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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.

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    A. Bonilla Fajardo, PR 10-19-12
    A. Bonilla Fajardo, PR 10-19-12
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    "Great book, great story, great reading..."
    If you could sum up Legion in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, entertaining, refreshing


    What did you like best about this story?

    The new twist on the investigator/genius character


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The addition to a character half way through the story.


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

    He is everyone you need.


    Any additional comments?

    Wish this was a longer story...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric WACO, TX, United States 10-18-12
    Eric WACO, TX, United States 10-18-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent!"
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    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!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 02-02-13
    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 02-02-13 Member Since 2010

    MTF

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    "someone interesting novella"

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Colorado Springs, CO, United States 02-02-13
    Larry Colorado Springs, CO, United States 02-02-13 Member Since 2007

    メロンパン!! (れ・ω・な)

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    "I was expecting more"

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shayna POINT PLEASANT BORO, NJ, United States 01-31-13
    Shayna POINT PLEASANT BORO, NJ, United States 01-31-13
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    "Not a Fan"
    Would you try another book from Brandon Sanderson and/or Oliver Wyman?

    Narrator, yes. Author, no.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MrsLee California 01-30-13
    MrsLee California 01-30-13 Member Since 2012

    Long time LibraryThing member. Love to read a variety of books, usually more than one at a time.

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    "An Interesting Introduction, one Hopes"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


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

    Well now, that would just be rude and arrogant, don't you think? It isn't my creation.


    Was Legion worth the listening time?

    Very much so, in fact, I hope Mr. Sanderson will come back to this character.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer North Vancouver, BC, Canada 01-21-13
    Amazon Customer North Vancouver, BC, Canada 01-21-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Bad choice"
    What disappointed you about Legion?

    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


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brandon Sanderson again?

    Not if this is his style


    What three words best describe Oliver Wyman’s performance?

    Pure unforgivable dreck


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Maurits van Rees Rotterdam, The Netherlands 01-10-13
    Maurits van Rees Rotterdam, The Netherlands 01-10-13
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    "Interesting idea"
    Where does Legion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my first audio book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Helotes, TX, United States 11-26-12
    Joseph Helotes, TX, United States 11-26-12
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    "Not worth my time"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't know.


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

    No. However for the most part I prefer reading.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Oliver Wyman?

    Yes


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

    No reaction.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    José El Escorial, Spain 11-26-12
    José El Escorial, Spain 11-26-12
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    "Imagination, still possible."
    Would you try another book from Brandon Sanderson and/or Oliver Wyman?

    Why not, I do not rule out any option.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Brandon Sanderson? Why or why not?

    Yes, if the subject seems attractive to me.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I dare say, yes.


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

    Yes, provided the job is well done.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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