©1954, 1982 by Richard Matheson; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"One of the ten all-time best novels of vampirism." (Fangoria)
"The most clever and riveting vampire novel since Dracula." (Dean Koontz)
"I think the author who influenced me most as a writer was Richard Matheson. Books like I Am Legend were an inspiration to me." (Stephen King)
This is a great story and the narrator captures Robert Neville's mood shifts splendidly. Surprisingly for a novel written in 1954, very little seems dated. Far more entertaining than the movie, much more thoughtful, and it's easy to see why it influenced a generation of horror and sci-fi writers. A short listen that's well worth the time.
Of course this is not at all like the latest movie rendition...its MUCH BETTER! This is a true 1950's vampire novel, not a story about boring zombie like creatures. Full of drama, scientific information, suspense and intrigue make this worth a listen!
Forget the Will Smith movie. This is a fantastic novel!
Post apocalyptic madness and mayhem with a hero, zombies and excellent writing set in 1950s L.A.
Not an action packed novel, but a well thought out, well written analyses of life after Richard Matheson's doomsday. You may have to help your kids understand what a record player is, but this is an excellent listen!
I've seen all three films based on this novel and now I feel cheated--the latter two minimized some very important moral points. If you're a fan of the late, great Vincent Price (star of the first film treatment ) you'll enjoy Robertson Dean's reading immensely.
As is usually the case, the original book was much better than any of the Hollywood productions have done with a film version. I am a fan of 'end of the world' books and liked the way the author put this one together. His version of vampires was much better than the Twilight style, more true to the original theme as you would expect from a book written 50 years ago.
This is the 1st time that I liked the movie more than the book. Don't get me wrong, the book was realy good. Too short though. I wanted more. I liked the movie and was hoping that the book would sort of follow the same story line but it didn't and that was ok when I finished.
A fresh new look into the world of the walking dead!
Note #1: I am not a science fiction or fantasy reader. And, while this story is placed into that category, it could just as well fit into general fiction.
It's a riveting story made more so by Robertson Dean's dramatic and spot-on reading. Note #2: I am not an audiobook 'reader.'
Great stories, such as this one, and exceptional readings, such as this one, encourage me to 'read' more audiobooks.
The story having been well-explained by this time will not be stated once again here. I will say that for me the heart of the story is the fully rounded bedeviled, strong and honest character Robert Neville. He's what's the story is about, and Richard Matheson does an extraordinary and much appreciated act of rendering him in his fullness and humanness.
I have listened to this story in the region of 30 times so far and I still find angles in the psychology of the main character that I had never considered before. A true masterpiece and one that would have made a much better film than the hollywood mangled version.
This is an excellent audible book a real thriller and not in a gross way. The reader is terrific and draws you into the story. I bought it because I had seen the movie with Will Smith but as always the book is so different then the movie - the book is better then the movie. Love it!
If you understand that this book was written in the 50's and you understand that time and how people thought, it's pretty interesting. It has some major low spots that are boring, but the story itself and the thoughts it provokes are good. It's different than anything I have read. It's not amazing but it was worth the $5 I paid for it when it was on sale.
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