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Editorial 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.

Critic Reviews

“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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  • Erik N
  • Austin, TX United States
  • 02-21-14

Diverting but somewhat frustrating

Would you try another book from Isaac Marion and/or Kevin Kenerly?

The writing was beautiful, though sometimes a touch on being overly "writerly." I would give another Marion work a try, especially as I think his style will grow as he does. Kevin Kenerly was a good match for this book, I'd listen to him again happily.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending weakened what came before for me. No spoilers, so I can't say more than I felt that the ending felt forced and just a bit nonsensical.

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

Hard not to choose R, the narrator. Kenerly brings a lot to this character.

Did Warm Bodies inspire you to do anything?

This is a question that mystifies me. So I guess the answer must be no.

Any additional comments?

A good book, not a great one. It kept me interested throughout, though it lost me in the last hour.

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a nice change

I don't really like a lot of zombie stories, mainly because I like happy endings and don't like characters getting killed, and those preferences don't tend to mesh with the zombie genre. But I saw the movie based on this book a while back, so when this book was on sale at one point, I picked it up.

It was an enjoyable book. The main difference between the book and the movie is that the movie was a pretty light romantic comedy take, but the book is much less funny and more philosophical. Both are interesting and different takes on zombies, but they definitely come at the same basic story from slightly different angles.

I'd recommend this for a listen, though I doubt I'll need to re-read it at any point. I'll probably just watch the movie again, because I think I preferred the movie's more humorous angle.

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Fascinating!

I very much enjoyed both the story and the narration of this novel. It was an interesting look into a strangeness that is hard to wrap my head around! I'd seen the movie first, but the characters took on new shapes, faces, and voices in my mind as I read the book. Really fun read!

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Narrator put me to sleep.

Good story with a new take on the zombie genre. The narrator was very mono tone and put me to sleep twice. Had to stick with it just to finish. I did enjoy the book but even the few action scenes were meh cause of the flat tone of the reader.

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Movie was better

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would tell my friend to watch the movie.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

He was so monotone through the entire story. I lost interest.

Any additional comments?

Usually the book is better but not in this case. Boo.

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Lots of potential, not as good as I had hoped.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I loved the idea of this story. I did not love the story itself. I felt the author let too many things go unanswered, and did not develop the characters as well as he could have. The story was good though, just not as good as I had hoped. The Romeo and Juliet feel was fun though, and I loved how he uses music as language. There were a lot of good parts to this book, it just left me wanting and feeling flat overall. Worth a read, but only if you have some time on your hands and want a different take on the zombies theme.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I did not care for the ending. I think the movie ending was a little better honestly, although I liked the book much more than the movie.

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  • Tracy
  • United States
  • 07-01-11

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.

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  • Tyler
  • Kitchener, ON, Canada
  • 04-28-16

B&B with zombies

beauty and the beast with zombies. not bad but far from original. good for what it is.

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  • Brandy
  • Durham, NC, United States
  • 01-28-13

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.

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  • Erik
  • Jupiter, FL, United States
  • 12-06-12

Love the viewpoint

Any additional comments?

At first I thought, "oh god a stupid romance book with zombies?" Figured they'd have Fabio in tattered clothes or something...But I was was wrong. It's actually a fairly funny book based on zombies "healing". I've read a couple of books like this lately. Its refreshing that it shows people really are not dumb and as a species, humans do overcome the "impossible" I always hated that about apokolypse books where the military is useless and Humans are doomed because they are too stupid, frightened, and feeble to survive.
Now, they made this book into a movie and I hope they focus more on the humor that is sprinkled throughout this book. The author seemed to dab a bit in the humor and then abandon it for the realism...zombies are not real so stick with the humor. But I highly recommend this and you will be pleasantly surprised.

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