©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 listened to the book after seeing the movie. I thought the movie was so so. An interesting idea but a dopey ending. I enjoyed the book very much. Darker and more gloomy but a very satisfactory ending.
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.
this book is a great example of how great narration can heighten the listeners experience.
This reader was incredibly chilled by both the story line and the narration.
Don't let the movie stop you-this is really nothing much like it. Try it out you will not be sorry!
I loved this book! I usually have a very hard time getting a new audiobook started. I am not that "into it" and will listen only a few days a week on my way home from work. But not in the mornings or after a hard day. This did not apply with this book! I was hooked from the start. It is eerie and compelling. I finished it in a few days.I even laid in bed listening to it! The movie was very loosely based on this book, so don't let that stop you. I found it cool it was written in the 1950s about the "future" in the 1970s. Wow! You will love it.
A quick listen, I got through the whole thing on a short road-trip. The narration suits the mood very well, the readers gruff voice bringing Neville to life and building the suspense of the story. I've never seen the movie (as some others have mentioned) but I've heard this original story has a much more interesting philosophical twist at the end and makes for a much darker and more interesting conclusion.
I was very surprised with how thrilling and intense this book was. Not your typically vampire tale, this one really explores the emotional drain on our hero of simply being alone...the last person on earth. It's a great mixture of excitement, thrills, and emotion. I highly recommend this book!
And the narration was really superb.
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.
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.
Wow! I thought this story was great. What would you do if you were the last living human on earth? Or at least human in the form we know it. How would a person stay sane? Find out how Robert Neville does just that in this well told and well narrarated story of lonliness, loss, and total devastation.
I changed my rating on this book from 4 stars to 5 because I have been continuing to think about this book for many months and not in a bad way. It is not super scary like in the movie, but it is about vampires or some kind of monster like that. I really like the ending of this book and that is why I have been thinking about it so much. I think Richard Matheson is making a social statement with the book and I totally agree with him. When our culture changes, some of us are left alone. I don't want to ruin the book for anyone, so I'll leave it at that. Read it. It is very good.
"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.
"last man standing how he comes to deal with life"
vampires and the last man on the planet to survive. A modern day Robinson Crusoe.
A good listen highly recommended.
Love this story, having gone through it many times over the years. Great narration too.
"A sci-fi must."
Much, much better than the blockbuster movie. Unadorned prose, very fitting for this stark, fast-paced tale. The narrator does an outstanding job of keeping you focused on the flow of inner dialogue.
"Still the best novel I've read.heard."
I've always liked this story as to me, it seems to be more about the story of a man's experience of depression. The attention to detail throughout is wonderful and it charts Neville's semi-recovery alongside the discovery of a purpose, as well as the daily torment he receives throughout.
Bleak. Holds it's nerve, and I honestly wish they'd given Ridley Scott his shot at this with Schwarzenegger. Imagine his performance in Maggie and you'd be halfway there.
To me he captures Neville perfectly. All rage and thunder and nowhere to aim it. I only slightly marked him down as I don't like when narrators switch to higher pitches or voices.
Come out Neville...
All i can say is, i love this, made me wonder what i would do if i thought i was the only one left. Loved how he started studying to find out what could have caused it all. Fascinating.
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.
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