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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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    Tina Zucchero 12-22-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A Series of Freedom, Power and Faith!"

    I am one of the many I am sure that have been introduced to Brandon Sanderson through the last two books of the Robert Jordan's series, The Wheel of Time. I wanted to see how this guy stood on his own and WOW! He stands tall!

    This series tackles politics, hierarchy and faith- asking the characters to stand up and believe in something and at the same time asking the reader to find faith in the characters. Through this series I have met one of the most powerful female heroes yet! Unassuming and from a humble start to flying high!

    Michael Kramer's narration of these books is also powerful. His rich deep voice is like buttah! Although it is slightly too manly for the womens voices he plays, that is until you get used to it and suddenly you know exactly which character is which simply by their voice or intonation.

    Now if you'll excuse me, I have more Brandon Sanderson books to download for my next commute!

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    Amanda Thorndike 12-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book, better narration"

    Love the book, and the narration is amazing. I highly recommend it. if you like spy novels and "magic" you should love this.

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    staff-fam 12-19-14
    staff-fam 12-19-14
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    "Judged a book by its cover"

    I bought this book based on the great reviews (and after having read Sanderson's Steelheart) - but then waited a while to listen to it because the cover made the book seem so mystical and the synopsis didn't grab me at all. Finally I gave it a try and am so glad I did! This is a great story that is well narrated. I'm still new to Sanderson's writing but he does such an amazing job at "world-building". I felt so engaged in the world and characters and the story and found myself wanting to listen as much as possible. It's a long book, but it never drags - so it's well worth the credit. And the two additional books in the series (plus the followup novella) are just as good.

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    Chelsea 12-18-14
    Chelsea 12-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Falls short of Sanderson expectations"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I really wanted to love this book, but it fell way, way flat. The characters are boring, the scenery (and descriptions of said scenery) bland. The dialogue is cliche and unimagined. Sorry.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brandon Sanderson again?

    I adored the Stormlight Archive series, but the Mistborn series just doesn't interest me. I still have high hopes for Brandon Sanderson, this just isn't it!


    What didn’t you like about Michael Kramer’s performance?

    Too monotonous for me, even when voicing a wide variety of characters. Him speaking as a steel inquisitor nearly made me turn the book off. Nails on a chalkboard.


    Any additional comments?

    THESE CHARACTERS NEED TO STOP RAISING THEIR DAMN EYEBROWS ALL THE TIME.

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    Lee Ann Wood Montana 12-18-14
    Lee Ann Wood Montana 12-18-14
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    "Brandon writes some of the best books"

    He knows how to keep it interesting without over doing description. Rules of the imaginary worlds are kept.

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    bill 12-17-14
    bill 12-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "well done."

    always keeps you interested. good story line. last few chapters keeps you on edge. performance was very good as well.

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    Kristoffer C. Lunetta 12-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story"

    It was hard to get through at first, but then it drew me in and became hard to put down.

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    Shahab Sabetnejad 12-12-14 Member Since 2014

    Currently studying psychology in Norway. I primarily read fantasy, sci-fi and fictional books

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    "I was bored"
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    I have read Way of Kings, Warbreaker, and Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson, and I recently finished both Name of the Wind and Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. I got to say, compared to those books, Mistborn falls well short. I am really disappointed with the book considering the reviews, I just don't get it.

    I'll admit, I haven't listened to it fully through yet, I'm almost at the end (two chapters left), but so far I have no sense of connection to the characters what so ever. I really don't care about the main protagonist, or any of the supporting characters. They are so stereotypical. The leader who lost someone near to him and is now on a blind vendetta and hates anyone who was involved with the injustice made to him and his; the innocent and naive female protagonist that is (extremely) slowly developing to someone that isn't a complete idiot; the handsome Romeo character on the other side that is kinda on their side but at the same time isn't that the female rebel falls in love with. Come on.

    Worst part I think is the narrator. I don't know if my opinion is particularly colored since I recently listened to an amazing performance by Rupert Degas where each voice had so much character and variation that I am still in awe. The narrator of this book, Michael Kramer, has a relatively monotone voice with little variation between characters. It's so dull it makes me fall asleep almost, he does a really poor job of capturing the emotion in the characters.

    I wish this book was better, I really wanted it to be.

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    Dave Milford, Connecticut, United States 11-26-14
    Dave Milford, Connecticut, United States 11-26-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Unique"
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    I was inspired to explore Brandon Sanderson's own writing after enjoying his work in collaboration with Robert Jordan in completing the Wheel of Time series and was pleased to find a fantastic story. The unique magic system, a dark world, troubled characters, a flowing plot, and sufficient description to blend everything together made Mistborn a pleasure to listen to and Michael Kramer did a phenomenal job in his narration. I look forward to continuing the adventure in book 2.

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    Cheri 11-11-14
    Cheri 11-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "good story, solid narration"

    it was hard for me to really get into this one in the beginning. but don't let that stop you...it really is a very good book.
    at times i thought there was a bit too much 'listening to the thought process' of the main characters, as well as the 'poor pitiful me' of Vin. and i have to say this was the type of book i use to sleep by...meaning not too much continued need to keep listening so i don't miss out. i always go back to where i fell asleep to continue the journey.
    the narrator, Michael Kramer has a nice soothing voice to help me sleep, which for me is good. he isn't boring to listen to at all, i don't want you to think that. he doesn't have the kind of voice that puts you to sleep, only makes it pleasant so you can sleep.
    i hope the next book in this series is as well done as i did enjoy the listen.

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