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Thomas A. Petrillo

East Taunton, MA, US | Member Since 2011

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  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8599)
    Performance
    (6034)
    Story
    (6067)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    Lore says: "Book 1 of a great series that is not to be missed!"
    "A tremendous start to a tremendous series"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Final Empire to be better than the print version?

    Due to the length, and my own personal inpatient nature at certain story developments, i did prefer the print, which allowed faster consumption of the material.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the performance of Breeze the best, his characteristics coming through perfectly.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Certain parts made me quick angry, not so much at the writer, but the characters and their choices. There were also some quite emotional moments that struck me, especially surrounding Kelsier and his past.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was excellent, distinct voices that really captured the characters, and easily understood.

    I'm not normally a fan of political/nobility story lines, which factor greatly in this novel (or at least character development), but they didn't dissuade me from continuing at all. I purchased all 3 novels in the series about 40% of the way in, and did not regret it at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6735)
    Performance
    (6280)
    Story
    (6305)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Sanderson creates a whole new universe...again!"
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    Where does Steelheart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was a wonderful listen, one of the best i've had.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the characters and world, both different than what Sanderson has written of in the past


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The main character's first interaction with "The Reckoners" was very enjoyable, introducing many of the characters we would eventually latch onto.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    A bit long for one sitting, but lucky for me i was on vacation when i listened, so only took 2 sittings. Very engaging and, much like his other works, always keeping you thinking of what could happen around the next corner.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was very good, every word was clear and the voices were distinct and fit the characters well.

    I did have a minor issue with the characters and their interactions, however; I haven't seen the author try his hand so much at humorous character flaws/interactions, and one such characteristic of the protagonist did grate on me after showing up a handful of times.

    However, I still enjoyed the novel thoroughly.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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