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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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    C. Brown D.C. 01-01-13
    C. Brown D.C. 01-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Something NEW!"

    I love it! The characters are awesome and a new kind of story for me! Great use of words. Good reader!

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    Rebecca Calhoun, KY, United States 12-21-12
    Rebecca Calhoun, KY, United States 12-21-12 Member Since 2008

    I'm a PhD theatre student who loves not proofreading my reviews (sorry) because I have to do enough of that in school. :)

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    "For those who don't always read zombie books"

    I'm not a zombie book reader. Many of my friends are and several mocked this book without even reading it. I on the other hand vehemently defended this novel as great fun. Because not all of us have read World War Z or... whatever the other titles of zombie books are, and this book is great for just that reason.

    I'll admit I got the book because I saw the trailer for the upcoming movie and was amused. Seems different. Seems funny. And it is. I like this book. The main character has these wonderfully literate thoughts yet can't seem to speak more than a few syllables. We never know why he starts healing other than (and if you have seen the trailers this isn't a spoiler) he falls for a girl because he eats the girl's boyfriend's brains. Why this hasn't happened sooner, who knows, but I enjoyed the ride.

    The narrator did a great job. I got the feeling he was a little too old for the part but it didn't bother me too much. All in all it was a wonderful trip into a future where the undead are not appearing, they're disappearing.

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    Allison Santa Cruz, CA, United States 12-10-12
    Allison Santa Cruz, CA, United States 12-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very entertaining!"
    Where does Warm Bodies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The performance is really good. He nails the zombie voices! Made it feel so real and vivid. The story is also well written. I love seeing 'life' from the zombie perspective.


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    Barbara Cardiff by the Sea, CA, United States 08-28-12
    Barbara Cardiff by the Sea, CA, United States 08-28-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Creative idea, disappointing execution"

    Ever wonder what it's like to be a zombie? Isaac Marion did, and did a great job getting into the zombie mind. At first it's a bit like you would imagine it might be for someone who's had a stroke and still has an actively functioning mind but can't express herself. I greatly appreciated the fresh take on an extremely overexposed genre. The idea is well executed at the start and really draws you in. But .... sadly the story deteriorates about halfway through into a sappy moralistic love/rebel/save the world mess. What would have made a clever and thought provoking short story or novella deteriorates into a kind of zombie version of "Twilight".(Sorry Twilight fans - but this book isn't billed as YA fiction). The narrator executes well especially at the start where he conveys the confusion and frustration of a being who is so much more than he appears on the outside. Mr. Kenerly soldiers on through to the end but he begins to sound as though his heart isn't in this any more. If you're in the mood for zombies, listen to a classic like "I Am Legend" instead.

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    Goldie A. Willis Knoxville, TN 08-02-12
    Goldie A. Willis Knoxville, TN 08-02-12 Member Since 2010

    I'm a long-time book lover who just recently discovered the audio book on her Ipad and it was love at first listen.

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    "PG rated Zombie Romance"
    Would you listen to Warm Bodies again? Why?

    Yes, I enjoyed the narration immensely and the writing was descriptive and you felt like you were right there with the characters. I loved the character development seen throughout the novel.


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

    I have never read a Zombie book with a romantic twist, other than lovers being devoured by zombies. This story was truly original. At first I was skeptical about a human and a zombie in any sort of relationship except predator vs. prey normally seen in apocalyptic novels. I loved the book but the only suggestion for improvement would be include more romance/passion between the main characters. Maybe I'm biased as I just finished the 50 shades trilogy. LOL


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

    R and Perry were my favorites!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The Kiss


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for the movie Feb. 2013!

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    Bill L. Hamden, CT 05-21-12
    Bill L. Hamden, CT 05-21-12 Member Since 2000
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    "Not into Zombies"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only if they were into zombies.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this title on the strength of an Audible email and its recommendations. I should have thought more before I did. Zombies and their stories, no matter how well told, are just not my thing...

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    Sara Napa, CA, United States 05-21-12
    Sara Napa, CA, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting...but not all that grabbing"
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    It's a very interesting concept and the writing is good. However, it's really though to suspend the disbelief. He has all of these thoughts and feelings like that of a very intelligent and introspective human; but he can't read or speak? I just never really was sold on the whole concept so wasn't all that into the story.

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    Amanda Waynesboro, TN, United States 05-01-12
    Amanda Waynesboro, TN, United States 05-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Absolutly Loved it!!!!!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Warm Bodies the most enjoyable?

    It was completly origanal, it was very refreshing , at some parts your like oh i so hope this or that dont happen, it would be awful if it does, and then just when you think it will happen, it dont and i loved that, the good guy won so to speak. :)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Warm Bodies?

    The ending, i was so happy that it ended the way it did.


    What about Kevin Kenerly’s performance did you like?

    yes i thought he did great, the only part is ,of course, the female voice he does but its that way with all books a man reads so no biggie, he did a wonderful job.


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

    I aboslutly loved R but what stood out to me was how great Julie took everything in, to him being diffrent and believed that he was and how she trusted him so completly soon after they met and i loved M he was a pig ofcourse :) but he was also and gret and trusting friend. he truseted R with out question and that to me is a true friend.


    Any additional comments?

    i would highly recommend this book and i cant wait to see the movie.

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    Susan Concord, CA, United States 03-02-12
    Susan Concord, CA, United States 03-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great new author!"

    I've listened to this book several times already. The language the author uses, the similies and metaphors and writing style is entrancing. He paints a vivid picture without being overly dramatic or loquacious. I hope to see many more novels from Isaac Marion in the future. Kevin Kenerly also does a wonderful job at narration. There is a lot of broken speech and I thought his interpretation voicing the characters was spot-on.

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    Justyna west hartford, CT, United States 10-23-11
    Justyna west hartford, CT, United States 10-23-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Original"

    definitely for the listeners who do not mind their books being a little silly. Still one of my favorite end of the world/zombie books. give it a try, you'll chuckle. This one also has a bit of existentialism thrown in. A good listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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