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)
It is difficult to rank as I've listened to many books of various subject matter, but I would place it in the top 10%.
I had seen the movie, which was cute in a drive-in B movie kind of way. I just expected this to be an easy listen, same as the movie. But this story is very different, and while funny at times, it also went into much more serious issues about what it is that makes us human and what it is to really be alive.
His narrative was excellent. The halting thoughts and then speech of R and M was hilarious at times, but sad too, as they searched their long dead memories for the right words. Listening to them speak made it much more realistic than if I would have read it.
R of course, he was a very unique zombie, right from the start. It was his story.
I'm a big zombie fan, but I'm careful about the zombie books I read. It is way too easy for them to just be the same story over and over. This one was very different start to finish.
the man with a plan
The book dragged in spots. Overall it was very enjoyable. I would recommend this book to people that like zombie stories.
This book is a modern take on the Bard's classic tale, with an interesting twist in the circumstances. The narrator does a phenomenal job of bringing the characters to life. The story is very well done. My only complaint is that the flashes back to Perry can be depressing at times and seem a bit drawn out.
New eyes to the apocalypse. Completely surprised me by how deep and how reliable this story is. You can't change things in unthinkable levels, and you'll sure effect so many people in the process.
It was as I expected, save the zombie R was very verbose and repetitive. Other than that a fairly common zombie storyline, at least in these days of 'sympathetic' zombies.
not bad bad not particularly engaging story of zombie redemption. while Zombie material requires a good deal of disbelief suspension, this doesn't really even tey to map to the real world much. the author seems to be attempting to use the zombie situation as a metaphor for man's inhumanity to man with the always darkest before the dawn approach to pulling humanity back from the edge with...what else...love. Existentialist zombies meet nihilist humans.
Both the book and the movie are offbeat, funny, and full of memorable characters. I did not expect this take on the zombie apocalypse to be so great. Now I hope the author or other writers continue to write stories in this vein.
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