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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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    Mike Naka 04-13-14
    Mike Naka 04-13-14 Member Since 2012

    Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL

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

    yes, but i couldn't. hey! i have a day job! LOL it took 2 days. after writing a bunch of SQL and LINQ code for 6 hours straight ON A SATURDAY, this story was a welcome reward. even though i had to be up on sunday at 7 a.m., i kept listening until i was finished at a little after 3 a.m. yup, i was totally engrossed!


    Any additional comments?

    <br/>i'm attracted to stories where a person or group of people are up against a seemingly impossible situation, and what's more impossible than trying to kill the most powerful super villain, especially when you have no superpowers yourself?<br/><br/>this is the situation our protagonist, david, finds himself in. david is at the bank with his father the day steelheart decides to take over Chicago. during a melee with another "epic," super-powered human, david's father manages to injure steelheart by accident. as any paranoid super villain would, steelheart decides to utterly destroy the bank and everyone in it to hide the fact that someone as seemingly impervious to any type of attack as he's supposed to be was some how injured. david barely manages to escape, and he knows that steelheart will go to any lengths to protect his secret.<br/><br/>there are layers of conflict in this story. the outer layers are obvious- the conflicts between battling epics for the domination and subjugation of normal humans. the middle layers- the conflicts between characters. the inner layers- the conflicts raging within each character. i can't say much more w/o spoiling some of the story. sanderson seamlessly weaves these layers together, creating a rich depthness of character, and you can't help but wonder what you'd really do. the characters connect with you, and each character's viewpoint is distinct enough that different listeners would undoubtedly decide which character's viewpoint matches their own. i actually found myself wavering between 2 drastically differing viewpoints- prof's and megan's. both are cogent arguments.<br/><br/>the pacing of this story is perfect. the action sequences are exciting, and the dialogue is spot on. it is meaningful and believable. there are a few nice twists and turns in the story.<br/><br/>the narration is great. i have been a fan of macleod andrews since i heard him narrate the sandman slim series. his gritty voice matches our young protagonist, david's. he also does a great job voicing the other characters.<br/>

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    Amazon Customer 09-01-16
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    "Disappointing"

    Meh. I bought this book because the reviews were so high. I was very disappointed and couldn't even finish the book. The characters were not developed well and the story had potential but in the end it was just boring.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tacco Coole Kirkland, WA United States 01-12-14
    Tacco Coole Kirkland, WA United States 01-12-14
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    "Big Adventure and Exciting World-building"

    Below is my review of the story, which I recommend strongly. First let me speak to the narration -- this is a strong reading and I found the narrator was overall a great fit. There is one challenge of the American South + Scottish character but the voices are distinct and clear and nicely arranged around the point-of-view character of David.

    Sanderson’s Steelheart introduces us into a world where, after a mysterious light appears in the sky, a few people emerge with super-powers. However, with these super-powers comes incredible anger and greed, and the “Epics” as they are called become tyrannical rulers of near-future earth.

    In Chicago, now called Newcago and whose streets have been turned to steel by the power of its Epic lord Steelheart, we find young David, who as a child witnessed Steelheart’s rise to take control of Newcago. Now, David watches and learns the powers and the weaknesses of the Epics, hoping to take them on directly. He’s not alone, the Reckoners are a team of others who also work to overcome the incredible powers and corruption of the Epics.

    Overall the story moves fast and remains fascinating as David learns secrets of the Epics and of the Reckoners and battles Epics directly and indirectly. Two pieces felt slow to me -- there is a ton of detail around each gun and weapon available to mere mortals. While the detail adds authenticity, it feels like people are talking a heckuva lot about gun mechanics all the time. There’s also a philosophical debate regarding how to deal with the Epics -- makes for interesting discussion but felt like it bogged down in repetition.

    Like other Sanderson novels, there’s a lot of buildup and sudden overdrive in speed, tension, and twists at the very end, where many pieces come together and we have a satisfying conclusion. This payoff works well here, and I enjoyed every second of the endgame, and can’t wait for the sequels, which will no doubt explore more about the Epics and their mysterious powers.

    19 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    E. Anderson Utah 01-11-14
    E. Anderson Utah 01-11-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Suprising"

    I was shocked at how much I really like this book. At first I was worried it would turn out to be only so-so, but it totally wasn't. The surprise twists and character development and underlying moral lessons made this a fantastic book. I really hope the author does a sequel to this book soon.

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    Samantha Knight 08-30-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Character development a little weak, but enjoyable"

    I liked the concept of this book, and the universe that was developed for it, but the characters and the teenage love story felt ham-handed. The main character is bad at puns and metaphors, which the author plays off as an endearing character trait, but it comes across as weak writing. Still, the book was enjoyable, in the way that a movie by Michael Bay is enjoyable when you want to put your brain on autopilot and watch something shiny.

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    Daniel porter 08-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Mediocre"

    I'm not sure if it was the writing or the way it was read but this seemed to read like a children's book. Other Sanderson series that I have read have been engaging. I found this one wanting. The constant metaphors were just annoying. When comparing this to the other two series I have listened to it was a disappointment

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    Teodor Mikov 08-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "childish"

    the story was okay. no major changes that were long lasting. all the twists seemed forced just so that all the "good guys" lived. would not recommend. very childish "swears" such as sparks or calamity. probably a good book for 10-13 year olds

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    Cory Welch Lombard, IL 08-13-16
    Cory Welch Lombard, IL 08-13-16
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    "I gave it a chance..."

    I'm sorry to say after being an avid fan of the Mistborn series and being excited to listen to Steelheart, I was incredibly disappointed. Maybe comic book fans can more readily overlook the plot holes and stupid assumptions, but unfortunately I couldn't really stomach a lot of this book. The "powers" and "weaknesses" were equally ridiculous at times, and overall it was caddy and silly. It did have it's moments, but aside from giving Mr. Sanderson a chance to prove this book's worth, I certainly would have passed. :( I guess when I get to the Alloy of Law series, I'll have to check some reviews first - unfortunate.

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    Amazon Customer 07-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "comicbook based wasn't my taste but narrator great"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    if you like comic book super heros its great just not my taste.


    What was most disappointing about Brandon Sanderson’s story?

    not well advertised as comicbook style


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

    I really like this mans ability to run the gambit of voices. I so far like them all. The deep male Russian style accent is my favorite so far.


    Could you see Steelheart being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    With the love for comicon, avengers batman etc sure


    Any additional comments?

    Good book just not for me. Keep up the good work there are plenty out there that love this type of thing.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ldw 06-29-16
    Ldw 06-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "good. mistborn better"

    Good, but the mistborn series is better. Never got "hooked on this one. worth a try

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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