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The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1 | [Brandon Sanderson]

The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Brandon Sanderson, fantasy's newest master tale spinner, author of the acclaimed debut Elantris, dares to turn a genre on its head by asking a simple question: What if the hero of prophecy fails? What kind of world results when the Dark Lord is in charge? The answer will be found in the Mistborn Trilogy, a saga of surprises and magical martial-arts action that begins in Mistborn.

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.

Kelsier "snapped" and found in himself the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, he turned his talents to the ultimate caper, with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark. Kelsier recruited the underworld's elite, the smartest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom shares one of his many powers, and all of whom relish a high-stakes challenge. Only then does he reveal his ultimate dream, not just the greatest heist in history, but the downfall of the divine despot. But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kel's plan looks more like the ultimate long shot, until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life.

Like him, she's a half-Skaa orphan, but she's lived a much harsher life. Vin has learned to expect betrayal from everyone she meets, and gotten it. She will have to learn to trust, if Kel is to help her master powers of which she never dreamed.

©2006 Brandon Sanderson; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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    Bob Houston, TX USA 04-20-12
    Bob Houston, TX USA 04-20-12 Member Since 2009

    I am a technical software executive with a passion for fantasy, self improvement and action literature. As life forced itself on me I found less and less time to read so when I found audible it was a great match! I listen mostly in the car or while walking the dog. I can tell I'm listening to a great book when I find myself volunteering to run errands or walk the dog for the third time that day.

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    "Fantastic Story"

    The Final Empire is one of the best books I have ever listened too. I was so convinced Vin was screwing up by trusting that I almost quit listening. Kramer is a fantastic narrator-- voices, tones fluctuations and speed variations made it so convincing that I was watching these characters. The overall world, characters and magic is wonderfully created by this amazing author. Can't recommend highly enough.

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    Nicholaus Round Lake Beach, IL, United States 04-10-12
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    "Different"

    Out of a list of suggested books, none of which I'd ever read or heard of, I picked this book actually because of the impressive quality from the narrator I heard in the sample. What I got was, despite how unoriginal the description sounded, something very unique that I've never quite read before.

    Other reviewers can choose to or not to talk about plot details, I just want to say I was kept interested throughout.

    Oh, there are some weird pauses in the audio early on, but nothing that would stick with you.

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    Petra Frankfurt am Main, Germany 04-08-12
    Petra Frankfurt am Main, Germany 04-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Splendid!"

    This was a great listen!
    A great new fantasy epic narrated so well by Michael Kramer.
    I am looking forward to the other 2 books.

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    Roy Simpson Placerville, CA 03-29-12
    Roy Simpson Placerville, CA 03-29-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Incredible story and great characters"

    Michael Kramer is an incredible performer and his narration here is definitely great. This is the first Brandon Sanderson book I have listened to and I am hooked. For those familiar with A Game of Thrones (George R.R. Martin) and Wheel of Time (Robert Jordan), Sanderson's style fits comfortably between these two tomes. His story is not as "gritty" and "real" as Martin's series and his story is not as fantastic as Jordan's series. The idea behind the magic system is well-thought out ans the haracters are easy to like.

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    Anna AUSTIN, TX, United States 03-27-12
    Anna AUSTIN, TX, United States 03-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Best book in the series"

    This story was amazing. The characters, magic, and plot are so well developed and so intriguing that I couldn't put this down. I stayed up all night listening! This is the first book in the Mistborn series, and I honestly think it's the best. Somehow, book 2 and 3 didn't quite live up to the complex, intriguing, exciting, and unforgettable 'Final Empire.' That's not to say you shouldn't finish the series, but 'The Final Empire' is just so memorable and haunting.

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    Tim 03-21-12
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    "Good story, though kind of derivative"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would, and have recommended this book to fans of the young adult-ish fantasy fiction fans.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Final Empire?

    That would give it away!


    What does Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is easy to listen to. Dialog between characters is distinct, without coming up with outrageous female voices, etc... as some narrators sometimes do.


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

    At some parts, it is very engaging. Other parts, kind of drag on a little.


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    It's an easy read, straightforward, without making you wonder if every character, situation, or line of dialog is a device for some kind of plot twist. The story, though, and the feel of the book seems very derivative. The main story started off with a real

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    Nor'easter 03-18-12
    Nor'easter 03-18-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Original and Enjoyable"

    I agree with another review I read that said it has a bit of an Oceans Eleven in a fantasy setting feel to it. Great story with some really enjoyable characters. I love the originality of the magical aspects.

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    Luke Vancouver, BC, Canada 03-17-12
    Luke Vancouver, BC, Canada 03-17-12 Member Since 2013

    Fantasy story and animation enthusiast! Writer/Art-Director of high-end interactive and animated fantasy stories for kids.

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    "THE Best Fantasy Trilogy (not including LOTR)"

    This series blew me away! It is a masterwork of brilliant plotting, extensive character development and incredible world-building that just has no equal.

    While this is one of the most thrilling and entertaining fantasy stories you'll ever come across, it's so much more than just entertainment! Sanderson delves into deep philosophical and theological quandaries - raising questions that will sit with you for months - if not years - to come.

    But best of all is how it all wraps up. Sanderson raises about 100 really perplexing questions about who characters are, what's going on and why the world is as it is. Then - just when you feel like there is no time left in the book to tie them all together - he does just that, in a brilliant climax that will send shivers down your spine.

    Then - of course - you've got the brilliant Michael Kramer - one of audible's all-time best narrators!

    READ THIS SERIES! Best use of 3 credits ever!

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    S. Singer 03-13-12
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    "This book kept me in my car!"

    I usually don't give five stars on books but this deserves it. I highly recommend this book if you like fantasy or science fiction. The story line is excellent, the character development is rich, the excitment is fun, the twists and turns in the plot make this book an excellent listen. I also liked Michael Kramer - what a marvelous job he does on voicing all the characters; he is expert in his craft. He is up there with Stephan Rodnicki in the Ender's Game series.

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    Thomas 03-03-12
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    "Love Sanderson"

    I love his stories, but had a hard time listening to Mistborn. I actually have purchased the other books in "book" format and found them more enjoyable. Not sure why this is so. If you like fantasy, its a solid book.

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