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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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    J Pelham, NH, United States 12-11-12
    J Pelham, NH, United States 12-11-12
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    "Moderately entertaining but I wouldn't pay for it"
    What did you like best about Legion? What did you like least?

    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.


    Has Legion turned you off from other books in this genre?

    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.


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

    Probably the philosophical hallucination, if only because the actor had to reach the furthest and still pulled it off.


    Was Legion worth the listening time?

    Because it was free, yes. Worth the listen but not worth paying to listen to.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judith Boulder, CO, United States 11-19-12
    Judith Boulder, CO, United States 11-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun Read, Damaged Characters, Smart"
    What did you love best about Legion?

    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.


    Would you recommend Legion to your friends? Why or why not?

    sure.. I would recommend legion as it is a fun little read of 2 hours.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alison GRANADA HILLS, CA, United States 11-13-12
    Alison GRANADA HILLS, CA, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Could not endure the first chapter."
    Would you try another book from Brandon Sanderson and/or Oliver Wyman?

    No.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brandon Sanderson again?

    No.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was fine, the story was clumsy.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Huge disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I could only listen for 30 minutes, had to delete the download.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine Sumas, WA, United States 11-13-12
    Elaine Sumas, WA, United States 11-13-12

    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

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    "out of date."
    What disappointed you about Legion?

    The story begins with the hunt for Osama Ben Lauden. Story is not up to date.


    What was most disappointing about Brandon Sanderson’s story?

    The time line.


    Did Oliver Wyman do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Only read a few lines of chapter 1.


    What character would you cut from Legion?

    I know it was free, but not worth the trouble.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 11-09-12
    Amazon Customer United States 11-09-12
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    "Another success by Sanderson!"
    If you could sum up Legion in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, exciting, entertaining


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Legion?

    Realizing when certain people were hallucinations


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Battle in Israel


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Great book; reader does a fantastic job

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 11-05-12
    Amazon Customer United States 11-05-12
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    "Pretty good."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, actually, this was my first Audible book.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Not sure; I will need to listen to others to be able to compare fairly.


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    Yes, he was entertaining.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    T. Bounds Louisiana USA 10-30-12
    T. Bounds Louisiana USA 10-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Entertaining short work from Sanderson"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    The reader, Oliver Wyman, is able to imbue the various personalities with distinct voices which aids the listener in keeping them separate.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Westland, MI, United States 10-30-12
    Eric Westland, MI, United States 10-30-12
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    "Amusing story and characters. Bring on the series!"

    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!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin GREENWOOD, FL, United States 10-30-12
    Benjamin GREENWOOD, FL, United States 10-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Possessing Tale"

    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!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan SHAWANO, WISCONSIN, United States 10-29-12
    Ryan SHAWANO, WISCONSIN, United States 10-29-12
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    "Sanderson doesn't fail to write a good story."
    Would you listen to Legion again? Why?

    Yes, a short story and it was enjoyable, like watching a movie again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stephen was interesting and created the other personalities.


    Have you listened to any of Oliver Wyman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    Yes.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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