- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 2 hours and 8 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: October 2, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009KEZ6F6
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Legion Audiobook – Unabridged
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I found the basic premise of a genius whose multiple personality disorder manifests as helpful hallucinations very interesting and enjoyable. (Of course I like the TV show Perception, too. Hmmm.) Sanderson is clearly a very talented writer and the kindle formatting was excellent . That's the good.
But I did have problems with "Legion". The first is that the plot is essentially a poorly executed version of Isaac Asimov's sci fi classic "The Dead Past" down to the discussion of the problems and moral issues arising from the device. It is hard to enjoy a story when you are thinking "What the...?" through the whole thing.
Another major problem is the length. It isn't about the ridiculous price. There are science fiction short stories and novellas for which I would happily have paid more just for the pleasure they gave. But those are great pieces of standalone fiction that say all that needs to be said in a few short pages. (The Dead Past, again) And, most important, they don't bring up a bunch of extraneous issues that are never resolved.
In "Legion" the story is rushed and there is no development of the protagonist. What could be interesting parts of the back story are left unexplained. And what is evidently the most important thing to the main character is left completely hanging.
This reminds me of the stories popular authors throw together for those "special" anthologies their publishers put out. Those stories usually couldn't stand on their own but you don't mind since you are familiar with the characters and their world. The story is just a brief interlude in a larger story.
Unfortunately, "Legion" doesn't have a body of work to support it. The story will just leave you frustrated, especially since there is no indication Sanderson will be continuing the saga of Legion.
The many hallucinations of Stephen Leeds provide a great variety of personalities that play well off each other and the protagonist. Sanderson continues to show his humor with an abundance of wit in how each hallucination behaves and interacts with each other and the real world. They are a treat to read and in typical Sanderson fashion, the plot is swift and engaging enough. Legion, though, is too short for my liking, which is why I did not give it five stars. Definitely a solid four, maybe four and a half.
Legion shares a similar trait to The Alloy of Law: both felt like incomplete stories, but Legion's even more so. I know it is a novella and they are supposed to be short, but that does not change how I felt when I finished both novels. It almost seems as if Sanderson did not want or did not have the time to finish the full story and instead provided a tantalizing, though mildly frustrating, cliffhanger. Ultimately it is a minor grievance, though I wish Sanderson spent a few more days finishing the story. Firstborn, also a great read, is slightly shorter yet more complete, and Infinity Blade: Awakening, around twice as long as Legion, had a fitting length. So why did Legion have to remain so open ended? I digress.
I am no less a Sanderson fan than before I read the story. Quite the contrary, I love seeing him venture into the science fiction genre and Legion only solidifies him further as my favorite author due to his consistent high quality of story telling. Legion is a solid read and if you have enjoyed Sanderon's previous works, I see no reason why you would not enjoy this. It is short, light, but through and through, very entertaining.
What a different story. I really like that the main character is a functional crazy person. Sure he has hallucinations but at least he knows they are hallucinations, so how crazy can he actually be. It seems more like he is a genius that has just found a creative way to make compartments for all his knowledge.
This was just a quick mystery of sorts to figure out and a nice introduction into Stephan’s world. The actual mystery was only so/so for me but I loved the characters and the weirdness that was Stephan’s mind. I’d be interested in reading a little more on this interesting character in the future. I hope Brandon Sanderson has some more short stories in mind.
P.S. The audio version of this was great!