I've seen all three films based on this novel and now I feel cheated--the latter two minimized some very important moral points. If you're a fan of the late, great Vincent Price (star of the first film treatment ) you'll enjoy Robertson Dean's reading immensely.
As is usually the case, the original book was much better than any of the Hollywood productions have done with a film version. I am a fan of 'end of the world' books and liked the way the author put this one together. His version of vampires was much better than the Twilight style, more true to the original theme as you would expect from a book written 50 years ago.
This is the 1st time that I liked the movie more than the book. Don't get me wrong, the book was realy good. Too short though. I wanted more. I liked the movie and was hoping that the book would sort of follow the same story line but it didn't and that was ok when I finished.
A fresh new look into the world of the walking dead!
Note #1: I am not a science fiction or fantasy reader. And, while this story is placed into that category, it could just as well fit into general fiction.
It's a riveting story made more so by Robertson Dean's dramatic and spot-on reading. Note #2: I am not an audiobook 'reader.'
Great stories, such as this one, and exceptional readings, such as this one, encourage me to 'read' more audiobooks.
The story having been well-explained by this time will not be stated once again here. I will say that for me the heart of the story is the fully rounded bedeviled, strong and honest character Robert Neville. He's what's the story is about, and Richard Matheson does an extraordinary and much appreciated act of rendering him in his fullness and humanness.
I have listened to this story in the region of 30 times so far and I still find angles in the psychology of the main character that I had never considered before. A true masterpiece and one that would have made a much better film than the hollywood mangled version.
This is an excellent audible book a real thriller and not in a gross way. The reader is terrific and draws you into the story. I bought it because I had seen the movie with Will Smith but as always the book is so different then the movie - the book is better then the movie. Love it!
If you understand that this book was written in the 50's and you understand that time and how people thought, it's pretty interesting. It has some major low spots that are boring, but the story itself and the thoughts it provokes are good. It's different than anything I have read. It's not amazing but it was worth the $5 I paid for it when it was on sale.
Now on the pretense that I've not seen Omega Man, but I have seen I Am Legend the movie and enjoyed it; this book made me wish they'd have actually followed it in the most recent iteration. I was amazed, yet pleased, at the differences. The ending I still wasn't satisfied with, only because I wanted More!, but I'd be lying if I said it didn't make sense and complete this story in a nice little package.
If you have any interest, and definitely if you like I Am Legend the movie, I believe you will enjoy this deeper descent into Robert Neville's madness and enjoy the true story of why He Is Legend.
Although sometimes a little slow, this book wraps up beautifully. Towards the end I couldn't figure out where it was headed, but oh man when it gets there it is totally worth the trip. One of the best stories I have listened too, since Across the Nightingale Floor. Buy it and enjoy!
At first when I started listening (I have the audio version), I kept comparing it to the movie and thinking the movie was better. But as it went along my opinion totally changed. This was way better than the movie. No overdone messiah figure, no maudlin "a boy and his dog" with echoes of Old Yeller. Now that being said, there were parts I didn't like. The anger spells were just cheesy and poorly written IMHO. Also it is unbelievable that without any prior training and no one to assist him, this one guy came up with all this science. I don't buy it.
Now one reason why the book was better than the movie, is that the book actually makes sense out of the title which is the whole theme of the book. The movie absolutely didn't, and I left the movie wondering why the heck it was called that (call me sheltered but I didn't even know there was a book). It made no sense.
I don't even think the movie should have been called the same name--it radically departed from the story. Radically. It was at best derivative. Though the Fresh Prince's acting was, as usual, stellar.
One more reason not to like the movie. THEY SMASHED A GORGEOUS MAC PRO!! So while the protagonist was killing his dog, I was like, "Forget the dog, look what happened to the Mac!"