I bought Matheson's masterpiece as a young teenager in the early 60s, on a family vacation trip.. sat on a deserted beach, alone, and read it cover-to-cover.. been waiting for an audio version for eons.. and grabbed Audible's the other day.. the narration is FANtastic, and of course, 100% true to the book, unlike the three filmed versions.. the 50s low-budget Vincent Price film, "The Last Man on Earth" is probably the truest to the book.. the 70s "Omega Man" with Charlton Heston is a joke.. the 2007 correctly-titled Will Smith version isn't bad, but so far from Matheson's original work as to almost be an entirely different character and story, especially the ending.. but I suppose the producers giving it the usual Hollywood mega-million $ CGI-laden, "blowin' up a lot of stuff" treatment for contemporary movie audiences with the attention span of a gnat was not unexpected.. but transmogrifying Robert Neville from a suburan El Lay everyman trying to do his best to maintain his sanity and survive alone in an insane world, to a high-ranking military Doctor in NYC made NO sense to me at all.. the newest film removed the whole ambience of the book, radically changed / ripped out / added characters.. it's just not Matheson's original.. so this novella still has never been properly filmed to stay true to the book, and probably never will be..
As a five hour plus audio book, I found it very tough to pause / bookmark and come back to it later.. I wanted to listen to it all the way through.. it did not disappoint except in one small (?) aspect.. had I produced it, I would have used a female narrator to read Ruth's lines..
There are half a dozen short audio books by Matthew McKay on Audible.. I have them all, and while they are all gems, this one is my current favorite.. although only ten minutes long, the half of this title that takes you on an imaginery visit to a peaceful country inn is a masterpiece.. your imagination paints the visual and tactile / sensory images of the most tranquil, comforting place you could ever imagine.. I wish I could actually go to the place he describes.. my words don't begin to do it justice.. Jerry Landis, who reads all of McKay's titles, has THE perfect voice for this kind of relaxation recording.. I've listened to it dozens of times, usually the first thing after climbing into bed at night.. it's just simply a beautiful piece of work.. breathe deeply, lie with your eyes closed, and let McKay float you away on this ten minute journey.. if you decide to get any of his short audio books that Audible carries, make it this one.. although they are all excellent.. McKay shows tremendous compassion, love, and understanding for his stress and Anxiety-suffering listeners, and for that he should be congratulated..
If I had listened to this not knowing who the author was, I would have guessed Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, or some other ultra right wing media flack. Anyone who says this book's list of people is "balanced" is, in my opinion, seriously deluded. The vast majority of his list of 100 people (he thinks) are screwing up America are Democrats and Liberals. I'm not saying I disagree with all of his choices, for instance, Michael Jackson's endless legal escapades affect virtually no one except himself and the kids and families he's harmed. But he gets an infinite amount of media coverage, when we have so many other much more important matters to which the networks and press should devote their efforts. And naming President Jimmy Carter as one of the hundred? At that point, I realized what Goldberg's agenda was, and what a joke this book is. And the ultimate cop out, after he's chewed through 99 names, he finally gets to #1 and simply speaks his name. No comments, no reasons, just his name. As though he expects his audience, whoever he thinks they are, will simply agree. Well sorry, Bernie, I don't agree. And a lot of others don't agree. And I've lost whatever speck of respect I might have had for you as a journalist, after listening to this biased travesty of a book. A total waste of money. If Audible.com let me rate it zero stars, I would have.
This ponderous audio book (over 26 hours!) is, as other reviewers have mentioned, filled with errors and bad editing. That aside, Michael Eisner's name must be spoken about a bajillion times, along with others in this melodrama, including Iger, Katzenberg, Ovitz, and all the other ego-manical billionaires who devestated the legacy of Walt Disney. Have you been to Disneyland lately? Have you seen what's become of it during Eisner's reign? Do you remember what it used to be like? What more can I say about that. This is not a history of Walt Disney's dream, so don't mistake it for one. It's an erratically narrated tale of how that genius' dream was taken over and mutated into what the Disney Company is now. If you're reading this before August 7, 2005, run to savedisney.com and look at Roy Disney's site before he takes it down. HE should have been running this company. It should have stayed in Walt's family's hands. Eisner doesn't have a creative bone in his body, and he simply does not have a clue as to what Walt, a true artist and visionary, was trying to achieve. And don't blame me if you end up slapping yourself in the head screaming "Why did I buy this book!" after you're hours into it. It could have been edited down to a tenth of this length, and still held enough content for the listener to get the picture of how the company was mis-handled by the bean counters who almost literally destroyed it. As a listening experience, it is simply way too long, too repetitive, too filled with errors, and that scraping noise you hear is probably Walt Disney, turning in his grave, urn, or cryogenic tank, whatever you choose to believe.
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