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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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    Amazon Customer 01-21-16 Member Since 2014
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    "One of my favorite books"

    As a story The Mistborn Trilogy is a fantastic adventure/fantasy/heist tale. As an audiobook it's a treat. My wife and I have listened to this trilogy at least four times all the way through over the last 7 years. Michael Kramer's narration is emotive and there's a clear distinction between every character which is actually a lot less common than you would expect. This is highly recommended for any fantasy book fan.

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    Arkdogs 01-21-16
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    "It was hard to hit pause with this book!"

    I haven't been this excited about a fantasy novel in a number of years. It is exciting and different from any other fantasy I have yet read.

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    Amanda 01-20-16
    Amanda 01-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful book for fantasy lovers"

    So amazing! I love the stories, characters, writing and narrative. If you like fantasy books, this is a must read

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    Tobin Wells Raleigh, NC 01-18-16
    Tobin Wells Raleigh, NC 01-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent even for a non fantasy reader"

    Gripping from the beginning. Complete new world with superb descriptions and dialogue. Author does a phenomenal job drawing reader in and holding suspense.

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    oyan 01-16-16
    oyan 01-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Incredible! Keeps you engaged"
    What did you love best about The Final Empire?

    The universe Sanderson created was detailed and fascinating. The story was engaging and I couldn't stop listening. It keeps you on the edge of your seat dying to know what happens. I fell in love with the characters and worried about them as I listened.


    What other book might you compare The Final Empire to and why?

    It is similar to another of Sanderson's works the Stormlight archive. This is a unique story but the feel is similar and while the universe is different in all its details the mystical powers and need for a hero to emerge is similar.


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

    He did well reading and bringing the story off the page.


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    Zachary Stephens Louisiana, USA 01-12-16
    Zachary Stephens Louisiana, USA 01-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "So Awesome"

    I loved the reader! I loved the way he read the different characters. Michael Kramer is a very talented man. And the book was incredible. Top to bottom loved all of this audio book.

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    Musetriste Orlando, FL 01-09-16
    Musetriste Orlando, FL 01-09-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Loved it."

    Forced to write a review, even though it says "optional".
    Anyway, the book was great. The narrator was awesome. I loved it. Second book is equally good, so far.

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    michael kelsch 01-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Best work of fiction ever written"

    Must born is simply the best work of fiction ever written and it is voiced by the best book reader ever.

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    Kathysue Burbank, SD USA 01-04-16
    Kathysue Burbank, SD USA 01-04-16
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    "I missed the sub plot"

    I just discovered Brandon Sanderson and after reading Elantis in paperback I used my points for the Mistborn Trilogy. My gripe is really about my own ignorance but by the time I figured out that the sentences or paragraph before each book chapter were a parallel sub plot , I was too far ahead to book mark and make sense. Also the Audible chapters are just hour markers as chapter 6 was really chapter 20 in the book. I would of liked a heads up in the introduction of the book that this was happening. We are basically blind to the page print and I need to be told what's going on. LOVE Micheal Kramer but his voice did not really change or give much indication this was different except pause and then say chapter.....so confused me at first.
    To close up I gave the story 5 stars as its great and after slow start Brandon sucks you right into his world. Now you know to book mark his
    chapter starts and fall into the world of ash.

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    R. Conley 01-04-16
    R. Conley 01-04-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Sanderson does not dissapoint."

    Fabulous story and characters. As always his world is filled with both faulty heroes and human villians you can almost identify with.

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