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Warm Bodies: A Novel | [Isaac Marion]

Warm Bodies: A Novel

R is a young man with an existential crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. His ability to connect with the outside world is limited to a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend, Julie.
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Audible Editor Reviews

"Narrator Kevin Kenerly helps, too, especially since a large part of the narrative takes place inside R’s head, detailing his thoughts and feelings in an articulate, lyrical way that he’s unable to express via his extremely limited zombie vocabulary. Kenerly’s somewhat hushed tones draw the listener in right away, when R has yet to meet Julie and is instead just one more anonymous member of the undead, shuffling around an abandoned airport and occasionally venturing into the nearest city to feast on the flesh of the living. R’s musings about the end of the world and what it means to be a zombie have a stark and beautiful immediacy, and Kenerly gives them all the power and reverence they deserve." (Josh Bell)

Publisher's Summary

R is a young man with an existential crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. His ability to connect with the outside world is limited to a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend, Julie.

Julie is a blast of color in the otherwise dreary and gray landscape that surrounds R. His choice to protect her will transform not only R but his fellow Dead and perhaps their whole lifeless world. Scary, funny, and surprisingly poignant, Warm Bodies explores what happens when the cold heart of a zombie is tempted by the warmth of human love.

©2011 Isaac Marion (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“I never thought I could care so passionately for a zombie. This story stayed with me long after I was done reading it.” (Stephenie Meyer, #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Twilight series)

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    Felicia The Geeky Blogger 09-26-14 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Quirky Fun"

    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.

    Audio Thoughts:

    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*

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    Erik K Austin, TX United States 02-21-14
    Erik K Austin, TX United States 02-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Diverting but somewhat frustrating"
    Would you try another book from Isaac Marion and/or Kevin Kenerly?

    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.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Kenerly – was your favorite?

    Hard not to choose R, the narrator. Kenerly brings a lot to this character.


    Did Warm Bodies inspire you to do anything?

    This is a question that mystifies me. So I guess the answer must be no.


    Any additional comments?

    A good book, not a great one. It kept me interested throughout, though it lost me in the last hour.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    -shanah- United States 12-22-12
    -shanah- United States 12-22-12 Member Since 2015

    I can't imagine life without earbuds playing an Audible book in my head.

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    "The 1st book I immediately re-read!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Warm Bodies to be better than the print version?

    Yes. This is one I would say I liked more BECAUSE of the Narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything. I loved the prose, the way R's thoughts were articulated through verse, the angsty refreshing vibrancy of Julie's character, the plot, and storyline, the humor (laugh out loud, chuckle, snort, giggle, etc.) and the relaxing narration by Kevin Kenerly. He nailed it.This book is hard to describe. It is complex for sure. Surprisingly.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I actually cried during the scene where John Lennon's lyrics "Nothing's going to change my world..." were playing in the background while both main characters had realized that EVERYTHING about their world had changed.


    If you could take any character from Warm Bodies out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Definitely Perry...I would ask if he would change anything knowing how everything turned out.


    Any additional comments?

    I REALLY got "into" this book. It is definitely not just some superficial teen zombie romance book. It is very emotional & a book lover's FEAST. More like a buffet. It has a little bit of everything. And of course, the humor, the youthful hope for a better world, the internal monologue of "R", and love "M"'s character too.MORE PLEASE, MR. Isaac Marion.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Derek Cottonwood, AZ, United States 03-05-12
    Derek Cottonwood, AZ, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2015
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    "My favorite book of 2012"

    What Anne Rice did for vampires, I predict Isaac Marion will do for zombies. This book goes far beyond just zombie mayhem, but actually makes you take a deeper look at society and the end-of-the-world literature boom. I found myself hitting the 30-second repeat button on my iPod more times than I could count to re-listen to Marion's prose that border on the poetic mixed in with a smart, hopeful and nihilistic critique of current affairs of the world. This is one book I will probably listen to once year for the rest of my life (or until the world ends in zombie plague). I predict, if we survive to 2050, this book will emerge as a classic that have captured our 2012 ennui better than any novel written to date. Bravo Marion!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole Brooklyn Park, MN, United States 08-07-11
    Nicole Brooklyn Park, MN, United States 08-07-11
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    A whole new look at zombies!! You can't help but fall for R and his desire to be alive.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sandie Elk Grove, CA, United States 11-06-12
    Sandie Elk Grove, CA, United States 11-06-12 Member Since 2012

    I'm married with 3 children and 2 grandchildren. Love to read books, and love to listen to audio books. Genre's UF/Sci-Fi/ dystopian/ fiction and mystery/thrillers

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    "OH MY GOODNESS!!!!"

    I loved this book :) One of my favorite reads so far, I loved R's mind and thinking process. A must read for all Zombie fans and non Zombie fans. Sooooo good. :) The narrator did a excellent job. I listened to it in 2 days, I couldn't put it down.

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    Kevin Waterloo, IL, United States 02-25-13
    Kevin Waterloo, IL, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Left me wanting."
    If you could sum up Warm Bodies in three words, what would they be?

    In three words: Interesting, entertaining, unfinished.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    That would have to be the main characters best buddy. A bit raunchy, honest to a fault, and he has a determined loyalty. I like those attributes in people.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kevin Kenerly?

    Probably, but it depends on which kind of story it would be. Needs a bit of work on character development.


    If you could take any character from Warm Bodies out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Julie. If she's worth coming back from the dead for there has to be something there right?


    Any additional comments?

    Overall I thought it was a good story, I just wish there had been a bit more explanation as to how the world, and the main character got the way they were- two very important points that left it feeling a bit unfinished, at least to me.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    dayna MONTPELIER, OHIO, United States 01-30-13
    dayna MONTPELIER, OHIO, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Good enough story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's a good, easy listen and has some entertaining parts. I didn't love it, but I don't feel like I wasted my time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the way the author illustrated the mental and emotional struggle of R.


    Did Kevin Kenerly do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The narrator did a decent job differentiating the characters, but he kind of whistles his 'S's and sometimes it gets pretty annoying. I'm not sure what makes someone who does that decide to narrate an audio book or who in their right mind hired him, but it was a little distracting and I had to stop listening a couple of times.


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    Courtney 06-30-15
    Courtney 06-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved this so much"

    I loved this entire story. The performance was really great, and the way it's written is very eloquent. Not your typical zombie story.

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    Jane Wolfeboro Falls, NH, United States 06-01-15
    Jane Wolfeboro Falls, NH, United States 06-01-15
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    "Quick and Easy But Movie Better"

    While I usually like Teen books, this was too simple and predictable. It is a quick read and entertaining. Buy it on sale.

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