I read this upon a recommendation of a friend. I'm usually a mystery/thriller, adventure reader but I'll give anything a fair shake. So glad I did. I was invested in the characters and the new take on magic alone makes this a worthwhile read. Mr. Sanderson is now on my who's who of authors to read. Well worth your time and money. Highly recommended.
Fascinating and extremely well done. AL the characters were fantastic. Way of kings was a stronger pull of a song for me. But this was great too
I loved this story and the world it was set. Sanderson makes such interesting world's. I think the dialogue can feel really cheesey at moments, but honestly the world is so cool and the story so fun that it's not much of an issue
I really like Kramer's performance for the most part, although I feel like his "aristocrat voice" sounds kind of overdone to me. sometimes they sound too much like obvious villains, like you can't help but imaging them tying up damsels and twirling their mustache. also, his female voices can be pretty rough, particularly if it's supposed to be a "dusky voice". fortunately the main female protagonist has no such voice so it isn't much of an issue.
I'm not the usual fantasy reader anymore, so if you devour tomes and tomes of sword and sorcery, ignore me. This is a great story, engaging and with a big cast, worthy of a tv series. The fantasy system is interesting and makes you want to explore it. The mists are cinematic, the action is great. The characters are funny and awesome. But its too long. I slept through four hours in total of the narration and didn't miss anything from the plot. There are huge expanses of talking in-between action. Some if it is interesting, other not so much. Every character is fleshed out nicely though. I might read more of the series. The production and narration is excellent. Summing up, a great read!
Could not stop listening. Outstanding in everyway. Latched onto the characters and really love Vin, her growth and breadth of change was astounding.
I was suitably entertained by this first book in the Mistborn series. I wanted to let my imagination run wild with the world that Brandon Sanderson creates. It is full of interesting, original ideas that contribute much to the book's appeal. There's a unique magic system, alluring sub-cultures, and an intriguing post-calamity world. Unfortunately, I never felt that Sanderson quite did justice to his own ideas. I kept craving more detail about the world, its history, and its conflicts, but I was always left short of satisfied. The magic system seems arbitrary at times, and the lore surrounding the setting is barely touched upon.
Perhaps the ideas introduced here will be further explored in later Mistborn books, but this doesn't stop me from wanting more depth from the start.
The slightly one-dimensional, "surfacy" feel of Sanderson's writing kept any one aspect of the book from being great in my eyes, but it didn't prevent me from enjoying the tale. The characters are distinct and posses believable motivations (though the last line of the book relating to Vin, the main character, made me scoff aloud). I developed an attachment to the cast of characters as a whole, and narrator Michael Kramer voiced them consistently and faithfully.
The story itself was enjoyable. The pacing wasn't bad and small twists renewed my interest before any one section got tiresome. I was also pleased to find no major characters or plot points left unresolved. The Final Empire introduces a series, but stands up as a complete work by itself as well.
Though Sanderson's writing and choices of emphasis in The Final Empire didn't quite do his great ideas justice, I liked the book well enough forgive this and let my own imagination fill in the gaps.
Loved the action and magic. Wasn't a big fan of all of the politics but still enjoyed the book. Sazed is one of my favorite characters, his performance was amazing. I recommend this to those new to high fantasy as I am new and loved it.
This narrator is absolutely fantastic, and the book is amazing! There are concepts in this book that are completely original to this series. This is a fantasy novel that breaks away from your typical sword / quest template. Get this book!