NO!! Very slow moving, read in monotone.
NO!!! This book represents a very small category of books where the movie is truly better than the book, and the movie wasn't that good either. This book is more about the internal dialog of a man trying not to loose his sanity, than any of the monsters standing outside his house each night.
The material is very depressing, with only a few speaking characters. I wish the narrator would have given more range of emotion to the lead. It felt monotone.
Hollywood's already done this a couple of times.
Even if this book is on sale, avoid the temptation to buy it........you will be sorry if you do.
In 1967 George A. Romero wanted to do a horror film based on "I Am Legend" but the rights to the book were already optioned for the movie "The Omega Man". So Romero came up eoth his own version__"Night Of The Living Dead." Substituting his owb creation__flesh eating animated corpses__for vampires he created a classic. Without "I Am Legend" that might never have happened.
My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
And why is it better? Because it asks questions about what it means to be human that the movies choose to skip over. But to talk about what those questions are would be too much of a spoiler, so I'll just point out how much the current zombie craze owes to this book. From George Romero to The Walking Dead, this book anticipated and in some ways is still way ahead of them in exploring the possibilities. Here's the thing: not all of the night creatures in this book are inarticulate rotting zombies. And that's all I'm going to say about that.
love to read, love to listen
It was quite different from the movie, and the differences made it really interesting. I guess I hadn't noticed when I purchased it that it was more of a novella, though. I was a bit disappointed at how short it was.
believable, engaging, realistic
Well, yeah. Will Smith!
I am very hard to please when it comes to audio books. So many of them bore me and I just can't finish them. With a bad book, I find myself daydreaming or lost in some other thought while the narrator prattles on. Not the case with this book. This is an intriguing story that held my attention throughout. I saw the movie and was hesitant to try the book but I had read they are not that similar. I found that I really didn't remember much about the movie and it did not affect my experience with the book. This is a very vivid, well written book that really pulls you into someone's world. Definitely worth a credit!
Well-thought-out; interesting; worth-the-credit
Had to be the ending
Last Human Standing, or The Last Person on Earth
Worth the credit. Amazing that this story was written so long ago!
Audiobooks makes my 10+hour commutes every week alot more bearable. :)
Thrilling Lonely Existence
The ending, its fantastic
Not really, but after the ending i sat quiet for ten minutes thinking about how great it was
There have been many movies throughout the years about this book. Vincent Price was the first and Will Smith was the latest. The Vincent Price one follows the story line the best if you want to see a good movie rendition. The story starts out with a pandemic that no one knows the source yet it took place between competing nations at war with each other. Not unlike our own situation. Humanity is wiped out expect one person. The story never goes into other nations, so we have to take this at face value. This is a great story of one person's drive to survive and possibly find a cure. In the end however our prejudices win out. Read and see what I mean.
This was a quick listen and just right. The premise is dark and, ultimately, deeply sad. Many times while listening I wondered what was going on in the time it was written and the possibilities for symbolism and cultural cues of that time are rich and provactive. So it was a thoughtful listen, too. The performance was a bit overly dramatic for me at times, and thus a little distracting, but easily forgiven. I recommend it for those who are in the mood to go someplace less cheerful and hopeful for a brief time.
I'm a huge audiobook junkie, but this one was like an IV drip of Nyquil!!! every time I tried to listen, I would pass out and have to start over. never did finish, finally gave up. If you are looking for something to put you to sleep, this is a great buy. Put the Ambian back in the medicine cabinet and put on your headphones. But if you want something to pass the time in an entertaining way and make a long day a little more enjoyable, find another book.