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Legion Audiobook

Legion

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Publisher's Summary

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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    stephen Katy, TX, United States 12-05-12
    stephen Katy, TX, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Short but good"
    Where does Legion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top. It is way to short, but a very interesting ride. It is a great way to introduce a character that will be used for several books to come.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The novelty of the main character and the possibilities that it provides.


    Which character – as performed by Oliver Wyman – was your favorite?

    the main charater


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, it was too short to get deeply invested.


    Any additional comments?

    This is defiantly worth a listen and I hope the author use the main character in other works.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 11-01-12
    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 11-01-12 Member Since 2016

    Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.

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    "Worth the time and IT'S FREE. (for now at least)"

    Legion is the story of a central character, Stephen Leeds, who may have something of a personality disorder. I say may, because the personae are not necessarily hallucinations as much as different “aspects” of the protagonist. These aspects (the “legion” of gifted personae) are enlisted to find a special camera, one that can take pictures of past events and either confirm or deny historical events e.g. the Resurrection of Jesus.

    From what I have read of Sanderson (Mistborn and The Stormlight Archive), this is quite different. It is contemporary, rather short and fun-filled. At just over 2 hours long, at the time of this review, it is a free selection on Audible. One might say we get what we pay for but this is worth much more than that. Get it and judge for yourself.

    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Jake 01-16-13
    Jake 01-16-13
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    "Very cool to have one narrator do every voice"

    Very interesting story, but being a big fan of Sanderson, I can't help wanting more! A short story is a short story though and while this plot was pretty interesting, it was not the amazing fantasy world I had come to expect from Brandon. That being said, it is still a very fun plot and made me begin to question what insanity really is.

    Would highly recommend it none-the-less, the narrator's performance is awesome.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia C Pagel Wausau, Wisconsin United States 12-09-12
    Patricia C Pagel Wausau, Wisconsin United States 12-09-12
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    "Original and wonderful!"
    What made the experience of listening to Legion the most enjoyable?

    The story line was great.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Legion?

    Discovering the pictures content at the end


    Which scene was your favorite?

    reviewing the pictures and the one of Elvis


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Would love more of this

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Dubi New York, NY 12-22-14
    Dubi New York, NY 12-22-14

    People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.

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    "Unrealized Potential"

    There are two really great ideas in Legion. 1) A freelance investigator aided by his multiple personalities, each with specific talents and knowledge. And 2) a camera that can take still photos of any moment in history. Fun stuff, especially with the imaginary characters being so fully drawn. Problem is, in this brief two-hour novella, there is a very short, straight line from start to finish. There are no plot complications.

    There is so much potential for fleshing this out, especially via the still moments from history and their ramifications. Unfortunately, the author wrote this quickly (on a flight home from France) and despite recognizing the possibilities of expanding the story, felt that he didn't have the time due to his other ongoing (prolific) writing. That's a shame, as this could have been a marvelous full length novel.

    Oliver Wyman's narration gets full marks. He does the voices of the imaginary characters well, and consistently.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John 08-12-14
    John 08-12-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Barely a story. All setup with no payoff."

    I got this on a recommendation and after finishing I can say your money and credits are better spent elsewhere. Great concept but all setup with no payoff. Just as the story gets moving it's over. I thought my download was corrupted and that I hadn't gotten all of it but no, that's where it ended. This is only the 2nd time I've gotten a book from Audible that I was disappointed in.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    brenty United States 10-29-13
    brenty United States 10-29-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Like they said: funny and unconventional"

    Oddly enjoyable, if a bit disjointed and not quite fully realized.

    I could go either way: fleshing this out more could be incredible or too much of a stretch. This short is enough to sink your teeth into, yet not so much that you overindulge and feel sick afterward.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jacob Donley Pekin, IL, United States 07-28-13
    Jacob Donley Pekin, IL, United States 07-28-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Psychology & Great Characters"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nurlip 04-01-13
    Nurlip 04-01-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A Short Story Reminiscent of Asimov"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a great short story that reminded me a lot of some of the shorts by Asimov that got me back into reading Scifi/Fantasy during/after college (example: The Last Question). Unlike some of the other scifi space operas i've read lately, this book leaves you with a lot to think about it and i love those kind of stories. I normally want as much out of a story as possible but in this case, i'm glad the story was only 2 hours long, it was perfect! The narration took a bit to get used to but by the time you get to the meat of the story, the narrator hits his groove. Its not expensive and its extremely well written so give it a shot. You won't be disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Flower Mound, TX, United States 02-21-13
    Michael Flower Mound, TX, United States 02-21-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "Excellent, innovative short story"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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