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 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.
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.
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.
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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Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 3.50
Audio Rating: 3.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion was quirky & fun!
Story Thoughts: This is one of those books that I have started and stopped probably a dozen times. That would make it seem like I didn't like it but that wasn't the case. I think you have to be in the mood for this kind of fun quirkiness. It is one of those books you aren't supposed to take too seriously and just have fun with. Once my mood matched my random pick up of the book it clicked! It was also a breeze to read. There are lots of pop culture references that I think "dates" the book a little but most people should be able to get them. In fact, I think they added to the fun just a bit.
Character Thoughts: The lead characters of Warm Bodies (R & Julie) were both a little "stale" (for lack of a better word) to me but they were sweet together. I was actually more interested in M. He was the "heart" of this story I believe. He was the one that stuck with me long after the story was over. I know though that most loved R and I can see the appeal. I think he was right for Julie and that is all that matters.
Narrated By Kevin Kenerly / Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
I don't even know really how to say this: Kevin nailed the narration but this isn't really a book I enjoyed on audio. I think this goes back to how I thought the characters were a little "stale". I don't think that translates well on audio. In this case, I KNOW I am in the minority. Most people that listened to the audiobook raved about it. I did think Kevin absolutely nailed the pace, tone, and characters of the story. In that essence he was brilliant! It just didn't work for me.
Final Thoughts: I thought Warm Bodies was a fun light read that fit my quirky mood at the time.
*This review really tested my story retaining skills--I read it in April and didn't write this till September*
I like post apocalyptic novels, zombie novels, fantasy, memoirs about war, novels about hiking and paranormal romcoms
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.
This was my FIRST zombie experience and wasn't at all what I expected. Honestly, I really don't know what I did expect...I saw the previews for the movie at the theater before it was released and it looked like it was going to be pretty good; maybe a little comical even. As with all movies, the books are always better so I thought I'd give it a try. I HAVE NOT seen the movie and knowing what I do now, I won't bother.
Yep. I've learned I'm definitely not a zombie fan. I think without a doubt I'd be willing to donate some of my blood to a vampire, but my brain is off limits; unless it's to make improvements like turning me into another Einstein, Van Gogh, or Beethoven.
Mr. Kenerly's voice didn't bother me, although audio books I usually listen to are read by women.
I don't think so, however I didn't get past chapter two. I just couldn't handle the brain eating; it made me queasy.
David Bowie. Jane Austen. Good beer. Red Wine.
I would tell my friend to watch the movie.
He was so monotone through the entire story. I lost interest.
Usually the book is better but not in this case. Boo.
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