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Thursday, May 3, 2018

#Audiobook #Review: 3 out of 5 stars for I Am Legend by Richard Matheson #RichardMatheson @BlackstoneAudio

TITLE: I Am Legend
NARRATOR: Robertson Dean
PUBLISHER: Blackstone Audio
PUBLICATION DATE: August 14, 2007 (first published 1954)
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 5 hrs and 19 mins
GENRE: Horror, Science Fiction/Post-Apocalyptic
Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth... but he is not alone. Every other man, woman and child on the planet has become a vampire, and they are hungry for Neville's blood.

By day he is the hunter, stalking the undead through the ruins of civilisation. By night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

How long can one man survive like this?

I normally refuse to watch a movie before I read the book, but I do recall having seen this flick starring Will Smith back in 2007. Thankfully, I don't remember much about it so there were no spoilers for me. I'll have to re-watch it.

The main character is Robert Neville, and the story takes place in the mid-70s approximately five months after the end of the world. A plague caused humans to turn into vampires, but Robert appears to be immune. He spends his days acquiring what he needs to stockpile and also to kill as many vampires as he can by staking them. Before nightfall, he barricades himself into his reinforced home. The vampires come at night for him. His old neighbour and coworker that he used to carpool with, Ben, actually calls for him by name.

One day, Robert finds a dog that is half-starved and he's determined to gain his trust and make him well. The dog does appear to be infected, but Robert has made good use of his time in the post-apocalyptic world and read lots of scientific literature and tried to make sense of why he did not become afflicted and turn like everyone else did.

Robert laments about how lonely he is. He even talks about how the vampy women outside are tempting him with their bodies. Seriously?! It's the end of the world, and he's most concerned about his forced celibacy?? Sheesh! Yes, I found Robert to be annoying. However, I love post-apocalyptic/survival stories like this so I did still enjoy the book.

Matheson is a new-to-me author, and I will read more of his work. I have also purchased Hell House

This audiobook is narrated by Robertson Dean, and I loved his low and gravelly voice. I am very happy that I purchased the audiobook. Here is a sample of the narration:


3 stars!! It was good, and I enjoyed it.

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