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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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    Christopher Centerport, NY, USA 01-19-08
    Christopher Centerport, NY, USA 01-19-08
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    "Very Good!"

    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!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Nunaley 01-03-08 Member Since 2014
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    "One of the best Vampire novels"

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Guttman Atlanta, GA United States 12-31-07
    Joshua Guttman Atlanta, GA United States 12-31-07 Member Since 2014
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    "Stupefying"

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Knoxville, MD, United States 12-14-07
    Bruce Knoxville, MD, United States 12-14-07 Member Since 2007

    Poet, Writer, Novice Planetary Scientist, Musician, Hooligan, Former Audience Guy, Protector of Stupid Princesses.

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    "A"

    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.

    3 of 5 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 7 people found this review helpful
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    Meggy 02-04-17
    Meggy 02-04-17
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    "Excellent Listening"

    Very good, thought provoking book. The narrator did a wonderful job and it had me glued to it's "pages"! The ending was not what I expected at all and is nothing like the movie of the same name with Will Smith. Excellent listening!

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    Ross 01-13-17
    Ross 01-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Crazy to think about!!"

    The concepts laid out in this book that describe the world that Robert and Neville grew to call his own are freakishly similar to the one we live in today. To me this story portrays one man's fight to hold on to what he knows and a world that is rapidly passing him by and leaving him in obscurity. We all fight to hold on to what we hold dear, though in the end resigning to what we cannot control. Times change and inevitably we all get left behind.

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    gfalconer17 Texas, USA 01-05-17
    gfalconer17 Texas, USA 01-05-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great listen!"

    Hard to follow, mostly because of the period writing but there was a lot of intensity. If you are wanting to read this because you watched the movie, you will be sorely disappointed, they are almost nothing alike, movie is good as they modernized but missing some key elements of detail. Parts of the story narrorator gets very quiet, element of drawing you in but had to turn up the volume quote a few noches.

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    Terry Acuna 01-02-17
    Terry Acuna 01-02-17 Member Since 2015
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    "nothing like the movie"

    Amazing book. It is nothing like the movie, thank God. The movie was so loosely based on the book I struggle to see why they gave it the same name. Anyway, great read (or listen) and well worth your time.

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    Greg 12-23-16
    Greg 12-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Five Glorious Stars"

    This is good shit. Reviews have to be fifteens words long. Hippo Walmart butt nuts

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  • The Dogs Mum
    Delightful Dorset
    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.

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  • 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


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  • 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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

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