©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)
Busy mom and "Nana" so love the audiobooks so I can keep hands free for multi-tasking. Originally from So. Calif., living in Montana.
For the most part I enjoyed this story very much. My biggest problem with is all of the reverie the main character engages in. He spends so much time filled with self-hatred and booze, it gets old after several pages per incident. Overall, a great idea for a story, and told well.
Love the horror genre but read all kinds of stuff! I'm 40 something, a wife, mom and Project Manager for a large Construction Company.
This is the first audiobook I had ever purchased for my IPOD. I started listening yesterday morning and finished it this afternoon (a day and a half). It was not what I expected. I had seen the Will Smith movie version of course and was expecting some type of variation on that. This version was much more morose and dark. That being said, I couldnt put it down and on more then one occasion, I caught myself, shoulders tensed, mouth open, eyes straining, fully caught up in what the narrator was saying and what I was seeing in my minds eye. I enjoyed the experience. The only criticism I have is that the narraots voice was irritating at times. Just a personal preference. I recommend this audiobook.
I was not sure about the narrater for the start, but once the story hooked me, and I started to really enjoy his voice, emotions, and his ability to bring the story to life for me. Then there is the story itself, thank god it is the original and not the movie remake. So much better being told the way it was intended to be. The Omega Man was a better remake in film. If you think differently when starting this book, give it a hour, it will pull you in too.
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.
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