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- Listening Length: 5 hours and 19 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: August 14, 2007
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B000V5QJC2
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While this book is advertised as one of the best vampire novels of all time, it is really not about the vampires at all, but about a man. This is the story of what one man can endure, what his limits are, how much he can accept, and what will happen when he goes too far.
Yes, there are vampires in the book, and yes, he does hunt them by day, but it's not an action story; the suspense is more pyschological. This is also one of the more different vampire books you will ever read.
Somewhat short and written precisely, words are not wasted here, and the beauty and simplicity of the language is part of the appeal that this book holds. Robert Neville is an amazingly real character, and the ending of this book is perfect. While I have not yet read the multiple other stories by Matheson in this volume, I Am Legend alone is worth the cover price.
This is where it all started. The pioneering work that later inspired George Romero's "Night Of The Living Dead" and Stephen King's "Salem's Lot" and every other tale of a normal human being fighting against the odds in a world gone mad with the hungry hordes of the undead.
Matheson, a TV writer (most notable work, "The Twilight Zone"), places us in a world where a mysterious virus has not only killed off virtually ever other man, woman and child but causes them to return as zombielike vampires intent on only one thing... to drain the blood of the living. Matheson's hero holds up in his old family home, now a battered fortress assaulted nightly by what were once his friends and neighbors and who have become the walking dead intent on taking hold and devouring him. He, in turn, waits until the morning light and searches out there hiding places in order to destroy the revenants when they are at their most vulnerable. A one man army, who is patiently, skillfully ridding his world of this vermin.
Fortunately, in one of his sweeps he finds that there is another who is doing the same thing. He is not alone in the world afterall.
Unfortunately, this other wants to destroy him as well.
Matheson wrote a thinking man's horror novel. He touches on that feeling of alienation and loneliness that pervades so much of our modern world. A world that places us as pawns, used (and often victimised) by the science and technologies of our own creation. However, Matheson also inspires in the reader a feeling of hope and fighting back even if the odds are staggeringly against us. He appeals to the survivalist instincts that every healthy, normal man and woman possess. He builds the anger in us to strike back and overcome the menace to our existence.Read more ›
THE LAST MAN ON EARTH starred Vincent Price. Made back in 1964, it's the most faithful of the adaptations, but hindered by a very low budget.
THE OMEGA MAN starring Charlton Heston, 1971, could charitably be described as "based upon" I AM LEGEND. Worst of the bunch.
I AM LEGEND the big budget action movie starring Will Smith (2007) was reasonably faithful in an "amp it up and blow it away" manner, but continued the tradition of totally missing the ending. Hint: To see what Matheson was getting at with the ending, look at the title!
Anyway, the book remains one of my all-time favorites. It's still the only book I've ever finished and then immediately returned to page one to read again!
If you're expecting a "zombie gross-out" or anything along those lines, you'll be disappointed. There's suspense a'plenty, but mainly it's a personal drama as Robert Neville strives to find meaning in a world in which he no longer belongs.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wack ending! No more need to be said. The movie can not be based on this book, like a child wrote it.Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
I can't believe this is the first Richard Matheson book I've read. Have I been missing out! This book is so thought provoking. I still can't stop thinking about it. Read morePublished 5 days ago by MLande
Excellent read. Nothing like the movie so if that's what you want this book isn't itPublished 7 days ago by Ryan
After reading this amazing book, I am pissed off at the Will Smith movie. It is two completely different stories. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Erin Funk
Always meant to read this book, but never got around to it.
But for halloween this year I wanted to read horror books that I had not read, but enjoyed their movie... Read more
I enjoyed this book because it was about an interesting combination of horror and fantasy.I would recommend this to all who enjoy Science Fiction and Fantasy because I think we... Read morePublished 13 days ago by ed
So different from movie. Entertaining overall but a little slow. Disappointing ending.Published 14 days ago by Candace Jeanneret
I am sure the story is fine but the book is so small and the writing can hardly be read. I suppose this is the printers fault. Just felt like a cheap cheap bookPublished 15 days ago by sherry looper
The book, as always, was so much better than the movie. And probably not much more time consuming to read.Published 18 days ago by Lena Hudson