brillant
The movie I loved so I had to read the book. The movie really follows the book well. I have to sat the book is so worth reading. You get more in depth in the book. It just comes even more into life. How someone could take a subject like zombies and make them more human is amazing. A must read.
Really great. Had to watch the movie and wasn't too disappointed. What a great way to present zombie love with out the "dawn of the dead" gore.