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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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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    chrmdixon 07-14-14
    chrmdixon 07-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Holy Amazing!!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this book to anyone who likes to read freaking amazing books!!! It has a great story and i was never bored reading it. I love books that have amazing twists to them and this is most certainly one of those books. LISTEN TO IT!!! Love, love, love it,


    What other book might you compare Steelheart to and why?

    It's hard for me to compare one book to another because i like lots of books. I really like the Fablehaven series and the Peter and the Star Catchers is a great one. I love Percy Jackson also, and so much more.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I would have to say one of the best parts of the book was when Prof shows how bad...uh...butt he is when he is fighting all those punks and kicking their trash!!!!


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

    The end was awesome and made me smile. That's all I will say.


    Any additional comments?

    READ IT!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Jennings 07-05-14 Member Since 2014
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    TxsChuck 07-01-14
    TxsChuck 07-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "This was a lot of fun, good twist & turns"
    Where does Steelheart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am a Sanderson fan and have enjoyed most of his books and audiobooks but this was above most of Sanderson's work. The story was just plain fun.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Steelheart?

    This book leaps right from the start and never let up.


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

    This was up there for narration maybe one of the best really


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

    Yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA, United States 06-16-14
    Jessica PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA, United States 06-16-14 Member Since 2011
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    "What an excellent story!"

    I loved this book. I can't wait for Mitosis (the novella) and the second book to be released!! Please don't keep us waiting!

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    Kyle 06-15-14
    Kyle 06-15-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A different side of Brandon Sanderson."
    Where does Steelheart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was very fun to see Brandon Sanderson in this role it was full of twists and turns that I did not see coming.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There's no way I can pick a favorite character he writes them also well and it's easy to relate to each one of them.


    What about Macleod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    This is the first book I listen to buy Andrew. He did a great job and I hope to hear more from him soon.


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

    This book definitely left me shaking my head asking how does he do it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Ngo New York 06-13-14
    Michael Ngo New York 06-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Best Book I Ever Read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would.

    Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson was unequivocally the best book I've ever read. Excellent use of foreshadowing without being predictable and a wide array of characters with their own identifiable quirks and secrets. Very excited to hear talks about a movie and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series as well as his other works.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Steelheart?

    The opening scene in the bank is very memorable because it central to the story.


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

    He is one of the best narrators I have heard. He does a great job and shows a wide range of character distinction between characters.


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

    The ending was great and it brought the entire story full circle.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read for anyone!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judy United States 06-07-14
    Judy United States 06-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Took me by surprise!"
    If you could sum up Steelheart in three words, what would they be?

    Straightforward, innovative, surprising


    What other book might you compare Steelheart to and why?

    Haven't read any recently


    What about Macleod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    Did an adequate job - didn't distract from story.


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

    A couple of surprises at the end. When I say surprise, I mean "I didn't even see them coming," not, "How is he going to make that happen?" An author that does that earns my utmost respect. I'm not easy to take totally off guard.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story! Fast-paced enough to keep my attention while listening on the road, but also thoughtful enough to keep my mind engaged.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lindsey 06-06-14
    Lindsey 06-06-14
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    "Can't wait for more..."
    Where does Steelheart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5 for sure. I love how it's unique, but not so out there that I can't connect with the characters at all.


    Any additional comments?

    I found this book to be a refreshing change from the main stream sci-fi/fantasy genre by existing in a completely different world. To me the story feels seamless, and well thought out from the beginning. I have recommended it to all my friends, and haven't had any negative response.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. L. Mixon Milwaukee, WI 06-06-14
    M. L. Mixon Milwaukee, WI 06-06-14 Member Since 2012

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    "My First Sanderson Read -- GREAT!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I almost passed on this one but something made me go for it. A great decision! The story kept driving forward and the characters were all intriguing. The battle scenes and chases kept totally engaged and on the edge of my seat. I really cared about the team. I sat in my car listening and not wanting to start the work day or do my shopping. I don't write many reviews but feel this book is worth praise. I hope you try it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator was excellent. Each character made me want more of their unique flavor. The whole package was just plain fun.


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

    Macleod Andrews was spot on with his interpretations. The voices were perfect.


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

    I especially enjoyed the character "Prof"... but then again I loved them all. The final chapter was particularly enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    Read this book. Simple.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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