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  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67,373
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63,220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,091

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-17

While I enjoy science fiction, I'm not a die-hard reader of it. I kept seeing this book pop up in my recommendations, and I kept ignoring it each time I read the publisher's summary. It seemed like a generic plot and nothing notable. I suspect the author of the publisher's summary only read the first few chapters, as they didn't really seem to know what the book was about.

The story is interesting and fast-paced. In addition, Ray Porter is extremely talented and did an incredible job of delivering the story, as well as all the emotion and humor that went with it. I think this is one of his best performances.

I don't write reviews for books, but this one was good enough that I wanted to take the opportunity to potentially nudge someone else that might be on the fence about it.

574 of 597 people found this review helpful

  • Legion

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,710
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,004
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,072

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The only flaw...

  • By Joshua on 12-09-12

Pleasantly Surprised

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-07-12

This was an excellent short story. The concept was unique and even though many characters were introduced in a short time, it never became confusing to me as a reader/listener. I can only hope that Sanderson will revisit it at some point and turn it into a full length novel or series. Apparently, the movie rights have been optioned as well, and I would be first in line to see that. It is that good.

I am a fan of Oliver Wyman and the Monster Hunter series. My only critique (though I say this somewhat tongue-in-cheek) is that I kept waiting for Stephen Leeds to say "My name is Owen Zastava Pitt" for the first 10 minutes. Once I was able to become engrossed in the story, this was no longer distracting. Wyman does an excellent job on the many voices introduced in the novella.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful