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Monday, February 2, 2015

Review: Skin Deep (Legion #2)

Legions: Skin Deep (Book #2)
Author: Brandon Sanderson 
Genre: Sci-Fi/ Crime
Publisher: Audible Studios
Release Date: November 24, 2014
Audiobook: 4 hours and 23 minutes
Narrator: Oliver Wyman
Source: Free from Audible in exchange for an honest review

http://amzn.to/1EY2RwA

Book Description

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, Stephen Leeds is back in a new, double-length novella that Library Journal says has "the pulse of a thriller and the hook of a fascinating hero balancing on the edge of psychosis."
It's not his own genius that Stephen Leeds gets hired for. Clients want to tap into the imaginary experts that populate his mind—and it's getting a bit crowded in there.
Now Stephen and his internal team of "aspects" have been hired to track down a stolen corpse—but it's not the corpse that's important, it's what the corpse knows. The biotechnology company he worked for believes he encoded top-secret information in his DNA before he died, and if it falls into the wrong hands, that will mean disaster.
Meanwhile, Stephen's uneasy peace with his own hallucinations is beginning to fray at the edges, as he strives to understand how one of them could possibly have used Stephen's hand to shoot a real gun during the previous case. And some of those hallucinations think they know better than Stephen just how many aspects his mind should make room for. How long will he be able to hold himself together?

Review

I received this book for review from Audible and I am so glad that I had a new story to the Stephen Leeds series.  This short story from Brandon Sanders is not a conclusion to Legion Book 1 but just another story in Stephen Leeds life.  Who is Stephen Leeds you ask?  Well, he is a wealthy man who has the unusual ability to solve complicated crimes and task using his internal group of aspects.  His aspects are individuals that each hold a talent or knowledge for Stephen to tap into.  He is the only one who can see them, talk to them and they see everything and everyone and talk back to only him.  Can you image having several personalities in your head but they live outside your head too?  I know it sounds crazy but it works to Stephen's benefit.  This short story is really interesting in that there is a crime to be solved at a biotech company and Stephen calls new aspects to help out.  
Yes it is a short story and the crime is solved kinda quick with all the ends neatly tied up at the end.  There was very little to no violence and bits of humor sprinkled here and there which I loved.  One of the funny things is that the aspects talk to him and with each other about his ex-girlfriend.  Tons of personal involvement here.       
Now let's talk narrator.  Oliver Wyman narrated this one and I think his voice is perfect for the multitude of characters he had to read and give unique accents for.  From Tobias (professor-type black male) to Ivy (prim white woman), and all the other characters he was clear and made each one unique.  The only thing I would have liked would have been a faster pace.  I used the 1.25x button on my iPad and it made everything better.  I felt Oliver was a bit to slow for me and just a touch of speed made it better.  For an action type of audiobook the pace didn't fit at all.  So if you can, speed him up a bit.  But Oliver made this audiobook work and he brought it to life.
Overall, it was a great short story that I would actually watch if it was a TV series.  It feels like there might be more stories in the series coming soon because this story was not a conclusion to book 1 just a continuation.    

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Recommendations

I recommend this book to young adult readers and older.

Challenges

This book is number 2 in my Audiobook Reading Challenge
This book is number 2 in my Goodreads Reading Challenge

Other Books in the Series

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