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Steelheart Audiobook
Steelheart
Written by: 
Brandon Sanderson
Narrated by: 
MacLeod Andrews
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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    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"
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    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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    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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    Heather United States 01-21-14
    Heather United States 01-21-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent Read--Xmen form the normal peoples view"
    Would you listen to Steelheart again? Why?

    Yes. In fact have already listened to it twice. The narration was excellent, the writing was exciting and suspenseful. I totally thought I had this book figured out and then there were a couple of twists at the end that were surprising. I've read Brandon Sanderson before and I really liked his science fiction, this is totally different, a different style, but excellent. I listen to a wide variety of audio books and this is the best I've heard in a long time. If your thinking about buying it, just do it. You won't regret it.

    I liked it (I usually reads mysteries and science fiction)
    My husband liked it (he usually reads biographies and science fiction)
    My 3rd grade son liked it (he really likes the Rick Riodern, and the Harry Potter books). This book does have some violence in it but both my husband and I felt it was appropriate for my son. The content is on the same level as the Rick Riodern books.

    Don't pass this book by because it is a Young Adult book. It is definitely a great read for adults.


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

    We were listening to this in the car and my son kept asking me if we had anywhere else to go because he wanted to listen to the end.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 10-09-13
    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 10-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing..........................................."

    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.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Joy Annapolis MD United States 10-07-13
    Joy Annapolis MD United States 10-07-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Can't wait for the next novel"

    This is a well written and well narrated book. Lots of action and and interesting characters. There's a good twist to the plot - one a reader might have questioned along the way but I'm not going to say anything else about it. Get this book and read it. You'll like it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Basehor, KS, United States 09-25-13
    Ron Basehor, KS, United States 09-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing Sci-Fi. I could not put it down!"

    I could not put it down and I found myself going through this in what felt like no time at all. If you have read other books by Brandon Sanderson, Mistborn series,
    Stormlight Archive series or his hand in the Wheel of Time series, finishing Robert Jordan's work you will notice a change in setting. This book is more Sci-Fi than Fantasy in that it takes place in a modern world with modern weapons and communications. In this modern world there is an event that takes place that empowers a segment of the population with extraordinary ability's, these people are known as Epics.


    This was a great start to the series and is one of those books I am sure I will come back and re-listen to.

    9 of 16 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.

    23 of 39 people found this review helpful

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