"... there are times when silence is a poem." - John Fowles, the Magus ^(;,;)^
Not your mamma's vampire story. Actually, if your mamma was reading in the mid-fifties, this actually might have actually been your mamma's vampire story. Matheson was writing Stephen King novels when Stephen King was a just a wee Maine boy dreaming of them. This is annteresting, zombi-pocalyptic/vampire robinsonade. Not brilliant, flawed in parts, but still a very very good first novel.
this book is a great example of how great narration can heighten the listeners experience.
This reader was incredibly chilled by both the story line and the narration.
Don't let the movie stop you-this is really nothing much like it. Try it out you will not be sorry!
I enjoy reading fantasy, science fiction, and horror the most. To improve, I read about language, psychology, spirituality, and art. I read about computer science and business for professional reasons.
A classic scary vampire novel. The novel focuses on a character who is surviving in a world overrun by vampires. The vampires are more like zombies than modern vampires, as they lack the intellect and sophistication bestowed in most vampire stories. The main character was portrayed as a nervous wreck, and the descriptions of him, his mental state, his situation, and more were very thorough and detailed.
I really enjoyed this book. Both when I read it and when I listened to it. I would definately recommend it to a friend.
He can be a little dry and unemotional. But that probably makes him perfect for this story considering the main character is a little dry and burnt out.
Not become a vampire.
I loved this book, but I wish the second half of the book was included in the audible version. I kept thinking I didn't download it correctly or that my ipod was malfunctioning. What's the deal Audible?
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WHAT A GREAT BOOK.. I THOUGHT I LIKED THE MOVIE,BUT THE BOOK IS TEN TIMES BETTER.THIS BOOK IS DIFFERENT THAN THE MOVIE THE FIRST,MIDDLE,ENDING THE WHOLE THING ALMOST.IN A GOOD WAY BOTH ARE GOOD,THIS BOOK IS SHORT AND INTENSE.THE MONSTERS ARE VAMPS SO YOU KNOW ITS GONE TO BE GOOD..THIS IS A MUST READ,A START TI FINISH LISTEN...ROBERTSON DEAN DID A GREAT JOB READING THIS BOOK,HE IS THE KIND OF NARRATER YOU COULD LISTEN TO OVER AND OVER..GREAT JOB GREAT BOOK...
I have watched the original 1964 movie starring Vincent Price as Robert Neville, as well as watching Will Smith play same. It seems to me that the original 1964 movie (Titled "Last Man on Earth" written by Richard Matheson) follows the book more accurate then the movie "I am Legend" w/Will Smith.
The Movie w/Will Smith was made more for the audience of today, as was the original "Last Man on Earth" in 1964. Vincent Price gave (as usual) an outstanding performance in the movie, as did Will Smith, but judging the book to the 2007 movie and giving it a poor rating is not fair to either the book nor the movie. As for the Narrator, he did his best to act the characters of the book, usually men with deep voices find it difficult to do a feminine voice.
As I titled this listen w/an open mind and try not to compare (especially with the 2007 movie), both were very good in their own rights, give credit where credit is due. I too have judged a "remake" to the original until I set my mind to understand that the 2nd movie was a stand alone movie, not one intended to be an actual remake but another persons vision of the same script using current technology to try and better the movie goers experience.
I listen to the books in the car to/from work - I could not wait each day to get into the car to listen and found myself driving slower to hear more... the narrator is fantastic, the book is, well, legendary....
I changed my rating on this book from 4 stars to 5 because I have been continuing to think about this book for many months and not in a bad way. It is not super scary like in the movie, but it is about vampires or some kind of monster like that. I really like the ending of this book and that is why I have been thinking about it so much. I think Richard Matheson is making a social statement with the book and I totally agree with him. When our culture changes, some of us are left alone. I don't want to ruin the book for anyone, so I'll leave it at that. Read it. It is very good.
I listened to the book after seeing the movie. I thought the movie was so so. An interesting idea but a dopey ending. I enjoyed the book very much. Darker and more gloomy but a very satisfactory ending.