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Steelheart | [Brandon Sanderson]

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.
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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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    oheo Port Townsend, Wa. 03-16-14
    oheo Port Townsend, Wa. 03-16-14 Member Since 2012

    kacey

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    "Been there, done that, nothing new!!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I listen to books for several reasons: to stay awake during late night commute, to learn something new, to experience good writing skill or to understand and to know a unique time, place or person. This book is a tired story with nothing new to add. I quit after the first wasted 90 minutes. Too many good books, too little time. The performance is good.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Arvonia, VA, United States 01-21-14
    Jim Arvonia, VA, United States 01-21-14 Member Since 2009
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    "A bit predictable"

    Did not live up to past works by the author. Half way through I was waiting the book to end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gilmara Lima Mendes Piscataway, New Jersey 01-06-14
    Gilmara Lima Mendes Piscataway, New Jersey 01-06-14 Member Since 2012

    Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.

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    "Whose side are you on?"

    When I saw the raving reviews about this one I thought I might give it a try.
    Do I regret it? Maybe because I could have used this credit on a different book.
    This is a Sci-fi YA work. This was a good book. Enjoyable, but not great. There is some suspense, and a boy crush along the way, but it all could have been better developed. I think the author intended to add a cliffhanger at the end, but he just let space for a book 2... disappointing because I was waiting for something to make me eager to read the next one, and I kept waiting for something that could open my jaw, but nothing did. I might read a book 2 from this series, but I won't go running anxious toward it. I recommend it, but not highly.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer The West Coast 12-31-13
    Amazon Customer The West Coast 12-31-13 Member Since 2013

    Alltone

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    "Silliness"
    What would have made Steelheart better?

    Gearing for an audience older than 12.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brandon Sanderson again?

    No.


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

    Commitment.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Steelheart?

    If I had to edit this book I'd cut my throat.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel like a dope for paying for this. Silly stuff.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Goemaat Des Moines, IA 12-20-13
    Jason Goemaat Des Moines, IA 12-20-13 Member Since 2000
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    "Good but could have been great"

    I enjoyed the book. It has good action scenes, interesting themes and decent characters. I think I just thought a lot of the action seemed arbitrary and did little to further the plot. About 1/2 way through I was just wishing the story would move to the final confrontation, but I knew I'd have to listen to several more encounters with the bad guys to get there. It just seemed like filler. The powers and weaknesses of the epics seem arbitrary as well and didn't ring true.

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    In fact one of the epic's powers is to create shadows and turn incorporeal. His weakness is UV light so he keeps the city encased in perpetual darkness so they never see the sun. But the sun destroys his shadows so how is he keeping the city dark? And why can they still see Calamity if they can't see the sun? The inconsistency makes it seem illogical, like the powers weren't thought out but just thought of to fill in what was required or what popped into the author's mind.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CAH Illinois 12-17-13
    CAH Illinois 12-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Narrator Made the Novel Engaging"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Steelheart to be better than the print version?

    The narrator certainly made the novel engaging, especially the voice accents used to make the dialogue funny for certain characters. The female voices sounded the same in some areas, but the male voices were distinct for the most part. I don't know that I would have enjoyed the book as much if I read the print version.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was a bit slow as background information and character development was provided in the beginning. The end of the book was satisfying even though it seems to be a first in a series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Flowery Branch, GA, United States 12-17-13
    Paul Flowery Branch, GA, United States 12-17-13 Member Since 2003

    Sci-fi/Fantasy geek :)

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    "Will I Listen To The Next One?"

    I'll admit it, I'm a grown man and I still like comic books. I don't have a "collection" per se, I just really like the art and the inventiveness of the storylines. So, I thought this was a very cool re-imagining of the whole super-being concept (and it is). I also really really like Brandon Sanderson's writing and have read all of his previous books.

    Why did I give the "Story" three stars then? It's hard to pinpoint exactly, but I really thought it could have been better. One aspect is the information that is withheld until near the end of the book answered some of the questions that bugged me through the whole thing and I thought the author was just trying to be a little too cute by withholding some of these things. It's also very very hard to pull sci-fi/fantasy into the real world in a successful way. When you build a completely new world, you can suspend all disbelief, but when your book opens in a bank lobby in Chicago, my mind starts putting me in those places and thinking about what I would do.

    I also have a hard time believing that completely normal people would stand any kind of a chance against someone with more powers than superman or that superman would need any kind of an armed military. Also, if someone like superman could rule Chicago, why would they stop there? Do ego-maniacs ever have enough?

    So, see, maybe it's just my geek brain getting in my own way. I would probably like it even more if I listened to it again, knowing what I know now, and making an active effort to suspend disbelief.

    This book is clearly laying groundwork for what I hope will be an epic series. Yes, I will certainly listen to the next book, it's Brandon Sanderson for crying out loud! I promise to be a better listener next time around :)

    The narration was very good!

    The characters were well done and complex. There was plenty of action and interaction. This is a very inspired concept!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    W. Morgan Tennesse 12-17-13
    W. Morgan Tennesse 12-17-13 Member Since 2005

    I favor history, non-fiction, lectures, and the occasional purely fictitious work. I also listen to many children's books with my family.

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    "I should have *loved* this ... 3.5 stars"

    First let me say that a three start book for me is pretty solid and four and five stars for me are reserved for my favorites or those books I will likely return to (possibly repeatedly). Secondly, the narration is perfectly good - but doesn't fall into the five star area for me either - with a half-point scale I would have gone 3.5. Finally - my overall reflects the slight failure of the book to live up to the story/premise in it's actual implementation (the writing) - I wish I could give it a 3.5 as I think 3 comes across as slightly harsh - but I ended up liking but not *really* liking it.

    I don't think the below spoils anything - and the plot has been documented elsewhere - so on with some pure opinion:

    I should have *loved* this book. The premise is right up my alley - Super-humans have run amok and basically rule the Earth and have territorial battles etc. Mere mortals are left as, basically, serfs in these different 'Epic's' territories. People, as we know, don't tend to love to be treated in such a fashion - so there are some who rise up. Neat setup - love it. The problem I have is the quality of the dialogue and, to a lesser extent, the prose itself.

    Anyway - I burned through the book on 3x speed and enjoyed it. It is what we call a 'vacation book' here in my house - it's not meaty, just for fun and entertainment and I think it accomplishes that pretty well.

    Thanks - hope this helps,
    Will

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. Hulse Sacramento California 12-08-13
    K. Hulse Sacramento California 12-08-13 Member Since 2010
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    "entertaining but ending was disappointing"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    maybe but not as a must read


    What could Brandon Sanderson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    made this something more than just a chase, shoot and run book


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

    no I haven't.


    Do you think Steelheart needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No . No real development of characters. A lot of action and chasing but no real engaging story.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Fresno, CA, United States 11-26-13
    Douglas Fresno, CA, United States 11-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Solid Book"

    This was a good book not the greatest but worth a listen. You won't be sorry you did.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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