"It was a bit of a fight to get through this one."
This is a gripping and well told story but is unremittingly bleak. The book starts with the hero, Robert Neville, already well into the events that have unfolded after a vampire plague has taken over the world. The characterization is very good but I found it hard to empathize with the hero because you only get brief glimpses at what he was like before these catastrophic events turned him into the half crazed and hardened person, which he is at the start of the book. My main problem with the plot is that it had so few glimmers of hope in it, this made the story somewhat predictable and hard work to listen to.If on the other hand you like your fiction dark, this would be a great novel for you.
The narrator did a brilliant job at projecting the thoughts of a man falling apart to the listener. He has a pleasant voice to listen to and is great at conveying the tension of the story.
Overall I'm glad I bought this book but it's not one I'll come back too again and again, like many of the others in my library.
"Don't expect Will Smith."
Firstly this was nothing like the Will Smith film. The only thing they have in common is the title and the name of the leading character. I quite liked the film and the book is just as good if not better.
Really liked the ending too, won't spoil it for anyone but like I said bears no resemblance to the film.
It was, it's not too long as well. Unfortunately I don't have the time to listen to it in one sitting.
Modern classic, download it you won't be disappointed.
"Nothing like the movie, in a good way"
I remained engaged throughout. Impressive for a story largely comprising of one character.
I definitely needed a break at times as it was really quite depressing, although it was intended to be.
This book highlights the darker side of long term isolation, and questions one-sided moral decisions.
"A Must Read"
>It's nothing like the movie. Alright, having taken care of that, here is what I have to say<
This book was incredible, the story and the way that the main character's thoughts and feelings are presented are just amazing.
I was very worried about the vampire cliche, but you know what.. the writer added a twist and much more depth into it, making it fit like a latex glove (there is a disturbing image for you, complements of the house).
Jokes aside the only negative point of this book is its length, you just want more and are really sad to know that the end might be near.
The narration is superb, the best one yet in my narrow experience. Nice work Mr.Robertson!
I will not say one more word on this master piece as I don't want to inadvertently spoil something, just trust my words, get it now and you'll thank me later.
Firstly, if you've seen the film, forget all about it. The book is as similar to the film as driving a car is to roller skating. With all of that said, the book is very good. It's a little slow to start but quickly picks up pace. The narrator does an excellent job of conveying the tension and emotion right to the end. Well worth the download
"Really enjoyed it"
So much better than the film, the main character has a hint of madness we can all suffer from under such circumstances we may find ourselves
"A must listen"
This is an excellent book, I agree with the points made by pretty much everyone else! I almost liked this more because of the film link, I thought I knew roughly what I was getting and so was surprised and delighted with the actual story. I loved the voice actor, very appropriate, and the story had a good pace, brilliant twists and the ending is fantastic.
"Not to be confused with "Twilight"..."
I was not expecting this!!! Despite the explosion of vampire novels in the last couple of years I have managed, on the whole, to avoid this genre. I had heard of the movie and had seen the images of Will Smith and a dog trudging through a ruined landscape. Hard to believe this was written in 1954, but according to Amazon it has been frequently on the Horror best sellers list, no wonder... what a thriller of a story. I have not been able to fall asleep for the last couple of nights (audiobooks in bed usually send me out like a light). The moral of the tale, revealed in the last minutes is one to rival George Orwell. Well narrated and well worth the listen.
"Tense and moving"
Richard Matheson is a brilliant writer of science fiction and horror, this book is a true testament to his art. It is tense, it is scary, it is sad, it is moving and it is shocking. The 'twist' or revelation in amazing. Thoroughly recommend this book, you will have shivers on your arm as you listen.
"Classic book, great performance"
This is one of those books that, as a fan of Science Fiction, belongs to the canon and must be read sooner rather than later. I rather got around to it later, but am so glad I finally did! It's fast paced, engaging, with many twists and turns. Quite a psychological thriller. The narrator, Robertson Dean also did a fantastic job. I'm sure I'll listen to this one again some day.