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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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    ElsaJean 02-13-16
    ElsaJean 02-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The Best"

    Brandon Sanderson is one of my favorite authors. Michael Kramer reads most of his books on audible and does a great job!

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    SoCal MURRIETA, CA, United States 02-13-16
    SoCal MURRIETA, CA, United States 02-13-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Such a delight!"

    I am so excited to discover Brandon Sanderson. This book was well written, the plot complex but not confusing, the characters had depth and were well developed. It was geared toward adults, but I didn't have to worry about language or explicit content if my kids wandered in while it was playing. I already bought the next two books in the series and can't wait to start listening.

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    Krystle Duncan 02-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow....."

    At first, I thought I would never finish this book but I did not want it to end. Great book, would recommend to anyone!

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    Michael Burkett 02-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic story!"

    I loved this book. The characters were engaging and while the plot was robust, it was fast moving as well. I liked the original way that magic was used in this book as well. Can't wait to start the next one!

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    Trevor Vant 02-10-16
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    "Perfect voices to an excellent book"

    well executed. very satisfying. a perfect 5. I loved this book. I was happy to discover only minutes ago theft there is a second installment!!

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    Amy Hurley 02-10-16
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    "Very thrilling story!"

    this was very well written and performed! I'm looking forward to the rest of the series!

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    PZ Northern Nevada USA 02-09-16
    PZ Northern Nevada USA 02-09-16 Member Since 2014

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    "A pretty good read"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, I would. The story is entertaining. Unfortunately I did find my mind wandering. But, I will be listening to the 2nd book to find out what happens to the characters.


    What about Michael Kramer’s performance did you like?

    He has pretty distinctive voices that match the characters. I like that in his performance.


    Do you think The Final Empire needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes. That's all I am going to say about that.


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    randomactsofpunctuation USA 02-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, irksome vocabulary"

    I started with the Stormlight chronicles and needed more, so I came back to the older books. In a way, I feel proud of Sanderson because I can see the framework of the writer he will grow to be. This was a fun story. It's not overly cerebral and it goes in a predictable direction, but there were enough twists to keep it interesting. My only real complaint were a few word choices that kept catching my attention. I love it when I get so lost in a story I forget it isn't real but then an awkward phrase snatches me out. If it weren't for the repetitive uses of "maladroitly" I would have given this book a full 5 stars, but I couldn't get past those jerks back to reality by cumbersome phrases. Luckily, having started with his later work, I know Sanderson will grow out of those diction debacles as he learns.

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    Michael Pittsburgh PA 02-09-16
    Michael Pittsburgh PA 02-09-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow!. Just wow! On par with Star Wars."
    Would you listen to The Final Empire again? Why?

    No. It is a fantastic book but I have too many other books waiting to invest another 24 hours.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Slow and deliberate character development. The plots were thick with intrigue and left me looking forward to my daily listening time. The character depth was amazing and yet, there were still things that did not become apparent some characters until the very end.


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

    No. With that said, I am already listening to book two.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There is a battle that takes place towards the end that really drew me in. I don't want to reveal any more than that.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a huge Star Wars fan. This series reminds me of Star Wars in some ways. I have found my new favorite series of books.

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    Joshua K. P. Lehi, UT USA. 02-09-16
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    "excellent"

    I loved the narration, and the story. Just wow. I love the story so much. So good.

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