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Married with Zombies

(Living With the Dead #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  6,518 ratings  ·  997 reviews
A heartwarming tale of terror in the middle of the zombie apocalypse.

Meet Sarah and David.

Once upon a time they met and fell in love. But now they're on the verge of divorce and going to couples' counseling. On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things -- the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, D
Paperback, 253 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Orbit
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as an aside- i really hate that bee, and it would make the site look like one for doofy toddlers, not bookish adults. i can stand to lose to a hedgehog, but that bee has got to go down (LGM)

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When this popped up on my feed awhile back I immediately went to the library to see if it was available on audio – while simultaneously wondering how I had missed reading it back in my Zombies4Eva phase. Well, turns out I had read it but since I am a moron I had completely forgotten all about it. So unlike me, right? It also turns out back in the day I was even worse at reviewing than I am now because I straight up compared this to Zom
Opening Line: "David and I became warriors in the zombie plague on the first day, but I don't think that means we were front line soldiers or something."

Touted as “romantic comedy with…brains.” this was a fantastic, super fun read that had me laughing from page 1 and just didn’t stop. Alongside all the gore and zombie mayhem there’s also a well written, action filled, story here which I think anyone who’s been in a long term relationship or seen Sean of the Dead will be able to relate to. Follow
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Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (SLOW)

Make requests, not demands.

example: “please” kill that zombie honey, I’m out of bullets.


OMG ! this book was absolulty fantastic !! and LOL defiantly hilarious !from the story's first intal pages to its very end..this book kept me entertained and laughing as i flipped through the adventures of our two humans DAVE AND SARAH against the apocalypse.

"The Couple who Slays together , Stays Together"

LOL true,who knew killing you brain-eating/marriage s
Meredith Holley
As an unmarried person with many married friends, I have heard my share of lectures and seen my share of demonstrations about how to have a successful (or repair a broken) marriage. I get why you would have to talk about marriage lessons after you learn them because it really is an accomplishment to realize something about relationships. But I never realized until I read this book that it would be SO MUCH MORE FUN if they told their stories with ZOMBIES!!!! Yaaaaay! Not that I wish they had to f ...more
Nov 16, 2010 rated it liked it
There is nothing special about David and Sarah. Even their names are boring. In fact, I never remembered their names during the course of the book, I had to look them up for purposes of writing this review. They are vaguely middle-class but having financial difficulties (what twentysomething isn't?), don't have exciting careers, have no special secret backgrounds in martial arts, weaponry, or magic, and pretty much lack any noteworthy hobbies or personality traits. In short, they are an Everycou ...more
Veronica Morfi
Jun 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
Rating: 1/5

DNF at 43%

This was not what I hoped for. It was boring and not as much fun as I thought it'd be. There were a lot of zombie attacks but still this wasn't really exciting. I didn't care about the characters or what will happen to them. I am kind of disappointed because this seemed like something I would enjoy (or even love).
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
Dear god, what have I read?! Horrific. Superficial Too Stupid To Live characters I don't care about, stumbling around blindly asking to be eaten.


Having loved the show Married with Children I impulsively decided I would love this too. However, I'm wondering now whether "zombies" and "comedy" can ever be a good mix in the post-Carry On world, and in the absence of Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead totally pulls off the ZomRomCom). And perhaps with this book by marketing it as a comedy excuses th
Mar 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
'...I never would have guessed that unlike therapy, unlike the self-help books that littered our apartment at the time, killing zombies would save my relationship.'

Sarah and Dave are having marital problems and have been attending marriage counseling once a week for the past 6 months. On the way to their weekly visit, their session ends up going far differently than the others: their marriage counselor attempts to eat them. After a momentary fight for their lives where their marriage counselor e
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
Feb 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: zombies-plague
Who knew a story could be so disgusting and hilarious at the same time?

Married with Zombies was fast-paced, full of kick ass action and lots of humor, with two enjoyable characters that you'll cheer for until the very end.

Sarah and David's circumstances were highly amusing. Not because they were fighting for survival against hordes of zombies, but because they were a couple forced to work together to stay alive when they couldn't even decide on how to handle listening to music together in the ca
I came across this book few days ago and really liked the plot, so decided to read it right away.This book is humorous even with zombie plot,not in a Laugh-out-loud kind of way,but it has its funny moments. This book is exactly what I was looking for;light and funny.
I really enjoyed reading this book,the characters were really good and even the story was enjoyable.Overall It was a nice read.
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
There’s nothing like a zombie apocalypse to lend perspective to one’s marriage troubles. This book mixes humor, gore, and adventure to create a remarkable story about a troubled marriage in the midst of the zombie plague. Quirky, irreverent, and suspenseful, this memorable tale keeps the suspense strong until its thoroughly satisfying conclusion.
Oct 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-have, supernatural
I was shocked by how good this book was! I would recommend it to anyone who likes zombie stories. It was humorous as well, which is always a plus.
Carolyn  Storer
'Married with Zombies' is such a fun book! The main characters, Sarah and David, are married, and while there is a zombie apocalypse unfolding around them, they still argue about the issues that had them in therapy to begin with, and because of these two characters, 'Married with Zombies' gives a slightly original slant on the usual characters offered in zombie fiction.

However, that's where the originality ends, this book is full of zombie fiction cliches, but you know what, I didn't care. This
Carly - Resident Supergirl
Listened to this book on audio and this was just a fun, quick read and perfect for the spooky month of October! I am not a huge zombie fan but this concept came up as a challenge in one of the groups that I am in and it was a bit out of my comfort zone so I decided to give it a try. I loved this because it was about a couple struggling with their marriage amidst the start of a zombie apocalypse which in turn actually helped save their marriage. They have to work together, talk things out, and ap ...more
Anzu The Great Destroyer
If I could hug myself and kiss the hell out of my brilliant little huge (because I’m freakishly smart) brain I would! Oh wait, I can actually do that. At least the hugging part. Kissing my own brain might be difficult unless I turn into a zombie somehow. But then maybe I would be tempted to eat my own brain. Is that considered making out with it or not?

Anyways, Married With Zombies was such a great book! Well.. not really sooo great, but pretty nice. More than nice. Great. Is a three-star ratin
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the beginning of an excellent series. Can't wait to read more! Love the audio so much!
Our hero and heroine have reached that point of the marriage where all they seem to do is make each other angry. Instead of talking to each other about the minor stuff that escalated in their romance, they seek out the help of a professional. Good idea. I think everyone should go to therapy, some more than others. Myself included.
So on a quiet morning before their appointment, the world changes. Our
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
Who would of thought a zombie breakout would save your marriage. But Sarah and David have that happen to them. They have been bickering for a long time over everything and trying marriage counseling for about six months. At their appointment things seem odd no secretary, doctor is running behind schedule and it is too quiet for the middle of the day.

So they decide to knock on the door and see if everything is okay, which it isn't as the zombies have arrived and are quickly taking over Seattle.
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
After 5 years of marriage a young couple find that they are having marital problems so decide to go see a local marriage counsellor. And then the Zombie outbreak arrives!! Just how would this apocalyptic world changing event affect their own personal relationship as well as the fate of the whole world? - well America's West coast first, I suppose.
This is a fun-filled, modern day, good old-fashioned Zombie romp containing an abundance of all the usual trimmings that the reader would come to expec
Greta is Erikasbuddy
Mar 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Zombie Lovers who want to laugh
What do you do when you can't get along with your spouse?

Go to marriage counseling, of course!!

But what happens when your marriage counselor decides that you are on the menu and limps on over for a taste?

Ask for a lower rate?
Tell her that this is breaking your confidentiality contract?
Pop a mint?

Hell noes!! You kill her!!!!

The Plot
Sarah and Dave have been married for five years and are about to call it quits. They bicker all the time, they can't agree on anything, and just about every little thi
Oct 27, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommended to Megan by: Caris
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This was a brilliant book!

I really loved the zombies, the couple (and their bickering and how they turned out to be a better couple because, gasp, zombies! (and killing them)), it was a really action-packed story, with a lot of comedy. I had a few times that I wanted to cry though, when they lost people who they cared about.

The chapter openers were hilarious and I laughed out loud a few times. :)

Thanks so much Gisbelle for recommending this book to me.
2nd read 5 years later: This is still one of my favorite zombie books ever. I'm excited that I have the other 2 books so I can finish this trilogy.

Perfect combo of zombie horror and romantic comedy.
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was pretty fun to read; it’s not easy to pull off a comedy/romance/zombie apocalypse story. Thanks to Lacey for lending me this; I enjoyed it a lot more than the last Zombie book she lent me! 😉
Dark Faerie Tales
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Fun-filled zombie hunting therapy… need I say more?

Opening Sentence: David and I became warriors in the zombie plague on the first day, but don’t think that means we were front line soldiers or something.

The Review:

There are so many self-help books out there that they have their own section in bookstores. But how many couple self-help books use zombie killing to strengthen a marriage? This is the best book idea, EVER!

David and Sarah’s marriage i
Sep 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Only 3 stars because the ending was unsatisfying and lazy. However, if you want a really good laugh, and you like to read books that happen in your city, Seattle - then read away!
May 29, 2010 rated it liked it
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I like zombie books so when I saw this available at BookExpo America, I picked it up right away. Many don’t share my opinion – or at least don’t like it when the hero or heroine is a zombie. I mean, if vital parts fall off, the romance is kind of over, yes? But Married With Zombies gives us two very mortal protagonists in the midst of a bad marriage and a zombie uprising.

The book starts off very cute when David and Sarah walk into their marriage counse
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I stumbled upon Married With Zombies by chance and am so glad I did! While I do like zombies (just not when their hungry for my brains), my best friend is much more of a zombie fan than myself. But after reading the description for Married With Zombies, I was very curious to begin reading. I told myself I’d read two chapters a night before bed, that quickly became 4+ on some nights. Over half of the chapters leave you wanting to know what happens next. So what’s so great about Married With Zombi ...more
Yolanda Sfetsos
Dec 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zombies
For me, nothing says Happy Holidays like getting stuck into some good ol' zombie fiction. So when I received this book the other day, I couldn't resist it. I got stuck into it right away and couldn't stop reading...

Sarah and David's marriage hasn't been good for a while now. Actually, they've been going to marriage counselling for six months already, but it doesn't seem to be making much of a difference. They're always bickering, and just can't seem to spend a single moment together without rese
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