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Legion Audiobook

Legion

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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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    David Cupertino, CA, United States 11-18-12
    David Cupertino, CA, United States 11-18-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "Fascinating listen"
    If you could sum up Legion in three words, what would they be?

    Engrossing story, with a fascinating hook


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the author weaves characters/aspects into the story to provide different points of view and conflict within the main character.


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

    No, but I would listen to him again.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The climactic scene where the JC character earns his place.


    Any additional comments?

    I want to read more. The setup is fascinating.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lesley PHOENIX, AZ, United States 11-12-12
    Lesley PHOENIX, AZ, United States 11-12-12
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    "quick entertainment"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I feel like I started in the middle because of the main characters oddities I wanted to k ow more about the main character.


    If you’ve listened to books by Brandon Sanderson before, how does this one compare?

    This is a first for me but I will keep this author in mind


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Oliver Wyman?

    The narrator was enjoyable and I would listen to him again


    Was Legion worth the listening time?

    Yes it was a quick entertaining listen


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Ungelbach Michigan 11-10-12
    Kelly Ungelbach Michigan 11-10-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Interesting Concept"

    I found this short story fascinating. I would really like to see more in about this same character in the future. It was very well written and for as short as it is, it was very well fleshed out. The whole concept behind the story I found very novel. I don't think I've ready anything before that matches it. I thought the narrator did a very good job.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Skittles 11-10-12
    Skittles 11-10-12
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    "Surprisingly Awesome."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. I'm somewhat of a difficult reader to impress in the short term. I usually take at least 1-1.5 books in a series before I start to love a character. I was hooked on this one after an hour of listening. It's a very short read, but it does not suffer from it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    ....All of them?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think it might be during the gun fight.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Southfield, MI, United States 11-10-12
    Scott Southfield, MI, United States 11-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story, eagerly awaiting more."
    What made the experience of listening to Legion the most enjoyable?

    The different personalities involved, and what they contributed.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Legion?

    The secret romance, eww.


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    Easy to listen to


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The hole story left me wanting more.


    Any additional comments?

    Please tell me there's more to come...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Coalition Deadboys Podcast Spanish Fork, UT, United States 11-08-12
    Coalition Deadboys Podcast Spanish Fork, UT, United States 11-08-12
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    "Good old Sanderson!"

    Since it's the first contemporary work of Sanderson's that I've tried, I didn't know what to expect. I knew to expect something much shorter than his 500+ page behemoths, but not much beyond that.

    And what a pleasant surprise! Legion is a schizophrenic and knows it. Not only that, he uses his "hallucinations" to help him in detective work, which is interesting and fun. He has a dark-ish sort of humor that is fun to listen to in audio format, and each of the characters (hallucinatory or otherwise) has an individual character and voice that makes them easily recognizeable.

    There isn't much that I can really say about it other than that it was really great. Sanderson proves once again that he is one of the best writers around now, not just in the Fantasy genre.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David United States 11-05-12
    David United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Terrible!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This was a great story idea, and I was looking forward to it, but it reads more like a script sent into Hollywood execs to pitch a movie idea rather than a novella. There is no character development, and the different voices in the main character's head just read like different characters speaking to him. This may have worked on film, but is just not conveyed the way it is written.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brandon Sanderson again?

    I would say no after reading this, but his fans are so avid that I may give him another chance hoping that this was just a pitch script or a college writing project he decided to publish at the last minute.


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    Great reader wasted on lame character and story development.


    What character would you cut from Legion?

    None, they just all need some development.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada 10-29-12
    Jessica Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada 10-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "An interesting idea"
    Any additional comments?

    I think this was an interesting idea for a story, in that he is able to utilize the different personalities in his mind - each of which is a different expert in a field - to solve problems. That however is also part of the problem for me. He is a multimillionaire, mental giant and even though his 'mental illness' is complex because there are so many different genius individuals living in his mind, the main character really had no problems other than people trying to ask him for help. He was not someone I could warm up to or in the end even root for.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    William Skagway, AK, United States 10-29-12
    William Skagway, AK, United States 10-29-12
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    "Entertaining"
    What did you love best about Legion?

    What I liked best about Legion was the diversity of the characters and the open-ended potential for the development of more.


    If you’ve listened to books by Brandon Sanderson before, how does this one compare?

    The only other book I've listened to that had Brandon Sanderson's name on it was the last few Wheel of Time books. Seeing as that's a different sort of writing style, I can't really compare the two fairly.


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

    I have not heard any of Oliver Wyman's stuff other than this audiobook. Not my favorite, but he manages to diversify tones just enough to make the character separation believable. Not too jerky. Over-all I guess he was just sorta.. average. I'm sure hearing more would make him more enjoyable to listen to.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes! When he managed to concoct a persona that spoke a language he didn't know, then taught it to himself. That kind of potential for greatness makes this story even more interesting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Catsie Pleasant Grove, UT, United States 10-29-12
    Catsie Pleasant Grove, UT, United States 10-29-12
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    "It Needs To Be Longer! (That's A Good Thing)"
    Would you listen to Legion again? Why?

    Yes, because last time I got interrupted some and was doing housework. I'd like to lie down on my bed and really focus on the story this time with no distractions.


    What other book might you compare Legion to and why?

    I can't think of another book like it; it's very unique.


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

    I liked them all equally (ie, a lot).


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Crazy is the new genius.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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