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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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Fascinating!

I’ve seen several of the movie versions but never read the book itself. I have to say, the book is far better (as usual), and ever so more interesting than what I’ve seen. The writing does, at times, reveal the books true age but it definitely didn’t feel like I was reading some old time fifties horror novel. All in all, a great read and I can see why so many wanted to make their own movie from it....

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Wonderful!!

What made the experience of listening to I Am Legend the most enjoyable?

The reader was fantastic.

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

No, this is my first one.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, no extreme reaction.

Any additional comments?

This is NOT the Will Smith movie. People should know that going in. I thought it was and was a little confused at first, but this story is so much better than the Smith movie that I quickly just got absorbed in the story and forgot the film. A film of this book was made (1964 Vincent Price film "The Last Man on Earh" ) and it was wonderful. I liked the Will Smith film too but it is very different than this book.

Richard Matheson is a very unique literary voice. The way he developed a story with really only one character was amazing. The part about the dog is heartbreakingly sweet. The main character's struggle to survive and keep his sanity all at the same time was nail-biting in some places and inspiring in others. I highly recommend this audio book.

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  • Wesley
  • ALBION, NY, United States
  • 09-23-13

Enjoyed it....

If you could sum up I Am Legend in three words, what would they be?

Enjoy this book!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Robert Neville. He was the main character.

Which character – as performed by Robertson Dean – was your favorite?

Robert Neville.

Who was the most memorable character of I Am Legend and why?

Robert Neville. He was the main character.

Any additional comments?

The book is nothing like the movie, but that is not a bad thing. In the movie, Robert Neville (played by Will Smith), is a jacked military man with a science background. In the book, Robert Neville is an ordinary guy who is making by in these extreme circumstances. I really enjoyed the ending.

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DON'T BUY THIS BOOK

What would have made I Am Legend better?

Another author... a different book!

Would you ever listen to anything by Richard Matheson again?

No.

How could the performance have been better?

A new reader

What character would you cut from I Am Legend?

Honestly... just cut the pages out and burn them.

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Fascinating, nuanced story. Great narration.

Would you consider the audio edition of I Am Legend to be better than the print version?

I've never read the print, but I find that audiobooks in general are more entertaining than print versions. I could see how this book might be perceived as being a bit tedious in print. It's not-turn-off-able in its audio form.

What did you like best about this story?

It's a simple premise, almost more about the madness of a solitary man than vampires. The vampire element just adds that crazy danger that makes everything more exciting.

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

This guy is a great narrator. He's manic, he's emotional, he's desperate, he's gentle, he's frantic. You can hear it all in his voice. His voice stretches and heaves at all the right moments, yet the overall performance isn't overdone. He adds just the right amount of emotion right where it's needed. I really enjoyed it.

Who was the most memorable character of I Am Legend and why?

Well obviously the main character (Neville), but I love how Ben creeps around the house shouting his name. "Come out, Nevillllle!"

Any additional comments?

The movie scared the crap out of me, so I was hesitant to read this book. But aside from the general premise, this book is definitely NOT the movie. It's better!

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  • Jeri
  • United States
  • 05-21-13

So worth the listen!!

As with most books made into a movie, this book far surpasses the movie. There is so much fullness, depth and emotion to the book that could never come through in a movie. The narrator was fabulous, the story IS fabulous. The situation that leads to the end is far more complex than the movie.

This is not meant to be a slight on the movie, which I enjoyed very much. This book is a completely different experience...and one I much preferred.

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A great classic vampire novel

A classic scary vampire novel. The novel focuses on a character who is surviving in a world overrun by vampires. The vampires are more like zombies than modern vampires, as they lack the intellect and sophistication bestowed in most vampire stories. The main character was portrayed as a nervous wreck, and the descriptions of him, his mental state, his situation, and more were very thorough and detailed.

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  • Jose
  • Spanaway, Washington, United States
  • 05-03-13

Great Story and a Performance to match

Excellent story! Dark and Gripping. A great read for people seeking the original story that inspired several movies.

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  • Katie
  • Edmonton, Australia
  • 04-20-13

Nothing Like The Movie

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I was expecting a storyline at least close to the movie... but nope. This is nothing like it. I don't know who did the movie, but they didn't follow the book (the movie was a million times better)

What was most disappointing about Richard Matheson’s story?

It's set in 1976

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THOUGHT PROVOKING

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

YES, IT IS WELL WRITTEN, WELL PREFORMED AND THE TWIST AND TURNS WILL HOLD YOUR ATTENTION AND KEEP YOU GUESSING UNTIL THE END.

Who was your favorite character and why?

RUTH IS MY FAVORITE CHARACTER. SHE SEEMS VERY LOST AND SEARCHING. HER CHARACTER REALLY DREW ME IN.

Which character – as performed by Robertson Dean – was your favorite?

ROBERT OF COURSE.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES! IT WAS.