R is a zombie. He has no name, no memories, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He is a little different from his fellow Dead. Amongst the ruins of an abandoned city, R meets a girl. Her name is Julie, and she is the opposite of everything he knows - warm and bright and very much alive, she is a blast of colour in a dreary grey landscape.
For reasons he can't understand, R chooses to save Julie instead of eating her, and a tense yet strangely tender relationship begins. This has never happened before. It breaks the rules and defies logic, but R is no longer content with life in the grave. He wants to breathe again, he wants to live, and Julie wants to help him. But their grim, rotting world won't be changed without a fight....
©2011 Isaac Marion (P)2011 Blackstone Audio Inc. Published in the UK by Random House Audiobooks
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This book is a great heart warming tale of zombies falling out of death and into life and love. I needed this book after reading a series of long complex and enjoyably brain draining books. A nice and simple but none the less wonderful read.
"Slaughter never sounded so sweet"
Unexpected, engaging, gruesome
Spoiler alert* when Julie and R are talking in the house after they escaped the airport, he admitted that he was the one that killed her boyfriend and she forgave him. You see in this scene that they have a real connection that is very deep for only knowing each other for a short time. You know what they have is special.
Definitely R, he has a very soothing and rich voice, but he can still do female voices really well.
It sure was, it was so hard to turn off when life gets in the way.
Although it is a zombie story, it really is a story of redemption. It's like life became so taken for granted and driven by greed and consumerism that it caused the soul to die. Then humanity had to learn to live again.
"suprised by the book"
was realy suprised by this book.
you have to power true the first hour or so of this book but when you stick with it it will suprise you and grip you with it's story.
"Adorable and entertaining"
Not sure. I mean the story is nice, the dialogue is funny but things went a bit slow so probably not really.
R was my absolute fave, obviously. His mind and inner dialogues are really funny and he's just a nice, warming character. His best friend is also really funny, whenever he was present things were fun.
First of I'd like to say that the story itself is really cute, it's nice and it's thoughtful. It is kind of weird how you're reading about how the humans are pretty much doomed and everyone is either dead or a zombie yet it continues to be a light story. It's a very cute story really but it's lacking something towards the end, I didn't even realize it ended and I just sat for more, feeling like something was missing that didn't make the story THAT good.
However the characters are nice and the narrating was really what caught me. Kevin Kenerly has an extremely nice and relaxing voice and he's very good at doing zombie noises and sounding like other characters. I hope to find more books narrated by him.
Warm Bodies is a fantastic story, and quite unique. I have seen the film and thought I'd see what the book was like. I was surprised how different it was. I would recommend this title.
The only fault is the chapters aren't separated when read aloud which made it difficult for me to stop listening and coming back to it later.
"Miles better than film!"
Yes this was a great book, not what i was expecting and a totally different ending than any other zombie book
R of course and his development throughout the book, love the concept of zombie development.
Not 1 moment just the brilliant development and twist on a normal zombie book
From a vile all destructive zombie book which i love by the way, it twists through a nasty way into a love story with a massive twist at the end a really good listen.
"Zombie tale with a heart"
I loved this book as it was so unlike anything I'd read before. R is one of my favorite characters, so eloquent in his head and frustrated by his predicament and lack of ability to communicate. There was a gentle humour and enough gore that kept me entertained. The pace speeds up as the book goes along but the slow start might frustrate some. I quite liked the amount of time we were given getting to know R's new world though.
The narrator isn't what I would have expected but sounded quite ethereal which I thought suited the pace and tone.
"Alright book. Very badly chosen/cast narrator"
The book/story itself was ok. Not amazing or great, but interesting and at times amusing. Storyline took a while to get going and even when it did there were times where the pace was simply too slow - R did too much pondering, but I guess that's a zombie hazard. I've seen the trailer and before reading the book was desperate to see the film, having read the book I am now less enthusiastic.
I've listened to countless audio books, the narrators can be hit and miss, but the narrator on Warm Bodies was particularly appalling. He sounds like an old man and it was difficult to deal with this in relation to R's romance with teenager Julie. He was also too theatrical and his nuances were extremely annoying. Would not recommend the audio - read the paperback instead.
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