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Colin Kendig

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  • The Final Empire

  • Mistborn Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 24 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,812
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 44,304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,297

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 2nd to the Storm-light Archives.....

  • By Mitchell on 03-30-18

Best possible use of a free credit, ever.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-25-12

Concise and descriptive narrative pulls you in right from the start. Sanderson goes into great depths of dealing with themes of politics, oppression, prophecy, rebellion and religious conflict and pulls it off very well. Almost too well. The "magic" is brilliant, the action is great but these elements only work well because of how tied together character depth and development is to these sequences. The magic is also explained in a practical theoretic that just doesn't leave the hocus-pocus to your imagination. The explanation is set in the history and backdrop of the story and is grounded in its own sort of realty making it very believable. And each action has a reason and decision that carries a lot of believable weight, consequence and character growth behind them.

In terms of narration, Michael Kramer paints a lavish picture of this world in a somewhat dry, but remarkably colorful and believable way. Several different voices and dialects enliven the dialogue immensely. He really brings this story alive and it is one of those rare occasions that the narrator adds something more to the story making it that much more special than reading it on paper.

Another remarkable thing about this series is how well the history, politics and overall backdrop of this story is explained. Never once was I bored about learning new things about this fascinating, desolate world. I know I am raving endlessly about this series, but it is very hard for me to find anything I did not like about it, so much to the point that I can't think of anything.

Other people on this site have complained of following a set "workshop" pattern of putting a story together, I do not see it that way. If your going to pick this story apart for that, then there are countless other classics you could do the same to, and a lot of them, while being exquisite, are not nearly as immersive and action packed as this story. This is one of those truly gripping rarities that is quite long and expansive, but is never a dull moment. This series is a true fantasy classic that has rightfully earned its place among the greats in this genre.

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