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Warm Bodies Audiobook

Warm Bodies: A Novel

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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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    -shanah- United States 12-22-12
    -shanah- United States 12-22-12 Member Since 2016

    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 5 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 2017
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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 5 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.

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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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    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 09-08-12
    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 09-08-12 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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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.

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    Missy 04-16-17
    Missy 04-16-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Fascinating!"

    I very much enjoyed both the story and the narration of this novel. It was an interesting look into a strangeness that is hard to wrap my head around! I'd seen the movie first, but the characters took on new shapes, faces, and voices in my mind as I read the book. Really fun read!

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    I Feel the Need, the Need to Read book blog 03-15-17 Member Since 2014

    I have a blog that I review and showcase books on. I am very picky about audio book narrators. I'm a bookaholic and apologize for nothing.

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    "Oh R! I love you so much!"
    What did you love best about Warm Bodies?

    My favorite was the way that R used music to explain himself to Julie. It was so moving and beautiful.


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

    No comparison is available. He wrote this book from the perspective of the zombie and it's amazing.


    Have you listened to any of Kevin Kenerly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to Kevin Kenerly's other books, but would consider it after listening to this one.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had the whole gamut of reactions to this book. It affected me greatly and even touched my heart. I am a huge fan now.


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    Kameron 03-13-17
    Kameron 03-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Better than the movie!"

    I was unsure about getting this but after listening I realized it was much better than I could hope for

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    M. Boyer 12-28-16
    M. Boyer 12-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Just keeps getting better with each new page."

    I was in the midst of my finals and in dire need of something light and fun to read. Lucky for me Audible had a sale a couple of weeks ago and I bought a handful of books for $5 each! I can’t speak for the rest of the world, but I love to have an audiobook on standby for when I’m driving, doing dishes, or even just relaxing. Since I’m a sucker for a book on sale, in any way, shape, or form, I have an endless supply of options to pick from.

    Visually speaking, Isaac Marion’s book Warm Bodies is a mental delight. It’s a quick read, sitting at a mere 240 pages it made for a wonderful zombalishious snack. I have to give a nod to my fellow Seattle author. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t more then a little excited to meet him at Emerald City Comic Con later this month.

    The book was well written, but more then that it was fresh. The main character, R, is a zombie and as the reader we get to experience the world from his point of view. The book grows in consciousness as R does. I can’t say if it was intentional or not, but the descriptions, and artistry of Marion’s writing grows to a climax right along with R’s own transformation from zombie to human.

    I’ve often wondered if it is possible to care passionately for something that contemporary mythos deem a monstrosity, and the resounding answer is yes. Marion has created a mesmerizing evolution of a being, bringing together both the mob mentality of your typical zombie movie and the genital romance of first love. Who would have thought it was possible?!

    I enjoyed this book very much and I look forward to watching the movie later this week! Did you read Warm Bodies? What were your thoughts?

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    Jennifer 11-10-16
    Jennifer 11-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very well written,imaginitive.. highly recommended"

    I saw the movie before "listening" to the book. The storyline is slightly different, more personal and intense than the movie. R's character is extremely dynamic and relatable "in the human sense" and even the "zombie" moments that R described were clouded with moral disgust at his own nature. The narrator did a fantastic job capturing every moment, every emotion, with intentional clarity. Though there were transitions that seemed to abruptly switch from reality to vision or dream, the narrator knew how to distinguish between the two in the tone of his voice. Really enjoyed this book. I highly recommend it.

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