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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ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance
After finishing the never ending Wheel Of Time series, which Brandon Sanderson heroically rescued from the doldrums that Jordan had written himself into, it was absolutely refreshing to listen to this novella by Sanderson.
He seems to have a broad spectrum of ability in writing...from angst ridden series drama to adult novels with wonderfully wry humor.
I got this free (thanks Audible) but it's worth buying. Sanderson has developed a wonderful protagonist and set up the start of a potential multi book series should he decide to do so.
However I see he's recently released the first of a series of quest/hero fantasy books. Perhaps he's able to write both types of novels, alternating between the two...we can hope.
Congratulations Sanderson...I'm very impressed with your work and it seems most of the listeners and readers on Amazon reviews feel the same.
Oliver Wyman did a credible job of voicing the different identities that the protagonist has-he reads well an has the ability to voice wry humor.
Very creative; a man who has hallucinated personalities ends up becoming the world's best detective. Mix this a bit with Fringe, and you've got an awesome television series!
Very digestible, and it of course leaves you wanting more. That's the hallmark of a good story.
His tone fit Sanderson's narration like a glove. Brandon Sanderson loves characters who have sarcastic wit and use understatement liberally, and Oliver Wyman nails it.
Hilarious at times, nerve-wracking at others.
This is one of the better audio books I have listened to. The idea of the story is unique and the narration really brings it to life.
I am not sure how much I would have liked this book if I had "read" it. The narrator did a great job of bringing the hallucinations to life and integrating them with the outside world.
This is a great book for a 2 hour car ride. I would highly recommend listening to this book.
Defender of fiction!
I was pleasantly surprised with this book. The story moved along at a steady rate and the characters were well fleshed out for a short story. My biggest yardstick on whether a story is well written is whether I care about what happens to the main characters. The story got my attention enough that I listened to is all in one long listen. Mind you, I purchased this book mostly on the merits of its author. I have read some of his previous work and found them a good read (or listen). The story gets a slightly lower rating because I'm not really fond of short storys and I need to be really emotionally moved by a book to give it a higher rating.
I would of given this 5 stars across the board but it was a short story. I didn't want the story to end or the characters to stop coming.
An inside view into mental illness!
No, you have to listen to this book very carefully, or else you could have a hard time
Following the story.
This book is worth the money. I would suggest it.
I'm sure I will and actually have already listened twice. The idea of someones psychosis aiding in the solving of a crime was intriguing and I needed to see if I had missed anything the first time.
I don't ever read this type of fantasy so I can't say.
They were all good, but I think the woman psychiatrist was the most intriguing and held the most questions - the main character analyzing himself, as it were.
I wouldn't call it extreme, but I did laugh a lot.
This book was an unexpected happy surprise and I went right away to see what else the author had written. I think I was well-introduced into a new genre for me!
I find the concept behind this story to be fascinating, and I hope there is more!
I am utterly impressed. This has got to be the most difficult book to narrate ever.
Great Voice all of the character really came to life with this narrator.
it was too short
he did a great job
Already listened to it twice don't see why I won't again!
Honestly there is nothing else that compares to legion, it is so unique it defies classification.
I loved the slight touches he gave each character - an accent here, a lisp there it really fleshed out the performance.
I actually did!
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