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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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he said, she said, sometimes loud, sometimes quiet

1. I had the volume set at a nice level, allowing me to hear the narration, but then when the narrator starting whispering I had to either adjust the volume (only to have to quickly adjust again) or ignore that portion of the story. Clearly it was less important if not meant to be heard.

2. During two different conversations taking place in the story, I couldn't pay attention to the conversation because EVERY sentence ended with "he said" or "she said". My high school self would have spent his time counting every time it happened. Perhaps it was only so obvious to me because it was audio, but surely the author could have come up with other ways of telling us who was the one speaking.

Instead of "he said", maybe some version of any from the following list?

replied
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exclaimed

I've read several books where it was left out completely, and the responses from the two characters (it is only two in these conversations, you know) were on separate lines. Then, for the audio version of the book, the narrator uses his/her version of the voice for the appropriate character.

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don't waste your time or money!

What disappointed you about I Am Legend?

extremely slow moving story chopped up

What could Richard Matheson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

not written book

How could the performance have been better?

Performance ok it's the book

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from I Am Legend?

all of it

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Deep in the mind of a insane man

In this book you follow the story of a guy in a post apocalypse where everyone beside him became a vampire.
It's so different from the movie that they just share titles and a few world settings.
You are presented with a guy that has survived the end of civilization and is clearly paranoid, bipolar and probably has some alucinations trying to survive in a world that is filled with vampires that want to kill him while he três to understand what happened around him and what he will do from now on.
If the ending wasn't spoiled to you, I can just say that it's really well done and mind blowing.
The narration is over the top, you can hear how crazy the protagonist as he gets tense, and how he struggles trying to understand the world around him.
Even being a short book it's a must listen.

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Trash

Boring. Crappy storyline. Ending horrible. Just a terrible book all around. Worse than the movie

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Not like to movie

Not what I expected. It is not like the Will Smith movie of the same name. It wasn't the best book I have ever listened to but certainly no the worse either. I enjoyed it.

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very uncomfortable material to sit through

better than the movie in many ways, but disturbing content at times, being inside the llast man on earths head is not a fun place to be.

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Somber story

Honestly I looooved this book. As I saw and related from other reviews it was nothing like the movie (not that I had seen that in years). It was a great story of a modest man who had lived through so much tragedy. And I felt (other than the hilarious reading of the female portions) Robertson dean was a perfect voice for the read.

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Interesting Vampire Story

I've seen the movie with the same title a few years ago, and was not that impressed. So naturally I wasn't expecting much from the book, I was pleasantly surprised. The story is well written, and offers an interesting approach to vampirism.

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I Am Not a Lover of Vampire Stories

I received this title as a freebie during Audible's anniversary celebration. I'm not generally a fan of vampire stories, but I've been making an effort to expand my reading choices and this one was short.

I thought that the narrator did a fine job of portraying Robert Neville's inner turmoil, and the times when he was going over the edge. It sometimes veered into campiness, but maybe that's to be expected from this type of story.

This book seemed much longer than it actually was. I think that's probably because it was pretty bleak. There really wasn't a single happy thing happening in this story. It's not a bad book, but just not for me.

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great classic. much better than any of the movies

the naration was excellent. the voice reminded me of charlton hesston who was in one of the movie versions.

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  • Scott
  • 03-01-16

amazing

everything was fantastic. the actor really added to the atmosphere. definitely give this seminal book a listen.

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  • toveyc1
  • 02-14-16

A modern spin on a classic tale.

This book is one of my favs. It's much better than the film of the same name. One man's struggle as the (seemingly) only person left uninfected in a world overrun by vampires. Chores by day and maintaining sanity by night. I applaud the effort made by the author to offer a realistic attempt for his character to understand the 'vampire' by means of scientific study. You can easily see yourself in that position and the hardship to interpret fact from fiction.

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  • LiamDS
  • 02-09-16

Great start to a genre

The story is all the more compelling when you remember it was written in the 1950's. Good yarn, well read and short enough to listen to in one sitting.

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  • Amazon customer
  • 02-06-16

A story I've always wanted to read

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

Yes, this is an old style story which would be too short to read but listening is really enjoyable.

What was one of the most memorable moments of I Am Legend?

The ending is really good.

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

I have not listened to any other performance by Mr Dean but this one is really good. I will seek him out.

Any additional comments?

This is an interesting story well told. enjoy.

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  • Michelle Dixon
  • 02-05-16

GREAT. DIFFERENT ONE OF A KIND?

This was the very first audio book I had ever heard, and that was years ago on the radio and it was half hour each night. But even though I dont like vampires or anything like that I loved it! So dont judge a book by its cover.

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  • Paul D
  • 01-23-16

Not another zombie book!

What a surprise, so many zombie, vampire, living dead . . . . books, very large yawn. This was a book the of the day deal with good reviews so thought that I would give it a try. So pleased I did, I really enjoyed it. Well written, good storyline, well read. A thoughtful intelligent book prompting me to change my own rules and award five stars - a very very rare event. Now looking for more books by this author/narrator . Thank you both

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  • R. Maines
  • 01-20-16

That ending.

A well deserved classic with a corker of ending that will leave you astounded as to why the Film adaptations over the years have messed with it.

Narration was good, had to drop playback speed to 1.5.

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  • David
  • 08-09-14

Tense and powerful listen

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

This audio book is awesome. I love how it shows the listener how Robert is losing his mind from being on his own. I suppose it allows you feel what he feels.

What was one of the most memorable moments of I Am Legend?

The broken watch. Brilliantly tense moment.

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

The broken mind of the lonely Robert Neville, how his voice changes as Roberts mind goes from one part of his personality to another.

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

Yes.

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  • richard
  • 12-01-13

Much better than the film

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

Ignore the film

What was one of the most memorable moments of I Am Legend?

The last line in the book, that sounds bad but I mean it truthfully more for the build up then anything it has a climatic moment that brings the whole book into perspective, once again a book adapted into a film has lots it's charm, story and feeling how can it be so hard to make a film loyal to this book

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The performance did the content justice in a way that made it really enjoyable and engaging

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

I wish I could have but I don't often get the chance to listen to a book all in one go,

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  • Sarah
  • 12-01-13

Very different from the movie

I was not a big fan of the movie but had heard this was a good read so decided to give it a go. This is deffo not the genre of book I would normally read-not really into vampire etc so fully expected to not really like it but was very pleasantly surprised. The reader was very good. The story has little resemblance to the film-in a good way-don't know why they decided to change it so much. A really interesting listen which kept me hooked from start to finish. I was very surprised to see it was written in the 50s as it has a much more modern feel. A real classic. Enjoy.