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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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    Sean Dallas, TX, United States 12-15-13
    Sean Dallas, TX, United States 12-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "How in the hell is this book popular?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I did not care for this story at all. I purchased it because it was so well reviewed and the story line actually sounded rather interesting. The main character can be summed up in two words "painfully irritating". He's constantly narrating with terrible metaphors and then following them up with an apology to the listener for his inability to make a metaphor, I guess it is supposed to be charming. The story is a huge let down, and there isn't a single character that I cared about at all. I spent the majority of the time hoping that the main character would die off. I hate myself for listening to the entire damn thing. I think it would have hurt my brain less to just huff paint thinner for a few hours.

    This is just my opinion. Personally, this book felt like some garbage that caters to an audience under the age of 13. This ranks among the top 5 worst books I've ever read.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Remaining


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was fine, it really didn't bother me. It was the "writing" that bothered me.


    What character would you cut from Steelheart?

    All of them. None of them have any redeeming qualities.


    Any additional comments?

    I would not recommend purchasing this book to anyone.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Howard Cumberland, MD, United States 12-10-13
    Howard Cumberland, MD, United States 12-10-13 Member Since 2010

    When I like something I'll let you know. If I don't, I'll let you know that too!

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    "Steelheart had me looking for ways to listen!"

    Super-human Epics take control and enslave the populace with terror. A small boy (David) witnesses an Epic kill his father and obliterate an entire city. Fast forward 10 years and the boy has survived the orphanage/factory system that has educated and sustained him. Now, he hunts Epics and teams up with a small group of 'Reckoners' dedicated to eliminating Epics. David's done his homework and planning and convinces the Reckoners to go after the most powerful Epic of all - the one who killed David's father. Oh, don't forget there is also a well-written sweetheart story artfully woven into all this plotting and fighting. What's not to love? It has fast-paced action scenes and wonderfully quirky conversations which let you catch your breath without have to pause the recording. David, I'm looking to hearing more of your battles with Epics.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David BENSON, AZ, United States 10-17-13
    David BENSON, AZ, United States 10-17-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Did not know this was a comic book."

    I am so disappointed. I wasted a credit on this. It might be good for a 6th grader.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    D. Richards Toronto 10-16-13
    D. Richards Toronto 10-16-13
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    "Pretty boring"

    The story is cliched and predictable, the dialogue and characters are unintersting, and the narration isn't overly engaging. I never felt like I cared about the characters or what happened to them. And the "twist", well it isn't hard to see it coming from a mile away. There were some exciting action sequences but overall I found this story to be dull. Not awful, just not anything worth your monthly credit.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    James 10-16-13
    James 10-16-13

    Hello.

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    "Slow building"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Unsure who would enjoy this. Not my style at all.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brandon Sanderson again?

    I have listened to him before but I find him long-winded and slow going.


    What about Macleod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    Confident narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy good historical fiction, fantasy and scifi, war, adventure, but this book lost me
    After two hours. I don't recommend it for someone with little patience for slow story building.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-30-13
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    "Wonderful!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would. It was a fast paced, fun read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Steelheart?

    There were a few. I liked how David seemed real, not just a character. There were a few moments where I wanted to scream at him for being an idiot but then I remembered that he was an 18 year old kid and he acted like it at times.


    What about Macleod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    He was wonderful, one of the best narrators I have listen to in a long time and I go through about 4 audio books a month.


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

    Yes it was. I didn't want to turn off my audible.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brad LaMorgese Irving, TX USA 09-30-13
    Brad LaMorgese Irving, TX USA 09-30-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Great New Sanderson Series"

    I highly recommend this new series from Brandon Sanderson. You will enjoy the narrator and the wonderful action. It is Epic!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    R. 09-30-13
    R. 09-30-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Great story!"
    Where does Steelheart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have no clue how or where Brandon Sanderson get the ideas for his books, but I have never seen an author that brilliantly spans so many Genre's .... not just spans them SOARS above.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cody had me laughing out load on so many occasions. He always had an answer when anyone called "Shenanigans" ;)


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

    I have never had the privilege to listen to any of his narrations. I consider it a grave over site. I hope he continues to read this series. I don't think any other narrator would feel right now.


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

    This book really spanned the gambit of emotions. Several you would typically expect like the son avenging his father etc. There are, however, several "WOW" moments in the book that had me laughing out loud. There were also several moments that had me stop EVERYTHING I was doing because I was transfixed on the events.


    Any additional comments?

    I am recommending this book and Brandon Sanderson himself to anyone that would listen to me. I can't wait for the next book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Julia 09-28-13
    Julia 09-28-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Enjoyable tale"
    What made the experience of listening to Steelheart the most enjoyable?

    Yet another hit from Sanderson. I didn't anticipate the twists at the end which made them all the more enjoyable. The story seems like a blockbuster movie in the making. A great story that makes you want to hear the next one. I found my self wanting to know more and more of the details of the world and hear more of the back-stories of the characters.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ash1138 Aurora, CO 09-27-13
    Ash1138 Aurora, CO 09-27-13 Member Since 2013

    Just a middle aged guy living in Colorado with his woman and his dog. I enjoy fantasy, science fiction, political and techno-thrillers.

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    "A terrific new take on the superhero genre"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Steelheart to be better than the print version?

    No audio version is better than the print version, but this audio version definitely does the work justice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Steelheart?

    One of the most memorable moments in the story is when one of the characters, Prof, comes to the rescue of the main character. He was my favorite character, but you never really get to see him in action up until this point.


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

    As the book is written in first person, it was really important that the narrator bring forth the personality of the main character. Macleod Andrews did this wonderfully. I normally don't like stories told in first person but I really like hearing this one from David (the main character) from beginning to end. His voices for the supporting characters really helped bring them to life as well.


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

    The writing in this book is not very emotional, but it sure is thrilling, and the times I was on the edge of my seat are too numerous to count.


    Any additional comments?

    Steelheart was an unexpected surprise from an author I had never read. I happened upon the 5 chapter free demo and immediately knew I had to purchase the full book. While the plot is very straight forward, it's original and interesting with plenty of twists and turns that should keep savvy readers guessing. I loved the concept of a world full of people with super powers where none use them for good. I've heard this book described as a dystopian future, but that's inaccurate. This book more closely resembles a post apocalyptic future; one where humanity has been conquered by super villains. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good action thriller.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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