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Warm Bodies: A Novel | [Isaac Marion]

Warm Bodies: A Novel

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.
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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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    Jose Alvarez ORLANDO, FL, US 03-05-15
    Jose Alvarez ORLANDO, FL, US 03-05-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Zombie Romeo & Juliet"

    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.

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    Pamela São Paulo 02-27-15
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    "Amazing tale!"

    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.

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    Amazon Customer Memphis, TN, US 02-23-15
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    "A Wordy Zombie"

    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.

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    Russ Berryville, VA, United States 02-21-15
    Russ Berryville, VA, United States 02-21-15 Member Since 2010
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    "interesting concept...corny resolution"

    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.

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    James Audubon, NJ, United States 02-16-15
    James Audubon, NJ, United States 02-16-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Every bit as good as the movie"

    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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    "Rare case where the Movie is better than the book."

    There was nothing wrong with the performance. I suppose that I could criticize the movie for not sticking closer to the book, but then the movie wouldn't have been nearly as... well... cute.

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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 01-02-15
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    "Surprisingly enjoyable after having seen the movie"

    I enjoyed the movie (very cute, heartwarming), so I did not expect to enjoy the book (the surprise element being gone). I was wrong. Even though the two are nearly identical, the novel was still a fun listen. The narrator is excellent. The story is still endearing the second time around.

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    Natasha AUCKLAND, New Zealand 11-10-14
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    "Good zombie fix, dark humour, easy read."

    I chose to read this because I loved the movie. It's a great story and well written, but I actually enjoyed the movie better (which is unusual for me!) I just preferred the points they focused on in the movie and the parts of the ending.

    But the performance was very good - he handled the zombie voices well in particular.

    If you like zombie books I think you'll like it - I liked that the narration was from the POV of the zombie. It's quite an optimistic post apocalyptic story and has a bit of humour and romance.

    Overall a good read.

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    Amazon Customer Waterville, WA, United States 10-21-14
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    "Stellar Narration and a Unique Story"

    It was intriguing seeing the world through the eyes of the zombie rather than a survivor. Kenerly does a masterful job of narrating the gray world of a zombie without becoming monotone or boring- a tough task I'd think! I love R but I have to admit one of my favorites is M , a zombie who takes macho to the grave and beyond. Kenerly also does a great job of narrating the strong female characters without sounding too falsetto. This is a book I've come back to listen too more than once and I will probably listen again. Give it a shot because it's well worth the chance.

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    Kalvin Levesque Ontario, Canada 08-10-14
    Kalvin Levesque Ontario, Canada 08-10-14 Member Since 2012

    I like post apocalyptic novels, zombie novels, fantasy, memoirs about war, novels about hiking and paranormal romcoms

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    "Tell death do us start."

    Plot summary:
    When zombies eat the brains of the living they get to live the memories of the person they ate. Well "R" eats the brain of Julie's boyfriend, Perry, and becomes completely infatuated with Julie and saves her. As he eats his left over's he learns more about Julie, Perry and begins to talk more, walk better and see things from a different perspective.

    Awesome book. I really enjoyed it. Kevin Kenerly's performance was great.

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