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I Am Legend Audiobook

I Am Legend

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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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    William Algood, TN, USA 11-11-07
    William Algood, TN, USA 11-11-07 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazingly narrated timeless story"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas 11-10-07
    Thomas 11-10-07
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    "Thrilling and intense"

    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.

    13 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony waterboro, ME, USA 06-19-09
    Anthony waterboro, ME, USA 06-19-09
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    "what a narrator can do!"

    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!

    12 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Robbie Aragon, GA, USA 05-05-08
    Robbie Aragon, GA, USA 05-05-08
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    "Wish they would make a movie from this book!"

    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.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Bev Alton, IL, USA 09-10-07
    Bev Alton, IL, USA 09-10-07 Member Since 2010
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    "Quite Good!"

    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.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    David 03-26-12
    David 03-26-12 Member Since 2012

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    "One of the very best vampire stories"

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Brownsville, OR, USA 06-02-08
    Larry Brownsville, OR, USA 06-02-08
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    "A classic !!!"

    I was just a kid the first time!Old this time and it took me back Great read Great ride !!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Krystal 02-21-13
    Krystal 02-21-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointed..."
    Any additional comments?

    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. .

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tilo 10-30-12
    Tilo 10-30-12 Member Since 2012

    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

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    "I thought it would suck"

    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.

    5 of 8 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!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • The Dogs Mum
    3/19/16
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    "Excellent"

    I loved this book - a great story and I found myself with my earphones permanently attached.

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  • Michael Weddell
    3/19/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Enfield, United Kingdom
    3/12/16
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    "sometimes the film is actually better"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I thought this would inform me but after a while its phony intensity just bored me


    Would you ever listen to anything by Richard Matheson again?

    probably not


    Was I Am Legend worth the listening time?

    not for me


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • G. Rance
    Hertfordshire, England
    3/12/16
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    "Not my usual genre, read for a book reading group."
    Would you try another book written by Richard Matheson or narrated by Robertson Dean?

    No, found the book ok but not my thing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Quite tense at times and frightening, gripping. But a bleak world and no one could be trusted.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Robertson Dean?

    No


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Might do.


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  • Julie Johnson
    3/11/16
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    "legend!!!"

    brilliant story well told and well researched. totally believeable. i loved it. narrated brilliantly too.

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  • Scott
    3/1/16
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    "amazing"

    everything was fantastic. the actor really added to the atmosphere. definitely give this seminal book a listen.

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  • toveyc1
    2/14/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • LiamDS
    2/9/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon customer
    2/6/16
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    "A story I've always wanted to read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of I Am Legend to be better than the print version?

    Yes, this is an old style story which would be too short to read but listening is really enjoyable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I Am Legend?

    The ending is really good.


    Have you listened to any of Robertson Dean’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any other performance by Mr Dean but this one is really good. I will seek him out.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an interesting story well told. enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michelle Dixon
    2/5/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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