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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (57,208 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Matheson Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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I Am Legend, a classic horror novel written in 1954 by Richard Matheson, helped popularize the zombie genre. Its leading character, Robert Neville, appears to be the only man who is immune to a worldwide plague that has transformed every other human into a vampire. The novel follows Neville through his struggle for survival, quest to find a cure and kill his bloodthirsty enemies.

Neville spends his days hunting vampires and seeking to cure the disease. His minority status in a world filled with predators inspires him to discover a more efficient way to kill vampires, other than the traditional stake through the heart. His method includes exposing them to sunlight, killing natural bacteria, then inflicting deep wounds that turn the bacteria into aerobic parasites that consume their hosts.

We learn about Neville's personal life and history via flashbacks throughout the novel, including how both his wife and daughter became infected and eventually died. The plot gets even more complicated when Neville forms a relationship with a woman he assumes is uninfected like himself. She warns him the vampires are rebuilding society, slowly overcoming aspects of their disease and will be coming to arrest him.

How long can Neville survive when society as a whole is against him?

Richard Matheson is an American author and screenwriter. He is primarily known for his work in the fantasy, horror and science fiction genres. Many of his works have been adapted for firm, including The Shrinking Man, Hell House, What Dreams May Come, Bid Time Return (filmed as Somewhere in Time), A Stir of Echoes and I am Legend. He has also written numerous short story collections and television series, including 16 episodes of The Twilight Zone and Star Trek: The Original Series.

Matheson was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2010. His influence has spanned decades. Authors, including Anne Rice and Stephen King, claim his influence in their works. He has been the subject of documentaries, tributes and characters in other science fiction works.

Delve into one of the original masterpieces of the vampire/zombie genre. Download I Am Legend today and enjoy this now-classic story.

The basis for the film starring Academy Award nominee Will Smith, I Am Legend is a classic of horror and suspense.

In I Am Legend, a terrible plague has decimated the world, and those who were unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into bloodthirsty 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?

Richard Matheson’s chilling tale is a white-knuckle ride into a world of darkness and terror.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The most clever and riveting vampire novel since Dracula.”

    Dean Koontz

  • “One of the ten all-time best novels of vampirism.”


  • “[A] sink-your-teeth-in vampire masterpiece. It will change the way you look at yourself and the amalgam of the world around you right now…If ever a book was made to read in one sitting, this complex horror novel is it.”


  • “The incomparable talents of Robertson Dean shine as he becomes Neville, and the listener can only follow his lead ever deeper into this nightmare world. Dean has a unique voice and manages to make the storytelling a personal experience. We are there with him, panicking one minute, sighing with relief the next, aching with intolerable loneliness, then facing terrifying clashes with the vampires. This is one of those magical audiobooks that you simply have to enjoy in one session, so be sure to set aside the time.”


  • “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.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred audio review)

  • An iTunes Top Seller for 2008
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jerry | 2/11/2014

    " Very well written, although hard to follow at times. And even though I did not expect it to follow anywhere near the same plot line as the movie under the same title, it would have been interesting to see a movie that follows the plot of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Absolom Hagg | 2/3/2014

    " One of the scariest books ever written, but does a nice job of making you wonder who the monsters really are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Johnk | 2/2/2014

    " Great book. Sadly, it ended too soon. I wish book is at least 500 pages long. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Marit S. Wollan | 2/1/2014

    " Better than the most recent film by far. "

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