For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.
When I heard that Sanderson took over for Robert Jordan, I wanted to see what his other writing was like. I picked this one up sight unseen and just started listening. Boy am I glad I did.
I can't recommend the Mistborn trilogy enough. The entire series was extremely well done. Each book is exciting and fulfilling on its own, but the series as a whole is nothing short of exceptional. The main characters are compelling, the action is well written, and the plot is so rich and deep that I could not stop listening. I haven't been this fulfilled by a fantasy story in a very, very long time.
Whatever you do, don't read the descriptions of the sequels, as they ruin some of the thrilling surprises you'll experience as you go through the series.
First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.
Amazing story, made all the better by the best narration I think I've ever heard in an audiobook. Don't hesitate, this one is a winner.
This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world - and did. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies, but against the woman he loves? Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus and launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who had never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.
Clocking in at 50+ hours, some might think the length of this audiobook is prohibitive. Believe it or not, I can honestly say that it is such a riveting and compelling novel and philosophical discussion that it truly is over before you know it.
Highly, highly recommend this book to all readers. Also, if you're wondering which Ayn Rand to start with, start here. Her philosophy is best summarized in Atlas Shrugged.
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