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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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    Elizabeth West Saint Paul, Mongolia 05-20-15
    Elizabeth West Saint Paul, Mongolia 05-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Much Better Than Expected"
    Where does Warm Bodies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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%.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does Kevin Kenerly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Who was the most memorable character of Warm Bodies and why?

    R of course, he was a very unique zombie, right from the start. It was his story.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    R. Dickson Atlanta 05-04-15
    R. Dickson Atlanta 05-04-15 Member Since 2014

    the man with a plan

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    "Good book great Movie"

    The book dragged in spots. Overall it was very enjoyable. I would recommend this book to people that like zombie stories.

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    Carol A Wright 04-24-15
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    "Nicely done."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I enjoyed the book, ended too soon. Would really like a followup story. Character's very interesting.


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    Amazon Customer United States 03-23-15
    Amazon Customer United States 03-23-15 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "cute"

    thought this was a cute sporty of Romeo and Juliette. I like a zombie story coming from the zombies view.

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    MrsB2009 03-06-15
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    "So much more than the movie!"

    An fantastic story, one I would read again. A girl and a zombie turned man change the world. Very good.

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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
    Amazon Customer Memphis, TN, US 02-23-15 Member Since 2014
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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 2015
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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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