‘I Am Legend’ leaves much to be desired, instead of deviling into the true aspects of isolation, fear, anger and insanity the author dances around such topics choosing to touch the surface without diving in. A mediocre m?lange of already told stories, topics and facts. Quite simply a disappointment.
written in 1954, i'm sure this is a treatise on the individual versus the collective and communism -- or even the reverse, mccathyism. as a work of pure horror fiction, however, it's terrifying.
I wanted to listen to this book before the movie hits this week. The book is very good and suspenseful. I think that considering that this book was written in the 1950's it still translates well to modern day and it really makes you think about how likely it could be that an epidemic could wipe out everyone today. Get this book if you like suspense.
I usually don't write reviews, but I was completely gripped by the narrative of this audiobook. It was extremely well done, in my opinion. Not only was the story ahead of its time (1954), but the story also foreshadows an "epidemic", which seems increasingly likely in our lifetime. There were times that the narrator's voice made the hair stand up on the back of my neck. Well done.
This book had me not wanting to put it down. The emotional rollercoaster Neville experiences is incredible. A great story about survival and the indominable human spirit in the face of overwhelming odds.
In some ways this is the scariest book I've read/heard in a long time.
It is a Robinson Caruso type of situation in which the character evolved into something way more than a survivalist. This might be something that todays "reality TV" mentality might not be able to appreciate.
Not only does the book describe a world all too plausible in todays war filled climate, but the situation Robert finds himself in is truly the stuff of nightmares.
Drinking, smoking, bouts of self-pity and occasional descents into madness are truly scary behaviors for the one suffering them. No therapy available either! With an alternative of illness that robs one of humanity and/or life, I felt that he came through with grace, courage, and some unusual insights not many people would have.
I could have been shorter but the reader was so good that I didn't so much mind listening for 5 hours.
Almost gave this a 4 but really only felt it is 3 1/2
I really enjoyed the movie, so I thought I'd check this out and hopefully get an expanded version of the story that I liked so much. Unfortunately, it turns out that the movie was only very loosely based on this book. By comparison, the book is just not near as interesting imo. The Robert Nevill character, his quest to find others and save the world, his relationship with the dog, and also with the woman. All of those things and much more, were done so much better in the movie.
Well, at least I now have far more respect for those that adapted this novel. They re-wrote it is more like it, and much much for the better it turns out. This, on it's own, is a pretty poor novel, that moves at a snails pace.
The plot of the story is what had me hooked.
The dark tower books, which is my favorite, would be comparable to this book
The dog scene was sad.