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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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    Tabitha WV, United States 07-21-12
    Tabitha WV, United States 07-21-12
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    "Incredible!"
    What other book might you compare Warm Bodies to and why?

    I've never read anything remotely similar.


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

    R


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It definitely had me laughing!


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book!! My most unique read so far, I'd say. I loved R's mind and thinking process. He was so sweet. Isaac Marion did an excellent job. I loved hearing his progression throughout the book.

    This was my first Zombie book, so I can't compare it to others. However, I never thought I'd like a book about zombies let alone love one. In my opinion, the ending was just a tad bit weak.

    I wholeheartedly recommend listening to this book rather than reading the print edition. The narrator was incredible. You could tell he put a lot of hard work into reading it. I'm sure it wouldn't have been quite the same reading it for myself. Anyways, awesome!

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Katheryne MD, United States 10-30-12
    Katheryne MD, United States 10-30-12 Member Since 2009

    Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

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    "Zombies with emotions...it's weird and wonderful!"

    I am not a big fan of zombie stories (with the exception of the Walking Dead). I decided to get this book based on all the good reviews on Audible. I am so glad I did!!! This story was so unique and so captivating. It's both weird and wonderful. I've never read anything like it. Kudos to both Issac Marion for writing such a rich and enthralling story and to Kevin Kenerly for bringing it to life with his amazing performance. 5 Stars all around!!!

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Charles TULSA, OK, United States 01-30-14
    Charles TULSA, OK, United States 01-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Surprising"

    I saw the movie before I read the book. I was surprised (though by now I shouldn't be) at the differences. The story, like many zombie tales, works on at least two levels. First as just a zombie story. Second as allegory. Warm Bodies falls strongly into the second category, with delightful results.

    I really loved this book. The narrator was great and the story, while broadly archetypical, was well crafted. Highly recommended.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Abilene, TX, United States 08-20-11
    Amanda Abilene, TX, United States 08-20-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Amazing"

    This review is from a hard core Zombie fan.
    I enjoy gory, sadistic, and terror driven zombie and apocalyptic books. I did not think I was going to enjoy this book and put off listening to it for a while. I finally broke down (ran out of Zombie books to listen to) and began to listen. I was amazed, SHOCKED, and totally hooked from the first paragraph to the very last word. I have fallen in love with the characters, even the dead ones. I could not stop listening. I believe this book would make a GREAT blockbuster movie. A MUST LISTEN FOR ALL ZOMBIE FANS!!!!

    29 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    Opiumdenlvr United States 12-22-12
    Opiumdenlvr United States 12-22-12 Member Since 2012

    I can't imagine life without earbuds playing an Audible book in my head.

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    "The 1st book I immediately re-read!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Warm Bodies to be better than the print version?

    Yes. This is one I would say I liked more BECAUSE of the Narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything. I loved the prose, the way R's thoughts were articulated through verse, the angsty refreshing vibrancy of Julie's character, the plot, and storyline, the humor (laugh out loud, chuckle, snort, giggle, etc.) and the relaxing narration by Kevin Kenerly. He nailed it.This book is hard to describe. It is complex for sure. Surprisingly.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I actually cried during the scene where John Lennon's lyrics "Nothing's going to change my world..." were playing in the background while both main characters had realized that EVERYTHING about their world had changed.


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

    Definitely Perry...I would ask if he would change anything knowing how everything turned out.


    Any additional comments?

    I REALLY got "into" this book. It is definitely not just some superficial teen zombie romance book. It is very emotional & a book lover's FEAST. More like a buffet. It has a little bit of everything. And of course, the humor, the youthful hope for a better world, the internal monologue of "R", and love "M"'s character too.MORE PLEASE, MR. Isaac Marion.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Waterloo, IL, United States 02-25-13
    Kevin Waterloo, IL, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Left me wanting."
    If you could sum up Warm Bodies in three words, what would they be?

    In three words: Interesting, entertaining, unfinished.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    That would have to be the main characters best buddy. A bit raunchy, honest to a fault, and he has a determined loyalty. I like those attributes in people.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kevin Kenerly?

    Probably, but it depends on which kind of story it would be. Needs a bit of work on character development.


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

    Julie. If she's worth coming back from the dead for there has to be something there right?


    Any additional comments?

    Overall I thought it was a good story, I just wish there had been a bit more explanation as to how the world, and the main character got the way they were- two very important points that left it feeling a bit unfinished, at least to me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brandy Durham, NC, United States 01-28-13
    Brandy Durham, NC, United States 01-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very enjoyable!"
    Would you listen to Warm Bodies again? Why?

    Yes, I probably will. It was fast paced and detailed and I felt like I got to know the characters and the universe. I enjoyed this a lot.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I favored 'M', actually, he always made me smile when he appeared. The protagonists were great but the side characters made me want to know more.


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

    I really liked the dialect he chose for Nora.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cristina Hatfield Oklahoma 12-13-12
    Cristina Hatfield Oklahoma 12-13-12 Member Since 2011

    Fidgit77

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    "I was surprised and a bit blown away"

    Ok, zombie Romeo and survivor Juliet kind of story. I expected to be kind of cheesy and I had low expectations for this book.

    I did not expect to be in awe of the words, the flow... It was like music or wind. This was not the next War and Peace or anything but I absolutely loved it.

    I loved R and his eloquent inner monologues.

    “Are my words ever actually audible, or do they just echo in my head while people stare at me, waiting? I want to change my punctuation. I long for the exclamation marks, but I'm drowning in ellipses.” - R

    If you're on the fence, I'd say go ahead and give it a try.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Squeak Alaska 10-15-11
    Squeak Alaska 10-15-11 Member Since 2009

    The Dragon Mother

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    "You will cheer for the zombies!"

    This story follows a zombie who is called ‘R’ because he can’t remember his whole name. While he is on his quest for brains he comes across a young man and starts eating his brain. R is able to pick up this man’s memories of his girlfriend, Julie. R finds Julie and decides to keep her instead of eating her brain. This sets off a chain reaction of events that will change everything.

    This is a great zombie story and I loved it! Issac Marion’s story has a Chuck Palanick feel to it. Although R is a zombie, you can’t help starting to like him and want him to take over the world! If you read one zombie story, it should be this one. You will never think of zombies the same ever again!

    The Narration Review
    This book was narrated by Kevin Kenerly. He has the perfect voice for this zombie story. You never know what to expect with zombie-speak, but he did a good job of portraying them.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy United States 07-01-11
    Tracy United States 07-01-11 Member Since 2010

    trose77

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    "Wonderfully captivating"

    This book is wonderful. I listened to it on audio book, and I highly recommend this method. Hearing the zombie language lends a wonderful reality to the book. I was captivated from the beginning. One of the better (best?) zombie books I've read.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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