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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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Makes being crazy sound cool

Would you listen to Legion again? Why?

Already listened to it twice don't see why I won't again!

What other book might you compare Legion to and why?

Honestly there is nothing else that compares to legion, it is so unique it defies classification.

What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

I loved the slight touches he gave each character - an accent here, a lisp there it really fleshed out the performance.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I actually did!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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The mind is a wonderous thing

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If they like Shelock Holmes they will like this listen

Who was your favorite character and why?

none really stands out it was a good mix of give and take between the characters

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

This was my first listen to the narrator

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When you found out that all that all the characters were of one mind

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Another great book even a short one!

I have read Mistborn and the way of kings.... and i'm reading the wheel of time as well.
But this novella is different than the ones i read by Brandon Sanderson. its in the present time for once and its amazing.

The narration is amazing, Oliver is one of my favorit narrators and he did a great job with this book.

A 2 hour book is short but is a really really good one. i want to write what i liked here but then you will hate this review. So i suggest you go and have a listen to this book and every book that comes in the future by Brandon Sanderson.

Enjoy!

11 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • Walnut Creek, CA, United States
  • 05-02-14

Original but Too Short and Too Shallow

This is a short detective novella with psychological and sci-fi twists. The psychological twist is the detective has a legion of highly skilled hallucinatory aspects of himself that aid him in his detective work. The sci-fi twist is the mystery involves a camera that photographs the past. Perhaps if this had been a much longer, deeper and twistier story I would have found it more appealing. The characters and mechanics are barely introduced and the story is over. Although the setup is novel and narration was excellent, the story was too linear, and the characterization too shallow, to be deeply enjoyable.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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A Small Taste

Stephen Leeds is a genius who has formed a unique way of coping with the masses of knowledge crowded into his brain. He's created 'aspects', each of whom has a complete personality and a separate set of skills. Some people call him a genius, some people call him insane, but no one can deny that he's extraordinary.

I love everything Brandon Sanderson has written, and Legion is no exception. Each new story or novel he publishes is astoundingly imaginative. This novella left me wanting more and I immediately picked up the sequel.

The idea of the aspects is clever and well written. I love that each one has their own mental disorder. It's easy to forget how intelligent Stephen is, he seems like a regular joe until his genius flashes out through the pages. The narration is consistent, the narrator performs subtle character voices and his voice fits well with the story.

I'd recommend this book as an introduction to Sanderson's work, you won't be disappointed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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An unusual psychosis

This is such an unusual and intriguing mental illness that I found myself drawn wholey into the character's world before realizing it. It is worth a listen as a mystery and as a look into a unique mind.

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Clever devices but sorry religious plot

I like Sanderson's storytelling and am pretty good at suspending disbelief in the service of entertainment, but found myself cringing at the Sunday school storybook "science proves Christianity" angle to the plot. C'mon, Brandon, try to suspend your belief, at least when you're sitting at the keyboard.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Just OK

So, I get this email from Audible telling me that they are offering a free download from one of my favorite authors Brandon Sanderson. The book is Legion: Skin Deep. Liking anything free, I downloaded the book. However, I figured before reading that book, I should listen to the first book in the series Legion, which is not free. Figuring two books for the price of one was still a good deal, I used a credit on this book.

I'm not still sure if I got such a good deal. I'm a huge fan of Sanderson, but unfortunately I really didn't care much for this book. It's only two hours long, but I grew bored of the constant chattering in the lead character's head fairly quickly, and even fell asleep listening once. Not good for such a short book. Also, about three quarters of the way through the book, there is literally a bomb that goes off at a weird point, and the book is rushed to a quick end.

Don't get me wrong. This book isn't horrible. But at 2 hours, I'm not sure it was interesting enough to waste a credit. Not sure if I will ever listen to the book I got for free.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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VERY SHORT

I didn't get this for free as others apparently had done previously, but I did download the second book for free. I was disappointed in it's length. Seems like I stumbled in on a story in the middle of things with a past that I could not completely understand. Maybe more will be revealed in the sequel.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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nice

nice short story, but not his best book. stormlight and alloy of law are by far his best.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful