The story line was intriguing and kept my interest. I was pleased that everything was NOT predictable.
The narrator did a fantastic job with the voices. Very well done.
I'd recommend this book.
This could have easily been quite a grim story, but it was incredible, told through the eyes of David, an incredibly like-able and well drawn character.
It was a fun listen. Creative and heavily influenced by the greats, just not quite as good. Silly names for the villains as opposed to the fun and/or ridiculous names Marvel comes up with. A creative environment that didn't quite stick to its rules throughout. There were long stretches where I was riveted, and fewer where I thought it could be a little smarter. I love the descriptions of the weaponry and the protagonist is fun to struggle along with. Yeah, the more I think about it and write about it, the more I like it. It's definitely a book worth getting a bunch of friends together to discuss and argue over.
Disclaimer: I come from reading his Stormlight archive series.
His world building and character development is in full swing here. The same plot crafting abilities he displayed in the Stormlight Archive and clearly evident in this book as well. I was immediately drawn into the world, able to connect with the characters, envision the environment, and developed an intense desire to find out what happens next without the ability to accurately predict how the story would play out.
I highly highly recommend this book not just to Stormlight fans but to everyone. Sanderson is simply in the zone and has engineered one hell of a formula. For my fellow Stormlight fans, this book is definitely not as detailed or deep, but there is a great balance between the details, the action, the plot, and the characters.
Don't even hesitate to buy this book.
For young adults who appreciate the superhero genre
MacLeod Andrews made the Morgue Drawer series so much more enjoyable.
Sanderson is a good YA author that older adults can also appreciate. I quite liked The Way of Kings, and was able to overlook some of the small annoyances. With the overall high rating for Steelheart, i bought it. This book however, would have fared better as a graphic novel to be enjoyed by those who love the superhero genre. The book has an age old premise: that power can corrupt. It includes the now standard Sanderson young (annoying) romance, and humor that isn't funny. Cliches abound, starting with the names -- David, the boy going up against a giant. Abraham the wise, Doc the scientist. If nothing else, Sanderson does entertain with his tales. This audio version is read by MacLeod Andrews who is also the narrator for the very funny Morgue Drawer series -- which gave this audio book instant cred from me.
Characters are quite unlikely. David is barely 18 years old and all his life has been studying the Epics. How? When? Where?
I hate to left a book unfinished and I bought the entire trilogy...so I thing I'll read Fireflight and Calamity.
The performance of MacLeod Andrews is remarkable. He puts some soul in the lifeless characters.
I was mostly disappointed. I've followed Brandon Sanderson many years now, but this book could be the last.
In my modest opinion, Brandon Sanderson Alloy of Law was the beginning of many under average books. I hope he'd recover the spark of books like Elantris or the original Mistborn trilogy.
Couldn't stop listening! This book had very well written characters and plot. I loved it because there where plenty of unknowns to ponder over throughout the while story. Great action, great relationships!