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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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    Sandie Elk Grove, CA, United States 11-06-12
    Sandie Elk Grove, CA, United States 11-06-12 Member Since 2005

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Erik Jupiter, FL, United States 12-06-12
    Erik Jupiter, FL, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Love the viewpoint"
    Any additional comments?

    At first I thought, "oh god a stupid romance book with zombies?" Figured they'd have Fabio in tattered clothes or something...But I was was wrong. It's actually a fairly funny book based on zombies "healing". I've read a couple of books like this lately. Its refreshing that it shows people really are not dumb and as a species, humans do overcome the "impossible" I always hated that about apokolypse books where the military is useless and Humans are doomed because they are too stupid, frightened, and feeble to survive.
    Now, they made this book into a movie and I hope they focus more on the humor that is sprinkled throughout this book. The author seemed to dab a bit in the humor and then abandon it for the realism...zombies are not real so stick with the humor. But I highly recommend this and you will be pleasantly surprised.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 09-08-12
    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 09-08-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Extradordinary"

    Do not read this if you are looking for the usual shuffling, flesh eating, mindlessness of a zombie. If you want something unique from a zombie (reflection, reasoning, self-awareness and yes love) this story is for you. I will be honest, I did not like this at first. The first few minutes I regretted wasting a credit.

    It was the narrative style that did not first appealed to me, then… . Yes I became hooked on the story. I could not put it down. It was different to find a zombie character that you could have hope for. I became enthralled with the metamorphose of the zombies.

    A virus started the plague, not unusual, but the complacency of the zombies perpetuated the disease. In addition to nourishment from eating a human, a zombie also experienced a euphoria from the memories of the person when they ate their brains.

    The catalyst for change began when R, a zombie ate a human, Peter’s brains. We watch R’s bafflement in his physical and emotional transformation based on Peter’s love of Julie. Their adventure begins a new world for humans and zombies. So this is about a hope for a new civilization.

    This is a zombie story, which is not based on destruction of a species but the discovery of a new one and a new way of living.

    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 2010
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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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    dayna MONTPELIER, OHIO, United States 01-30-13
    dayna MONTPELIER, OHIO, United States 01-30-13
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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.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda D. 07-10-14
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    "Guess I'm not a Zombie Fan..."
    What disappointed you about Warm Bodies?

    This was my FIRST zombie experience and wasn't at all what I expected. Honestly, I really don't know what I did expect...I saw the previews for the movie at the theater before it was released and it looked like it was going to be pretty good; maybe a little comical even. As with all movies, the books are always better so I thought I'd give it a try. I HAVE NOT seen the movie and knowing what I do now, I won't bother.


    Has Warm Bodies turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yep. I've learned I'm definitely not a zombie fan. I think without a doubt I'd be willing to donate some of my blood to a vampire, but my brain is off limits; unless it's to make improvements like turning me into another Einstein, Van Gogh, or Beethoven.


    What didn’t you like about Kevin Kenerly’s performance?

    Mr. Kenerly's voice didn't bother me, although audio books I usually listen to are read by women.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I don't think so, however I didn't get past chapter two. I just couldn't handle the brain eating; it made me queasy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stefanie Lancaster, PA, United States 05-19-14
    Stefanie Lancaster, PA, United States 05-19-14 Member Since 2013

    David Bowie. Jane Austen. Good beer. Red Wine.

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    "Movie was better"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would tell my friend to watch the movie.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He was so monotone through the entire story. I lost interest.


    Any additional comments?

    Usually the book is better but not in this case. Boo.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Salem, OR, United States 04-13-14
    Scott Salem, OR, United States 04-13-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Book is deeper than the movie"
    If you could sum up Warm Bodies in three words, what would they be?

    Cherish Life


    What other book might you compare Warm Bodies to and why?

    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.


    What does Kevin Kenerly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Who was the most memorable character of Warm Bodies and why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    nicole lawrenceville, GA, United States 04-03-14
    nicole lawrenceville, GA, United States 04-03-14

    Love to exercise while listening

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    "Just as great as the movie"
    Would you listen to Warm Bodies again? Why?

    YES! Cute zombie book. I loved hearing about R's emotions and his transformation.


    What does Kevin Kenerly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He did very well with the voices and the slow zombie talk and grunts.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This was a short book that you could easily listen to all at once.


    Any additional comments?

    Even if you saw the movie, you'd love this book. Some things are different. nice treat!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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