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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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    Tilo 10-30-12
    Tilo 10-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I thought it would suck"

    I'm into zombies not vampires. The book was written in the 50's so i thought it would be outdated. I liked the movie, but really thought the book must be very boring. A dude all by himself. Seemed a bit boring. I just pictured an artsy kind of book with a guy dealing with his internal struggle and alot of blah blah.

    Well, it really is kinda all of the above, except boring. Its very interesting and I am sure if the book was written today it would definitely be with zombies, not vampires. There is some action too, so all is okay. I think it must have been redone too, I swear a date I heard was in the 1970's.

    Narrator was pretty good with good inflection at the appropriate places, not seemingly randomly for no reason like some annoying narrators.

    I did not like the end. It was a good ending. I don't want to give it away, but it was artsy. If you find artsy endings predictably similar you know what I mean (opposite of Hollywood endings).

    If you like zombie stories I think this will satisfy you.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Billy SEATTLE, WA United States 11-16-17
    Billy SEATTLE, WA United States 11-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Really enjoyable. Much different than movie."

    More enjoyable than the movie, however the characters outlook on women makes him a less likeable character these days. Maybe that was the point, I'm not sure. The story is good though, if bleak.

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    Bobsta 11-13-17
    Bobsta 11-13-17
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    "Way Ahead Of Its Time and Still Very Scary"

    Richard Matheson is one of my favorite authors. Whether he is writing about the fear of never finding love (Somewhere In Time), grief (What Dreams May Come) or believing you are the last survivor of a plague as is the case in this story, he is able to convey the fear and terror that comes from isolation better then any author I have read.

    He does this here in spades. I really feel for Robert Neville as he is dealing with isolation and at the same time trying to survive being stocked nightly by vampires. George Romero, Stephen King and others site this novel as a major inspiration and you can tell. Listen, enjoy and then listen again.

    Robertson Dean is also a great narrator, perfectly capturing the characters pathos.
    Highly recommended. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

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    Lisa 11-09-17
    Lisa 11-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A great vampire story."

    I saw the Will Smith movie first. I never knew this was a book. The book is a great story. The movie strayed from the book in many ways, but was also similar is some respects. I recommend this book and for the price it's a no Brainer.

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    Paul 11-07-17
    Paul 11-07-17
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    "Classic"

    An intense, thought-provoking look at one man's struggle to survive in a world where all the rules have been irrevocably changed.

    Like Gulliver's Travels, this story can be read on more than one level. As Robert Neville plans his existence around the physical requirements of his new reality, we are absorbed by the bleakness of his outlook, caught up in his carefully planned accommodations of a new world order.

    On another level, we feel the loneliness of Everyman as he makes his way through life, surrounded by people, buffeted by circumstance, struggling always to be true to his core principles, whatever they might be.

    Robertson Dean's narration is superb,

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    Samantha M. 11-04-17
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    "The movie does not do this book justice!!"

    At first I was I wasn't sure how I felt about listening to this book as I had Will Smith in the back of my mind. But I am so glad I decided to listen. wonderful storytelling and the plot is much more in depth and satisfying. I really enjoyed this !

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    Justin 10-24-17
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    "A must read for sci-fi and survival lovers."

    He is Legend. Good listen, horror, humanity, love and sadness. A definite 5 out of 5.

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    George R. Schar Delaware, Ohio 10-18-17
    George R. Schar Delaware, Ohio 10-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "best of genre"

    I regret every other five star review I've given another book because I wish I had saved it for this one.

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    tldward 10-09-17
    tldward 10-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting vampire story."

    This is a very cool take on your typical vampire story. Kind of post-apocalyptic, zombie esque. It follows the main character, possibly the last man on Earth, as he struggles through his day-to-day life, scavenging for supplies and simply trying to survive. I've read this book twice now and it's just as good the second time around. I will definitely read it again at some point in the future. My only complaint is it gets a little slow about 1/3rd of the way into the book, but it's still interesting and picks up speed at about the 2/3rd mark. Strong beginning, slow middle, strong ending. Highly recommend!!!

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    douglas bermudez 09-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I love this book. A true classic. "

    the performance was incredible. It really brought all the characters to life and put you in the middle of this terrifying world. Nothing in film or television can do this book justice.

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  • 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.

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  • Peeler
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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.

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  • Amazon Customer
    6/27/16
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    "Glad it's short"

    I remember the film with Charlton Heston abs it sounds like the narrator is trying to mimic his voice almost. The story's ok but there's much better post apocalypse fiction out there now, with deeper, more believable characters. In that sense it shows its age as well, as it's about the standard of American 50's science fiction.

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  • Trekkie Monster
    West Yorkshire, UK
    6/24/16
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    "A short sharp shock of a listen!"

    This is an excellent story that is read with an enthusiasm and passion that I've rarely encountered in other audiobooks. It's just a shame that it's such a short story and even as an unabridged edition it only 5hr 20m long so it's very possible to listen to this in one sitting.

    As other reviewers have mentioned, unlike the film there is no Hollywood happy-ever-after ending here.... ohhhhhh no. In fact it left me feeling quite bummed out.

    If I have one criticism about the story some chapters get bogged down in the medical biology of the human body and how the vampiric plaque is affecting it. When the story is so short as it already is it just felt like unnecessary filler.

    But anyways it's an excellent reading of a modern classic. This is well worth a token or if you are lucky you might catch it in one of Audible's occasional buy-one-get-one-free sales and get it completely free like I did.

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  • alexander
    Dublin 12, Ireland
    6/22/16
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    "you saw the movie? look for something different."

    the screen version was so much better. trying to relive the film does not work.

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  • Callandor
    St. Andrews, Scotland
    5/18/16
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    "Legendary"

    As a long time fan of the Book and subsequent Film adaptations of the story I was captivated by this readers effortless ability to portray the sublime Jekyll and Hyde nature of protagonist Robert Neville, the Man, the Monster and ultimately the Legend. Having listened to the Audiobook, I have a newer and stronger admiration the writer and this work. Legend in word and deed.

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  • TraceyEva
    London
    5/16/16
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    "Compelling"

    This was such an exciting book to listen to. Robertson Dean's American accent is perfect and his delivery really brings the book alive. So much better than that movie. Completely different storyline and ending. The part with the dog just broke my heart. A much better ending. I see now why it is referred to as Classic. Beautifully Dark but it never loses its Humanity.

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  • The Messenger
    England
    5/15/16
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    "Better than the film. Much better. "

    I really enjoyed both the story and the narration. It has a lot of depth and kept me at the edge of my seat throughout. It's what I call "proper literature" ; yes it's a technical term. On a serious note, the metaphors for the society, for the societal political changes and changes in mental attitudes between generations are captured with beautiful poignant painful accuracy. I come back to this audiobook no doubt in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    5/8/16
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    "Surprisingly fresh"

    You think you know the story, but this is still the daddy of the modern vampire/zombie/apocalypse novel. Intelligent, heartbreaking, surprising and a must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hazel
    Surrey
    5/3/16
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    "A must really"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, as it stands the test of time, and gives the starting point of all the popular vampire stories since. A classic


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The previous unliked neighbour who was now a vampire, slightly comedic and annoying, so still just like a neighbour.


    What about Robertson Dean’s performance did you like?

    His tone and pace. perfect


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I skipped through the bit with the dog, I had to skip through that


    Any additional comments?

    Firmly recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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