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The Final Empire Audiobook

The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

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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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    David D. Schneider 02-01-16 Member Since 2015

    Shiloh Bound Doc! University of Iowa graduate. Iowa Writer's Workshop fan. Hawkeye Fan! Believer. Husband. Father. Physician.

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    "A Good if Overly Long Listen . . . 😱"

    My rating scale:
    5 star = excellent. A must read for anyone interested in the genre and a worthy book to consider for those where this genre is not in a field of their primary interest.
    4 star = above average. Worthy of consideration if this is one of your genres of interest.
    3 star = marginal. There's so many much better books and only so much time. Recommend a "pass."
    2 star = poor writing and/or poor narration. Not worth your time.
    1 star = pablum, junk , couldn't finish it. "Return for my money back."
    This book = four star.
    I recommend this book although, like many of the authors books it is overly long in prose, character development, and scene description.
    This occasionally leads to the narration dragging. I move to 1.25 narration speed at these times (Bless you, Audible!)
    Generally well-developed characters with only the occasional incongruous action on the part of a major character that seems not in keeping with the lengthy prior character development.
    I will read on . . . 😱

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    Think about this 01-31-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Hope where there is none"

    Kelsier inspires a group of thieves, all with very special talents to try to overthrow the supreme Lord Ruler that has oppressed the people for centuries. Vin, a street urchin is discovered by Kelsier to also be a Mistborn. He trains her in his gifts of allomancy, along with the rest of the crew with their unique talents.
    This story is one of the building of trust and friendship, through the eyes of a young girl that has never had either. It's an epic story of struggle, oppression, love, hate, success, failure.
    For those who like fantasy on a grand scale, don't miss this story. It's definitely worth the time, you'll invest with the earbuds in.

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    Lisa Odessa, TX 01-31-16
    Lisa Odessa, TX 01-31-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story & narration"

    It's definitely worth a credit. Intriguing story, especially the final 1/3 of the book. Couldn't stop listening. Liked the narrator, although his voice reminds me of the actor Kevin Spacey.

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    John Flanagan II 01-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "My new favorite series"

    This book started off a little slow. But once it took off, it was an explosive ride! I fell in love with all the characters and the story kept me guessing. Elemancy is an amazing thing and this book does a great job of setting the ground rules and explaining things. It all came together brilliantly at the end. So good!

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    Gonzalo MIAMI, FL, United States 01-29-16
    Gonzalo MIAMI, FL, United States 01-29-16 Member Since 2006
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    "Fun and well crafted Fantasy"

    One of Sanderson's best. The characters sre well drawn nd move the story excellently. I don't always like his work because often his charscters personalities sre very forced. Here they are multi dimensional and likeable.

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    Nick 01-28-16
    Nick 01-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    ""Magic" broken down as a science"
    What made the experience of listening to The Final Empire the most enjoyable?

    This book flushed out and filled a world with it's own myths, and legends sure, but the real appeal is how well the physics and rules of that world are explained. Magic for magic's sake can be good but when it is explained how it is accomplished and why it is that much more believable.


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

    Kelsier


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    Keith Rinehart 01-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent audio book!"

    First couple chapters were a little confusing until I got to understand the basics of the story. After that I was hooked.

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    Lorelle Miller 01-25-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful"

    Sanderson at his best. I can't wait to listen to The well of Assencion. Solid characters and compelling story line.

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    Chris 01-25-16
    Chris 01-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fabulous and creative!"
    If you could sum up The Final Empire in three words, what would they be?

    So addictive, I couldn't stop listening! Had my earphones on every spare moment I had, and was pressuring my wife to listen too. Sanderson hit a home run here.


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

    Loved following along as Vin developed her skills.


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

    Loved Vin and Kelsier of course


    Any additional comments?

    The story was creative, simple to read (listen to) and flowed naturally. Not too many subplots or distractive elements. Just a really great book!

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    SharkScream 01-24-16
    SharkScream 01-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Very much so. I found myself having to tear myself away from it. From the first chapter, to the last, I couldn't get enough. I can't wait to listen to the rest of the series.


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