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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I was thinking it should be a lot longer, but then I didn't like it much - so maybe I wouldn't have liked it any longer. The writing was just... It seemed like it was written so that maybe a teenager might like it - somebody younger who is just getting into reading on their own. It came off as a little below my reading level - which really isn't above average. I'm 31, and read (listen) one book a month. I think some interesting things could have been done with all the ingredients, but it ended up turning me off. And then, the book ends without really wrapping up the story. I feel like I got a 1/3rd of a story out of it - bribing me to buy the next one. No thanks.
No - that would be pretty embarrassing if I recommended a book like this.
Yeah I guess
Some of the characters were getting interesting - but even still they were a tad cliche and predictable.
We found the first part of this story a little confusing and had to really pay attention.
After we got into it, the story line was very interesting. The way the Brandon Sanderson wove the characters was very unique.
This story was unusual and it is rather short. I think the idea could be developed into a full length book or potentially a series. It might even make a good TV series.
I would have preferred it was developed into a full length book.
Legion has an interesting plot, an intriguing narrator, and is wonderfully performed. Oliver Wyman artfully breathes life into Sanderson's words and characters. This, perhaps, is why it left me so... frustrated. I was enjoying the challenge of this tale so much when, like an insensitive (inexperienced?) lover, it climaxed without warning and rapidly rushed to resolution. I don't think I would listen to Legion again, but I would listen to another in the same series. Gifted writing is not a substitute for a satisfying ending. Do that again, Mr Sanderson, and you're cut off for good.
Interesting story concept
Yes, he seems to be a great writer with an great twist on the normal story.
The main character was the best, dealing with his condition.
When one person isn't enough, call on the person who's more than one
I'm of two minds about this book. Both ideas (split personnality and camera) are very interesting but they hardly are developped in so short a text. I do hope Sanderson'll write more about Leeds/Legion. As it is, it feels like Tantalus' punishment! I know there's a feast, right there, but I can't reach it.
Oliver Wyman's reading is brilliant - as usual.
I don't have the print version but I did enjoy the audio edition.
I don't read many Sci-Fi books, but this was a good listen.
He spoke the different characters well.
No, I feel it ended to abruptly.
Yes. Good character development. Plot left something to be desired.
My only complaint about this story is that it's not complete. At least, in my opinion it's not complete. I hope that Sanderson continues this story.
The characters, such as they are, feel very complete and are extraordinarily interesting. Oliver Wyman does a great job, and I would recommend this to anyone who has a few hours to kill.
I was positively surprised with this novella and it's amusing atmosphere. I was expecting a serious story and ended up giggling like a little girl. All of the characters, some more imaginary than the other, were the salt and pepper, but the story itself could have been more original. There were some great pieces and ideas, but it didn't fulfill it's potential. It has only been a couple of weeks since I listened this, and allready I have forgotten most of the story.
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