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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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    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..

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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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 2017

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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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    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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    Tilo 10-30-12
    Tilo 10-30-12 Member Since 2012

    Zombies Books in order: 1. We're Alive 2. Day By Day Armageddon 3. Roads Less Traveled Series 4. Alaskan Undead Apocalypse 5. World War Z 6. The Walking Dead 7. Rise Again 8. As the World Dies 9. Zombie Fallout

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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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  • N. E. Dobson
    Derby, UK
    12/23/12
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    "Maybe the grimmest ending of any book"

    If the only version of "I am Legend" you have heard of is the Will "Fresh Prince" Smith film version you are in for a treat. This is the book that, to my mind, created the modern vampire/zombie genre of horror. It is not a big, action fuelled story but a grim story played out on a human level by a very ordinary and at times quite unlikeable protagonist. Robert Neville is no superhero but an ordinary man who happens to be immune to the virus that has turned the rest of the world into zombie-like creatues. The action takes place in Neville's dull suburban street and the first section of the book details his daily routine and his struggle to maintain his sanity. The later plot develops a romantic theme and the final third of the novel dips a little but the ending is, quite simply, stunning.



    This audiobook version is very good, the reader/actor captures some of Neville's grimness and despair and the pacing is excellent. I thoroughly recommed this, I've bought print copies for several of my friends.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • mollymoon1
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    3/8/11
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    "Classic brilliance."

    I listened to this book after watching the film as I was intrigued by the story and guessed that there would be more to a book than the film. But wow, was I wrong, the book and film could really be two completely different stories, but with the same concept. The book is brilliantly written and takes place in 1950's America. The naration is lovely, almost radio like, which adds to the ambience of the story, its dramatic and scary and takes up speed along the way. The ending is most unexpected, but fits more in with the story book than the film. I don't want to give much of the story away in my review in fear of putting the reader off because of the vast differences between film and book, but suffice to say, it is worth reading and I promise you will enjoy every word of it. If you haven't seen the film already, listen to the book first.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Rabea
    Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom
    1/10/08
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    "Excellent first listen"

    This is the first book I have ever listened to and have to say it was absolutely spellbinding. Gripping, tense and thought provoking I loved every single minute of the 5 hour listening time. Good choice of narrator too.

    Highly recommended!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    Telford, United Kingdom
    4/25/14
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    "A Classic - not to be ignored"

    A classic book that is nothing like the film – but in a good way

    Story – 5/5

    This story is an absolute masterpiece, and a classic that all fantasy/zombie apocalypse fans should read. At first, it seems to combine what we stereotype zombies and vampires to be, but it then moves more towards them being vampires.

    I Am Legend is split into two, the first part being about how Robert Neville fights the psychological impacts of solitude, the second part about the evolution of the germ/vampires. Both parts are told brilliantly, and I was not expecting the second half/ending at all, making it that extra bit special.

    The prose is easy and smooth, and his characterisation of Robert Neville is superb. He is extremely believable; he makes mistakes, he is not a genius scientist overnight – he needs to learn from scratch, and he not a created as a hero typical of Hollywood film adaptations. We follow him carefully through sadness, anger and frustration. One part especially brought a lump to my throat (you will know which part when you listen to/read it).

    There is a reason this has stood the test of time. As it is cheap on audible, do what I did and wait for a sale rather than use up a more expensive credit. It is a bargain that you will not regret.

    Performance – 3/5

    Robertson Dean is a good narrator – he portrayed the dark and hopeless tone of the story fantastically. There was only a small amount of voice acting needed, but all was done well. Although he was fine for the 5hrs of this book, I am not sure I could listen to him for much longer, as he can sound a bit dull when he was narrating, but this may have just been his approach to this type of story.

    I did have a problem with the production of this though. As I listen to audiobooks while driving on the motorway, the road noise can be loud. Quite often, the volume went from loud to quiet for a minute and then back to loud again. This meant I needed to alter the volume regularly to hear it. If you are listening in a quiet environment, you probably won’t have the same issue.

    Overall – 4/5


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sam
    Newtown , Powys , United Kingdom
    4/21/09
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    "Fantastic"

    A fantastically written book that offers the reader a delve into a character that is so well formed that you understand him, and his struggle brilliantly. If you enjoyed the film, then download this, but take note; this is MUCH better than the film, which essentially misses the whole point of the book!

    Great book, well worth a read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    stafford, staffs, United Kingdom
    5/12/08
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    "A classic vamp tale or is it?"

    This was a very good listen, in turns, thoughtful, sad, gripping and poignant. Robert Neville's isolated struggle to survive against the odds certainly held my attention to the bitter end. Much much better than the film which messes around with the brilliantly thought provoking ending and the meeting of a certain character(I can't imagine why they changed it) which stakes the tale together so well (sorry about the pun, but too tempting)

    You wouldn't be dissapointed with this if you like horror, vampires, and even a small dose of science. Well read too by Robertson Dean, a shame when it ended, but it does end so well.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Derrick
    Yelling, United Kingdom
    10/1/14
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    "Dark, grim classic sci-fi"

    Filmed twice, (The Omega Man with Charlton Heston in the '70s, and I Am Legend with Will Smith a few years ago), this is a classic sci-fi tale by the man who also wrote The Duel. This recording has been used in an abridged form on Radio Four Extra recently. It is very effectively read and is a dark, claustrophobic story. I found it absorbing and compelling. If you like high quality science fiction without slash and gore, then this is for you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tom
    West Wickham, United Kingdom
    11/30/10
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    "Genuinely grippping horror"

    I really enjoyed this book; the tension grips you round the throat from the start, and never lets up. A rightly famous story. I haven't seen the movie version but it would be difficult to better the book.

    I docked a star as I wasn't too taken with the narrator, but I'ld still strongly recommend the book.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    12/30/15
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    "So Scary, So Scary"

    This book is like a vampiristic version of the fallout games, except without factions. Robert Neville is a guy who has actual moral dilemmas, from a book like this you would expect a muscly guy who has no thoughts whatsoever and kills vampires with his bare fists but we get an ex-soldier who has lost his family and keeps wanting to give in to the cries at night. The whole society of vampires thing is really imaginative and the living/dead vampires thing is really astounding. I would recommend this book to anyone with the guts to handle gory descriptive writing and not a habit to often look at covers

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Luke D.
    12/1/15
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    "An interesting tale of one man his vampire friend"
    Any additional comments?

    This book explains enough of the science and history of vampires make them to seem plausible, while at the same time, not trying to explain so much that it became unrealistic or the book feeling preachy. You follow main characters research on what a vampire is and how they came to be and still are.

    I saw the movie of the same name before going through this book. The film bears very little resemblance to the book, and suffers because of it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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