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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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.
The novelty of the main character and the possibilities that it provides.
the main charater
No, it was too short to get deeply invested.
This is defiantly worth a listen and I hope the author use the main character in other works.
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.
The story line was great.
Discovering the pictures content at the end
reviewing the pictures and the one of Elvis
Would love more of this
Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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