Narrated by Robertson Dean
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication Date: August 14, 2007
Date Read: January 12, 2018
Length: 5 hours 19 minutes
Source: Purchased - Audible
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?
This was good! I really didn't have this book on my radar until recently. Sure, I saw the movie with Will Smith but I honestly wasn't all that impressed with it. I knew that the movie was based on a book but didn't really feel the need to pick it up. When Audible had their 20th anniversary celebration a few months ago, they offered this book free to members so I snatched up a copy. I was in the mood for a shorter listen recently and decided to go with this book and I really ended up enjoying it.
So when I started this book, I thought it was a zombie book. I don't even know what I am doing some days. This is not a zombie book. I guess I really didn't pay all that much attention to that Will Smith movie after all because this is a vampire book. In my defense these vampires are almost zombie-like in a whole lot of ways.
Robert Neville is alone. He is the last person around in a world full of vampires. He spends his days gathering supplies and staking the vampires that he finds. He spends his nights locked in his house trying to ignore the vampires that gather outside his home. He does this every day and is utterly alone. He does some research to try to figure out the cause of the outbreak and to learn as much as he can.
This was the first time that I have listened to Robertson Dean's narration and I really did enjoy it. I thought that his voice was perfect for Neville and he brought the right amount of emotion into the story. I thought that he had a very pleasant voice that was easy to listen to for hours at a time. I would not hesitate to choose another book narrated by Robertson Dean.
I would recommend this book to others. It is a great story about a man trying to navigate the world alone. I am quite sure that this audiobook will have a much more lasting impact on me than the movie did. I do hope to read more of Richard Matheson's work in the future.
About the Author
Richard Matheson was The New York Times bestselling author of I Am Legend, Hell House, Somewhere in Time, The Incredible Shrinking Man, A Stir of Echoes, The Beardless Warriors, The Path, Seven Steps to Midnight, Now You See It…, and What Dreams May Come, among others. He was named a Grand Master of Horror by the World Horror Convention, and received the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement. He has also won the Edgar, the Spur, and the Writer's Guild awards. In 2010, he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. In addition to his novels Matheson wrote several screenplays for movies and TV, including "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet," based on his short story, along with several other Twilight Zone episodes. He was born in New Jersey and raised in Brooklyn, and fought in the infantry in World War II. He earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. Matheson died in June, 2013, at the age of eighty-seven.