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.
“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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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*
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.
I can't imagine life without earbuds playing an Audible book in my head.
Yes. This is one I would say I liked more BECAUSE of the Narrator.
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.
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.
Definitely Perry...I would ask if he would change anything knowing how everything turned out.
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.
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!
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
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.
In three words: Interesting, entertaining, unfinished.
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.
Probably, but it depends on which kind of story it would be. Needs a bit of work on character development.
Julie. If she's worth coming back from the dead for there has to be something there right?
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.
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.
I liked the way the author illustrated the mental and emotional struggle of R.
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.
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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