I picked this book up because a review had recommended it as an example of a fantasy land with a really robust magic system. I think this was by far the most interesting part of the story--it functioned much like a realistic-sounding FTL technology might work in a sci fi novel. It isn't based on any known physical laws we know of, but once you suspect disbelief for the basic premise, everything else is internally consistent. If you've ever been tired of "enchanted elvish armor" or a mysterious "ancient curse" swooping in on an otherwise plausible story, then you might enjoy this book.The characters here are often one-dimensional, but are typically really interesting. As a female I reeeeealy enjoyed the main character. She breaks a lot of fantasy cliches becasue she's neither a passive object nor a sassy, anachronistically empowered hottie in leather boots. Meanwhile the plot that the characters inhabit felt fresh, and even if it wasn't 100% unpredictable, it certainly didn't fall into any obvious cliche traps.I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
The narrator did a fine job.
I like an author who can use language effectively, and that is not Sanderson. However, he's got a great imagination and has plotted his series in a way that doesn't telegraph each twist and turn. Depending on how tolerant you are to flagrant grammatical errors and clunky phrasing, you may find exactly what you're looking for here or may want to pass. In hindsight I think this would have been a pass for me, because in audio it is much more difficult to tolerate inadequate language.
Bottom line: Listen to the series if you are mainly a story and setting person, skip if you are primarily a language and character person.
I didn't read the book, so I can't really compare the print version to the audio version. But, I thought the performance was excellent and loved that I could pick out who was speaking just by his tone of voice and various accents. Very well done!
I loved the world Mr Sanderson created; detailed and vivid with creative magic and culture. I also loved the fact that there was no explicit sex, so I could feel comfortable recommending it to younger readers.
Michael Kramer was excellent as always - this may be one of his better performances.
Towards the end, it got very difficult to hit the pause button - I could barely stand to wait for what was next.
Already deep into Mistborn book 2 and loving it.
This first book in the Mistborn Trilogy is such an amazing book in its own right, let alone as part of a trilogy. Sanderson shows himself to be one of the most dominant authors in the Fantasy Genre with this great introduction to Allomancy and the world of the Final Empire.
This is a good book for anyone interested in Fantasy.
This is similar to Jim Butcher books.
He did a great job, each character was well defined.
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I tried Mistborn looking for a epic fantasy story with interesting characters, a good plot, and a great protagonist. Mistborn hits 3 for 3 . The magic system itself is an interesting change from the norms seen in most fantasy books. The overreaching plot is standard but how the get there is where the real fun begins. Part heist story, part hero's journey, and part finding redemption. Vin and Kelsier both are tragic heroes trying to either escape or heal their past. and both find it in each other. The "CREW" they gather are all experts and have their own fun quirks that can make you laugh. The stand out character when they appear will make long for them to appear. Michael Kramer makes a great effort with most of the characters, but like all male narrators his female voices have much to be desired. he uses a raspy voice for Vin with her background but the few other females mot so much. Well worth the credit.
I love sci-fi/fantasy,especialy urban fantasy. I have actualy bean an audible member since 2009 but had to start a new account in 2011 do to tecknical problems. I also have books on i tunes and several hard cover titles.(i have experienced HUNDREDS of stories) I hope my reviews help.
this story has EVERYTHING except grit,gore and cursing.
Great writeing,cheractor development,action sequences,plot and an interesting fictional history,culture and set of religions...
Also the most simple yet tichnical,interesting and well developed magic system i know of.
I have enjoyed this entire series multiple times and think you will to.
this whole series is great and has follow up stories pland in the future.
this is the first brandon sanderson story you should sample.
The action scenes in this book are so so good. I have gotten through this entire series and the same is true for the whole series, it is packed with awesome action scenes.
The action for about the last hour of the book is rediculous!
He definately brings the characters to life. He is great at what he does!
I did not want this series to end. I loved this series and found reasons just to be able to put some headphones on and listen. It also made my drives to and from work much more exciting!
This was a really well written story revealing the characters and various plot twists with action scenes interwoven at just the right intervals to keep it really fast paced.
I love stories with strong young woman and Vin is an exceptional character!
The voice talent of Michael Kramer is part of what makes this such an enjoyable book. His various characters have distinct accents and cadences that are very memorable and entertaining.
I love the magic system in this book! I've never run into a system like it and it makes me want to learn more about metal.
I never read the print version, but if I had, I doubt that my imagination could do much better than Michael Kramer. He's an amazing narrator.
The first time that the main characters sparred. It was such a complex but well-thought out mixture of magic and physics that I remember really trying to place everything in my imagination just so. Normally, I listen to my books on my long commute and the story just eases into my ear, but that scene required concentration. It was a nice mental jolt in an otherwise boring drive.
I had an answer here, but the question asks for a bit of a spoiler, so I'll pass.
Same answer here as before. Seems like a spoiler question, so I'll just tell those considering the book that there are several.
It's easy to see why Robert Jordan picked Brandon Sanderson to finish his Wheel of Time series. Although I noticed some distinct similarities in characters between Mistborn and Elantris (another great listen by Sanderson), he has so much imagination in how to make a world unique. It's not just another dwarves/elves/orcs storyline and magic doesn't just "exist". There's a thought process behind where it comes from and how to use it and the dangers and consequences of doing so. I'm already about halfway through the next book in the series, The Well of Ascension, and it's fun to see how Sanderson left threads for the series to follow yet at the end of Mistborn, there didn't feel like there was anything unfinished. As a post-script, I'll add that I enjoy the level of romance that Sanderson includes. It's enough without making a good fantasy story into a romance novel. A little goes a long way and Sanderson doesn't overindulge.