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The Hero of Ages Audiobook

The Hero of Ages: Mistborn, Book 3

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Who is the Hero of Ages?

To end the Final Empire and restore freedom, Vin killed the Lord Ruler. But as a result, the Deepness - the lethal form of the ubiquitous mists - is back, along with increasingly heavy ashfalls and ever more powerful earthquakes. Humanity appears to be doomed.

Having escaped death at the climax of The Well of Ascension only by becoming a Mistborn himself, Emperor Elend Venture hopes to find clues left behind by the Lord Ruler that will allow him to save the world. Vin is consumed with guilt at having been tricked into releasing the mystic force known as Ruin from the Well. Ruin wants to end the world, and its near omniscience and ability to warp reality make stopping it seem impossible. She can't even discuss it with Elend, lest Ruin learn their plans!

The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave listeners shaking their heads in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream.

©2008 Dragonsteel Entertainment, LLC (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

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    Julio Boston, MA 01-12-09
    Julio Boston, MA 01-12-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Well concluded!"

    Sanderson's final book is masterful. I was absolutely addicted to listening to it and couldn't set my ipod down. It's very well written, never feeling contrived. I felt sometimes there were a little bit too many explanations intended for somebody who started at the third book and didn't read the others which would drag on a bit, but this didn't take away from the book. Most, if not all loose ends feel tied up. The magic system he created is almost entirely disclosed and his revealing it bit by bit is well done and keeps you interested. Character development is supreme and watching them grow through their struggles is very entertaining. I highly recommend this book and the ones leading up to it.

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 07-21-11
    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 07-21-11 Member Since 2016

    Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.

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    "So sorry it's over"

    I am writing this after having finished the entire trilogy. While this was an incredible book and stands alone just fine on its own, I wanted to reserve judgement on each book till I finished the trilogy in order to put each one into perspective. This was my first Bandon Sanderson book and I loved it. At first, it was challenging to get into the whole concept of Allomancy but I eventually did and appreciated every aspect of this masterpiece. The books moved quickly, the story is rich in its treatments of many aspects personal character, politics, government, philosophy and religion. And each character is fully developed to the point where we probably care about all of them including some of the bad ones. The world created by Brandon Sanderson and stunningly narrated by Michael Kramer is not like any one I or probably any of us could have possibly imagined. As long as this trilogy was, I am so sorry to have it finally end.

    33 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 12-23-13
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 12-23-13 Member Since 2016

    I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.

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    "A satisfying conclusion to the series."

    This is the last book in this series. It is great just like the others. If you already read the other two books I probably couldn't make you stay away from this one if I tried and I definitely wouldn't. This novel kicks the action up several notches and the scale of the powers involved goes up several orders of magnitude. The novel answers all the questions and finishes the series off nicely. The only downside is that this series is so good I wound up with post book depression. You know it is the last of the series and it is like losing old friends. The only downside is that there aren't several more books in the series. Although, in the age of super long seriesh it is nice to see someone actually finish a series.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Shark Likes Tecumseh, MI, United States 04-22-10
    Shark Likes Tecumseh, MI, United States 04-22-10 Member Since 2007

    I'm the most boring person on the planet.

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    "Bravo! Master Sanderson!"

    Thank you, Master Sanderson, for what was a wonderful, unique, and thoroughly fulfilling story, with an excellent and well thought-out ending. Some stories are great, but don't often end well, this story was great to the very very last. I cannot recommend this trilogy highly enough -- an absolute must experience story. Listen to it, read it, or have someone read it to you, but you will not regret coming to know The Crew.

    And thank you, too, for picking up the Light of Tar Valon and completing Master Jordan's epic tail; he would be most proud, I believe. You have become, in both your own right, and in helping complete the final tale of another master, a true hero of ages...

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    Frank M. CT, USA 06-29-09
    Frank M. CT, USA 06-29-09 Member Since 2007

    Jazz fella

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    "Caught Up In It"

    I just wanted to echo the other sentiments here. A wonderful story it was! I wished it wouldn't end but it must, and a nicely done ending it was. Thanks for taking me away from this reality, even if for a short time.

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    Philip Minneapolis 05-11-09
    Philip Minneapolis 05-11-09 Member Since 2006
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    "hope for the ages"

    It is encouraging to know that Brandon Sanderson will be finishing the Wheel of Time series. May Robert Jordan rest in peace no criticism intended here of RJ but this guy can write a tightly drawn
    story. With some twists in plot and characters that are very well drawn this story is a bit off
    the beaten path from a lot of sword and magic swinging fantasy. There is a really creative edge to his plot. In the audio vernacular this
    book is a page turner. I consider seriously each
    book I buy from Audible. I spend a lot of time in the car and I want to be entertained with thoughtful sci fi or fantasy. Every time I finish a good one I think I may have run out and then a GREAT story like this comes up and bites me.

    Highly recommended.

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    J HYRUM, UT, United States 09-27-12
    J HYRUM, UT, United States 09-27-12
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    "My least favorite of the three books, but good."

    I work a graveyard shift, in which I listen to my audio books, so the narration is extremely important to me due to the need to stay awake and aware of what I am doing. Michael Kramer is the best fantasy narrator I've come across. He has a plethora of distinct character voices, which are all easily recognizable. Also, he doesn't sound horribly monotonous, as with many other narrators.

    Brandon Sanderson writes a lot like Robert Jordan. Though, in my opinion he is better, and tends to leave out unnecessary explanations (such as describing everything everyone is wearing). If you like the Wheel of Time series, you will be happy with this trilogy.

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    Joe Modesto, CA 05-01-09
    Joe Modesto, CA 05-01-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent Book!"

    This is an excellent book. I did not become aware of Brandon Sanderson until I read the Wheel of Time (WoT) series. After reading the last book in that series, I found out Robert Jordan passed away just when I finished reading the second to the last book (There was one more that was to be written - A memory of light). I researched and found that Brandon Sanderson was due to write the last book in the series. I wanted to find out what kind of a writer Sanderson was. The first book of his I read, Elantris, was excellent. I decided to try this series and found them just wonderful. The line I love from this series ( It sometimes repeats itself automatically in my mind, is "ash fell from the sky." If you have read this book, you understand what I mean. If you haven't, then hurry up and read it - you'll understand what I mean then.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Julie W. Capell Milwaukee, WI USA 03-27-16
    Julie W. Capell Milwaukee, WI USA 03-27-16 Member Since 2007

    The audio books I get tend to be either 1) scifi or 2) things for my husband and me to listen to on long road trips--humor or history

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    "Easily among the best fantasy series ever"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely!! I would recommend this to anyone who likes epic fantasy, but most especially anyone who stopped reading the genre years ago, despairing that if they had to read another Tolkien knockoff their head might explode. Anyone who read Harry Potter and thought "There's GOT to be a better way to write about magic than this!" Anyone who misses that sense of wonder that you got the first time you discovered the incredible world and people of Middle Earth or Pern or Narnia. This is the series you have been waiting for.


    What other book might you compare The Hero of Ages to and why?

    Lord of the Rings - Mistborn might be the best epic fantasy I have read since LotR; Harry Potter - Sanderson does magic for adults; Pern - Sanderson's worldbuilding and characters are every bit as imaginative and compelling as McCaffrey's; Narnia - Sanderson adds touches of philosophy and religion without getting overbearing


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

    Yes, I’ve listened to several books read by Mr. Kramer and in fact chose to listen to the Mistborn series based entirely on how much I enjoyed his reading of “Jennifer Government”


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES! But at 27 hours that was impractical. Still, I definitely devoured it as quickly as my schedule would allow-- about one week.


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    Theodore Kingston, Jamaica 05-25-15
    Theodore Kingston, Jamaica 05-25-15

    "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one." - Jojen Reed. #ADanceWithDragons

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    "What a Journey..."

    This book was truly a journey. I was gripped and fascinated throughout the entire piece. It had the right amount of twists and turns and was tidied up quite well in the end. I was personally quite pleased that I invested my time going through all three books in this season due to how gripping they were. All the characters seemed to have had their moment in the sun and each were developed well. I liked what the author did to Vin and Elland in this book. Their journey was well charted and the ending was quite fitting all in all. The ending twist that came even threw me a bit. All in all though I really enjoyed this book in it's entirety.

    Great story! Excellent Narration! 5 Star Experience!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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