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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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    Michael North Hampton, NH, United States 03-04-13
    Michael North Hampton, NH, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Surprisingly Great!"

    When I first saw this book on audible, I thought "looks possibly amusing." After a friend read the print version and raved, I decided I'd give it a try, and man, was I pleasantly surprised. The story was fantastic, and a very different spin on the typical zombie tales, and while it had it's humor, the overwhelming intention of the story was not all comedy, at all, and carried some great messages about persistence, and loving life. This is not "twilight with zombies" as I originally guessed. This is a great story of a zombie looking to figure out what he's lost, and on a quest to find it. Definitely recommend this book for a shorter, lighter, but still full of substance story, and a great adventure where you'll love the characters, living and dead alike.

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    Bev Alton, IL, USA 03-04-13
    Bev Alton, IL, USA 03-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Unexpected"
    What made the experience of listening to Warm Bodies the most enjoyable?

    I loved the writing style. I wasn't expecting such beauty in a book about zombies. The main character's outlook is moving.

    I do have to say however, that the girl's reaction to the death of her boyfriend was less than life like.

    Overall I give this a 5 based on the beauty of the narrative.


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    Ben Melrose, WI, United States 03-04-13
    Ben Melrose, WI, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great and funny."
    If you could sum up Warm Bodies in three words, what would they be?

    Deadness. Romeo. Juliet.


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

    This is a great mix of Frankenstein, Shakespeare and any zombie story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Delightful story with a funny and unique view of a zombie's world view.

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    Scott Vann California, USA 03-03-13
    Scott Vann California, USA 03-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Will make you wish you had less ... BRAINS!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Women who like romantic comedies, people who liked Romeo and Juliette.


    Has Warm Bodies turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I am still crazy about zombie stories, but this one wasn't my cup of tea.


    What character would you cut from Warm Bodies?

    Honestly, Julie is a prop. We never really learn anything meaningful about her as a character, or what is so special about her that she drive's R's recovery. Really, her dead boyfriend has more to say and is a more interesting character. Julie is just a run of the mill post apocalyptic teenager caricature of Juliette from Romeo and Juliette. I think the whole R&J thing was a prop that the author used to carry a unique idea, but ultimately it falls flat.


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    Romney Houston, TX, United States 03-02-13
    Romney Houston, TX, United States 03-02-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!!!!"
    What did you love best about Warm Bodies?

    The whole premise behind the story was different. Really enjoyed it. There were some way off tangents to some memories which got a little slow at times though.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Definitely "R"


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many


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

    "R".....well and "M" of course


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator did a great job.

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    Patricia A. Cross Cortland, NY, US 03-01-13
    Patricia A. Cross Cortland, NY, US 03-01-13
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    "Better than the Movie"

    Charming story, however, like the Tinman in the Wizard of Oz, the main character assumes he has little brain capacity, yet is able to narrate the entire tale. Once you suspend disbelief of that, the story is very charming. I thought the "Bonies" were going to be something different explaining the affliction.

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    Jennifer K. Petersen Ohio 02-26-13 Member Since 2004

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    "love this book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure. It's a great book and the narration is good.


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

    I love the prose and the depth of the story, but some of the most memorable moments happen in the airport with R and Julie.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    R playing "living" was fun.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Great experience, wish the narrator had a slightly less resonate voice. It made it hard to understand him sometimes.

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    Jules 02-15-13
    Jules 02-15-13
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    "Dark, Silly & Touching"

    I found this story to be surprisingly bittersweet and endearing. It is a truly unique take on the zombie novel in that it is written from the zombie's point of view.

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    Michelle Windermere, FL, United States 02-07-13
    Michelle Windermere, FL, United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Refreshing take on Zombie craze"
    What does Kevin Kenerly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    There were parts where Kevin was switching characters, but I didn't catch it due to the characters voice being too similar. Not many, but it did stand out to me. Otherwise, very well done.


    If you could take any character from Warm Bodies out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    R for sure...I would love M to be there for comic relief as well.


    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyed the book and finished it in less than three days. Very unique perspective and liked the thought of a cure. Would highly recommend for entertainment. Now off to see the movie.

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    Musetta Milwaukee, WI, United States 01-30-13
    Musetta Milwaukee, WI, United States 01-30-13
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    "Warm Bodies"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    yes if they like books like Twilight then I think the like it.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    how he was becoming human agin.


    Did Warm Bodies inspire you to do anything?

    yes to go and enjoy the world we have


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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