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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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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.

15 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • Harv
  • Torrance, CA, USA
  • 07-08-09

My favorite Science Fiction Novella of all-time..

I bought Matheson's masterpiece as a young teenager in the early 60s, on a family vacation trip.. sat on a deserted beach, alone, and read it cover-to-cover.. been waiting for an audio version for eons.. and grabbed Audible's the other day.. the narration is FANtastic, and of course, 100% true to the book, unlike the three filmed versions.. the 50s low-budget Vincent Price film, "The Last Man on Earth" is probably the truest to the book.. the 70s "Omega Man" with Charlton Heston is a joke.. the 2007 correctly-titled Will Smith version isn't bad, but so far from Matheson's original work as to almost be an entirely different character and story, especially the ending.. but I suppose the producers giving it the usual Hollywood mega-million $ CGI-laden, "blowin' up a lot of stuff" treatment for contemporary movie audiences with the attention span of a gnat was not unexpected.. but transmogrifying Robert Neville from a suburan El Lay everyman trying to do his best to maintain his sanity and survive alone in an insane world, to a high-ranking military Doctor in NYC made NO sense to me at all.. the newest film removed the whole ambience of the book, radically changed / ripped out / added characters.. it's just not Matheson's original.. so this novella still has never been properly filmed to stay true to the book, and probably never will be..

As a five hour plus audio book, I found it very tough to pause / bookmark and come back to it later.. I wanted to listen to it all the way through.. it did not disappoint except in one small (?) aspect.. had I produced it, I would have used a female narrator to read Ruth's lines..

16 of 24 people found this review helpful

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  • Anthony
  • waterboro, ME, USA
  • 06-19-09

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!

13 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • Robbie
  • Aragon, GA, USA
  • 05-05-08

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.

13 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • D
  • corona, ca United States
  • 02-21-08

Legend

This is a good vampire story with a twist,instead of one blood sucking ghoul everyone is a blood sucking ghoul,except for one man,Robert Neville. He is the last living soul on earth, as far as he knows. The story is about how one man survives in such an enviroment, how it came to be this way, and ultimaly how it will end. The author cleverly explains why such myths as garlic works to repel vampires and other such vampire lore. Godd narration, very entertaining.

9 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Mike
  • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 03-12-08

TheThe Best Matheson on Earth

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.

11 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Bev
  • Alton, IL, USA
  • 09-10-07

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 13 people found this review helpful

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  • tracy
  • thatcher, AZ, United States
  • 05-13-09

Better upon reflection

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.

9 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 11-23-17

Not sure why I purchased it!

Post apocalyptic vampire stories are no my thing. I did listen to all of it.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Great

So way better than the movie, loved it..

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  • Sara
  • 10-16-08

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.

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  • Mr WHITE
  • 01-14-18

Yes you are

One of the first books I read as a kid and it stayed with me like a bad rash. When I saw it on audible I just had to revisit. So glad I did. If you only know this from any of the numerous film adaptations please don’t think it’s like them. It’s so so much more.

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  • janien
  • 01-09-18

Once of the best endings I’ve ever read.

This has to be one of the best vampire stories yet written. These vampires are intelligent and pretty scary; I can see exactly where Stephen King got his inspiration for Salem’s Lot.

Audible presentation is superb. A must read book within its genre and the film btw, is completely differently towards and at the end. The ending has to be read to be believed, jaw droppingly good.

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  • WarwickStudent
  • 12-29-17

Great

Much better than the film even if I didn't find the main character wasn't very easy to empathise with.

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  • Sega Head
  • 11-14-17

A true classic

This is to this day a unique story of one man's struggle against the solitude in a world of pure horror. The narrator does a fine job telling the story so you won't have the book ruined by a boring voice

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  • Theodor
  • 10-08-17

Fantastic

A great story, well told. So different from the movie so many of us were exposed to, it stands almost completely separate.

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  • jitesh
  • 01-30-17

last man standing how he comes to deal with life

vampires and the last man on the planet to survive. A modern day Robinson Crusoe.
A good listen highly recommended.

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  • James Lucktaylor
  • 11-20-16

Classic

Love this story, having gone through it many times over the years. Great narration too.

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  • EvaGM
  • 11-18-16

A sci-fi must.

Much, much better than the blockbuster movie. Unadorned prose, very fitting for this stark, fast-paced tale. The narrator does an outstanding job of keeping you focused on the flow of inner dialogue.

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  • Jon
  • 11-08-16

Still the best novel I've read.heard.

What did you like most about I Am Legend?

I've always liked this story as to me, it seems to be more about the story of a man's experience of depression. The attention to detail throughout is wonderful and it charts Neville's semi-recovery alongside the discovery of a purpose, as well as the daily torment he receives throughout.

What did you like best about this story?

Bleak. Holds it's nerve, and I honestly wish they'd given Ridley Scott his shot at this with Schwarzenegger. Imagine his performance in Maggie and you'd be halfway there.

What does Robertson Dean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

To me he captures Neville perfectly. All rage and thunder and nowhere to aim it. I only slightly marked him down as I don't like when narrators switch to higher pitches or voices.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Come out Neville...

Any additional comments?

Brilliant.