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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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Better than the movie!

I was unsure about getting this but after listening I realized it was much better than I could hope for

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Just keeps getting better with each new page.

I was in the midst of my finals and in dire need of something light and fun to read. Lucky for me Audible had a sale a couple of weeks ago and I bought a handful of books for $5 each! I can’t speak for the rest of the world, but I love to have an audiobook on standby for when I’m driving, doing dishes, or even just relaxing. Since I’m a sucker for a book on sale, in any way, shape, or form, I have an endless supply of options to pick from.

Visually speaking, Isaac Marion’s book Warm Bodies is a mental delight. It’s a quick read, sitting at a mere 240 pages it made for a wonderful zombalishious snack. I have to give a nod to my fellow Seattle author. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t more then a little excited to meet him at Emerald City Comic Con later this month.

The book was well written, but more then that it was fresh. The main character, R, is a zombie and as the reader we get to experience the world from his point of view. The book grows in consciousness as R does. I can’t say if it was intentional or not, but the descriptions, and artistry of Marion’s writing grows to a climax right along with R’s own transformation from zombie to human.

I’ve often wondered if it is possible to care passionately for something that contemporary mythos deem a monstrosity, and the resounding answer is yes. Marion has created a mesmerizing evolution of a being, bringing together both the mob mentality of your typical zombie movie and the genital romance of first love. Who would have thought it was possible?!

I enjoyed this book very much and I look forward to watching the movie later this week! Did you read Warm Bodies? What were your thoughts?

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Very well written,imaginitive.. highly recommended

I saw the movie before "listening" to the book. The storyline is slightly different, more personal and intense than the movie. R's character is extremely dynamic and relatable "in the human sense" and even the "zombie" moments that R described were clouded with moral disgust at his own nature. The narrator did a fantastic job capturing every moment, every emotion, with intentional clarity. Though there were transitions that seemed to abruptly switch from reality to vision or dream, the narrator knew how to distinguish between the two in the tone of his voice. Really enjoyed this book. I highly recommend it.

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One of my favorite!

I love it. to see the world through a Zombie's eyes. And the character developpement is brilliant.

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An original.

This zombie book was like poetry. If you want to enjoy something different than your average zombie tale, this one is full of life and hope. Just wonderful.

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  • Meredith
  • Mishawaka, Indiana, USA
  • 07-05-16

Standout story and exceptional narration

Where does Warm Bodies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've listened to about 40 audiobooks at this point, and Warm Bodies is among my favorites, if not #1.

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

Unfortunately, none I've found. I will read anything I find that might have the same tone and imaginative story.

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

Perry, narrated in his memories was my favorite performance, but Julie was my favorite character.

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This was by far my favorite narration of any audiobook. I had read the book before listening to it (as I have many of the books I listen to), and liked it, but I was missing out before the narration. Kevin Kenerly brings an understated, steady angst out in the writing that highlighted interpretations and tones that I had not read from the text alone. The book itself is great—imaginative, odd, melancholy yet hopeful—all of which is multiplied by the narration. I've now listened to this book 3 times since purchasing, and I'm eager to go back in for fourths.

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Add to the list of favorites

Loved Loved Loved this book!!! This might be my new favorite zombie story. When we lose our humanity, we seize to live.

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  • Dana
  • Springdale, AR, United States
  • 04-17-16

Surprisingly meaningful

This is not the movie. Not by a long shot. Humor, yes. Romance, yes. Gross zombies, of course. But so much more. Read it.
The narration was top notch, too.

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*Giggles*

I love the creativity and fun perspective. The way that your always hearing what R. Is thinking is so humorous. Some people might not get the humor. It's not funny because of awesome punch lines.

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  • Michelle
  • SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, United States
  • 02-01-16

Nontraditional take on zombie apocalypse.

When you have read as many zombie apocalypse books as I have,you start looking for something different in the genre. This is different for 3 reasons. First, you get to hear about the zombie apocalypse from the zombie's point of view. Second, it takes place after the apocalypse, not during it. Third, the zombies are capable of being rehabilitated, and there are people who are interested in doing that, rather than simply shooting them. I like this line of thinking much better. This is one of the best zombie books I have ever read.