"A short sharp shock of a listen!"
This is an excellent story that is read with an enthusiasm and passion that I've rarely encountered in other audiobooks. It's just a shame that it's such a short story and even as an unabridged edition it only 5hr 20m long so it's very possible to listen to this in one sitting.
As other reviewers have mentioned, unlike the film there is no Hollywood happy-ever-after ending here.... ohhhhhh no. In fact it left me feeling quite bummed out.
If I have one criticism about the story some chapters get bogged down in the medical biology of the human body and how the vampiric plaque is affecting it. When the story is so short as it already is it just felt like unnecessary filler.
But anyways it's an excellent reading of a modern classic. This is well worth a token or if you are lucky you might catch it in one of Audible's occasional buy-one-get-one-free sales and get it completely free like I did.
"you saw the movie? look for something different."
the screen version was so much better. trying to relive the film does not work.
As a long time fan of the Book and subsequent Film adaptations of the story I was captivated by this readers effortless ability to portray the sublime Jekyll and Hyde nature of protagonist Robert Neville, the Man, the Monster and ultimately the Legend. Having listened to the Audiobook, I have a newer and stronger admiration the writer and this work. Legend in word and deed.
This was such an exciting book to listen to. Robertson Dean's American accent is perfect and his delivery really brings the book alive. So much better than that movie. Completely different storyline and ending. The part with the dog just broke my heart. A much better ending. I see now why it is referred to as Classic. Beautifully Dark but it never loses its Humanity.
"Better than the film. Much better. "
I really enjoyed both the story and the narration. It has a lot of depth and kept me at the edge of my seat throughout. It's what I call "proper literature" ; yes it's a technical term. On a serious note, the metaphors for the society, for the societal political changes and changes in mental attitudes between generations are captured with beautiful poignant painful accuracy. I come back to this audiobook no doubt in the future.
You think you know the story, but this is still the daddy of the modern vampire/zombie/apocalypse novel. Intelligent, heartbreaking, surprising and a must read.
"A must really"
Yes, as it stands the test of time, and gives the starting point of all the popular vampire stories since. A classic
The previous unliked neighbour who was now a vampire, slightly comedic and annoying, so still just like a neighbour.
His tone and pace. perfect
I skipped through the bit with the dog, I had to skip through that
"Excellent book, expertly read."
I thoroughly enjoyed the narrator's telling of this story. He had excellent pacing, and an engaging, dynamic tone that changed and suited the moods and drama of the book.
"Wish i had never seen the movie, this was so good"
first few chapters had me right on edge
the depth of the character
I listened when commuting
when his old friend shouts out to him
wish I had never seen the movie. this was 1000 times better
I loved this book - a great story and I found myself with my earphones permanently attached.