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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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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 09-28-13
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 09-28-13 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "That's a Terrible Plan, Okay Let's Go"

    IT'S A SHITTY WORLD AND SHIT HAPPENS,BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO BATH IN SHIT.
    The first three hours of this book is some of the best listening I have done this year. The story is from the respective of a Zombie. It is cool to hear how a Zombie thinks and what his life is like. The narrator speaks in a kind of a hush whisper which adds to the ambiance of the story. The prose is pretty cool, such as describing the spray of blood from a man's throat as citrus spray.

    TINKERBELL STREET
    After about three hours Marion runs out of new things to say and new perspectives, so he takes a lesson from Edgar Rice Burroughs and has this huge chase scene. The prose starts to sound a lot like the teenage rambling in Shatter Me. HE HAD A VOICE LIKE STEEL MELTING. Really, how actually does that sound. The narrator continues to talk in a hushed whisper and I am starting to get irritated with him, I would put him on fast play, but then I can't make out what he is saying as I tool down the highway in my big truck. As the book goes on, I am getting more and more annoyed with the lack of story and the monotone narration. You can not make as much money on a short story as you can a novel, so Marion writes on. He self published this in 2010 and he is still working on the sequel, that should tell you something about his creative skills.

    ONCE YOU ARRIVE AT THE END OF THE WORLD, IT HARDLY MATTERS WHAT ROUTE TOOK YOU THERE.
    The narrator should be locked in a room and made to listen to his own low whispering monotone voice for eight hours and then taken to the funny farm.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Becky Beaufort, SC 12-11-13
    Becky Beaufort, SC 12-11-13 Member Since 2005

    mommy

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    "Worst Book EVER!!!!"

    I am not even sure how I finished this book. The story is ridiculous and stupid. The narration was fine, but that was the only good thing about the book. The majority of the reviews were good, so I wasn't expecting something so horrible. Stay away from this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 06-18-13
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 06-18-13 Member Since 2011

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Warm is an apt description."

    The concept of the story being from a zombie point of view was new and original. I bought this on sale and thought it would be interesting and then I watched the movie, which was funny. So I figured that if I like the movie the book has got to be better. The characters seem to be older in the book than the movie, not teenagers. It had some odd parts in the book that weren't that appealing to me. The book has its moments but I think I enjoyed the movie better, R just has more charm in the movie. I know not to judge a book by the movie, but I didn't have a huge desire to finish this book quickly and in fact listened to a few books in between. I am not a huge zombie fan so I may be a little bias with this genre. Overall not a bad book I would rate it more 3.5.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Houston, TX USA 03-03-13
    Amazon Customer Houston, TX USA 03-03-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Narration was fine, story was awful"
    What was most disappointing about Isaac Marion’s story?

    The entire thing. I can't believe they made a movie about it. I accidentally pushed a wrong button in my car and changed the track instead of the volume. I normally am so into the book I'm listening to, I pull over and find my place. Instead I listened to another book that I'd already heard until I got home and found another book I hadn't heard yet.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment and anger that I spent a credit on this.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D Fed BENTONVILLE, ARKANSAS, United States 02-14-13
    D Fed BENTONVILLE, ARKANSAS, United States 02-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "HORRIBLE"
    Would you try another book from Isaac Marion and/or Kevin Kenerly?

    NO


    What was most disappointing about Isaac Marion’s story?

    He didn't follow any of the normal "Zombie" guidelines. Zombies don't have feelings. Zombies can't talk. Zombies don't fall in love. The story was just ridiculous!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kevin Kenerly’s performances?

    NO


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a true lover of "Zombies", this is not the book for you! This was horrible, just terrible. I can't even put into words how awful this book was. I couldn't even finish it, my husband finished it though. He kept thinking maybe it would get better. But it didn't. I can't believe they made a movie out of this book. I will definitely not see the movie!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William CT, CT, United States 05-21-12
    William CT, CT, United States 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...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Stavely, AB, Canada 03-20-13
    Sharon Stavely, AB, Canada 03-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not really a fair review, but..."

    I should probably hold off on writing this review; as I haven't finished listening to the book.

    However at this point, I'm not completely certain that I will.

    I made the BIG MISTAKE of seeing a movie and liking it very much and finding the book after. I should know better by now.

    The movie is great. The book is different, and why I'm surprised I'm unclear. It's not a bad book, it's just not the movie.

    The main character is so different that I had a hard time investing in him. The voice is good, the descriptions clean and articulate.

    it's just..NOT THE MOVIE ;)

    So fair warning. Don't compare and you'll probably enjoy it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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