I was introduced to Sanderson’s work when he took over the Wheel of Time books. Since then, I have read his works in the Mistborn and Stormlight series and enjoyed those titles immensely.
This is a really, really, really, short story compared to the epic works I’m use to from Sanderson, but it was a fun short read. I originally purchased the e-book and when the audio version was marketed as Free I snatched up a copy and listened on my commute home tonight.
Narrator – I don’t believe I’ve heard this narrator before and he did a good job. While not one of my favs, he will certainly not put me off from purchasing other titles he does.
Story – it was fun, there were a couple spots where I was more interested in the aspects as characters rather than the camera plot. The plot (without hopefully any spoilers), I have worked around groups that do reverse engineering, the ‘item’ that was caused the trouble would have been found/caught, something like that would have been considered. Just a pet peeve on my part but it did trip my “WTF were they thinking” meter - Other than that, I enjoyed it. I really enjoyed the commentary by the “Aspects” that imho made the book.
interesting, complicated, exciting
none. they didn't quite reach the depth I wished.
it's easier to listen to the book.
a doppelgänger isn't nearly enough
thank you for the free audiobook
The opening sequence where we get to know all the characters is amazing. The characters all have this crazy, normally-frightening relationship to each other based on a psychological condition (I won't say what it is in order not to spoil it), but even still the author makes us fall in love with each character. It's kind of...well...insane!
I enjoyed the story of someone who appears to be schysophrenic, but not really? I enjoy this narrator's performance as well. Enjoy the beginning of a new series.
Adding sanity to the main character would give him credibility and keep the focus on the amazing camera. I don't want to hear about fictional mental illness - there is enough of the real thing where I live.
No I would not. He leans toward sleazy characters and Legion has no didactic qualities.
I had not heard this reader before. He is very capable. Only occasionally did one particular accent stray into the next.
No. The book made me dislike the genre and I would not shed a tear if it disappeared altogether.
This was my first audible book and therefore something of a novelty. I would be anxious to listen to another one - something of substance this time.
Probably a different author. Sanderson falters when describing the modern world and the characters that move about within that world. Together they seemed flat and lifeless, unlike his longer fantasy novels. Cool concept though, sullied by his need to pontificate.
Well, if this was my first Brandon Sanderson read, I would've never looked back. Luckily, I've read Mistborn before, so I'll stick to the genre I think he thrives in. As for next listen, Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.
He didn't have much to work with, did he? I felt the characters and dialogue were lame. They exist to serve Sandersons' misguided telos. He may have missed some opportunities in voicing the female characters, but again: where's the motivation?
Yes, the "aspects" were fairly interesting.
I think Brandon Sanderson's strength lies in the longer novel format in fantasy realms. That's where his creative heart beats. I wouldn't be interested in reading an expanded treatment or series based on this novella, it might turn out to be another ponderous Randian (or Orson Scott Cardian) slog. Although it is a brief story, I didn't sense in any way the love of the characters or the world he created, that is inherent in some of his other (longer) creations.
Just two hours? This is a short story, not a book. For the cost I would expect MUCH more.
Considering that Legion only took two hours to listen to, I don't begrudge the time I spent with it, even though I wasn't particularly impressed with it.
My real issue with Legion was the direction that the plot went. I actually loved the opening and the concept of Stephen Leeds with his aspects. If Sanderson had dug into Leeds’ mental state, I would have been all over this. I mean, this guy can skim a book on a language and create a brand new aspect to serve as a translator for him in that language. His aspects know all sorts of things that he “doesn’t” know. Then there’s the fact that when they do things, he was really the one doing them, though I’m not sure what it meant when we learn that two of his aspects are in a relationship. Does this signify masturbation? It’s weird, but it’s all quite astounding and I want to know more.
Instead, Legion is a mystery, rather than a character study. It has a bit of a noir feel, which will likely appeal to many readers, but is of limited interest to me personally. This has never been my genre of choice, because I find the lack of characterization disappointing. Still, I can be down with a mystery. The real problem is how Christian the ultimate plot feels. I was not comfortable with that.
The narration was fine. I wasn't wowed, but it matched the story well enough.
30+ IT/Geek Male. Used to read lots, but now the "reading" is best done via audible.
I overall enjoyed this book, it's great for a quick escape, but nothing about this book stands out, either positively or negatively.
I was thinking it should be a lot longer, but then I didn't like it much - so maybe I wouldn't have liked it any longer. The writing was just... It seemed like it was written so that maybe a teenager might like it - somebody younger who is just getting into reading on their own. It came off as a little below my reading level - which really isn't above average. I'm 31, and read (listen) one book a month. I think some interesting things could have been done with all the ingredients, but it ended up turning me off. And then, the book ends without really wrapping up the story. I feel like I got a 1/3rd of a story out of it - bribing me to buy the next one. No thanks.
No - that would be pretty embarrassing if I recommended a book like this.
Yeah I guess
Some of the characters were getting interesting - but even still they were a tad cliche and predictable.