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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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    Jason G. Ulrich 12-31-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazingly engaging"

    This book took a chapter or two to get moving, but it was a ride once it got started. I was grabbed by the story and the authors penchant for bringing characters to life. Despite there being a larger number of significant characters, the author made it easy to follow along and keep track of the story and any details, while keeping the ending a surprise right until the end game of the story begins. I will be recommending this book to fellow fantasy lovers when I get the chance.

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    Amazon Customer 12-23-15
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    "Way too long"

    Although the storyline of this book was entertaining, the book itself was entirely too long. It took me several hours of listening before I became engaged in the events and characters.

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    Andrew 12-21-15
    Andrew 12-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "compelling world and characters"

    Sanderson skillfully constructs worlds and rules to which his characters behave naturally, a nice contrast from most fiction. His later radiance series feels a bit more refined in his skill; however, both are excellent. when compared with Tolkien, he both shines and is found lacking. Tolkien has more skill, but Sanderson won't subject the reader to writer's obsession, such as the first few chapters of the silmarillion.

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    John M. 12-21-15
    John M. 12-21-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Incredible Story"

    I started listening to Brandon Sanderson with the first two books of the Stormlight Archive which is the best fantasy series I've read to date. This wasn't quite as good as that, but beats any other series I've read so far. Really glad I found his books.

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    Christopher Chapman 12-19-15
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    "Ok then great"

    First listen through was a bit daunting as you are sort of thrown into the story. Took me a few chapters to really feel like I knew what was going on and at that point I started over again. The positive side of that is that I found subsequent listen throughs thoroughly enjoyable.

    It helps that the guy who reads this is really good at making each character distinctive while maintaining subtly.

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    Zach Wilson 12-17-15
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    "Allomancy for the Emotions and Adventure"
    Where does The Final Empire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is either my second or third favorite audiobook I've listened to


    Any additional comments?

    This story is expertly crafted and while the ending is somewhat inevitable Sanderson still manages to surprise the listener through his unique twists and turns.

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    Olaf Gainesville, GA, United States 12-17-15
    Olaf Gainesville, GA, United States 12-17-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Sanderson can build an epic"

    I read The Way of Kings first, then some other Sanderson turtles before finally getting to this. His worlds are rich and fantastic; investing the reader in their people and landscapes. I look forward to many more Sanderson works!

    As a critique, the heroin was sometimes slow to a conclusion that the reader made quickly. Perhaps this was dramatic irony, or just the experience of a young, inexperienced girl. Also, the narrator actually made a couple of reading mistakes (presumably) that I've never caught in the many other audio books I've listened to.

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    Amber MONTICELLO, IA, United States 12-16-15
    Amber MONTICELLO, IA, United States 12-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fast paced and hard to put down"

    I like Brandon Sanderson's books and have read Elantris, and what is available of the Stormlight Archive but this by far has been my favorite. I find that his books start slow for me and it takes hours before I care about the characters but I didn't have that problem with this series and there is plenty of action or movement in the story line that I struggled to stop listening.

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    Angus Fort Collins, CO, United States 12-15-15
    Angus Fort Collins, CO, United States 12-15-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Setting a bar."

    Life in the Empire. Skaa are the subservient class of humans good for only farming, scut work and some skilled craftsmanship. A noble may slaughter as many as they want as long as the Lord Ruler, a god-like tyrant who has been in charge for the last millenia, is not left wanting for...anything. It is pretty daring or brash to stand up to a noble but that is something Kelsier thinks is his calling.
    Kelsier the thief was sentenced to the Atium mining prison camp in the pits of Hathsend for daring to invade the Lord Ruler's palace seeking secrets. His wife Mare was sent along too. Her talent for allomancy which means she was a Misting or a Mistborn gave them away. Sorry for anything you consider a spoiler but the entire book then trilogy is huge. If you spoil that easily better give up reading. Haha.
    A street urchin girl hanging with a thieving crew, Vin, gets caught up with Kelsier and his crew once he escapes the mines. What's the new job? Raise an army, cause a noble house war, take over Luthadel and destroy the Lord Ruler. Nothing too big. During the course of events Kelsier comes into his own as a Mistborn as does Vin. Mistborn burn metals in their innards to grant them powers such as super strength, fast reflexes, flying by pushing and pulling metal sources, soothing or rioting the emotions of others and many more.
    Other creatures used in this tale include Mistwraiths that take on the form of corpses they consume, Kandra- a kind of sentient or uplifted Mistwraith and inquisitors who are formed from slaughtered humans with metal spikes where their eyes should be.

    I don't want to issue anymore potential spoilers. This work is excellent. The narrator has an outstanding mastery of voice range for the characters. The plot is not easily predictable {KEY} and there is definitely room for continuing. Five out of five stars for this out of the box fantasy.

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    Matthew 12-12-15
    Matthew 12-12-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Standard Epic Fantasy"

    Well written, interesting magic system, good characters for the most part. But there are things that are tough to get away from in this genre: The bad guy and his minions are 'evil', comically so, and much of the story is boilerplate. All in all a good series I think, but I'm in no rush to get book 2.

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