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David Bee

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  • Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3429)
    Performance
    (3101)
    Story
    (3166)

    Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

    Joshua says: "The only flaw..."
    "Sanderson settles accounts"
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    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Legion better?

    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    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.


    What aspect of Oliver Wyman’s performance would you have changed?

    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?


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, the "aspects" were fairly interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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