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  • By: Kenneth Johnson
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (60 ratings)

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The Man of Legends

By: Kenneth Johnson
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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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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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great surprise of a book

very very good story with performances to match , with some very interesting historical snippets intertwined within a compelling story , very well acted out by the cast , highly recommended

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Listening to it for the 2nd time

So I've already reviewed this book but its now over a year since I finished it and I felt the need to re-listen to it. A wonderful book, well narrated.

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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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Give it time.

This is a slow burner that at first is confusing and jumps around. I confess I gave up on it the 1st time I started it. But give it time (about an hour) and it will draw you in. A wonderful tale of a man cursed and forced to walk the earth for ever unable to die. Having out lived his wife and children his only wish is to join them in death. He tries to redeem himself but the curse is unrelenting and every 3 days he must move on. A great concept.

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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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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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Dreary and Predictable

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

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

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

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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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Amazing!!

Where has this book been? I have never heard anything about it and it should be on everyone’s to read list!! I was engrossed start to finish and wished it just went on and on. I am a huge reader and have been all my life so that makes a lot of books read and it is seldom a book affects me like this one has. Absolutely loved it!

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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.

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