©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)
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THIS WAS ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS WHEN I WAS GROWING UP. THE STORY OF ONE MAN'S LONELY EXISTANCE IN A WORLD OVER RUN BY DEATH AND VAMPIRES IS TRULY UNFORGETTABLE, EXCITING, THOUGHTFUL, AND MESMERIZING. FAR AHEAD OF ITS TIME, THIS IS A CLASSIC OF APOCALYPTIC FICTION. AND THIS AUDIBLE LISTEN IS TRULY AMAZING BECAUSE OF NARRATOR ROBERTSON DEAN'S WONDERFUL PERFORMANCE. THE MAN CONVEYS ALL THE LONELINESS, ANGST, AND HORROR OF THE STORY THROUGH HIS MANIPULATION OF THE MATERIAL. I SAT RIVETED, NOT WANTING TO UNPLUG MYSELF FROM LISTENING.
The book and the movie have virtually no similarities, so don't worry about having seen the movie. The book is a very intense and often depressing internal discussion by the main character regarding the terrible situation in which he finds himself. He is nothing like the character in the movie - he is not a military medical expert. He just happens to be one of the few persons in the world who has natural immunity to whatever is causing the plague, and that is one of the most interesting differences between the movie and the book. Definitely get this book. At the very least, you will finally have an explanation of the title.
This is the story that inspired George A. Romero to create "Night of the Living Dead", as well as 3 films based on it. This audiobook does the classic tale much justice in that it is well presented and affordably priced. The narration is supurb and never becomes grating. If you love the horror genre, "I Am Legend" is a must-listen!
I was actually very happy to find that the story was so different from the movie. Initially I thought it would be a neat read to pick up on details that often must be left out of films but in the first ten minutes you can clearly see that this is a much different Robert Neville and the creatures outside his home are much different than those of the film. I honestly wish they had just used a different name for the film version and made this exact story into a move of it's own because it was such a fun and terrifying listen! This book made me a Richard Matheson fan and I also enjoyed the narration very much.
Without a doubt, this audiobook should be in the library of every sci-fi lover. After reading the reviews on Audible, I had few expectations going in that it would the same as the movie but it was the first time I had seen a movie before I read the book. It wasn't what I expected at all and I was riveted! From start to finish, my mind never wandered and I never lost interest. I listened to about 20 audiobooks in 2010 and this was the best of the year.
For those who saw the movie and loved it, this story will not disappoint. It is not the same story as the movie but it is just as good. I'm not really into science fiction but I loved this. Well read and good story.
A fan of Richard Matheson's work, I bought this audio immediately when it became available on Audible, but did not actually listen to it for 3 years. My hesitation was due to my initial impression that the story was kind of "hokey" -- almost everybody on Earth has turned into a vampire?!? Really? When I finally gave it a chance, I discovered a wonderful, exciting story about science struggling to dispel myth and superstition. The bad guys in this story are not vampires in the traditional sense. Matheson provides us with new concepts for defining vampirism. Ultimately, this is a tale of one man's attempt to survive after a worldwide bacteriological infestation. Released in 1954, this is the father of all the end-of-the-world zombie killer flicks of our era.
Written in 1954 and set in the 1970s, this is the story of a man living in a world in which vampires have become the dominant species. You explore his world, his mind, and the shape of how things might be after such a cataclysm.
Of of the main character's primary drives is to find out what caused this vampire epidemic and how it might be fought. While the science is a bit dated, it is still fun to examine and I found these parts to be the most interesting.
As for the production quality, Robertson Dean does a MASTERFUL job of bringing the story to life and infusing it with everything from psychosis to anger to sadness to horror. Bravo!
Buy this audiobook if only to listen to a first rate narrator suck you deep into a well-told story.
This is a classic that led up to the more modern Night of the Living Dead. I really enjoyed the book, but I felt that the reading was sub-par.
"Maybe the grimmest ending of any book"
If the only version of "I am Legend" you have heard of is the Will "Fresh Prince" Smith film version you are in for a treat. This is the book that, to my mind, created the modern vampire/zombie genre of horror. It is not a big, action fuelled story but a grim story played out on a human level by a very ordinary and at times quite unlikeable protagonist. Robert Neville is no superhero but an ordinary man who happens to be immune to the virus that has turned the rest of the world into zombie-like creatues. The action takes place in Neville's dull suburban street and the first section of the book details his daily routine and his struggle to maintain his sanity. The later plot develops a romantic theme and the final third of the novel dips a little but the ending is, quite simply, stunning.
This audiobook version is very good, the reader/actor captures some of Neville's grimness and despair and the pacing is excellent. I thoroughly recommed this, I've bought print copies for several of my friends.
I listened to this book after watching the film as I was intrigued by the story and guessed that there would be more to a book than the film. But wow, was I wrong, the book and film could really be two completely different stories, but with the same concept. The book is brilliantly written and takes place in 1950's America. The naration is lovely, almost radio like, which adds to the ambience of the story, its dramatic and scary and takes up speed along the way. The ending is most unexpected, but fits more in with the story book than the film. I don't want to give much of the story away in my review in fear of putting the reader off because of the vast differences between film and book, but suffice to say, it is worth reading and I promise you will enjoy every word of it. If you haven't seen the film already, listen to the book first.
"Excellent first listen"
This is the first book I have ever listened to and have to say it was absolutely spellbinding. Gripping, tense and thought provoking I loved every single minute of the 5 hour listening time. Good choice of narrator too.
"A Classic - not to be ignored"
A classic book that is nothing like the film – but in a good way
Story – 5/5
This story is an absolute masterpiece, and a classic that all fantasy/zombie apocalypse fans should read. At first, it seems to combine what we stereotype zombies and vampires to be, but it then moves more towards them being vampires.
I Am Legend is split into two, the first part being about how Robert Neville fights the psychological impacts of solitude, the second part about the evolution of the germ/vampires. Both parts are told brilliantly, and I was not expecting the second half/ending at all, making it that extra bit special.
The prose is easy and smooth, and his characterisation of Robert Neville is superb. He is extremely believable; he makes mistakes, he is not a genius scientist overnight – he needs to learn from scratch, and he not a created as a hero typical of Hollywood film adaptations. We follow him carefully through sadness, anger and frustration. One part especially brought a lump to my throat (you will know which part when you listen to/read it).
There is a reason this has stood the test of time. As it is cheap on audible, do what I did and wait for a sale rather than use up a more expensive credit. It is a bargain that you will not regret.
Performance – 3/5
Robertson Dean is a good narrator – he portrayed the dark and hopeless tone of the story fantastically. There was only a small amount of voice acting needed, but all was done well. Although he was fine for the 5hrs of this book, I am not sure I could listen to him for much longer, as he can sound a bit dull when he was narrating, but this may have just been his approach to this type of story.
I did have a problem with the production of this though. As I listen to audiobooks while driving on the motorway, the road noise can be loud. Quite often, the volume went from loud to quiet for a minute and then back to loud again. This meant I needed to alter the volume regularly to hear it. If you are listening in a quiet environment, you probably won’t have the same issue.
Overall – 4/5
A fantastically written book that offers the reader a delve into a character that is so well formed that you understand him, and his struggle brilliantly. If you enjoyed the film, then download this, but take note; this is MUCH better than the film, which essentially misses the whole point of the book!
Great book, well worth a read.
"A classic vamp tale or is it?"
This was a very good listen, in turns, thoughtful, sad, gripping and poignant. Robert Neville's isolated struggle to survive against the odds certainly held my attention to the bitter end. Much much better than the film which messes around with the brilliantly thought provoking ending and the meeting of a certain character(I can't imagine why they changed it) which stakes the tale together so well (sorry about the pun, but too tempting)
You wouldn't be dissapointed with this if you like horror, vampires, and even a small dose of science. Well read too by Robertson Dean, a shame when it ended, but it does end so well.
"Dark, grim classic sci-fi"
Filmed twice, (The Omega Man with Charlton Heston in the '70s, and I Am Legend with Will Smith a few years ago), this is a classic sci-fi tale by the man who also wrote The Duel. This recording has been used in an abridged form on Radio Four Extra recently. It is very effectively read and is a dark, claustrophobic story. I found it absorbing and compelling. If you like high quality science fiction without slash and gore, then this is for you.
"Genuinely grippping horror"
I really enjoyed this book; the tension grips you round the throat from the start, and never lets up. A rightly famous story. I haven't seen the movie version but it would be difficult to better the book.
I docked a star as I wasn't too taken with the narrator, but I'ld still strongly recommend the book.
"So Scary, So Scary"
This book is like a vampiristic version of the fallout games, except without factions. Robert Neville is a guy who has actual moral dilemmas, from a book like this you would expect a muscly guy who has no thoughts whatsoever and kills vampires with his bare fists but we get an ex-soldier who has lost his family and keeps wanting to give in to the cries at night. The whole society of vampires thing is really imaginative and the living/dead vampires thing is really astounding. I would recommend this book to anyone with the guts to handle gory descriptive writing and not a habit to often look at covers
"An interesting tale of one man his vampire friend"
This book explains enough of the science and history of vampires make them to seem plausible, while at the same time, not trying to explain so much that it became unrealistic or the book feeling preachy. You follow main characters research on what a vampire is and how they came to be and still are.
I saw the movie of the same name before going through this book. The film bears very little resemblance to the book, and suffers because of it.
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