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)
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.
I live to ride my bike.
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.
I've listened to about 40 audiobooks at this point, and Warm Bodies is among my favorites, if not #1.
Unfortunately, none I've found. I will read anything I find that might have the same tone and imaginative story.
Perry, narrated in his memories was my favorite performance, but Julie was my favorite character.
This was by far my favorite narration of any audiobook. I had read the book before listening to it (as I have many of the books I listen to), and liked it, but I was missing out before the narration. Kevin Kenerly brings an understated, steady angst out in the writing that highlighted interpretations and tones that I had not read from the text alone. The book itself is great—imaginative, odd, melancholy yet hopeful—all of which is multiplied by the narration. I've now listened to this book 3 times since purchasing, and I'm eager to go back in for fourths.
Indie writer (Dana Reynolds - Wardenclyffe Trilogy, Rides Eyes of Ghost).
This is not the movie. Not by a long shot. Humor, yes. Romance, yes. Gross zombies, of course. But so much more. Read it.
The narration was top notch, too.
Loves a good book on a long drive.
I love the creativity and fun perspective. The way that your always hearing what R. Is thinking is so humorous. Some people might not get the humor. It's not funny because of awesome punch lines.
When you have read as many zombie apocalypse books as I have,you start looking for something different in the genre. This is different for 3 reasons. First, you get to hear about the zombie apocalypse from the zombie's point of view. Second, it takes place after the apocalypse, not during it. Third, the zombies are capable of being rehabilitated, and there are people who are interested in doing that, rather than simply shooting them. I like this line of thinking much better. This is one of the best zombie books I have ever read.
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