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Legion | [Brandon Sanderson]

Legion

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.
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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.

©2012 Dragonsteel Entertainment, LLC (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Kristi Richardson Milwaukie, OR, United States 10-11-12
    Kristi Richardson Milwaukie, OR, United States 10-11-12 Member Since 2011

    An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.

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    "Great novella on an interesting character."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Legion to be better than the print version?

    I thought the narrator was above average and helped you envision what the lead character's life was like with many aspects.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The multiple personality syndrome turned into a detective story. Very unique.


    What does Oliver Wyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voices are great and helped to explain the different personalities.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I laughed when you find out that two of his aspects were having an affair! Very clever!


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting book. I have never heard of this author before but I may want to read some more of his work.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jacob tacoma, WA, United States 10-11-12
    jacob tacoma, WA, United States 10-11-12 Member Since 2009
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    "very worth the listen!"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    This should be a series... fun premise, good characters... simply clever. I hope to see more!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J.D.B. CA,USA 10-08-12
    J.D.B. CA,USA 10-08-12 Member Since 2009

    True Blood of Manetheren

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    "Great story from Sanderson but poor Narration"
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    The story was great. However, the narration made me cringe. It's as if the narrator had never spoken to a real Filipino person before. Please don't ever let this narrator try a Filipino accent again!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Paul WICHITA, KS, United States 10-07-12
    Paul WICHITA, KS, United States 10-07-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Pleasantly Surprised"

    This was an excellent short story. The concept was unique and even though many characters were introduced in a short time, it never became confusing to me as a reader/listener. I can only hope that Sanderson will revisit it at some point and turn it into a full length novel or series. Apparently, the movie rights have been optioned as well, and I would be first in line to see that. It is that good.

    I am a fan of Oliver Wyman and the Monster Hunter series. My only critique (though I say this somewhat tongue-in-cheek) is that I kept waiting for Stephen Leeds to say "My name is Owen Zastava Pitt" for the first 10 minutes. Once I was able to become engrossed in the story, this was no longer distracting. Wyman does an excellent job on the many voices introduced in the novella.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David Hephzibah, GA, USA 10-06-12
    David Hephzibah, GA, USA 10-06-12 Member Since 2008

    I am a novelist and short story writer.

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    "Excellent"
    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Sanderson, turn this into a full novel and I will definitely buy it. The novella was excellent, but far too short.

    -- david j.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Willard J. King In your base killing your dudes 10-06-12
    Willard J. King In your base killing your dudes 10-06-12

    madpinger

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    "I hope this is a teaser"
    If you could sum up Legion in three words, what would they be?

    I want more.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope this is just a prelude to a new series with this char. Very interesting. Certainly want more of this.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    wolfbrother Texas 10-06-12
    wolfbrother Texas 10-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Good start to a great series."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, its short but good


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great potential


    Any additional comments?

    Sanderson has a nack for writing friends(imaginary or not) conversations, or batner between each other. Oliver wymann does a good job with the different voices without going over board. This is a short story or novela, that can become a great series with many possibilities. And considering its free it's worth much more than the cost

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Fabel Lancaster, PA, United States 10-05-12
    Scott Fabel Lancaster, PA, United States 10-05-12 Member Since 2008

    I'm a corporate training consultant and adjunct professor who loves to read! I'm always looking for the next big thing.

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    "Great Concept! I Cannot Wait for More"

    I downloaded this novella because it sounded somewhat interesting--and it was free. I hadn't read anything by Brandon Sanderson before, so I didn't really know what to expect. I was very pleasantly surprised by the story. The main character, Stephen Leeds, is a schizophrenic who has multiple "aspects" or hallucinations with whom he interacts as if they are real people. Because each aspect has a specialized skill set or knowledge base, many people believe that Leeds is a genius--he knows things because his aspects know them. Because of his condition, scholars seek to study him; others seek him out for help. In this novella, Leeds gets involved in solving a crime in which a camera that has the ability to take picture of the past has been stolen. Leeds needs to rely on his aspects (and create a new one!) to help try to solve the crime. He is enticed to help by seeing photographs of a mysterious person from his past. This novella is very short, so it is fast-paced and incredibly interesting. I am truly looking forward to the next installment in this upcoming series.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Brendan 10-05-12
    Brendan 10-05-12

    Professional Disc Golfer from Maine. Fantasy/Epic/War History are the preferred genres.

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    "Short and Sweet"
    What made the experience of listening to Legion the most enjoyable?

    I'm a huge fan of Sanderson, but I was a bit Skeptical coming into such a short novella. After a slightly slow start it developed into quite a nice little listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I can't say that I could pick a favorite character, but each one of them (aspect) was enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    With a lot of fantasy/sci-fi the world building and info laying can take hundreds of pages. In this novella, Sanderson takes a complicated idea and boils it down into an enjoyable and crafty experience in a very short period of time.

    And how can you beat the price of free? I would have been willing to pay up to $5 for this 2 hour title. Sanderson shines again.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Richard FOXBORO, MA, United States 10-05-12
    Richard FOXBORO, MA, United States 10-05-12 Member Since 2012

    A good way to get through the work day.

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    "Great plot and story idea"
    Would you listen to Legion again? Why?

    It was a very enjoyable listen but wouldn't listen to it again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The very different story was great. Plot makes for a great listen.


    What does Oliver Wyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator does a good job with all the character, but at times its hard to tell the difference between people.


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

    No, though it made you think. Very enjoyable and fresh story.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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