©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 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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
"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.
"Better than the film. Much better. "
I really enjoyed both the story and the narration. It has a lot of depth and kept me at the edge of my seat throughout. It's what I call "proper literature" ; yes it's a technical term. On a serious note, the metaphors for the society, for the societal political changes and changes in mental attitudes between generations are captured with beautiful poignant painful accuracy. I come back to this audiobook no doubt in the future.
You think you know the story, but this is still the daddy of the modern vampire/zombie/apocalypse novel. Intelligent, heartbreaking, surprising and a must read.
"A must really"
Yes, as it stands the test of time, and gives the starting point of all the popular vampire stories since. A classic
The previous unliked neighbour who was now a vampire, slightly comedic and annoying, so still just like a neighbour.
His tone and pace. perfect
I skipped through the bit with the dog, I had to skip through that
"Excellent book, expertly read."
I thoroughly enjoyed the narrator's telling of this story. He had excellent pacing, and an engaging, dynamic tone that changed and suited the moods and drama of the book.
"Wish i had never seen the movie, this was so good"
first few chapters had me right on edge
the depth of the character
I listened when commuting
when his old friend shouts out to him
wish I had never seen the movie. this was 1000 times better
I loved this book - a great story and I found myself with my earphones permanently attached.
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