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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Disclaimer: I read everything Brandon Sanderson writes. However, I was taken aback by the absorbing complexity and uniqueness of this premise, and wished it had been far longer. I can't wait for a full-length novel in this universe, it was immediately engaging, and held my attention completely. Absolutely worth reading.
Sanderson's writing was great as always, as was Wyman's performance.
The book's only flaw was it's length.
I hope I didn't spend a credit on what was basically the Pilot for as TV series, albeit a good one.
The shootout highlights interesting questions.
Here we have a man that can see and hear all the spirits around him. He calls them ‘Aspects’ of himself. They can interact with the world through him and even in a time of need share his body. I believe this is meant to be the first in a long running series of books. We see him solve problems and mysteries. We see the complex problems have the most basic solutions. I recommend this book anyone that wants a short read.
“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” ¯ Mark Twain
What a thought provoking idea! I hesitated to buy this book because it is so short (less than 3 hours), but it was well worth it. In truth this story felt like it should have been the pilot for a new TV show. Although the story is self contained and doesn't leave you hanging, it does leave you wanting more. I feel as though I am just getting to know Legion and his alter-egos. Previously, I've known Sanderson's writing for his epic fantasy (which is excellent), but he does a quality detective story as well.
The narration was also well done. Oliver Wyman does a good job of giving everyone a unique and consistent voice and he's easy to listen to.
Overall, I hope Sanderson does more Legion books.
Good concept, but more time needs to be spent on the story telling. Too many shortcuts are taken within the plot. It needs to be fleshed out more
Yes i like most of his other books but this one was far to short and there was no story development. This seems like the middle part of one of sanderson's books. He forgot to include the begging and the end.
Leeds talking to the Hebrew security officer in Jerusalem through one of his hallucinations, Kaiulani, a Hebrew-speaking Indian woman.
Great performance by Oliver Wyman. Haven't heard any other book narrated by him as I'm new to audiobooks in general. Wyman was great with the different accents of the different characters in the book and does passably female voices that clearly lets you hear that these are different women talking. He does a fair Hebrew accent of the Hebrew character but does poorly with the Filipino accent of the Filipino character. I wouldn't have pointed this out except I'm Filipino-Chinese-American, and I know for a fact the accent he used on the Filipino character was undoubtedly Chinese. The author mentions that the main Filipino character is American born and second generation. If so, he should speak accentless American English, yet the author gave him a slight accent, so Wyman (narrator) had to do that, too. Second gen American-born foreigners always have perfect American English, even if most of them are able to speak their parents' mother tongues. Experience and family have shown that second gen American-born foreigners like me actually speak accented mother tongues rather than accented English.
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I didn't mean to download this title. I'd finished all of my other audio books and had a long drive ahead of me. Boy, was I surprised by how much I enjoyed it!
The lead character and his "personalities"!
He brought a depth that a good narrator can give.
I laughed a few times out loud.
This is a great piece of speculative fiction. The plot quickly moves to explain Legion's complex psychological attributes and the quirk's associated with it, then dives right into the thick of the story. It's a wonderful listen for when you just need something to listen to on a couple-hour drive.
It's an enjoyable, short read that fans of Brandon Sanderson will greatly appreciate.
The book is short (only about two hours) so it's definitely a book for one sitting. It's delightful how the main character and his highly skilled cast of imaginary friends interact and solve the main conflict.
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