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Steelheart Audiobook

Steelheart: The Reckoners, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

From the number-one New York Times best-selling author of the Mistborn Trilogy, Brandon Sanderson, comes the first book in a new, action-packed thrill ride of a series - Steelheart. Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics.

But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.

Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father. For years, like the Reckoners, David's been studying, and planning - and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He's seen Steelheart bleed.

And he wants revenge.

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    Russ C Loveland, OH, United States 10-05-13
    Russ C Loveland, OH, United States 10-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great start to a new series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. As always, Sanderson creates a enjoyable characters, intriguing science and magic,and a good suspenseful pacing of the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Steelheart?

    The opening scene in the bank. One of the most memorable of any book I've experienced.


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

    Since I'm a fast reader, I don't know if I would get the same emotion from reading that I got from his performance.


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

    The parts where people died were certainly moving, but they didn't have quite as much impact as some of Sanderson's other books.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    R. J. Monts 09-05-14
    R. J. Monts 09-05-14 Listener Since 2009
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    "Eagerly Anticipating the Next Installment"

    This book hit all the right notes for me.

    1. The world has rules that are internally consistent, easy to understand, and has a level of depth that makes surprises possible.

    2. The tone of the book is wonderful. It has the right amount of humor and drama mixed in at the right times. There are dark moments and light moments but these moments are intermixed and are not exclusive. There is a cynical humor or sober hope that spoke to directly to my particular tastes as a reader/listener.

    3. The pacing is on the money. It is not a constant thrill ride of excitement that never gives you time to breath and enjoy the characters, setting, and tone. But it is also not a plodding mystery with miserly reveals. It struck just the right balance for me. That's a largely subjective metric, but it worked for me.

    4. The highest praise I think you can give a series is continued patronage. And I will make sure to pre-order or purchase on opening day the next in this series.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Inon redbank NJ USA 01-12-14
    Inon redbank NJ USA 01-12-14 Member Since 2015

    I love sci-fi and fantasy books

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    "i like sanderson works"
    Any additional comments?

    the story is a varietion on the "great power corupts". i realy like the idea behind the story, and allthough at times it's very similar to sanderson other books it's still s good story and i like listening to it

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Richard FOXBORO, MA, United States 09-26-13
    Richard FOXBORO, MA, United States 09-26-13 Member Since 2012

    A good way to get through the work day.

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    "Wish this book was longer"

    Been saving a credit and waiting for this book to come out since listening to the free preview. I must say, well worth the wait and the credit.

    To start the premise of this book is a new twist to the super powered people story. Within the first 5 minutes this book had me hooked. There were serious moments and moments that had me laughing. The main charater is a very likeable and makes you want to see how things turn out. The author does a great job creating charaters with different personalities and backgrounds which makes this book much deeper and interesting to listen to.

    The narrator does a good job with the range of charater voices bringing them all to life in different ways.


    Though this book seemed to come to a close but I'm hoping there will be more books added since it is called the reckoners series. There are so many more avenues yet to be explored with the plot of this story. Hopefully the next book will be out some time in the near future.

    15 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    David 10-11-13
    David 10-11-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Not bad, better when it was called "Mistborn""

    Brandon Sanderson only seems to have one story in him, but he's very clever about retelling it with different faces and settings.

    Here is the story: plucky protagonist with a tragically heroic motivation is stuck in a crapsack world ruled by a villain with godlike powers. Protagonist teams up with a clever band of fellow underdogs who are dedicated to bringing down the Big Bad, even though it is utterly impossible, because it is the Right Thing to Do. The underdogs are largely a collection of personalities defined by quirks and catchphrases. They will banter their way through a series of Ocean's Eleven-escque escapades, using corny made-up swear words (because Brandon Sanderson has this Mormon no-swearing, no-sex rule) while the protagonist spends his time figuring out the rules of the magic system. Then they face the Big Bad and defeat him with the Power of Heart (and the protagonist finding a loophole in the rules).

    This describes pretty much all Brandon Sanderson novels I have read so far.

    But I liked Steelheart, even if I liked it better the first time I read it, when it was called Mistborn. Because yo, superheroes.

    In Steelheart, a light appeared in the sky ten years ago. Called "Calamity," it gave people superpowers. The twist — there are no heroes. All "Epics" are evil.

    David watched Steelheart, the most powerful of all Epics, kill his father. Steelheart then took over Chicago, and ten years later, the world is a dystopian hellhole, with "Newcago" being a marginally better place to live than most because there is actually food and an economy and electricity and running water. You just have to live with an invulnerable god-like ruler who randomly kills people to demonstrate his power.

    So besides being a retelling of Mistborn ("Newcago" even replicates the sunless, plantless world of Mistborn, as Steelheart literally turned the environment to metal, and one of his minions has permanently blotted out the sun), Sanderson did one other thing in Steelheart: he makes Comic Book Guy the hero.

    The nineteen-year-old protagonist, David, is a comic book geek, in a world where comic book characters are real. Despite growing up in a Dickensian dystopia, he manages to collect information about every Epic around and becomes an expert on their powers, tactics, and weaknesses. He's like that guy who memorizes everything in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe. Never mind that in this world, the characters he's memorizing are real and he has a practical reason for obsessing over them (he wants to kill them); even the other characters call him a nerd.

    The fun in Steelheart is mostly figuring out the puzzles. Sanderson leaves clues throughout the story — largely related to how Epic powers work, what is Steelheart's weakness, and who the secret Epic(s) are. I saw all of the twists coming and figured out most of the clues, and I found the good guys' victory at the end to be a bit of a cheat (Lamest. Loophole. Ever.) but meh, it's Young Adult.

    It is the first in a series. Of course. I may read the next one if it sounds interesting enough, but it's not a must-read.

    Steelheart was a fun read. Brandon Sanderson doing superheroes will appeal to you if you like superheroes and/or Brandon Sanderson and are willing to overlook the limitations of both. It is not his best work, nor is it his worst, and likewise it's neither the best nor the worst superhero novel I've ever read.

    25 of 41 people found this review helpful
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    S. Augustine Oak Harbor, WA 03-28-16
    S. Augustine Oak Harbor, WA 03-28-16 Member Since 2015

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    "I guess I'm in the minority on this one..."
    What did you like best about Steelheart? What did you like least?

    This is definitely a YA book, and it shows. I read it because it was highly recommended based on some other books I've read, and while the concept was interesting, I found the story to be simplistic - to the point of being borderline childish - and highly predictable. I found myself getting frustrated waiting for the characters to catch up with what I already knew was going to happen, and the "twists" weren't a surprise for me. I finished it, but I can't imagine recommending it to an adult and I certainly won't read any further into the series. I'd maybe recommend this for my 13 year old nephew.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It clearly wasn't written for adults, so any recommendations I'd make would fundamentally change the nature of the book. I gave the story three stars (average) in deference to that fact.


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

    I thought the narration was very well done, and entertaining. He did very well with the material.


    Do you think Steelheart needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It's written as #1 in a series, so a follow-up is a given.


    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Fletch Planet Houston 08-31-14
    Fletch Planet Houston 08-31-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Action Packed, Intriguing Plot"
    Where does Steelheart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10. Its a bit short so I'm sad it didn't get as much bang for my buck but the story was worth it.


    What other book might you compare Steelheart to and why?

    Not sure. Its like a comic book gone wrong. I don't read comics and just watch the endless stream of movies out of Hollywood. If anything, I kept visualizing this as a Marvel or DC film.


    Which character – as performed by Macleod Andrews – was your favorite?

    Cody. I'm an American sucker for other accents.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    What if all super heroes were villains?


    Any additional comments?

    I have this 4 instead of 5 stars due to the swearing. Just seemed like a bizzare attempt to replace the usual F&S bombs with something more PG-13.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew 08-12-14
    Andrew 08-12-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book for the whole family"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, its imaginative with new cleaver "magic" and he keeps the bad language out


    What other book might you compare Steelheart to and why?

    maybe like a robotech book from long ago.


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

    Yes, this was good


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this with my young kids and we all enjoyed it

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    cricketstomper 07-15-14
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    "Great Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book, it doesn't have unnecessary sex scenes. I don't have to delete in my mind swear words. My grandchildren would love it, and I wouldn't be embarrassed to have recommended it.


    What other book might you compare Steelheart to and why?

    I love the Mistborn series. OK, I love how Brandon Sanderson writes.


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

    He really sounds like the character that he is speaking for.


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

    If I was taking a trip YES!, But, I can't just sit and listen when I am at home...the phone rings, I have appointments. I really would like to just listen though.


    Any additional comments?

    Really worth buying.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Jennings 07-05-14 Member Since 2016
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    "YA Genre Fiction that Stays with You"

    Steelheart was a first for me in many ways. It was my first book on audible and my first exposure to Brandon Sanderson. In many ways it was a good gateway into both of those. Macleod Andrews does an excellent job making "Steelheart" come to life. His performance of David is sincere and the humor within the prose is well delivered. He uses distinct voices for many of the characters. His feminine character voices tend to be flatter however. Many of strengths and weaknesses of Sanderson are apparent. Sanderson crafts a world that is both intriguing and mysterious. The reader is often lead to develop their own conclusions. The work finds a place in the imagination of the reader and stay with them long after they have completed the work. However, predictable plot and weak, flat dialogue often removed me from the reading experience. In conclusion, "Steelheart" is good, simple fun that does need to be analyzed to be enjoyed.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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