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Steelheart Audiobook

Steelheart: The 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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    Benji 12-25-15
    Benji 12-25-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Interesting enough plot. Simple and Easy"

    It was a pretty quick and fast read. Simple plot and the only twists were predictable. It just ends unless the author is setting it up for book two.

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    This guy 12-24-15
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    "New favorite author"

    After Brandon Sanderson finished WoT, i tried his own stories out. Can't stop reading them. Storm light Archive is a must try too

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    Todd Klipstine 12-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Really fun book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Steelheart the most enjoyable?

    Sanderson has great creativity and twists throughout the book. Hardly any dull interludes are included. The action and descriptions are excellent. MacLeod Andrews does an amazing job with the narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It does a great job of pulling you right in. Within just a few pages the listener is hooked and has a hard time stepping away from the action that Sanderson creates.


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

    Andrews is superb. He brings the characters to life with vivid color. I can't imagine anyone doing a better job.


    Any additional comments?

    While I am 30 or so years past the primary target market for this book, I really appreciate how the work was handled. An exciting fantasy that is "clean" is a wonderful thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hosen H. Ayesh Chicago, IL USA 12-17-15
    Hosen H. Ayesh Chicago, IL USA 12-17-15 Member Since 2015

    Hosen

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    "It's OK!"

    I'm really not sure what these high ratings are all about. Maybe it's meant for younger generation. I just picked it up on a sale, and expected it to be Brandon Sanderson level. But maybe it was my mistake to expect too much.
    The story was just too simple and shallow. Characters weren't all that interesting to me. David was pretty annoying at times.
    Yeah, I love Sanderson, but this book was barely tolerable.
    The narrator was pretty good, with good range of voices. Switching from Indian accent to French, to American/no accent was no sweat for him. Thank you for making this book more tolerable.

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    Robert 12-17-15
    Robert 12-17-15 Member Since 2010
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    "excellent storytelling!!!!!!"

    loved the story. Narrator really allows you to get into each character. can't wait for the next story!

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    Ed Guy 12-16-15
    Ed Guy 12-16-15
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    "Superheroes, supervillains and a good story."

    The first of its kind for me and I enjoyed it. Good story, good narration.

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    Mr. Conrad 12-16-15
    Mr. Conrad 12-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Characters"
    What made the experience of listening to Steelheart the most enjoyable?

    The characters are developed, well rounded and relatable. They experience genuine humanity.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The protagonist's struggle with metaphors is incredibly entertaining.


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

    The protagonist. I laughed every time he found himself thinking of a girl even in the midst of catastrophic events.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy science fiction and a bit of fantasy. Some of the fantasy aspects of this work are bit much, but the characters and story line were enough to hold interest and engage concern. I also laughed often!

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    Emily 12-16-15
    Emily 12-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Mushy Steel"

    It is a good concept but the teenage angst detracts from the story. Serves me right for not heeding the young adult warning.

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    DarthVal Hickory, NC, United States 12-14-15
    DarthVal Hickory, NC, United States 12-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Super heroes meet dystopian setting"

    Once again, Brandon Sanderson delivers a gripping fantasy story set within a rich and captivating alternate reality. The modern world setting is quite different from his more epic works, but just as effective. As with any Sanderson book, the world is as much a character as the story.

    Steelheart takes place in an alternate future where epics, people who have developed special powers, rule things with force and brutality. The story follows the plight of a young man named David who seeks out a group of revolutionaries, called the Reckoners, to try to take out the lead epic of his city in revenge for his father's death.

    The story is full of action and adventure, but without skimping on character development, just as you'd expect from Sanderson. The quirky cast of characters have just the right balance of depth and humor, yet they often straddle the line between good and evil. Not everything can ever be so clear in a world created by this author. That is why I love his writing, so.

    Despite being such a well crafted story, this book is not as intense as some of Sanderson's other works, the Stormlight Archives in particular. This is not meant as a criticism. The lighter tone works for the nature of this book, well, if one can call it a lighter tone given the somewhat bleak world.

    My final verdict is that my Sanderson fangirl status has been reinforced and I will now be following another of his series. Thank goodness he is such a prolific writer!

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    Oolino The Netherlands 12-11-15
    Oolino The Netherlands 12-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Simply awesome"

    Awesome, funny and moving story. Loveley naration by Macload Andrews. Most off al best use of methaphors.

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