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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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By Amazon Customer on 08-27-17

Seems interesting but gets disgusting

The writer is obviously ignorant about how calendars and dating work in the real world, as well as demeaning in his portrayal of minorities. I stuck it out for hours until he started graphically describing sexual assaults on minors and I am done with this writer for good.

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By Peter on 07-11-17

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.

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By Kevin Boone on 01-30-18

Nicely told, but not an original story

Man of Legends tells the story of a man cursed to live forever, as a result of an evil deed committed in the distant past. We don't find out what this deed was until the end and, frankly, people have done worse and suffered less. The plot is really an amalgam of Da Vinci Code, Highlander, and Paradise Lost. The idea that Jesus was a decent guy promoted beyond his competence by a manipulative Church is _not_ an original idea, either in fiction or religious studies. It didn't originate with Dan Brown, and it certainly didn't originate in this book.

What makes this audiobook worth a listen is the characterization, and the way that the story is told from a variety of first-person viewpoints. The narrators carry their characters along nicely, and the different voices probably make the plot easier to follow that would be the case with a traditional book. Some of the characters are a bit stereotypical, but the variety of viewpoints adds a certain amount of depth to the story.

All in all, not a bad audiobook but, where it succeeds, it is not because of the story, but the way it is told.

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By Anonymous User on 01-12-18

Hard to get into but worth it in the end

Thought the 1st hour or so was too fragmented and found I had to restart the AB. Decent story throughout but really didn't link well until later in the story. Well acted. enjoyed it

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By Andrew & Kath Paton on 01-12-18

Great story line

Really enjoyed this audible book, great storyline and character were varied and interesting. Book was not to predictable however story did not need to have child abuse scene as vivid and as detail as it I was and I was quite cranky and upset by that detailed part of book otherwise 98% worth reading or listening to in my case. Cheers

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By Jenny Macmillan on 11-05-17

Fantastic

What can I say this book was one out of the box. A great story with food for thought on religion without taking anything away from the whole book.
I hope there is a follow up to this story.

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