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.
I am a Sanderson fan and have enjoyed most of his books and audiobooks but this was above most of Sanderson's work. The story was just plain fun.
This book leaps right from the start and never let up.
This was up there for narration maybe one of the best really
I will admit that I am not a huge fan of superhero books. The sheer unrelistic nature of them bothers me. However, i decided to get this book because the publishers summary was interesting and the concept seemed cool. I was not disappointed by the concept at all, Sanderson worked it into a very good story. The plot was very solid and simple seeming to start. However, I will agree with a lot of the reviewers in saying that the characters and their personalities were a bit weak. They just seemed a little forced to me. The big plus about this book was the ending. I am not going to spoil anything, but I will just say that it made the rest of the book look poor in comparison. The ending simply made up for the flaws in the overall character structures. It also made me very much want to read the next book in the series. I have not read much of Sanderson before and i have heard this is one of his poorer novels. This fact makes me very excited to read some of his other works. I would recommend this novel to other readers, I think it is worth reading.
Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...
This was not what I expected for the most part. I'm old enough to be weary of YA novels. This contains the needed components to be a YA novel, i.e. young adults, love interest, world not as it seems, friendships, constant action, etc. The story takes off quickly and doesn't really let up until the end... that's the way I like it. There were some characters you cared about and lots of action. What I liked most about the way the story was written was that it starts off with the main question and it does not answer that main question until the end. This keeps me guessing and turning the pages for another clue to answer the question. One thing that was absent was foul language, which I did not miss. The culture the characters found themselves in had its own choice words but it wasn't the same a ruining a book with too much cussing. NOTE: This is Book 1 of a series that is not completed. Narration was not spectacular, but didn't ruin it. I listened comfortably at 2X speed. Hope this helps someone. Later.
I loved this book. I can't wait for Mitosis (the novella) and the second book to be released!! Please don't keep us waiting!
It was very fun to see Brandon Sanderson in this role it was full of twists and turns that I did not see coming.
There's no way I can pick a favorite character he writes them also well and it's easy to relate to each one of them.
This is the first book I listen to buy Andrew. He did a great job and I hope to hear more from him soon.
This book definitely left me shaking my head asking how does he do it.
Yes, I would.
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson was unequivocally the best book I've ever read. Excellent use of foreshadowing without being predictable and a wide array of characters with their own identifiable quirks and secrets. Very excited to hear talks about a movie and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series as well as his other works.
The opening scene in the bank is very memorable because it central to the story.
He is one of the best narrators I have heard. He does a great job and shows a wide range of character distinction between characters.
The ending was great and it brought the entire story full circle.
Great read for anyone!
Straightforward, innovative, surprising
Haven't read any recently
Did an adequate job - didn't distract from story.
A couple of surprises at the end. When I say surprise, I mean "I didn't even see them coming," not, "How is he going to make that happen?" An author that does that earns my utmost respect. I'm not easy to take totally off guard.
Great story! Fast-paced enough to keep my attention while listening on the road, but also thoughtful enough to keep my mind engaged.
Top 5 for sure. I love how it's unique, but not so out there that I can't connect with the characters at all.
I found this book to be a refreshing change from the main stream sci-fi/fantasy genre by existing in a completely different world. To me the story feels seamless, and well thought out from the beginning. I have recommended it to all my friends, and haven't had any negative response.
Matthew Reilly Fan
I almost passed on this one but something made me go for it. A great decision! The story kept driving forward and the characters were all intriguing. The battle scenes and chases kept totally engaged and on the edge of my seat. I really cared about the team. I sat in my car listening and not wanting to start the work day or do my shopping. I don't write many reviews but feel this book is worth praise. I hope you try it.
The narrator was excellent. Each character made me want more of their unique flavor. The whole package was just plain fun.
Macleod Andrews was spot on with his interpretations. The voices were perfect.
I especially enjoyed the character "Prof"... but then again I loved them all. The final chapter was particularly enjoyable.
Read this book. Simple.