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THIS WAS ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS WHEN I WAS GROWING UP. THE STORY OF ONE MAN'S LONELY EXISTANCE IN A WORLD OVER RUN BY DEATH AND VAMPIRES IS TRULY UNFORGETTABLE, EXCITING, THOUGHTFUL, AND MESMERIZING. FAR AHEAD OF ITS TIME, THIS IS A CLASSIC OF APOCALYPTIC FICTION. AND THIS AUDIBLE LISTEN IS TRULY AMAZING BECAUSE OF NARRATOR ROBERTSON DEAN'S WONDERFUL PERFORMANCE. THE MAN CONVEYS ALL THE LONELINESS, ANGST, AND HORROR OF THE STORY THROUGH HIS MANIPULATION OF THE MATERIAL. I SAT RIVETED, NOT WANTING TO UNPLUG MYSELF FROM LISTENING.
The book and the movie have virtually no similarities, so don't worry about having seen the movie. The book is a very intense and often depressing internal discussion by the main character regarding the terrible situation in which he finds himself. He is nothing like the character in the movie - he is not a military medical expert. He just happens to be one of the few persons in the world who has natural immunity to whatever is causing the plague, and that is one of the most interesting differences between the movie and the book. Definitely get this book. At the very least, you will finally have an explanation of the title.
This is the story that inspired George A. Romero to create "Night of the Living Dead", as well as 3 films based on it. This audiobook does the classic tale much justice in that it is well presented and affordably priced. The narration is supurb and never becomes grating. If you love the horror genre, "I Am Legend" is a must-listen!
I was actually very happy to find that the story was so different from the movie. Initially I thought it would be a neat read to pick up on details that often must be left out of films but in the first ten minutes you can clearly see that this is a much different Robert Neville and the creatures outside his home are much different than those of the film. I honestly wish they had just used a different name for the film version and made this exact story into a move of it's own because it was such a fun and terrifying listen! This book made me a Richard Matheson fan and I also enjoyed the narration very much.
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.