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A young boy is found horribly murdered in a mock crucifixion. Is the murderer the elderly woman who witnessed the crime? A neurologist who can no longer bear the pain life inflicts on its victims? A psychiatrist with a macabre sense of humor and a guilty secret? A mysterious mental patient, locked in silent isolation?

Lieutenant Kinderman follows a bewildering trail that links all these people, confronting a new enigma at every turn even as more murders surface. Why does each victim suffer the same dreadful mutilations? Why are two of the victims priests? Is there a connection between these crimes and another series of murders that took place 12 years ago - and supposedly ended with the death of the killer?

Legion is a novel of breathtaking energy and suspense. But more than this, it is an extraordinary journey into the uncharted depths of the human mind and the most agonizing questions of the human condition.

The answers are revealed in a climax so stunning that it could only have been written by the author of The Exorcist - William Peter Blatty.

©1983 William Peter Blatty (P)2020 Tantor

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  • BB
  • 31-01-2020

Better than book 1

I read The Exorcist years ago, i'm not going to say how many, and honestly didnt realize there was a book 2, this definiitely isnt like the second movie and i never saw the third.

I picked this one up on recommendation from another narrator I follow and It appears mr hempel has a metric ton of books for me to add to my wish list.

I read in another review he was flat and didnt have an accent. unless something is a miss in my old mind, i dont think Kinderman was said to have had an accent. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but in case someone read that and was going to use it as an excuse to not buy, I thought i'd drop my own opinion into the bucket. In my opinion, the story was good, but the narration made it so much more enjoyable.

5 stars all around and the closing 15% of the book is worth listening to the whole thing on its own. the performance at the end was stunning!

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  • champ
  • 04-02-2020

Finally!

A great transition from page to audio. One of the most underappreciated works of Blatty and of the supernatural/detective subgenres ever. Keep the lights on when you listen to this one...

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  • George
  • 27-02-2020

FINALLY ON AUDIO!!!!

Thank You Audible!!!!
I must admit, as an Audible member, since 2004, I have been waiting for this!!!!!

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  • 31-01-2020

Great Story - OK Narrator

I always imagined Kinderman's voice as deep and with a slight accent. The way the narrator reads him is flat and without inflections. Great story though.

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  • Anthony
  • 02-04-2020

Boring

Not too long ago I read The Exorcist, being a huge fan of the film. I found the novel to be quite enjoyable as it gave you more insight to the characters that surrounded the possessed child. One of these characters, Detective Kinderman, was interesting. While he had a slightly annoying personality, I found it intriguing the way he could talk anyone into circles in an attempt to extract out information. So, I thought Legion would be a fun and exciting dive into this character and at the same time enjoy a supernatural thriller crime mystery.

But instead, I got a very annoying protagonist, with uneven pacing, a slow moving and thin plot and unsatisfying conclusion. For more than half of the book you get very little plot details about the homicide, then Kinderman muses and ruminates about science, religion, intelligence, instincts, and the problem of evil amongst other things, then a sprinkling of plot, then musings, plot, then musings, over and over in this tiring pattern.

The plot doesn't start actually moving until more than halfway through the book. Once the main antagonist is revealed, the answer to the homicide is pretty obvious. Then the author utilizes the famous trope where the antagonist explains his whole evil plan *snore*. The book ends with Kinderman musing, because duh.

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  • David Embrey
  • 14-03-2020

Great Listen

I saw the movie before reading the novel. Both are great, but the book doesn't end so stupidly.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-02-2020

Really wanted to like this...

First off I loved "The Exorcist" on audio read by the author William Peter Blatty, this, however, does not live up to that book. I have listened to Joe Hemple before and liked his books, this time it seems he was just rushing to get it done, I don't mean in tempo I mean in the fact that he didn't really put any effort into making the characters distinct enough to tell them apart. Everyone sounded the same at one point and I couldn't follow the story. Maybe I'm spoiled listening to Ray Porter and R.C. Bray they know how to make the characters sound distinct and in other books, by Hemple, I could tell them apart but not in this one.

I've noticed Mr. Hemple putting out a lot of books in a short time so I'm guessing that is why this sounds that way, Maybe he didn't have the time to decide how each person sounded and just went with the standard narrator reading thing with no inflections, voice changes or accents to differentiate them. Some may like that but to me, it's hard to follow.

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  • Alex R.
  • 14-02-2020

Couldn't make it through the stupidity.

Feels like one rambling argument by an old man that doesn't understand evolution against evolution. Then more rambling from theology 101 on the problem of evil. If you have a scientific mindset, stay far away from the stupid.

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  • Joshua
  • 17-03-2020

Some things Wicked

I’m giving this a 3 star rating because the story is worth consuming. This story about loss and, of course, faith, could be very rewarding and powerful.
Unfortunately, Joe Hempel’s mostly flat reading of it takes away from the impact it could have. There’s extremely little distinction between the characters and rarely do you feel the emotion in any given moment.
Blatty’s work here is awesome and worthy of a read, especially back to back with The Exorcist.

For the narration to what it is though, I’d recommend you just read this one on your own.

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  • Geoff
  • 12-02-2020

Awesome!

Top notch surreal horror mystery. I came for Joe Hempel and stayed for an awesome book. A must for fans of The Exorcist, which pretty much means everybody. Highly recommended!

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  • Duncan McCloud
  • 08-10-2020

Not a great story . The film is much better

watch the film , it's loads better than the book .
and actually scary 😯

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-06-2020

legion

wonderfully written and perfectly read , great story line
i recomend its a good read

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  • mark
  • 25-05-2020

Good

Enjoyed this, it's not a very good story. If you are looking for a sequel then you might be disappointed. If you like Blattys style then you will love it 😙

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  • Dez V
  • 24-05-2020

Great sequel to a classic

Good suspense and prose, plot and narration also. The characters are also well developed and the whole book works on different levels, including the ontological questions that the main protagonist has throughout

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