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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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    Brad Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 10-19-08
    Brad Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 10-19-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Dark. Awesome."

    A quick listen, I got through the whole thing on a short road-trip. The narration suits the mood very well, the readers gruff voice bringing Neville to life and building the suspense of the story. I've never seen the movie (as some others have mentioned) but I've heard this original story has a much more interesting philosophical twist at the end and makes for a much darker and more interesting conclusion.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas 11-10-07
    Thomas 11-10-07
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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.

    13 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    D corona, ca United States 02-21-08
    D corona, ca United States 02-21-08 Member Since 2015

    some are in it for the competition but i'd like to think most of us are in it for the journey and just want to share the experience

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    "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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    Anthony waterboro, ME, USA 06-19-09
    Anthony waterboro, ME, USA 06-19-09
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    "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!

    12 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 03-12-08
    Mike Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 03-12-08 Member Since 2005
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    "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
    Bev Alton, IL, USA 09-10-07 Member Since 2010
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    "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
    tracy thatcher, AZ, United States 05-13-09 Member Since 2006
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    "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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    Robbie Aragon, GA, USA 05-05-08
    Robbie Aragon, GA, USA 05-05-08
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    "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.

    10 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Questis 04-04-08
    Questis 04-04-08 Listener Since 2007
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    "Great"

    So way better than the movie, loved it..

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    Larry Brownsville, OR, USA 06-02-08
    Larry Brownsville, OR, USA 06-02-08
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    "A classic !!!"

    I was just a kid the first time!Old this time and it took me back Great read Great ride !!

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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  • Sara
    Llanwrtyd wells, United Kingdom
    10/16/08
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • jitesh
    Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
    1/30/17
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    "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
    Melbourne, Australia
    11/20/16
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    "Classic"

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

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  • EvaGM
    11/18/16
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    "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
    11/8/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bluelesley
    9/20/16
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    "Brilliant...."

    All i can say is, i love this, made me wonder what i would do if i thought i was the only one left. Loved how he started studying to find out what could have caused it all. Fascinating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    7/27/16
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    "Captivating"

    This book has been on my last since the mid 00s and it hasn't disappointed. Much better than the film, which completely misses the message of the book.

    Excellent narration too, really sold the feel of world and of his downward spiral into madness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James N
    7/27/16
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    "Nothing like the film."

    This book is nothing like the film but this isn't a bad thing, I think the story told in this audio book is much better then the films version of this book.

    Decent pace through out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crime Fiction Groupie
    High Wycombe, United Kingdom
    7/9/16
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    "Gosh - what to say....."

    Have had this in my wishlist for a while, and took advantage of an offer. I was expecting it to be different to the movie (which was my prompt to add it to wishlist). But boy is it very different! So - I loved the concept, especially knowing just how old this story is - more than 50 years. You could feel the loneliness and the horror - quite gripping. You really root for Robert Neville, and I practically cried when his first opportunity to find company didn't work out.
    It was great storytelling as it made the listener uncomfortable - no complacency here. Whilst rooting for Neville, there were also aspects of his character which were unlikeable - perhaps a little due to its having been written in a different era. He spent a lot of time being angry - which felt true to the situation, but also a little over-played.
    The whole novel has a sad and desperate inevitability - the closest I could get to how it made me feel was thinking back to one of my favourite novels..... "On The Beach" by Nevil Shute. Whilst a completely different storyline, there is a sadness and inevitability to that too, which leaves you quite worn out.
    Very glad to have finally got around to listening to this, and suspect I will return to listen again in a while.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peeler
    HILLSBOROUGH, United Kingdom
    7/4/16
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    "Not like the movie, much better..."

    I didn't realise this book was written in the 1950's. very scary..a top listen and a classic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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