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Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1 | [Brandon Sanderson]

Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

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.
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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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    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 10-09-13
    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 10-09-13 Member Since 2007
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    First off I would like to say that I am a big fan of Mr. Sanderson. Other than the horrible final book of the Wheel of Time series he can do no wrong in my book. With that said...This book was AWESOME!! A bargain at twice the price! I am sure that we will be seeing a movie deal in the near future..it was that good.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    William Euless, TX, United States 09-18-14
    William Euless, TX, United States 09-18-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Very fun, great sound quality"
    Where does Steelheart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Upper half


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Steelheart?

    I never do this, but found myself using some of the terminology created in the book in real life.


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

    First one. Great quality.


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

    Wont give it away, but beginning and end.


    Any additional comments?

    Recomened.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Conway, AR, United States 09-15-14
    Chris Conway, AR, United States 09-15-14
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    "Power corrupts! Epic story."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure. easy, fun listen


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Death Point. Grabbed my attention at first.


    What about Macleod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    Great job.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Sanderson is one of my favorites

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. J. Monts 09-05-14
    R. J. Monts 09-05-14 Member Since 2010
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Fletch Planet Houston 08-31-14
    Fletch Planet Houston 08-31-14 Member Since 2013
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley 08-28-14
    Ashley 08-28-14
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    "didn't think i would like but loved it"
    What did you love best about Steelheart?

    i didn't think i would like the story but a friend told me to try it and i loved listening to it. i did love the voice overs by the reader he kinda uses the same voice for some people but other wise loved the story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan CA, United States 08-19-14
    Nathan CA, United States 08-19-14

    Would your life make a good movie? Live a good story.

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    "WHAT?! You haven't listened to this book yet!?!"
    What made the experience of listening to Steelheart the most enjoyable?

    The most enjoyable aspects of listening to Steelheart were the story and the characters that lived it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Megan (or however she spells it, audiobook and all). She is great! That's all I can say because I don't know if you've read it. Ahhh


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

    All of them were wonderful! This guy is detailed with his character voices. Class act. Always same voice for each respective character.


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

    Being Epic is Overrated!


    Any additional comments?

    Negative aspect: Sanderson Takes Decades to Write His Series! Look at the Stormlight Archive series haha Like 10 years between books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Woodstock, GA, United States 08-12-14
    Andrew Woodstock, GA, United States 08-12-14
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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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff 08-12-14
    Jeff 08-12-14
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    "Sci-Fi for the non sci-fi reader"
    Any additional comments?

    I'm honestly not sure how I stumbled across this book, but the scoring and reviews were so good I had to give it a try. I don't regret it. Set into the future after a completely fantastical change in the planet with a race of super-human villains, the story has enough action to keep it moving, enough character development to interest, enough humor to please, and that bit of hope in a hero prevailing to keep you wanting for more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lud 07-26-14
    Lud 07-26-14 Member Since 2003
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    "Enjoyed Steelheart very much"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Steelheart to be better than the print version?

    Did not read the printed version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Steelheart?

    The open bank seen instantly grabbed my attention.


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

    The verbal ability to know when charters change because of the distinct voices.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book to listen to while commuting. Easy to follow and a lot of fun.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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