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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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    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 10-10-12
    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 10-10-12 Member Since 2012

    I just achieved App Scholar!! 1000 hours in 1 yr 7 mo and 10 days!!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible

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    "WILL SMITH HAS NOTHING ON THIS BOOK!!!!"

    WHAT A GREAT BOOK.. I THOUGHT I LIKED THE MOVIE,BUT THE BOOK IS TEN TIMES BETTER.THIS BOOK IS DIFFERENT THAN THE MOVIE THE FIRST,MIDDLE,ENDING THE WHOLE THING ALMOST.IN A GOOD WAY BOTH ARE GOOD,THIS BOOK IS SHORT AND INTENSE.THE MONSTERS ARE VAMPS SO YOU KNOW ITS GONE TO BE GOOD..THIS IS A MUST READ,A START TI FINISH LISTEN...ROBERTSON DEAN DID A GREAT JOB READING THIS BOOK,HE IS THE KIND OF NARRATER YOU COULD LISTEN TO OVER AND OVER..GREAT JOB GREAT BOOK...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mariah BOULDER, CO, United States 10-09-12
    Mariah BOULDER, CO, United States 10-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Totally different take on a Vampire Story"

    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!

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    Amazon Customer Hobart, IN, United States 05-02-12
    Amazon Customer Hobart, IN, United States 05-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Better than the movie"

    There have been many movies throughout the years about this book. Vincent Price was the first and Will Smith was the latest. The Vincent Price one follows the story line the best if you want to see a good movie rendition. The story starts out with a pandemic that no one knows the source yet it took place between competing nations at war with each other. Not unlike our own situation. Humanity is wiped out expect one person. The story never goes into other nations, so we have to take this at face value. This is a great story of one person's drive to survive and possibly find a cure. In the end however our prejudices win out. Read and see what I mean.

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    thomas United States 12-06-11
    thomas United States 12-06-11 Member Since 2011

    FORTY SOMETHING THUG FOR HIRE WHO ENJOYS A GOOD BOOK.

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    "THE VAMPIRE APOCALYPSE HAS ARRIVED"

    THIS WAS ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS WHEN I WAS GROWING UP. THE STORY OF ONE MAN'S LONELY EXISTANCE IN A WORLD OVER RUN BY DEATH AND VAMPIRES IS TRULY UNFORGETTABLE, EXCITING, THOUGHTFUL, AND MESMERIZING. FAR AHEAD OF ITS TIME, THIS IS A CLASSIC OF APOCALYPTIC FICTION. AND THIS AUDIBLE LISTEN IS TRULY AMAZING BECAUSE OF NARRATOR ROBERTSON DEAN'S WONDERFUL PERFORMANCE. THE MAN CONVEYS ALL THE LONELINESS, ANGST, AND HORROR OF THE STORY THROUGH HIS MANIPULATION OF THE MATERIAL. I SAT RIVETED, NOT WANTING TO UNPLUG MYSELF FROM LISTENING.

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    Kevin San Clemente, CA, United States 08-02-11
    Kevin San Clemente, CA, United States 08-02-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Nothing Like the Movie - Better"

    The book and the movie have virtually no similarities, so don't worry about having seen the movie. The book is a very intense and often depressing internal discussion by the main character regarding the terrible situation in which he finds himself. He is nothing like the character in the movie - he is not a military medical expert. He just happens to be one of the few persons in the world who has natural immunity to whatever is causing the plague, and that is one of the most interesting differences between the movie and the book. Definitely get this book. At the very least, you will finally have an explanation of the title.

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    Noe Edinburg, TX, United States 01-13-11
    Noe Edinburg, TX, United States 01-13-11 Member Since 2006
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    "An underrated sci-fi classic - stick with it."

    A fan of Richard Matheson's work, I bought this audio immediately when it became available on Audible, but did not actually listen to it for 3 years. My hesitation was due to my initial impression that the story was kind of "hokey" -- almost everybody on Earth has turned into a vampire?!? Really? When I finally gave it a chance, I discovered a wonderful, exciting story about science struggling to dispel myth and superstition. The bad guys in this story are not vampires in the traditional sense. Matheson provides us with new concepts for defining vampirism. Ultimately, this is a tale of one man's attempt to survive after a worldwide bacteriological infestation. Released in 1954, this is the father of all the end-of-the-world zombie killer flicks of our era.

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    valarie hollister, ca, United States 09-21-10
    valarie hollister, ca, United States 09-21-10

    Love the horror genre but read all kinds of stuff! I'm 40 something, a wife, mom and Project Manager for a large Construction Company.

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    "Not what I expected"

    This is the first audiobook I had ever purchased for my IPOD. I started listening yesterday morning and finished it this afternoon (a day and a half). It was not what I expected. I had seen the Will Smith movie version of course and was expecting some type of variation on that. This version was much more morose and dark. That being said, I couldnt put it down and on more then one occasion, I caught myself, shoulders tensed, mouth open, eyes straining, fully caught up in what the narrator was saying and what I was seeing in my minds eye. I enjoyed the experience. The only criticism I have is that the narraots voice was irritating at times. Just a personal preference. I recommend this audiobook.

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    David Davis, CA, United States 09-05-10
    David Davis, CA, United States 09-05-10 Member Since 2010
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    "A classic that has aged well, great narration"

    This is a great story and the narrator captures Robert Neville's mood shifts splendidly. Surprisingly for a novel written in 1954, very little seems dated. Far more entertaining than the movie, much more thoughtful, and it's easy to see why it influenced a generation of horror and sci-fi writers. A short listen that's well worth the time.

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    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 08-26-10
    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 08-26-10 Member Since 2008

    Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...

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    "Short and VERY SWEET!"

    Of course this is not at all like the latest movie rendition...its MUCH BETTER! This is a true 1950's vampire novel, not a story about boring zombie like creatures. Full of drama, scientific information, suspense and intrigue make this worth a listen!

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    J. Reedy Sandy, UT USA 10-07-09
    J. Reedy Sandy, UT USA 10-07-09 Listener Since 2009

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    "It's good if you like 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.

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  • Diane
    Hannover, Germany
    10/20/11
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    "Classic book, great performance"

    This is one of those books that, as a fan of Science Fiction, belongs to the canon and must be read sooner rather than later. I rather got around to it later, but am so glad I finally did! It's fast paced, engaging, with many twists and turns. Quite a psychological thriller. The narrator, Robertson Dean also did a fantastic job. I'm sure I'll listen to this one again some day.

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  • Dimitris
    Andover, United Kingdom
    8/24/11
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    "Very moving"

    This was only my second audiobook and I have to say I was very moved by it. Matheson knows how to make you feel for his characters. The film was nothing compared to the book and I can only highly recommend it especially if you are new to audiobooks. Oh and by the way Robertson Dean is a great narrator.

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  • Jon
    Bridlington, United Kingdom
    6/30/11
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    "Matheson at his best"

    This is arguably the best book by a very talented author. Robert Neville's (the main character) state of mind, as he struggles with his isolated situation, is portrayed to perfection.

    If only the movie of the same name hadn't missed the point entirely!

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  • Colin
    hambledon, surrey, United Kingdom
    2/19/11
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    "I am legend"

    This is an excellent book - that is still contemporary fiction after 50 years and led the way on apocalyptic vampire fiction

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abigail
    Darrington, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    9/23/10
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    "Brilliant"

    From the moment I hit play I knew I would love this book.
    A refreshing take on the vampire issue, instead of another love story this book pokes an attempt at the science behind it which is fascinating to anyone fed up of the same vampire story line.
    It is both gruesome and captivating and though I have never seen the film version I would (as always) recommend you give this a listen first.
    Additionally the narration is remarkably fitting for the tale

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nadia
    Fleet, United Kingdom
    4/12/09
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    "Highly believable"

    This is a highly original take on a traditional legend. Vampires have populated many author's fantasy worlds, but none are quite like this. Robert Neville is the only human left in a world over run by vampires, but far from the usual bite to the neck, these vampires are the victims of a disease that has its origins in science rather than superstition. The author does such a convincing job of explaining this that it's difficult not to be taken in. This is a powerful and deeply moving novel about a man's struggle to live in an alien environment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    Swansea, Swansea, United Kingdom
    1/25/09
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    "Brilliant"

    I'm totally new to audio books, this being only my 2nd. I downloaded this yesterday thinking it was going to last me the week going back and for work.
    Went to bed quite tired at about 12.30am and thought i'd just listen to a chapter or two until i fall asleep.

    5 hours later i was laying there still listening, totally gripped.

    The story is fantastic, the narrator is fantastic

    If you're a fan of horror, or you spent nights as a child under the duvet reading ghost stories by torchlight, you will love this book.

    Even if you're not a fan of horror you should listen to this

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carla
    GREAT WAKERING, ESSEX, United Kingdom
    12/4/08
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    "'absolutley fantastic'"

    I am an avid reader of many different types of fiction and enkoyed the book of I am legend, however, the audio book is wonderful, despite knowing the story and having seen the film I was gripped from start to finish. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sara
    Llanwrtyd wells, United Kingdom
    10/16/08
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suze
    MilhaguetFrance
    1/3/11
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    "A good listen"

    original 1954 edition, so less explicit, slower tempo and with an ending with less future promise than the new film version. Reminds me somewhat of the original Planet of the Apes, 1963 by Pierre Boulle that I read 40 years ago - which was also less explicit, a real twist to the tale and not so uplifting ending as the later films. A good listen nonetheless.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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