I've been a fan of superheroes and comics since I was a kid - I'm in my 40's now so it's been a while since then. I've read a lot of superhero and/or comic book type books in my day, not one of which I enjoyed half as much as this one. Sanderson knocked this out of the park with a fascinating twist on the genre. I honestly did not see where he was going with this. I love this book... The narration is great, the story is great... I *really* want more books in this series. Kudos, Brandon Sanderson. This is a fantastic work of art.
This was an entertaining listen: the story moved along at a good clip, and the invented world was pretty cool . . . though pretty hard to swallow. Eventually the characters discuss the unlikelihood of the superpowers, which was a nice acknowledgement of the problem, but it doesn't make it go away. The tale is entertaining enough and the characters engaging enough, but in a world where the writer grants himself carte blanche to create, e.g., a character who can only be wounded by a ricochet (this is not the most ridiculous example), it's pretty hard to take the plot seriously enough to keep listening. I figured out the two big secrets of the book long before they were revealed (as the protag should have), and finally found the book to be not at all moving, simply because of the arbitrary nature of the world without any kind of realistic constraints or limitations. The action sequences and amusing characters will keep me on board for the next book, though.
This book was a bit long on world building but it was needed to understand this great adventure!All I can say is WOW. Another must read for Sanderson fans! One of the top 20 Fiction books of 2013!
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The basic premise with "Supers" being evil was cool.
This was the first.
Not sure about that.
Wait for the video.
I liked the premise but the main character felt pretty juvenile after a while and I got tired of his perspective. Cool world but tiresome main character. I have to be honest that I couldn't finish it.
First time listening to a book narrated by Macleod but I felt he did a great job of capturing emotions and voices.
Sanderson is quickly becoming my favorite author. I love his writing style character development, and stories. Steelheart is a cool concept and I feel Sanderson delivers again.
audiobook lover into sci-fi and fantasy and anything else that is a break from the mundane. always looking for the next great book - any suggestions? let me know
It was an amazing story written by an amazing author. - you could very easily slip into the character's shoes and understand why he chooses to do what he does which draws you farther into the story
It made the objective so monumental that there was no hope in sight and showed how the characters dealt with their problems in a realistic way
I couldn't take my earphones out - i got snappish several times when people tried to talk to me as i went about my business engrossed in the story
I wish this book was longer or part of a series or something - the world created by Brandon Sanderson is so vivid and complex that you as the reader want to see how events unfold and continue to follow the action
I enjoyed the heck out of this book. Sanderson is still doing that stupid thing he does where he makes up a thematic swear word and beats it into the ground. (Like "Storm" In The Way of Kings") If I never hear the word "Sparks" again, i'm ok with that. Anyway--this is a nice re-take on the 'cosmic event gives people powers' paradigm. I love Macleod Andrews and have since I discovered him listening to Kadry's Sandman Slim series. This will be a fun series, thank God that Sanderson writes fast.
The ending leaves you wanting more.
He's awesome. Part of the reason why I'm looking for another one by him!
All of it. Great listen.
So this was a great book different from Sandersons but was great! lots of twists and exciting moments. The end of the book just shocked me! Macleod Andrews did a great job with the narration I enjoyed all his voices for each character. I would recommend this to all my friends and any one who wants to get into Brandon Sanderson books.
The story was so very difficult to lose myself in. The underlying concept was just so improbable and unbelievable, it was difficult to continue listening.
Mr Andrews is a very good narrator, but not well suited to a Scottish accent. His inability to do that character made the story difficult to follow.
I'm a big fan of Brandon Sanderson, but disappointed with this particular story.