©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)
First off let me say that this is not anything like the movie if that's what you're looking for. Basically they share the same title and are about a lone individual in a world of vampires made so from some fast spreading virus. But that's basically the end of the common story. This story takes place in the mid 1970's, but is actually a science fiction/horror written for the future because the original release was in 1954 so the author missed some of what would be available in basically a dead world of the 70's.
The reader did a fine job preforming the read. Especially when the main character was basically going mad in the early part of the book. That was preformed well, but that was also the one primary flaw in the book. As a lone character he would go on and on in his mind about everything that was driving him mad. If you turned on a recorder to take down all your famblings about things that made you angry as hell just how long do you think you'd listen to it later before it became a bore? That was the one major flaw...Too much rambling on at times. But none the less it was interesting and a bit frightening at times...Well worth a listen
Fast paced and interesting, not like the boring movie. For those of you that saw the movie, relax. The book and the movie have very little in common. The narrator was clear, and except for being overly dramatic, he did a fairly good job. There where a few parts that where not intended to be funny, but after listening to the narration, you have no choice but to laugh at the over acting. It's a shame the author ended the book when he did, this book had a lot of potential and the author could have stretched the ending.
Excellent book. If you have to make a decision between this book or either of the 2 poorly made movies based on this book,then the choice is simple....skip the movies and read or listen to this book.Actually the book rates 5 stars but the narration is irritating enough for me to give the 4 star rating.In an effort to be overly dramatic the narrator at times yells into the microphone.
I did enjoy this story but was very surprised at how different it was from the recent movie which is what prompted me to read the book. The book has a completely different storyline and outcome and actually is more thought provoking than the movie was. It wasn't quite the thriller I was looking for but a interesting read.
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.
Busy mom and "Nana." 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!
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