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 audiobook performance was successful, which should not be overlooked in a story where the majority of the characters are imaginary projections of the protagonist. The story itself was lacking though - and I like Sanderson's other work - It just wasn't up to his normal quality or depth. I know it's just a short story but it has the feel of a creative writing exercise with a sci-fi/speculative-fiction slant rather than a commercial publication. In summary, as the headline says - it was somewhat entertaining but I certainly wouldn't pay for the experience. Fortunately, it was available as a freebie so I didn't have to.
If 'genre' can be extended to short stories, then maybe it has soured me a bit, but as part of a pattern more than a single experience. Most of the novellas I've tried on Audible (all by established authors I'm a fan of) have fell well short of my expectations.
Probably the philosophical hallucination, if only because the actor had to reach the furthest and still pulled it off.
Because it was free, yes. Worth the listen but not worth paying to listen to.
I just finished reading Legion by Brandon Sanderson, and thought that it was a great little Novella. I had never read Mr. Sandersons books before, and this was a great introduction. His characters were amusing, intriguing, and more importantly, I never got bored with his Novella as he developed interesting questions for his characters to ponder, important questions about privacy, moral responsibility for ones actions, the use of technology; acceptance of weirdness is assumed.
His main protagonist is a man who has some serious mental illness which causes him to create multiple "aspects " of himself, most of whom have some skills and some individual character personality, beyond himself.
I am hoping that this becomes an introduction of sorts, to the family, and more stories will come that will continue using the same cast of hallucinogenic people, all of whom share in and live in the same 45 room mansion with a butler who serves the aspects orange juice, and provides dignified tolerant amusement to the invisible creations of the master himself.
Great fun. I await a full blown story.
sure.. I would recommend legion as it is a fun little read of 2 hours.
The performance was fine, the story was clumsy.
I could only listen for 30 minutes, had to delete the download.
I'm 66. I've read Audiobooks now for 6 years. After an assault, I had minor brain damage and couldn't read. Audible got me back to books
The story begins with the hunt for Osama Ben Lauden. Story is not up to date.
The time line.
Only read a few lines of chapter 1.
I know it was free, but not worth the trouble.
Engaging, exciting, entertaining
Realizing when certain people were hallucinations
Battle in Israel
Great book; reader does a fantastic job
Yes, actually, this was my first Audible book.
Not sure; I will need to listen to others to be able to compare fairly.
Yes, he was entertaining.
I was a bit confused in the beginning of the as to who the charachters were and when they were speaking. I enjoyed it, and Ii think I might listen to another book.
I recommend this to all readers who enjoy Brandon Sanderson's work. Unlike the majority of his work, Legion is short contemporary fantasy. If you have never read any of his other works, this may be a good "bite-sized" portion to help you determine if you like his style. However, be warned that his other major novels are much longer and not set in contemporary times.
I liked the manner in which the "multiple personages" were handled. Rather than a story about a person with Dissociative Identity Disorder (multiple personalities), Sanderson uses visual and auditory hallucinations to make the personalities "real" and distinct characters.
The reader, Oliver Wyman, is able to imbue the various personalities with distinct voices which aids the listener in keeping them separate.
My only complaint is that it was too short! I believe that there is enough material to make a longer novel or maybe a series. Psychologically, Legion is an interesting and deep character and the interactions between and among Legion and his personas make it fun and interesting.
This was a fun freebie that I am glad I listened to. The main character and his "companions" are a very interesting bunch, and quite amusing.
The narrator did a very good job with this challenging project. He added to the experience quite a bit.
The length was such that it left me wanting more. So, bring on the series!
This story is delightful in both its creativity/originality and moving story-line. The characters are totally believable while still fantastic. The plot is complicated enough to engage the reader while still compact enough to wrap up in a novella-length story. Brandon Sanderson is probably one of the best fantasy authors in the business today. This is a Must Read for any fan of Sanderson's work!
Yes, a short story and it was enjoyable, like watching a movie again.
Stephen was interesting and created the other personalities.
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