©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'm not usually a fiction fan - especialy sc-fi but I downloaded this one because I wanted to see the new movie and knew I wouldn't be able to catch it while in the theaters. Fortunately this was quite interesting and I found myself looking for excuses. The naration is a bit overdone at times but well done on the whole. Enjoy!
My 13 yo son and I have been enthralled by the story. What would you do if you were the last person on the planet? How would you react? How long would the alcohol last? The style is gripping, the pictures painted in your mind are vivid. It brings back memories of listening to the old radio shows with my dad (via CD and tape). This was so much better than the current movie.
Not only is this the best audio book I've ever listened to, its the best novel I've ever read. The narration and sound quality was incredible.
I'm laying here in my bed staring at the ceiling as the last paragraph of the book spills out and the full horror of the its reality is revealed. Stupefying.
Poet, Writer, Novice Planetary Scientist, Musician, Hooligan, Former Audience Guy, Protector of Stupid Princesses.
Being a fan of the movie, "The Omega Man," I finally got around to reading "I am Legend." I enjoyed the story very much. I was surprised that it was a "vampire" story as well as a post -apocalypse tale. Now I am even more interested in what Hollywood and Will Smith come up with for the new movie adaptation being released in December 2007. I think that Robert Neville is probably one of the most memorable characters in Science Fiction. The narration is excellent.
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.
If you've watched the movie I Am Legend, this will be a new story for you. Similarly enjoyable: a man in a world of vampires, but this enjoys a twist the movie did not have.
A nice, short book. Would recommend.
I would recommend this audiobook to a friend, but probably not most of my friends. If you're looking for "The Walking Dead" or even the "I Am Legend" movie, then this isn't for you. But if you want horror as it was 60 years ago, then you'll enjoy this book! The tragic details and utter hopelessness reminded me at times of Bram Stoker's "Dracula." The story has held up well over the years but feels markedly different from the horror I'm used to, which was refreshing.
Dean's reading just adds to the horror and darkness. I could hear the dread and fear coming from Robert Neville through Dean's voice, which made me really connect with him and feel sorry for him.
Why only 4 stars? Even though the story and reading were interesting and refreshing, the book was short and didn't give me a lot of the details I was hoping for by the end. Matheson had built this whole future that I wanted to know everything about, but then in the end cut it short. It probably wouldn't have fit with the direction the author was going, but I would have loved more fleshed-out details of what was happening outside of Neville's house.
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.
"Not another zombie book!"
What a surprise, so many zombie, vampire, living dead . . . . books, very large yawn. This was a book the of the day deal with good reviews so thought that I would give it a try. So pleased I did, I really enjoyed it. Well written, good storyline, well read. A thoughtful intelligent book prompting me to change my own rules and award five stars - a very very rare event. Now looking for more books by this author/narrator . Thank you both
A well deserved classic with a corker of ending that will leave you astounded as to why the Film adaptations over the years have messed with it.
Narration was good, had to drop playback speed to 1.5.
"Tense and powerful listen"
This audio book is awesome. I love how it shows the listener how Robert is losing his mind from being on his own. I suppose it allows you feel what he feels.
The broken watch. Brilliantly tense moment.
The broken mind of the lonely Robert Neville, how his voice changes as Roberts mind goes from one part of his personality to another.
"Much better than the film"
Ignore the film
The last line in the book, that sounds bad but I mean it truthfully more for the build up then anything it has a climatic moment that brings the whole book into perspective, once again a book adapted into a film has lots it's charm, story and feeling how can it be so hard to make a film loyal to this book
The performance did the content justice in a way that made it really enjoyable and engaging
I wish I could have but I don't often get the chance to listen to a book all in one go,
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