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The Man of Legends Audiobook

The Man of Legends

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Publisher's Summary

Award-winning science-fiction mastermind Kenneth Johnson blends epic adventure, romance, and evocative drama into an intense supernatural thriller rooted in one of the great untold legends of human history.

New York City, New Year's weekend, 2001. Jillian Guthrie, a troubled young journalist, stumbles onto a tantalizing mystery: the same man, unaged, stands alongside Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, and Gandhi in three different photographs spanning eighty-five years of history.

In another part of town, Will - an enigmatic thirty-three-year-old of immense charm, wit, and intelligence - looks forward to the new year with hope and trepidation. Haunted by his secret past and shadowed by a dangerous stranger, he finds himself the object of an intense manhunt spearheaded by an ambitious Vatican emissary and an elderly former UN envoy named Hanna.

During the next forty-eight hours, a catastrophic event unites Will, Jillian, and Hanna - and puts them in the crosshairs of a centuries-old international conspiracy. Together, the three must unravel an ancient curse that stretches back two millennia and beyond, and face a primal evil that threatens their lives and thousands more.

The full list of narrators includes: Eric Pierpoint, Emily Adams, Stephen Mendel, Alexis Evans, Kerrie Keane, Jackson White, Terri Treas, Francesca Ling, Jackie Mah, Jeff Marcus, Kenneth Johnson, Nelson Estevez, and Susan Appling.

©2017 Kenneth Johnson (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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    jacqueline bain 01/12/2017
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    "HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. LOVED IT"

    Had not heard of this book and found it as I was scrolling looking for something to interest me. The only downside was that I needed to sleep otherwise I would have read this in one session. Amazing book, writing and narration. This must be seen as a challenge for other authors to achieve. Thank you

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    chris parker. 19/08/2017
    chris parker. 19/08/2017
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    "The past brought too life"

    I really enjoyed this book and the audio version of it. It kept me wanting to both hear and read more.
    The cast were excellent and the story moved at a great pace but was also thought provoking and exciting.
    Overall an excellent book and audio book which I highly recommend to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Peter
    Bellflower, CA, United States
    11/07/17
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    "A great concept. Just terrific story telling"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Man of Legends?

    The entire story is memorable, and I still find myself mulling it over and over in my head. But if I have to pick one thing, it's when Will says, "Don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry." Nicely done Mr. Johnson. Knowing your background, this line was an out-loud hoot. Thanks for the giggle.


    What about full cast’s performance did you like?

    I generally do not like multiple narrators, but because the way this story is unveiled, the multiple "character" voices work just fine. Thoroughly enjoyed their performances, and great direction from the author himself.


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

    Yes. I was listening to it while working, which is something I generally do not do.


    Any additional comments?

    I trust Kenneth Johnson has already written the teleplay for his novel. A 4-night 8-hour miniseries should allow time to tell the entire, unabridged story. I hope you direct it.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • G. Nightingale
    12/07/17
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    "Enjoyed every minute."

    I started this book after 3 awful books I couldn't finish. What took me so long? I've lost faith in book reviews. Maybe my tastes are different, but I was despairing.

    History so well delivered you believe it was a first hand account. I never guessed where the plot was headed, even if there was one. There is and it's a doozy.

    One thing, if you are touchy about religion being played with, you might have a small issue here. Remember, this is supposed to be coming from a man who was there at the crucifixion. Having lived until the present day he has his own take on things.

    Recommend this book to those who can never know enough. Even if it's fiction.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Sandra S Conson
    19/07/17
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    "This story had a good flow to it!"

    This is the first story I've read from Kenneth Johnson. I liked the flow of it. Sometimes, when a story has multiple first person narratives, the story can get bogged down, rehashing what other characters had already discussed. It can also get every confusing. This author was able to avoid those downfalls, allowing the story unfold very organically. I'm an avid reader and listener of audio books. I enjoyed this story a lot. (Spoiler alert) I was a little worried that that main character was going to take credit for all the major advances in society but the author was able to integrate the main character's influences on world events without claiming all big advances came from him whispering in the right ears.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • HomerKSA
    Riyadh, Dubai, Fredericksburg!
    10/07/17
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    "One moving brilliant all genres in one"

    I am a big SciFi audiobook nerd - most of my repeated listens are all around SW - ST superhero stuff - few mysteries here and there - this book honestly takes the gold for not only the narrative and the "actual" story, the performers of the characters were just fantastic!!! So for all those comic buffs like me - this amazing title has it all : superhero but, history of the current living, history of biblical proportions, history of science, history in military, humanities achievements rendered , modern day, spirituality, religion, value systems, social studies ...I can keep going!! Ooooh yeah SPACE TIME CONTINUUM - astral plain--- simply brilliant book on audio! A must hear!!! Thank KJ for sharing this fantastic revelation in our "mass media hysteria" of a world! This really anchors it altogether superbly!

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Terri Steinbecker
    25/07/17
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    "Brilliant!"

    I was skeptical initially, but this novel grabbed my interest quickly and I was unable to stop listening to it. An intriguing concept. It gives one pause for thought. A definite 5 stars!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    12/07/17
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    "The story of time, adventure and everything else"

    This book encompasses the myseries of life, history, adventure and reading/listening to it is just about a spiritual experience. Thank you to all.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Richard S. Swol
    Lindstrom, MN USA
    14/07/17
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    "A Slow Start But A Good Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. With the note that the story takes a fair amount of time to get to it's point. Once there however, the story all comes together for a satisfying conclusion.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The concept is the strongest part of the story, as well as the moral.


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

    No I have not. It was different and took some getting used to. It was a bit jarring to start with, until I got used to it.


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

    The story of the little girl. Sometimes despite heroic efforts, bad things still happen. Dealing with those situations, defines a person for their entire life.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was written, not surprisingly considering the authors history, much like a teleplay. While this would work better on film than as a novel, it does still work well enough to make the story enjoyable. Recommended - but be patient for it to get moving. It's worth it in the end.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Puyallup, WA USA
    01/09/17
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    "Gave up after he invented the latte"

    It started as a great concept but it turned into a fancy Forest Gump. I get it, the dude gets around and for a very long time, but c'mon he helps inspire Frankenstein and create Levi's?? Too much!!! The thing that jumped the shark for me is when he invented lattes, I stopped right there! I have no idea how it ends, but I assume it's with a box of chocolates...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    25/07/17
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    "Performance gets in the way of good book"

    I plan on reading this book sans audio. Most of the performances are fine, but there are some strange choices the actors make that detract from the prose - a bit over-acting, and a lot of weird dynamics. The main character puts an inane amount of pauses in his cadence which has the unfortunate effect of breaking up any action being described. There is also a little girl (obviously not voiced by a real little girl) who only talks in tiny whispers to the point of being inaudible at times.

    The story itself is entertaining, if not a little beyond suspension of disbelief (even if you lived forever it doesn't mean you would meet so many important people in history, in fact wouldn't it mean you'd try to stay unnoticed?), but you should definitely read it yourself and skip the audiobook.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • S. Horn
    Cary, NC, United States
    30/10/17
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    "What would Twain have done without him?"

    Set in the 21st century, this reinterpretation of a religious legend is marred by cliché and brief flashbacks thrown in throughout the book for the purpose of informing the reader that our cursed/blessed hero, Will, has been present at every important discovery/turning point/etc. in the last 2000 years and has planted every good idea in every great man's ear, from Gutenberg to Einstein. However, there is no attempt to provide context or depth for these asides, so they mostly come off as a weak attempt to build cred for the good guy, who would have to be very good indeed, as well as totally brilliant, to inspire philosophers, literary lights, and businessmen, alike. Not that this is a book in which the believability factor is high or even expected to be, but after he's been given credit for suggesting the theory of relativity to Einstein, you kinda start wondering when Paul Bunyan is going to make an appearance.

    As to the narration, while a few of the characters are well done--the little girl, Maria, in particular--the full cast is very uneven in talent and over the top more often than not. In particular, the voice acting for Will is strange and way slow. I listened to this whole book at 2x and still wasted way too much time on it.

    I seem to be an outlier, considering all the five star reviews for this book. Maybe it's just me, but I gotta disagree.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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