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Warm Bodies Audiobook

Warm Bodies: A Novel

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"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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    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.

    4 of 7 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 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.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 09-28-13
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 09-28-13 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    "That's a Terrible Plan, Okay Let's Go"

    IT'S A SHITTY WORLD AND SHIT HAPPENS,BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO BATH IN SHIT.
    The first three hours of this book is some of the best listening I have done this year. The story is from the respective of a Zombie. It is cool to hear how a Zombie thinks and what his life is like. The narrator speaks in a kind of a hush whisper which adds to the ambiance of the story. The prose is pretty cool, such as describing the spray of blood from a man's throat as citrus spray.

    TINKERBELL STREET
    After about three hours Marion runs out of new things to say and new perspectives, so he takes a lesson from Edgar Rice Burroughs and has this huge chase scene. The prose starts to sound a lot like the teenage rambling in Shatter Me. HE HAD A VOICE LIKE STEEL MELTING. Really, how actually does that sound. The narrator continues to talk in a hushed whisper and I am starting to get irritated with him, I would put him on fast play, but then I can't make out what he is saying as I tool down the highway in my big truck. As the book goes on, I am getting more and more annoyed with the lack of story and the monotone narration. You can not make as much money on a short story as you can a novel, so Marion writes on. He self published this in 2010 and he is still working on the sequel, that should tell you something about his creative skills.

    ONCE YOU ARRIVE AT THE END OF THE WORLD, IT HARDLY MATTERS WHAT ROUTE TOOK YOU THERE.
    The narrator should be locked in a room and made to listen to his own low whispering monotone voice for eight hours and then taken to the funny farm.

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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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    Julie 10-30-16
    Julie 10-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "To see the world through the eyes of a zombie!"

    oh wow! this is just as wonderful as a good fanfiction! the developpment is amazing. the action, the love story, the hurt!comfort. just beautiful and original.

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    Sabrina 10-25-16
    Sabrina 10-25-16 Member Since 2017
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    "An original."

    This zombie book was like poetry. If you want to enjoy something different than your average zombie tale, this one is full of life and hope. Just wonderful.

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    Meredith Mishawaka, Indiana, USA 07-05-16
    Meredith Mishawaka, Indiana, USA 07-05-16
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    "Standout story and exceptional narration"
    Where does Warm Bodies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to about 40 audiobooks at this point, and Warm Bodies is among my favorites, if not #1.


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

    Unfortunately, none I've found. I will read anything I find that might have the same tone and imaginative story.


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

    Perry, narrated in his memories was my favorite performance, but Julie was my favorite character.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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