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I Am Legend | [Richard Matheson]

I Am Legend

In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he stalks the sleeping undead, by night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.
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Publisher's Summary

In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Every other man, woman, and child has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he is the hunter, stalking the sleeping undead through the abandoned ruins of civilization. By night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn. How long can one man survive in a world of vampires?

©1954, 1982 by Richard Matheson; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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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    Jorge Coachella, CA, USA 09-21-08
    Jorge Coachella, CA, USA 09-21-08
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    "I Am Legend (Unabridged"

    Thise book was not what I expected.
    It lacked action compare to the movie.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Olaf Fort Worth, TX, USA 12-25-07
    Olaf Fort Worth, TX, USA 12-25-07
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    "Flawless"

    Absolutely flawless!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. Jeremiah Boehner San Francisco 09-06-07
    Mr. Jeremiah Boehner San Francisco 09-06-07 Member Since 2005

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    "Terrible"

    This is one of the worst books I've ever read/listened to. The story line is old and recylced, this could be a 30 minute short story that is expanded beyond need. If you've seen Omega Man, Shawn of the Dead, 28 days later. Then you've seen this story. The only thing interesting about it is the very end, where the title is derived. I recomend saving your credits/money and skip this. Skip the movie to unless you really like Will Smith.

    6 of 45 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Tucson, AZ, United States 12-11-07
    Kimberly Tucson, AZ, United States 12-11-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Fabulous!"

    Great book, great reading!

    2 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Ed 03-08-09
    Ed 03-08-09
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    "Tedious"

    Terribly long and tedious. Would have made a good one hour radio drama. Too much introspection by the main character.

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    Igor Middletown, NY, USA 07-17-09
    Igor Middletown, NY, USA 07-17-09
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    "The movie is much better."

    I would recommend watching the movie. This book is very different from the movie. I think if the movie had followed the exact story line from the book it would have been a waste. Yeah, the story was ok, but disappointing.

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Bothell, WA, USA 01-23-08
    Kelly Bothell, WA, USA 01-23-08
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    "Save Your Money"

    Go watch the movie, its cheaper, quicker and a heck of a lot more exciting. The book was just a diary of blandness, no scary jumps or thumps and will put you to sleep.

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Elinor Montclair, NJ, USA 03-23-08
    Elinor Montclair, NJ, USA 03-23-08
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    "differences"

    there were many thing in the movie i am legend and the book

    0 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 11-25-07
    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 11-25-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Stolen Ideas"

    There was an old movie about a guy "Charlton Heston I think) Whos one of the only ones left in the world because of a plague, and albino infected ppl are attacking his house only at night because daylight kills them. Now his blood is the cure but they dont want to be cured. Bla bla bla.. The author just changed albinos to vampires an called it a day. Save your money and try to find out the name of the movie. In my opinon this book seemed a sad copy of the original. Shame on you.

    0 of 21 people found this review helpful
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