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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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    Dana Marcel Metairie, LA, United States 01-25-13
    Dana Marcel Metairie, LA, United States 01-25-13 Member Since 2012

    Never trust anyone who doesn't enjoy reading.

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    "A romantic Night of the Living Dead"
    Where does Warm Bodies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5, for sure. It was funny and entertaining.


    What about Kevin Kenerly’s performance did you like?

    He's a great narrator and played the parts very well.


    Any additional comments?

    I just saw a free pre-screening of the movie tonight and LOVED it! They pretty much stuck to the book. Def a must read book and must see movie!

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    Kelly Olean, NY, United States 01-24-13
    Kelly Olean, NY, United States 01-24-13 Member Since 2008

    I love to read... love to listen while I walk my dog, Sally Jo.

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    "What a great story!"

    What an interesting take on Zombies. I am so glad I listened before the movie came out... my imagination about what the characters look like, really make the story come alive for me. I don't want to say too much, so just buy this book for the humor, unusual premise, good story line, and interesting characters.

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    Betty Nunez San Juan, PR, US 01-20-13
    Betty Nunez San Juan, PR, US 01-20-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Love it"
    What made the experience of listening to Warm Bodies the most enjoyable?

    I love the point of view the story is well done


    Which scene was your favorite?

    all of it


    If you could rename Warm Bodies, what would you call it?

    Who says zombie can't think?


    Any additional comments?

    i hope the movies is as good

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    Adam 01-03-13
    Adam 01-03-13
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    "A different take on the impending zombie apocalyps"
    Where does Warm Bodies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Warm bodies is a wonderful book to listen to and the performance is great. Engaging the entire time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am a big zombie enthusiast/survivalist and this is the first hopeful story I have read about the zombie apocalypse. It clearly identifies the inner struggle that many zombies face but also shows that even their greatest trials can be overcome with the right weapon...in this case a brain that infects the main character R with love and questions.


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

    He helps evoke the emotions felt by R and the tone of this book


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    With love comes life. Even for the undead.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was really fun and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Trista Houston, TX, United States 01-01-13
    Trista Houston, TX, United States 01-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Just Okay"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I found it hard to follow. I am thinking there wasn't enough pause time to indicate changes of thoughts.


    Would you recommend Warm Bodies to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, I wouldn't. It wasn't that great.


    Have you listened to any of Kevin Kenerly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to Kevin Kenerly before. I would definitely listen to him again. Very good.


    Was Warm Bodies worth the listening time?

    Not really.


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    C. Brown D.C. 01-01-13
    C. Brown D.C. 01-01-13 Member Since 2013
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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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    Bexlyn Wright Kentucky 12-21-12
    Bexlyn Wright Kentucky 12-21-12 Member Since 2015

    I'm a grad student with very little time to edit reviews because I'm editing research papers. Forgive the typos. They're made with love.

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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 2013
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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 Murray San Diego CA 08-28-12
    Barbara Murray San Diego CA 08-28-12 Member Since 2015

    Love2Read

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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

    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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