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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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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley 08-28-14
    Ashley 08-28-14 Member Since 2013
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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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    Jeff 08-12-14
    Jeff 08-12-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Sci-Fi for the non sci-fi reader"
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    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 2015
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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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    Michael Jennings 07-05-14 Member Since 2015
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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!

    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 2015
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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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    LMichaeles 06-06-14
    LMichaeles 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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