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Steelheart Audiobook

Steelheart: The Reckoners, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

From the number-one New York Times best-selling author of the Mistborn Trilogy, Brandon Sanderson, comes the first book in a new, action-packed thrill ride of a series - Steelheart. 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. For years, like the Reckoners, David's been studying, and planning - and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He's seen Steelheart bleed.

And he wants revenge.

©2013 Dragonsteel Entertainment, LLC (P)2013 Audible Inc.

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    Steve 06-01-16
    Steve 06-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Childish"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The book was written with very juvenile copy. This book might be suitable for a 10-14 year old, but not for an adult (words like "Sparks" and "Calamity" substituting swear words as examples).


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brandon Sanderson again?

    Sure, but not this series


    What didn’t you like about MacLeod Andrews’s performance?

    Not much


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really...childish in nature and somewhat predictable.


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    jaxy 05-19-16
    jaxy 05-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "mehh"

    found the book cheesy and the main character annoying. predicable. i probably won't finish. i did audiobook and the dude's voice didn't sit well with me. oh well. :)

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    Edison Detroit 05-01-16 Member Since 2014
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    "enough plot holes and deus ex machina to"

    make ernie cline blush. this book is awful. it has a tone that does not match the grim setting. every plot twist can be seen miles away. whenever there is danger it is dispatched with a coincidence.

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    David Glen Mills, PA, United States 04-28-16
    David Glen Mills, PA, United States 04-28-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Sanderson Must Have Written This When He Was 15"
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    I wanted to like this book; in fact twice I tried to listen to this book, the first time I got about 2 hours in and gave up, but I soldiered on the second time and made it almost all the way through until I gave up. I like many of Sanderson's books, but this one is so stupid in parts that it destroys the balance of what should have been a great series opener, with an excellent series concept. My biggest problem was the lead protagonist is sexually obsessed with another member of the secret organization. So obsessed, that in the midst of tension filled scenes, where a normal person is focused on getting the mission done, we get these random and poorly written scenes where the young male protagonist starts thinking how beautiful the girl's hair is, how how her eyes shine at him through a mask of dirt and grime, and anger. "Oh, I can't seem to figure out why she hates me, I better blow up this shaft." It's just juvenile. I love YA hero fiction where super villains have to be defeated, but please save me from the teenage boy angst. The narration was just ok. Some voices done perfectly, but the Scottish guy with the Brooklyn American accent just didn't cut it. The dialogue is written at 15 year old male level. If you are ok with that, then the book will be enjoyable, but if you want some semblence of logic and reality in your plot lines and dialogue, then look elsewhere, there are far too many great YA titles out there. Don't waste a credit on this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kaye 04-19-16
    Kaye 04-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "So-so story, fun narration"
    Would you try another book from Brandon Sanderson and/or MacLeod Andrews?

    Probably


    Would you recommend Steelheart to your friends? Why or why not?

    For young adults who appreciate the superhero genre


    Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    MacLeod Andrews made the Morgue Drawer series so much more enjoyable.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


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    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.

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    Arianne 04-09-16
    Arianne 04-09-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointing."

    While I usually enjoy Brandon Sanderson novels this one was a huge disappointment. I'm not usually a fan of his teenage characters and David was especially annoying. The supporting characters weren't much better. I couldn't get into the slang of the world (Sparks! Calamity!) and David's metaphors, although intended to be funny, were just aggravating to hear constantly. This book just seems like so much wasted potential.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mix579 Sudbury, MA 04-02-16
    mix579 Sudbury, MA 04-02-16

    mix579

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    "Entertaining but shallow"

    I must admit, it was fun listening to the book on a long cross-country ride. The narrator did a fabulous job. At the end of the day though, the story is more "young adult" than serious sci-fi. It almost feels as if it was written as a script for one of today's ubiquitous action sci-fi movies, with little depth, total abandon of logic, and random escapes out of impossible situations.

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    nancitaaa 03-18-16
    nancitaaa 03-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Not Sanderson's Best"

    I liked the premise of the story, and the ending was pretty satisfying, but I prefer characters with more depth. If you haven't already, just read (or listen to) the Mistborn trilogy. After Steelheart, I didn't have much of a desire to keep going in the series, the book works well as a stand-alone novel.

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    AANW 03-05-16
    AANW 03-05-16

    A. Watson

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    "pretty dumb and illogical preteen"

    I love a good fantasy/scifi, but this one made no sense. the author just made it up as he went with no logic, all emotions. when he couldn't explain something, o it was calamity ' fault. no real science attwmp, more majiclk with no rules rhyme or reason, just "cause i said so". plot is pretty boring and silly too.

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    Emily 12-16-15
    Emily 12-16-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Mushy Steel"

    It is a good concept but the teenage angst detracts from the story. Serves me right for not heeding the young adult warning.

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