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The Man of Legends

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Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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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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Astonished, I couldn't finish book by fav author !

To my ear, the narrator"s interpretation of character voices put me off listening at all. The voices were harsh, then whiney supposedly German (?) accents.
I've loved every book by this author, audio books everyone, except for this novel, I found it to be a dreadful listen.

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Thought provoking

I found this thought provoking and intriguing. I was constantly amazed at the twisting of history- or was it? This book certainly grabbed my attention. The audio version was amazing and the drive to work seemed a lot shorter than normal. Money well spent and I have a feeling it will be one book I come back to again.

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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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Amazing

wow wow wow this book held me in its grasp fro. start to finish the story line the people the emotion of it all thanks kenneth and cast amazing.

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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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  • G. Nightingale
  • 12-07-2017

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.

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  • Sandra S Conson
  • 19-07-2017

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-09-2017

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...

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  • Peter
  • 11-07-2017

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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  • Rita
  • 24-07-2017

Confusing, too many characters

What disappointed you about The Man of Legends?

I thought this would be really good. I got 3 hours into the story and it just seemed to jump around from character to character, place to place, just not a story for me. The only thing I can compliment about this book is the performance of the cast...jumping around. I could not finish the book. Usually I cannot stop listening. This is the first audiobook I would not recommend.

What do you think your next listen will be?

No.

Would you be willing to try another one of full cast’s performances?

No.

What character would you cut from The Man of Legends?

Too many characters jumping around; hard to follow story.

Any additional comments?

My 1st disappointment from audio books!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-08-2017

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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  • Diane
  • 01-10-2017

Immortality lite

I am always surprised, unpleasantly so, when a book that is so popular with other audible readers turns out to be a disappointment. Unfortunately, this was one of those for me.

The premise of this book was intriguing enough–a man cursed with immortality travels through time and around the world throughout the course of his endless life. When most of us would like to prolong our lives, the idea of living living forever might seem appealing. We learn that such a fate might well be a curse rather than a blessing.

The problem for me is that the author did not take his premise seriously enough. You don't at all get a feeling of what it was like to live in different times and places– instead Johnson takes the easy way out and just describes various highlights in history in which his character turns out to have participated--sort of a Forrest Gump type of character. Worse, Johnson does not even get the history right –the constant historical inaccuracies are both annoying and distracting. I also am tired of the trope of the evil priest from the Vatican relentlessly pursuing a good man. Couldn't finish it…and will be returning it.

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  • Richard S. Swol
  • 14-07-2017

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.

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  • HomerKSA
  • 10-07-2017

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!

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  • Tallulah
  • 25-07-2017

BORING!!!

Would you try another book from Kenneth Johnson and/or full cast?

No.

Has The Man of Legends turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of full cast?

Someone more age appropriate and less ponderous in their delivery of the dialogue.

What character would you cut from The Man of Legends?

No opinion as I disliked the material as a whole.

Any additional comments?

I cannot finish this laborious piece of junk. It reads like a script for a mini series pilot. It's read by a cast of characters most of which are good. However, the protagonist who is supposed to be in his mid-thirties, is narrated by a man who sounds like he is much, much older, which is re-enforced by his ponderous, constipated delivery.

And the story sucks. I got a third of the way through the darn thing and simply could not stand it a moment longer. I cannot believe all the good reviews this thing got.

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  • Adrian
  • 11-04-2018

A Definite Keeper

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I was kind of surprised that after listening to this book, following the journey of Will and the people he meets on his travels really filled me with a sense of compassion for my fellow 'man'. The book was very well read by all participants and from the start I was captivated.

Its one of those books you wish was twice as long so you could immerse yourself in it for longer, rather than it coming to an end. I suppose there is scope for a sequel - I hope so.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-05-2019

superb read

what a journey.. It put all I love to read into one book and that's some clever craftsmanship..

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  • Daran G. Rowlands
  • 13-04-2018

Dreary and Predictable

Would you try another book written by Kenneth Johnson or narrated by full cast?

No

Has The Man of Legends put you off other books in this genre?

No

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

No

Did The Man of Legends inspire you to do anything?

No

Any additional comments?

The book is intriguing to start with but it gets a bit tiresome with the "hero" essentially being responsible/involved in everything from levi-jeans studs through to Einstein's theory of relativity and even the killing of Hitler... I think the author simple drew up a list of significant historic events/discoveries/inventions and then wrote a story around it. There is no real depth to the story and it just meanders from one event to the next although I did like the way the story was told via a mixture of eye witness accounts interspersed with additions from the main character.

The most interesting part of the book was the biography of the author at the end!

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  • NM
  • 28-03-2018

Brilliant!!

I'm not a huge reviewer but really felt that this book deserved one. I'll start by saying that some of the bad reviews were off putting in my choosing this book and, in my opinion, undeserved - yes it's a bit Forrest Gump, cliched and some of the voice characterisation is a bit off but please don't let any of that put you off!!
It's a great story, well performed and I found it captivating, exciting and moving too - really looked forward to the drive home from work and, this is always a good sign - the drive to work!!
I don't think anyone will be disappointed listening to this - I'm just sad I finished it!!

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  • Kevin Boone
  • 30-01-2018

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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  • barloch76
  • 12-01-2018

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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  • jacqueline bain
  • 01-12-2017

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

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  • chris parker
  • 19-08-2017

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.

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