Without a doubt, this audiobook should be in the library of every sci-fi lover. After reading the reviews on Audible, I had few expectations going in that it would the same as the movie but it was the first time I had seen a movie before I read the book. It wasn't what I expected at all and I was riveted! From start to finish, my mind never wandered and I never lost interest. I listened to about 20 audiobooks in 2010 and this was the best of the year.
For those who saw the movie and loved it, this story will not disappoint. It is not the same story as the movie but it is just as good. I'm not really into science fiction but I loved this. Well read and good story.
A fan of Richard Matheson's work, I bought this audio immediately when it became available on Audible, but did not actually listen to it for 3 years. My hesitation was due to my initial impression that the story was kind of "hokey" -- almost everybody on Earth has turned into a vampire?!? Really? When I finally gave it a chance, I discovered a wonderful, exciting story about science struggling to dispel myth and superstition. The bad guys in this story are not vampires in the traditional sense. Matheson provides us with new concepts for defining vampirism. Ultimately, this is a tale of one man's attempt to survive after a worldwide bacteriological infestation. Released in 1954, this is the father of all the end-of-the-world zombie killer flicks of our era.
Written in 1954 and set in the 1970s, this is the story of a man living in a world in which vampires have become the dominant species. You explore his world, his mind, and the shape of how things might be after such a cataclysm.
Of of the main character's primary drives is to find out what caused this vampire epidemic and how it might be fought. While the science is a bit dated, it is still fun to examine and I found these parts to be the most interesting.
As for the production quality, Robertson Dean does a MASTERFUL job of bringing the story to life and infusing it with everything from psychosis to anger to sadness to horror. Bravo!
Buy this audiobook if only to listen to a first rate narrator suck you deep into a well-told story.
This is a classic that led up to the more modern Night of the Living Dead. I really enjoyed the book, but I felt that the reading was sub-par.
First off let me say that this is not anything like the movie if that's what you're looking for. Basically they share the same title and are about a lone individual in a world of vampires made so from some fast spreading virus. But that's basically the end of the common story. This story takes place in the mid 1970's, but is actually a science fiction/horror written for the future because the original release was in 1954 so the author missed some of what would be available in basically a dead world of the 70's.
The reader did a fine job preforming the read. Especially when the main character was basically going mad in the early part of the book. That was preformed well, but that was also the one primary flaw in the book. As a lone character he would go on and on in his mind about everything that was driving him mad. If you turned on a recorder to take down all your famblings about things that made you angry as hell just how long do you think you'd listen to it later before it became a bore? That was the one major flaw...Too much rambling on at times. But none the less it was interesting and a bit frightening at times...Well worth a listen
Fast paced and interesting, not like the boring movie. For those of you that saw the movie, relax. The book and the movie have very little in common. The narrator was clear, and except for being overly dramatic, he did a fairly good job. There where a few parts that where not intended to be funny, but after listening to the narration, you have no choice but to laugh at the over acting. It's a shame the author ended the book when he did, this book had a lot of potential and the author could have stretched the ending.
Excellent book. If you have to make a decision between this book or either of the 2 poorly made movies based on this book,then the choice is simple....skip the movies and read or listen to this book.Actually the book rates 5 stars but the narration is irritating enough for me to give the 4 star rating.In an effort to be overly dramatic the narrator at times yells into the microphone.
I did enjoy this story but was very surprised at how different it was from the recent movie which is what prompted me to read the book. The book has a completely different storyline and outcome and actually is more thought provoking than the movie was. It wasn't quite the thriller I was looking for but a interesting read.
I have seen two movies based on this book: "Omega Man" with Charlton Heston from 1971 and "I Am Legend" with Will Smith from 2007. The book is a much better story. Yes, having been written in the 1950's and set in the '70's, it's a bit dated, but the struggles of Robert Neville as the only survivor, so far as he knows, of a plague that has rendered the remaining population zombies who attack his home by night and are hunted by him by day keep the listener engaged. The narration is first rate. And, in the end, the title makes sense.