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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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.
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.
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.
Great reader wasted on lame character and story development.
None, they just all need some development.
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.
What I liked best about Legion was the diversity of the characters and the open-ended potential for the development of more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I can't think of another book like it; it's very unique.
I liked them all equally (ie, a lot).
Crazy is the new genius.
If nothing is everything, I have it all. _ed
It's a short, quick, fascinating story delving into the psyche of the mind.
All along the way trying to figure out the mind of the central character.
The main character.
Like others who have read it, it was too short. This is something that definitely needs to be developed into a full novel.
Maybe, I usually don't
When he created a new illusion
When he created a new illusion
This novella is highly recommended. Brandon Sanderson is very good at stuff like this.
This is the first book I have listened to on Audible. I thought the story was unique and well formulated and the narration added an amazing flavor.
I loved the concept of the story, taking pictures of the past is really a neat idea.
I really liked how the main character would have new aspects show up when he needed new information to help him out.
He did a good job of giving the various characters life and their own voices.
I don't own a copy of the print version, nor do I really plan to get one, so I don't really know.
It's like a cross between Nancy Drew and The Bell Jar. kinda sorta
Yes very much so. I didn't like having to stop half way through and start again later
A wonderful tale, as many of Brandon Sanderson's books are.
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