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One of the most influential vampire novels of the 20th century, I Am Legend regularly appears on the "10 Best" lists of numerous critical studies of the horror genre. As Richard Matheson's third novel, it was first marketed as science fiction (for although written in 1954, the story takes place in a future 1976). A terrible plague has decimated the world, and those who were unfortunate enough to survive have been transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Except, that is, for Robert Neville. He alone appears to be immune to this disease, but the grim irony is that now he is the outsider. He is the legendary monster who must be destroyed because he is different from everyone else. Employing a stark, almost documentary style, Richard Matheson was one of the first writers to convince us that the undead can lurk in a local supermarket freezer as well as a remote Gothic castle. His influence on a generation of bestselling authors--including Stephen King and Dean Koontz--who first read him in their youth is, well, legendary. --Stanley Wiater --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Starred Review. Robert Neville has witnessed the end of the world. The world's population has been obliterated by a vampire virus, though Neville has somehow survived. As he toils to make sense of it all and protect himself against the hounding vampires who seek out his life force, Neville embarks on a series of projects to discover the source of the plague and hopefully put an end to the vampires. In a tale that plays with the slippery slope of sanity, Dean makes the perfect choice for a narrator. His powerful performance proves chilling and haunting. As Neville teeters on the edge of sanity, Dean manipulates his tone, speed, emphasis and projection accordingly, making listeners tremble with his narration. While some might rebuke his narration for being too dramatic or providing too much interpretation, Dean's intensity adds to the book in a way that benefits listeners over readers. The visceral nature of his performance evokes the image of a foamy-mouthed Dean growling at a microphone with spittle flying. A Tor paperback. (Oct.)
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Don't watch any of the movies if you appreciate a classic. This is the only version worth your time. And it's worth every second of it!Published 8 months ago by DCM
I figured I was getting a decent length paper back when I bought this 300 page book. Turns out you're actually getting a 160 page book and 140 pages of unrelated short... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kevan
Arrived promptly in fine condition. Satisfied customer. Thank YouPublished 12 months ago by stephanie nolin
If you like Stephen King, you'll love I Am Legend. You ask yourself, what would I do in the same situation? Great book to make you think and reflect.Published 12 months ago by shane
This book is filled with interesting ideas. It is bold and presumptuous. It's a story that sticks in your mind.Published 13 months ago by Kevin Fifield
Richard Matheson knows how to play with your emotions. One of the best macabre stories I've read. A book to remember.Published 13 months ago by Ash
The movie for this book is one of my favorites - I liked both endings they filmed. I was hesitant to read the book. Read morePublished on Aug. 17 2013 by Rose
This book should actually be titled 'I Am Legend & Other Stories'. As another reviewer has pointed out, I Am Legend only comprises the first 160 pages, and then you get a... Read morePublished on March 17 2013 by Dances with Monsters
There would be no Stephen King without Richard Matheson. This statement alone should be enough to convince you to read Matheson's work. Read morePublished on April 19 2011 by Andre Farant