No, but really. Brandon Sanderson writes well enough, but is clumsy at story building.
Good core idea, but far too little time building the framework to make the story engrossing. The trick at the end was in Sanderson's mind from the minute he started writing. You can tell because he can't wait to get to it, and we as readers see it coming long before the big reveal. He could have built a better set of rules for how superpowers work. It seemed as though anybody could have any power or any skill if it was convenient for moving to the next plot point.
If you have never heard any books dealing with superpowers or post-apocalyptic societies, this is not a bad start. It is on par with Ex Heroes and others like it, so if that is your jam, this might be a worthwhile listen. If you have read and enjoyed Hard Magic, Steelheart is probably going to disappoint you in a lot of ways.
No. The writing is clunky and there is virtually no character development. The world that Sanderson has created doesn't hang together. The characters repeatedly use the same three "curses" over-and-over: "sparks", "calamity" and "slontz". A 12-year-old might like the story, except for the unnecessary violence in the prolog.
No. Sanderson makes Dan Brown look like Shakespeare. He had a good basic idea but couldn't weave a reality together that makes any sense. There is little explanation for how things came to be and why they are. The dialog is pathetic, e.g. "I will dominate you."
He didn't have much to work with and he did a reasonable job with voices.
The idea is very imaginative and somewhat original. He just isn't a very good writer.
I was really thrown off by the high ratings of this audio book, which I have found reliable for the eight years I've subscribed to Audible. Maybe I missed something because this book is not written at an adult level. But I don't see anything about Young Adult category in the listing.
The story is excellent. From the prologue all the way to the very last page, the book kept my attention. There was always enough going on in the book to make me want to listen for just 15 more minutes.
I have to commend Macleod Andrew for his performance. This is going to be my go to audiobook to show to people who are new to audiobooks. The character's voices were distinct and fit my image of the characters.
This was a high caliber performance to go with a great book. It was a performance that let you just immerse yourself in the book and not focus on the fact that you were listening to an audiobook.
It's my first audio book. Wasn't sure I would enjoy as much as reading it, but it was such an engaging story that I looked forward to my commute just so I could listen.
My first Brandon Sanderson book. And I am firmly hooked! it's awesome to discover such a talented writer... can't wait to read more!
Absolutely. No question. Its a great story that engaged me from the beginning and held me captive until it was finished. It left me wanting more. It also has almost no bad language something that for me was a real plus and is proof that you can tell a great story with out all that crap.
Its hard to say. The writing style reminded me of a cleaner Iron Druid Chronicles.
No Spoilers here!
Again I'm not giving anything away. Read it. Its awesome.
I haven't enjoyed a book this much in a long time. I will be buying a hardback copy and I will be listening to this one again.
Epics rule the world
The interaction of characters and the character development
His personality and interpretation of the characters provide a full vibrant experience without destroying your personal imagination.
The plot reveal was done in a typical Sanderson fashion, foreshadowed but still powerful and unprdictable.
I didn't read the book yet, but I have no doubt the audiobook will always be in my head if I do.
I love the super hero/villain genre, going back to the earliest sci-fi offshoots of the 20th century. That being said, I was not prepared for this twist on what seemed like a predictable plot. Without spoiling the story, I was gripped by the human fragility of the protagonist, the stubborn commitment of the heros to their cause, and the whole sense that followed from beginning to end that I shouldn't expect a good ending but still found myself hoping one would arrive at any moment.There are elements woven into this series that a careful reader can recognize from philosophy and religion, hidden just enough not to distract but clear enough that it creates an intimacy of experience that makes me think of loftier genres and more acclaimed writers (to Sanderson's credit).
I tend to listen to audio books when traveling, and I often get several long doses in a row. This one, however, was something I listened to over a weekend because I could not bear to leave it alone.
As a general rule, I am almost never an early adopter of new stories. I started The Wheel of Time when it first came out, and vowed to not read any more after book 7 till the series was complete (a long wait, and my first introduction to Sanderson). Then I read The Beyonders without realizing that book 3 wasn't out yet, and I was so upset I had to wait for the last book I again vowed to never read a series until it was finished! After my family and friends told me how great Steelheart was, I decided to break my rule and check it out. I HAVE NO REGRETS, and I can't wait till I can get my hands on the next installment. I will add this - I will GLADLY listen to the first book again before I read the next. Its THAT good.
Another fantastic action fantasy thriller by a truly great writer. Although I haven't quite finished it yet I am even now looking forward to a followup to this book.
It moves right along and the characters are unique. It leaves you on edge wondering where it will go from Chapter to chapter to chapter.
Not sure if I have listened to Mr. Andrew's other readings but he does a fine job with this book. He is becoming another performer that I look forward to hearing from in more stories in the future.
Actually, because I am an invalid, I did want to listen to it in one sitting but then again I wanted to spread it out so I could enjoy it longer.
Highly recommend this book if you like exciting fantasy in a future that "could be" I am still waiting for the follow up to another Brandon Sanderson book The way of Kings which was another fantastic book and will be followed next month by Words of Radiance. Now will have to go back to The way of Kings to refresh my memory about this great book.. I am looking for a followup if one is to be of this book Steel Heart.
I've never read a book about super heroes. In a lot of ways I missed the entire comic book world and am only a fan from a distance. I enjoy the lore, the enthusiasm of the fans, and even enjoy when they bring those comic book characters to life in movies. But something about the book Steelheart from Brandon Sanderson drew me in. Not sure if it was the high praise many have given Sanderson on his recent novels, or the amazing cover for the book, but one thing is for sure I'm so glad I read Steelheart.
Steelheart is a book that flips the script on other super hero tales. Instead of the good guys being super heroes, its all the bad people in the world who are given powers while the rest of the world is left to fend for themselves. Steelheart is considered a young adult novel which is both its greatest strength and weakness. Strength because it makes for a lighter easier read that is instantly entertaining, and weakness because it does have Sanderson shying away from the grittier details of life under these super heroes rule. We get tastes but you get the sense that he is giving it to you in small bit size portions.
All in all though Steelheart is one of the most entertaining listens I've had in a long time and I cannot wait for the next one. Count me in Sanderson I've officially boarded the reckoners train.
I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.
Enough story to keep me very interested and light enough for the hours to fly by.
I really liked this blend of real and fantasy.
The story is set in the real world and surrounded in fantasy, great job and I can't wait for the next in the series.