I did not expect a comedy/fantasy. I though this was a novel. Did not finish it.
This is a complex story with frequent scene changes. Most print books use multiple line spaces to indicate scene changes, and many audio books I've listened to indicate this by extended pauses. This does not happen here. The narrator doesn't slow down at all except at chapter ends. I spent a lot of time rewinding, to pick up on changes of scene. I'm not sure I got all I could have out of this book by listening to it. Maybe, should have read a print copy.
This was a fun listen. I was 11 years old when JFK was assassinated, so there is a enjoyable nostalgic element in this story in the descriptions of life in the early 60's. And, that's what hooked me in the beginning. I'm, also, a science fiction fan, so the time travel element is very compelling. The narrator does an excellent job conveying just the right tone at the right time. I laughed, and yes, I cried a little, too. There are many short stories woven into the larger narrative that are in themselves compelling and enjoyable. And, in the end we are reminded that everything is intertwined, a change in something here can have a major effect on something there. And, the outcome is not always what you might hope for or expect. Recommended!!
The recording and narration of this book are top notch. How the reader got through it is a mystery to me, though. If you want to know how I feel about the story, drop by amazon.com and read some of the 1-star reviews, they cover it better than I could here. I will say, "Shame on Jean for letting us down like this!"
I have seen two movies based on this book: "Omega Man" with Charlton Heston from 1971 and "I Am Legend" with Will Smith from 2007. The book is a much better story. Yes, having been written in the 1950's and set in the '70's, it's a bit dated, but the struggles of Robert Neville as the only survivor, so far as he knows, of a plague that has rendered the remaining population zombies who attack his home by night and are hunted by him by day keep the listener engaged. The narration is first rate. And, in the end, the title makes sense.
I could do without the 50's sci-fi movie background music. And, why employ 15 narrators and not use them throughout. Just when you get used to the voices of the characters, the recording reverts to a single narrator doing all the characters. Get used to that, then it's back to multiple narrators. Very distracting. But, it's still a great story, and I recommend it.
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