©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)
This was a masterful reading of the story. The narrator really brought out the main character's despair at his situation. I haven't seen any of the movie versions, but I'm familiar with the basic story. I'm glad I heard it in this version first!
Never seeing the movie, I thought this book was an excellent read, very fast and kept me interested from start to finish. Narrator did a great job. Look forward to reading more from this author.
I was going to see the movie, but decided to get the book instead. As usual, I'm happy I did so. The narration of this book really sets the mood for the story. The story is believable enough for a zombie book and avoids the cliche moments found in so many other zombie flicks/stories. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who enjoys the horror genre.
This was a great book, the narrator really added to the story emotionally and the descriptions of the author were good. I don't normally go for horror type stories, but this kept my attention.
Matheson's classic tale of the last man on earth's battle against plague-ridden...vampires? That's right, before Romero ever set hordes of zombies loose upon the silver screen, Matheson had already done it, albeit with vampires. While it can be enjoyed on the surface as an excellent horror-thriller, it is also a strong exploration of the concept of what it means to be human, issues of violence and race domination. A short, but highly rewarding read. One of my top 10 of all time. I wasn't overly fond of the narrator for this, but I'm pretty sure that's a matter of personal preference.
I read, I write; I listen
This is a good vampire story with a twist,instead of one blood sucking ghoul everyone is a blood sucking ghoul,except for one man,Robert Neville. He is the last living soul on earth, as far as he knows. The story is about how one man survives in such an enviroment, how it came to be this way, and ultimaly how it will end. The author cleverly explains why such myths as garlic works to repel vampires and other such vampire lore. Godd narration, very entertaining.
Me and a co-worker listened to this book while working and couldn't stop. The narrator really kept us enthralled. We can't wait to get to work tomorrow to finish it.
I have to say this is one of the better books I have heard on Audible. I read it after hearing about the new movie and now I am not sure I can see the movie in case it doesn't do the book justice. The twist the end of the book makes is completely unseen (Very few foreshadowing to identify the twist). A new twist on the vampire that I don't think I have ever seen a book take. Considering the date this book was written I am surprised it wasn't considered more of a classic.
"Superbly read and gripping story"
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. A passionately read, darkly written book which knocks the spots off the recent film which can only be described as a hollywood pastiche of a horror classic. Why didn't they just use the story in the book which is fantastic rather than do a 'contemporary adaptation'.
The book combines a gruesome picture of a world in decay with the character study of a man who travels to the edge of madness in adapting to his new world. An intelligent book which is a (or even the) classic of it's genre, not least because of the well-reasoned and fantastic ending.
This book has been on my last since the mid 00s and it hasn't disappointed. Much better than the film, which completely misses the message of the book.
Excellent narration too, really sold the feel of world and of his downward spiral into madness.
"Nothing like the film."
This book is nothing like the film but this isn't a bad thing, I think the story told in this audio book is much better then the films version of this book.
Decent pace through out.
"Gosh - what to say....."
Have had this in my wishlist for a while, and took advantage of an offer. I was expecting it to be different to the movie (which was my prompt to add it to wishlist). But boy is it very different! So - I loved the concept, especially knowing just how old this story is - more than 50 years. You could feel the loneliness and the horror - quite gripping. You really root for Robert Neville, and I practically cried when his first opportunity to find company didn't work out.
It was great storytelling as it made the listener uncomfortable - no complacency here. Whilst rooting for Neville, there were also aspects of his character which were unlikeable - perhaps a little due to its having been written in a different era. He spent a lot of time being angry - which felt true to the situation, but also a little over-played.
The whole novel has a sad and desperate inevitability - the closest I could get to how it made me feel was thinking back to one of my favourite novels..... "On The Beach" by Nevil Shute. Whilst a completely different storyline, there is a sadness and inevitability to that too, which leaves you quite worn out.
Very glad to have finally got around to listening to this, and suspect I will return to listen again in a while.
"Not like the movie, much better..."
I didn't realise this book was written in the 1950's. very scary..a top listen and a classic.
"Glad it's short"
I remember the film with Charlton Heston abs it sounds like the narrator is trying to mimic his voice almost. The story's ok but there's much better post apocalypse fiction out there now, with deeper, more believable characters. In that sense it shows its age as well, as it's about the standard of American 50's science fiction.
"A short sharp shock of a listen!"
This is an excellent story that is read with an enthusiasm and passion that I've rarely encountered in other audiobooks. It's just a shame that it's such a short story and even as an unabridged edition it only 5hr 20m long so it's very possible to listen to this in one sitting.
As other reviewers have mentioned, unlike the film there is no Hollywood happy-ever-after ending here.... ohhhhhh no. In fact it left me feeling quite bummed out.
If I have one criticism about the story some chapters get bogged down in the medical biology of the human body and how the vampiric plaque is affecting it. When the story is so short as it already is it just felt like unnecessary filler.
But anyways it's an excellent reading of a modern classic. This is well worth a token or if you are lucky you might catch it in one of Audible's occasional buy-one-get-one-free sales and get it completely free like I did.
"you saw the movie? look for something different."
the screen version was so much better. trying to relive the film does not work.
As a long time fan of the Book and subsequent Film adaptations of the story I was captivated by this readers effortless ability to portray the sublime Jekyll and Hyde nature of protagonist Robert Neville, the Man, the Monster and ultimately the Legend. Having listened to the Audiobook, I have a newer and stronger admiration the writer and this work. Legend in word and deed.
This was such an exciting book to listen to. Robertson Dean's American accent is perfect and his delivery really brings the book alive. So much better than that movie. Completely different storyline and ending. The part with the dog just broke my heart. A much better ending. I see now why it is referred to as Classic. Beautifully Dark but it never loses its Humanity.
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