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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Interesting, entertaining, refreshing
The new twist on the investigator/genius character
The addition to a character half way through the story.
He is everyone you need.
Wish this was a longer story...
This is truly a great piece from Brandon Sanderson. We've enjoyed all his books so far. I must say, though, that this is far and away my favorite. The short format really tightens up his writing. Actually, I'm not real sure if it's the shorter format or the modern setting. Whichever it is, it really hit the mark! I truly hope this is just the forerunner to a possible full length book or series as I'm terribly curious to find out more about Mr. Leeds!
A boy with multiple personalities (imaginary "friends"), each with amazing abilities, sells himself to those who can use his assistance. Does the boy have a mental disease or mental superpowers? Both, it seems. In this two-hour story, he is hired to find a camera which might have taken pictures from the past. All these threads sound fascinating, yet this story was only "okay" to me. The pieces were there, but came together in a way to only partly grab my interest. The main character never became someone I truly cared about, even though his uniqueness piqued my interest.
After reading Mistborn, I was expecting more from Brandon Sanderson.
The narrator was good, but the overall story wasn't anything memorable. It's basically a book about a guy with imaginary friends and some kind of camera that could take pictures of past events.
I think the book would have been more interesting if all the characters were separate, real people not inside his mind. To me, it just makes the main character seem like a delusional mental patient.
Narrator, yes. Author, no.
This may sound silly to some, but my brain became quickly distracted by the gross repetition of the word "said," and I couldn't concentrate on the plot. "He 'said', Monica 'said', I 'said'...said, said, said.
With all the verbs in the English language, why would anyone release a story highlighting a character's multiple personalities, journey through their dialogue...and NEVER use a synonym for the word "said"? Very strange. I did not enjoy this read at all.
Long time LibraryThing member. Love to read a variety of books, usually more than one at a time.
Certain friends, yes, I would. The main character is fascinating, and all of the characters in his head are as well formed and shaped as he is. Some of the story itself felt rushed and incomplete, but it was good as far as it went.
Well now, that would just be rude and arrogant, don't you think? It isn't my creation.
Very much so, in fact, I hope Mr. Sanderson will come back to this character.
Boring story, told in the style of a sixties tv show, all silly asides and unfunny nudges.
The characters are all quick sketches. Best for children
Not if this is his style
Pure unforgivable dreck
This is my first audio book.
I liked thinking about how various people would want to use this special object for their own goals and what that would mean for others, what effect it could have on history.
I thought the tone was a bit flat, always more or less the same. Also a bit slow, but that makes it easy to follow the story. I have not got recent experience with audio books.
That is a silly question. Are only extreme reactions interesting? Is laughing or crying extreme?
No, I did not cry and I don't think I laughed, though I certainly smiled at some points and several times thought about the interesting ways that opened up in the story.
I got this audio book when it was free. I don't think I will become a customer, as it costs too much per month for the number of hours I would use it for. I've got lots of paper books to read still. But if I ever become a customer, this was certainly a nice introduction.
I don't know.
No. However for the most part I prefer reading.
I find that some AMAZON free stuff isn'tthat great. I guess that is why it is free. I am becomming more selective on "free" and ".99" stuff. No offense, I am still a fan of my KINDLE and Amazon.
Why not, I do not rule out any option.
Yes, if the subject seems attractive to me.
I dare say, yes.
Yes, provided the job is well done.
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