©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)
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.
Now on the pretense that I've not seen Omega Man, but I have seen I Am Legend the movie and enjoyed it; this book made me wish they'd have actually followed it in the most recent iteration. I was amazed, yet pleased, at the differences. The ending I still wasn't satisfied with, only because I wanted More!, but I'd be lying if I said it didn't make sense and complete this story in a nice little package.
If you have any interest, and definitely if you like I Am Legend the movie, I believe you will enjoy this deeper descent into Robert Neville's madness and enjoy the true story of why He Is Legend.
Although sometimes a little slow, this book wraps up beautifully. Towards the end I couldn't figure out where it was headed, but oh man when it gets there it is totally worth the trip. One of the best stories I have listened too, since Across the Nightingale Floor. Buy it and enjoy!
At first when I started listening (I have the audio version), I kept comparing it to the movie and thinking the movie was better. But as it went along my opinion totally changed. This was way better than the movie. No overdone messiah figure, no maudlin "a boy and his dog" with echoes of Old Yeller. Now that being said, there were parts I didn't like. The anger spells were just cheesy and poorly written IMHO. Also it is unbelievable that without any prior training and no one to assist him, this one guy came up with all this science. I don't buy it.
Now one reason why the book was better than the movie, is that the book actually makes sense out of the title which is the whole theme of the book. The movie absolutely didn't, and I left the movie wondering why the heck it was called that (call me sheltered but I didn't even know there was a book). It made no sense.
I don't even think the movie should have been called the same name--it radically departed from the story. Radically. It was at best derivative. Though the Fresh Prince's acting was, as usual, stellar.
One more reason not to like the movie. THEY SMASHED A GORGEOUS MAC PRO!! So while the protagonist was killing his dog, I was like, "Forget the dog, look what happened to the Mac!"
The reader for this novel did a fantastic performance representing Robert Neville. I could feel the intensity in all his thoughts and feelings. I loved the story and why, at the end, he can say "I am legend."
I have watched the original 1964 movie starring Vincent Price as Robert Neville, as well as watching Will Smith play same. It seems to me that the original 1964 movie (Titled "Last Man on Earth" written by Richard Matheson) follows the book more accurate then the movie "I am Legend" w/Will Smith.
The Movie w/Will Smith was made more for the audience of today, as was the original "Last Man on Earth" in 1964. Vincent Price gave (as usual) an outstanding performance in the movie, as did Will Smith, but judging the book to the 2007 movie and giving it a poor rating is not fair to either the book nor the movie. As for the Narrator, he did his best to act the characters of the book, usually men with deep voices find it difficult to do a feminine voice.
As I titled this listen w/an open mind and try not to compare (especially with the 2007 movie), both were very good in their own rights, give credit where credit is due. I too have judged a "remake" to the original until I set my mind to understand that the 2nd movie was a stand alone movie, not one intended to be an actual remake but another persons vision of the same script using current technology to try and better the movie goers experience.
I listen to the books in the car to/from work - I could not wait each day to get into the car to listen and found myself driving slower to hear more... the narrator is fantastic, the book is, well, legendary....
Although it's a bit dated at this point (at least in terms of technology), the story is still excellent and well-worth the time.
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