©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 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.
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.
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!
Yeah, yeah... I like Will Smith. He's fun to watch! I also admit to having enjoyed the movie, for what it was... a popcorn, eye candy, special-effects extravaganza. But, it was NOT "I Am Legend".
Anyway, as for this audiobook, I say BRAVO! I enjoyed the slow pacing and the vocal performance was perfect. Don't download expecting a novelization of the movie, it's far, far different.
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.
A SF/horror classic that has aged surprisingly well. I really enjoyed Matheson's prose: it has a rich, vibrant, grimly humorous and vivid style that is almost pulp fiction and almost literary. The story itself is nothing new to fans of the genre, but remember that Matheson did it first. There is action and suspense and, of course, vampires, but there is also a lot of introspection. The main character, Robert Neville, is sometimes clever and inventive, sometimes a hard-boiled survivor, sometimes a brilliant researcher, and sometimes a half-mad a-hole. The ending is bitter and ironic, but perfect. This is a quick read/listen, so if you're a fan of the genre, you really owe it to yourself to see what inspired all the imitators that have come along since.
This is one of those rare occasions, where the movie is better than the book. I was quite bored with this book many times. I think this book would have greatly benefited from a companion for the main character throughout the entire story. This book was all about the main character's madness/loneliness and he just came off creepy and weird. Not likeable at all. I have read this book and listened to the audio. I thought the book was ok when I read it, and I think the narrator's portrayal did not help. .
Zombies Books in order: 1. We're Alive 2. Day By Day Armageddon 3. Roads Less Traveled Series 4. Alaskan Undead Apocalypse 5. World War Z 6. The Walking Dead 7. Rise Again 8. As the World Dies 9. Zombie Fallout
I'm into zombies not vampires. The book was written in the 50's so i thought it would be outdated. I liked the movie, but really thought the book must be very boring. A dude all by himself. Seemed a bit boring. I just pictured an artsy kind of book with a guy dealing with his internal struggle and alot of blah blah.
Well, it really is kinda all of the above, except boring. Its very interesting and I am sure if the book was written today it would definitely be with zombies, not vampires. There is some action too, so all is okay. I think it must have been redone too, I swear a date I heard was in the 1970's.
Narrator was pretty good with good inflection at the appropriate places, not seemingly randomly for no reason like some annoying narrators.
I did not like the end. It was a good ending. I don't want to give it away, but it was artsy. If you find artsy endings predictably similar you know what I mean (opposite of Hollywood endings).
If you like zombie stories I think this will satisfy you.
This book was not at all what I expected. It isn't anything like the movie, though I enjoyed both the stories of the book and the movie. I love vampire lore (huge Buffy fan here), but this was a totally new (new to me, I know the book was written in the 50s) and equally enjoyable take on the genre. This book went deeply into the scientific and psychological implications of a vampire apocalypse, which is a refreshing break from the more popular story line of humans falling in love with vampires and vice versa. I thought the reader was very good, though his woman voice was completely crazy. All in all, I was surprised and pleased!
I loved this book - a great story and I found myself with my earphones permanently attached.
"Robertson narrates I Am Legend with unique skill"
Loved it! The book captures all aspects of emotions when dealing with isolation. Must-Read/Listen Masterpiece.
"sometimes the film is actually better"
I thought this would inform me but after a while its phony intensity just bored me
not for me
"Not my usual genre, read for a book reading group."
No, found the book ok but not my thing.
Quite tense at times and frightening, gripping. But a bleak world and no one could be trusted.
brilliant story well told and well researched. totally believeable. i loved it. narrated brilliantly too.
everything was fantastic. the actor really added to the atmosphere. definitely give this seminal book a listen.
"A modern spin on a classic tale."
This book is one of my favs. It's much better than the film of the same name. One man's struggle as the (seemingly) only person left uninfected in a world overrun by vampires. Chores by day and maintaining sanity by night. I applaud the effort made by the author to offer a realistic attempt for his character to understand the 'vampire' by means of scientific study. You can easily see yourself in that position and the hardship to interpret fact from fiction.
"Great start to a genre"
The story is all the more compelling when you remember it was written in the 1950's. Good yarn, well read and short enough to listen to in one sitting.
"A story I've always wanted to read"
Yes, this is an old style story which would be too short to read but listening is really enjoyable.
The ending is really good.
I have not listened to any other performance by Mr Dean but this one is really good. I will seek him out.
This is an interesting story well told. enjoy.
"GREAT. DIFFERENT ONE OF A KIND?"
This was the very first audio book I had ever heard, and that was years ago on the radio and it was half hour each night. But even though I dont like vampires or anything like that I loved it! So dont judge a book by its cover.
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