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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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    Amazon Customer 01-21-13
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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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    marshall 11-14-12
    marshall 11-14-12

    Hmmph

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    "Rantings of Multiple Personality Disorder"
    Would you try another book from Brandon Sanderson and/or Oliver Wyman?

    Yes, but only based upon other reviews I have read. Otherwise Sanderson would be on my Do Not Read list. Oliver Wyman did the best with what he had to work with.


    What could Brandon Sanderson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Nothing. I did not embrace the premise of the main character arguing with hallucinated entities.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Oliver Wyman?

    No one. Oliver's mistake was to narrate this boring book. This question implies the narrator was the problem which is not fair to Oliver Wyman.


    Any additional comments?

    My wife and I listened to 45 minutes of the book and decided to stop wasting our time.

    The premise of the book's characters being hallucinations is beyond me. The whole reality of the story fell into question and I could not relate it. Since the character building at the beginning dragged out we became bored with the book after 20 minutes. I still gave the author more time to redeem the story but just could not take any more at 45 minutes.

    I am glad so many other reviewers enjoyed the book. Perhaps I will give it another try in a few years.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Steve SUNRISE, FL, United States 11-10-12
    Steve SUNRISE, FL, United States 11-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "He can never have any peace and quiet or be alone"
    Would you try another book from Brandon Sanderson and/or Oliver Wyman?

    Maybe.


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

    Never listened to before. His voice is plesant enough.


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

    No.


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

    No. Too short for a movie


    Any additional comments?

    It was okay and entertaining enough. Length was about right.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    nikki Sag Harbor, NY, United States 11-07-12
    nikki Sag Harbor, NY, United States 11-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Crap"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The same type of idiot that voted for O


    What was most disappointing about Brandon Sanderson’s story?

    Found it intolerable..even for free had to eject it


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Pacific grove, CA, United States 01-07-13
    Craig Pacific grove, CA, United States 01-07-13
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    "Not my cup of tea!"
    What disappointed you about Legion?

    Spoiler Alert!!!
    I didn't buy the premise just felt it was self indulgent. With the multiple personalities each an expert in some field. How does that work where did his various personas get their training. Clever idea but taken to an it's extreme it just didn't seem plausible.


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

    Noi


    How could the performance have been better?

    The idea of multiple personalities being better at something because of personality traits is worthy,,,but that doesn't mean they should suddenly be an expert in some specific field like linguistics or biology.


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Canadian Ottawa, ON, Canada 12-24-12
    Canadian Ottawa, ON, Canada 12-24-12
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    "Poor Quality Story"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This story was obviously written quickly. It felt like a fluff piece contract job that Sanderson took to make some quick cash (MUCH LIKE THE CHARACTER IN THE STORY). Do you think you're a genius too Brandon?


    What could Brandon Sanderson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He could have spent more than a few hours writing it, so that it didn't come across like a teenager's first attempt at a NaNoWriMo novel.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Oliver Wyman?

    Scott Brick


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Legion?

    The trip to Israel.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks. It was free. I got what I paid for it.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Fred San Francisco, CA USA 12-04-12
    Fred San Francisco, CA USA 12-04-12
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    "Poor."
    What disappointed you about Legion?

    The story was a confusing mess. I gave up after an hour.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing from this author.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Oliver Wyman?

    Yes.


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

    Disappointment and boredom.


    Any additional comments?

    This book should be on your free list. Charginig for it would be unreasonable.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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