Yes. As always, Sanderson creates a enjoyable characters, intriguing science and magic,and a good suspenseful pacing of the story.
The opening scene in the bank. One of the most memorable of any book I've experienced.
Since I'm a fast reader, I don't know if I would get the same emotion from reading that I got from his performance.
The parts where people died were certainly moving, but they didn't have quite as much impact as some of Sanderson's other books.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (action sci-fi) - Steelheart is set sometime in the future. The main character is David, an 18-year-old who saw his father killed by Steelheart (an "Epic" with super powers) when he was only 10. He joins up with the "Reckoners" to fight for the good of humanity and, of course, to avenge his father's death. The beginning of the story is unusual and I thought it had the potential to be a very special book, but it soon turned into just another battle between good and evil. There are a few interesting character/plot twists that keep this story more interesting than many, but I eventually got bored with all the fighting and action scenes.
The Epics each possess different super-powers so the Reckoners must create innovative strategies to defeat them, and they utilize some pretty cool gadgets. There is some attempt at humor (which fell flat, in my opinion) and a bit of romance.
PERFORMANCE - Good job, but nothing remarkable.
OVERALL - (Actual rating 3.5) The story ends well and can stand alone, though I see it's Book 1 of a series. I don't plan to read the second book when it comes out, but I will definitely go see a movie if one is made. There is no sex or cursing, so I'd recommended for all listeners. I've rated it pretty low due to the fact I get bored with action and fighting pretty quickly. If you're an adrenaline addict, you would probably rate this book a 5.
This book hit all the right notes for me.
1. The world has rules that are internally consistent, easy to understand, and has a level of depth that makes surprises possible.
2. The tone of the book is wonderful. It has the right amount of humor and drama mixed in at the right times. There are dark moments and light moments but these moments are intermixed and are not exclusive. There is a cynical humor or sober hope that spoke to directly to my particular tastes as a reader/listener.
3. The pacing is on the money. It is not a constant thrill ride of excitement that never gives you time to breath and enjoy the characters, setting, and tone. But it is also not a plodding mystery with miserly reveals. It struck just the right balance for me. That's a largely subjective metric, but it worked for me.
4. The highest praise I think you can give a series is continued patronage. And I will make sure to pre-order or purchase on opening day the next in this series.
I love sci-fi and fantasy books
the story is a varietion on the "great power corupts". i realy like the idea behind the story, and allthough at times it's very similar to sanderson other books it's still s good story and i like listening to it
A good way to get through the work day.
Been saving a credit and waiting for this book to come out since listening to the free preview. I must say, well worth the wait and the credit.
To start the premise of this book is a new twist to the super powered people story. Within the first 5 minutes this book had me hooked. There were serious moments and moments that had me laughing. The main charater is a very likeable and makes you want to see how things turn out. The author does a great job creating charaters with different personalities and backgrounds which makes this book much deeper and interesting to listen to.
The narrator does a good job with the range of charater voices bringing them all to life in different ways.
Though this book seemed to come to a close but I'm hoping there will be more books added since it is called the reckoners series. There are so many more avenues yet to be explored with the plot of this story. Hopefully the next book will be out some time in the near future.
This is definitely a YA book, and it shows. I read it because it was highly recommended based on some other books I've read, and while the concept was interesting, I found the story to be simplistic - to the point of being borderline childish - and highly predictable. I found myself getting frustrated waiting for the characters to catch up with what I already knew was going to happen, and the "twists" weren't a surprise for me. I finished it, but I can't imagine recommending it to an adult and I certainly won't read any further into the series. I'd maybe recommend this for my 13 year old nephew.
It clearly wasn't written for adults, so any recommendations I'd make would fundamentally change the nature of the book. I gave the story three stars (average) in deference to that fact.
I thought the narration was very well done, and entertaining. He did very well with the material.
It's written as #1 in a series, so a follow-up is a given.
Top 10. Its a bit short so I'm sad it didn't get as much bang for my buck but the story was worth it.
Not sure. Its like a comic book gone wrong. I don't read comics and just watch the endless stream of movies out of Hollywood. If anything, I kept visualizing this as a Marvel or DC film.
Cody. I'm an American sucker for other accents.
What if all super heroes were villains?
I have this 4 instead of 5 stars due to the swearing. Just seemed like a bizzare attempt to replace the usual F&S bombs with something more PG-13.
Yes, its imaginative with new cleaver "magic" and he keeps the bad language out
maybe like a robotech book from long ago.
Yes, this was good
I listened to this with my young kids and we all enjoyed it
I would recommend this book, it doesn't have unnecessary sex scenes. I don't have to delete in my mind swear words. My grandchildren would love it, and I wouldn't be embarrassed to have recommended it.
I love the Mistborn series. OK, I love how Brandon Sanderson writes.
He really sounds like the character that he is speaking for.
If I was taking a trip YES!, But, I can't just sit and listen when I am at home...the phone rings, I have appointments. I really would like to just listen though.
Really worth buying.
Steelheart was a first for me in many ways. It was my first book on audible and my first exposure to Brandon Sanderson. In many ways it was a good gateway into both of those. Macleod Andrews does an excellent job making "Steelheart" come to life. His performance of David is sincere and the humor within the prose is well delivered. He uses distinct voices for many of the characters. His feminine character voices tend to be flatter however. Many of strengths and weaknesses of Sanderson are apparent. Sanderson crafts a world that is both intriguing and mysterious. The reader is often lead to develop their own conclusions. The work finds a place in the imagination of the reader and stay with them long after they have completed the work. However, predictable plot and weak, flat dialogue often removed me from the reading experience. In conclusion, "Steelheart" is good, simple fun that does need to be analyzed to be enjoyed.