Brandon Sanderson is one of the most significant fantasists to enter the field in a good many years. His ambitious, multi-volume epics (Mistborn, The Stormlight Archive) and his stellar continuation of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series have earned both critical acclaim and a substantial popular following. In Legion, a distinctly contemporary novella filled with suspense, humor, and an endless flow of invention, Sanderson reveals a startling new facet of his singular narrative talent, read by Audie Award-winning narrator Oliver Wyman.
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. The action ranges from the familiar environs of America to the ancient, divided city of Jerusalem. Along the way, Sanderson touches on a formidable assortment of complex questions: the nature of time, the mysteries of the human mind, the potential uses of technology, and the volatile connection between politics and faith. Resonant, intelligent, and thoroughly absorbing, Legion is a provocative entertainment from a writer of great originality and seemingly limitless gifts.
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the premise, the framework of the story
all were distinct & interesting
The macguffin was a little silly, but other wise an interesting and enjoyable story, being free certainty didn't hurt either.
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Great listen! Humor, suspense, action, and an intriguing premise (actually several intriguing premises). Had never heard an Oliver Wyman narration before, but he's very good in this one.
Hope Brandon Sanderson gives us more of this(ese) fascinating character(s)!
Stephen Leeds has some sort of mental condition that allows him to see and communicate with hallucinations. Each hallucination, or aspects as he calls them, have a particular skill that helps him to solve problems. In LEGION, a novella, Stephen is approached by woman who is after a missing inventor who created a camera of remarkable ability. Stephen accepts the case and begins to unravel the mystery behind the inventor and the camera’s disappearance, using his aspects to help him learn specialized knowledge and linguistics along the way.
I really enjoyed this read. I’m currently in a Master’s program for General Psychology, and this story brought up all kinds of questions having to do with his condition. Sanderson did a great job presenting interesting characters that kept me hooked into the story to its conclusion. This is a good story for anyone who is interested in a modern setting book with some fantastical or sci-fi elements.
I am not sure how to describe the allure of Brandon Sanderson, as I think he's actually a pretty mediocre writer. The only thing of his I've really loved was "The Way of Kings" and parts of the "Mistborn" trilogy. Everything else has ranged from "Meh" to "Bleh."
But this novella (a free download from Audible) was on the more positive side of "Meh." The protagonist hallucinates imaginary personas - not Multiple Personality Disorder, as he explains several times, since he does not become them. He just hallucinates them. And listens to their advice. Since some of them are geniuses and have advanced skills - skills that he does not have - it makes him appear to be some sort of preternatural polymath.
A dame walks into his office. (Actually it's his mansion. His bizarre gift/disorder/ability has made him rich, thanks to people wanting to study him and occasionally needing his help.) The setup is a bit of a riff on a noir thriller, but this isn't a noir tale, it's a sci-fi tale about a camera that can take pictures of the past. "Legion" has to find it. The man who allegedly invented it wants to find out the truth - or perhaps expose it - about religion. Specifically, Christianity.
Now, Brandon Sanderson is a Mormon, albeit a rather mild and inoffensive one, not like Orson Scott Card. I have seen him play with theology in his books before, and he always keeps it tame. There is some thoughtfulness in his approach, but I knew he wasn't going to do anything so gauche as to "prove" either his religious or his atheist readers "wrong" in this story. So the ending is a little vague, and of course has enough of a hook to make this the start of a series, since Sanderson is trying to be Michael Moorcock and stuffing every single thing he writes into his Grand Unified Sandersonverse.
Not a bad story. I give it 3.5 stars, but am ungenerously rounding down because Sanderson has gotten stale for me, though I am looking forward to his next Stormlight Archive volume.
This is a great little story about an individual with multiple personalities that jointly interact to help him solve a particularly-interesting mystery. It is a great, imaginative premise! I enjoyed Brandon Sanderson's writing and the always-excellent narration by Oliver Wyman. Yes, this book was free, but it would be a worthy read in any case.
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After finishing the never ending Wheel Of Time series, which Brandon Sanderson heroically rescued from the doldrums that Jordan had written himself into, it was absolutely refreshing to listen to this novella by Sanderson.
He seems to have a broad spectrum of ability in writing...from angst ridden series drama to adult novels with wonderfully wry humor.
I got this free (thanks Audible) but it's worth buying. Sanderson has developed a wonderful protagonist and set up the start of a potential multi book series should he decide to do so.
However I see he's recently released the first of a series of quest/hero fantasy books. Perhaps he's able to write both types of novels, alternating between the two...we can hope.
Congratulations Sanderson...I'm very impressed with your work and it seems most of the listeners and readers on Amazon reviews feel the same.
Oliver Wyman did a credible job of voicing the different identities that the protagonist has-he reads well an has the ability to voice wry humor.
Very creative; a man who has hallucinated personalities ends up becoming the world's best detective. Mix this a bit with Fringe, and you've got an awesome television series!
Very digestible, and it of course leaves you wanting more. That's the hallmark of a good story.
His tone fit Sanderson's narration like a glove. Brandon Sanderson loves characters who have sarcastic wit and use understatement liberally, and Oliver Wyman nails it.
Hilarious at times, nerve-wracking at others.
This is one of the better audio books I have listened to. The idea of the story is unique and the narration really brings it to life.
I am not sure how much I would have liked this book if I had "read" it. The narrator did a great job of bringing the hallucinations to life and integrating them with the outside world.
This is a great book for a 2 hour car ride. I would highly recommend listening to this book.
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I was pleasantly surprised with this book. The story moved along at a steady rate and the characters were well fleshed out for a short story. My biggest yardstick on whether a story is well written is whether I care about what happens to the main characters. The story got my attention enough that I listened to is all in one long listen. Mind you, I purchased this book mostly on the merits of its author. I have read some of his previous work and found them a good read (or listen). The story gets a slightly lower rating because I'm not really fond of short storys and I need to be really emotionally moved by a book to give it a higher rating.
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