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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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    Kaye 04-19-16
    Kaye 04-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "So-so story, fun narration"
    Would you try another book from Brandon Sanderson and/or MacLeod Andrews?

    Probably


    Would you recommend Steelheart to your friends? Why or why not?

    For young adults who appreciate the superhero genre


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

    MacLeod Andrews made the Morgue Drawer series so much more enjoyable.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Sanderson is a good YA author that older adults can also appreciate. I quite liked The Way of Kings, and was able to overlook some of the small annoyances. With the overall high rating for Steelheart, i bought it. This book however, would have fared better as a graphic novel to be enjoyed by those who love the superhero genre. The book has an age old premise: that power can corrupt. It includes the now standard Sanderson young (annoying) romance, and humor that isn't funny. Cliches abound, starting with the names -- David, the boy going up against a giant. Abraham the wise, Doc the scientist. If nothing else, Sanderson does entertain with his tales. This audio version is read by MacLeod Andrews who is also the narrator for the very funny Morgue Drawer series -- which gave this audio book instant cred from me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Arianne 04-09-16
    Arianne 04-09-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointing."

    While I usually enjoy Brandon Sanderson novels this one was a huge disappointment. I'm not usually a fan of his teenage characters and David was especially annoying. The supporting characters weren't much better. I couldn't get into the slang of the world (Sparks! Calamity!) and David's metaphors, although intended to be funny, were just aggravating to hear constantly. This book just seems like so much wasted potential.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mix579 Sudbury, MA 04-02-16
    mix579 Sudbury, MA 04-02-16

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    "Entertaining but shallow"

    I must admit, it was fun listening to the book on a long cross-country ride. The narrator did a fabulous job. At the end of the day though, the story is more "young adult" than serious sci-fi. It almost feels as if it was written as a script for one of today's ubiquitous action sci-fi movies, with little depth, total abandon of logic, and random escapes out of impossible situations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    nancitaaa 03-18-16
    nancitaaa 03-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Not Sanderson's Best"

    I liked the premise of the story, and the ending was pretty satisfying, but I prefer characters with more depth. If you haven't already, just read (or listen to) the Mistborn trilogy. After Steelheart, I didn't have much of a desire to keep going in the series, the book works well as a stand-alone novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AANW 03-05-16
    AANW 03-05-16

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    "pretty dumb and illogical preteen"

    I love a good fantasy/scifi, but this one made no sense. the author just made it up as he went with no logic, all emotions. when he couldn't explain something, o it was calamity ' fault. no real science attwmp, more majiclk with no rules rhyme or reason, just "cause i said so". plot is pretty boring and silly too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AdaChaDad 12-21-15
    AdaChaDad 12-21-15 Member Since 2015

    Lover of life, family, the outdoors- and the One who created it all. Fan of the life-enhancing benefits audiobooks provide in a busy world.

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    "Really fun book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Steelheart the most enjoyable?

    Sanderson has great creativity and twists throughout the book. Hardly any dull interludes are included. The action and descriptions are excellent. MacLeod Andrews does an amazing job with the narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It does a great job of pulling you right in. Within just a few pages the listener is hooked and has a hard time stepping away from the action that Sanderson creates.


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

    Andrews is superb. He brings the characters to life with vivid color. I can't imagine anyone doing a better job.


    Any additional comments?

    While I am 30 or so years past the primary target market for this book, I really appreciate how the work was handled. An exciting fantasy that is "clean" is a wonderful thing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hosen Chicago, IL USA 12-17-15
    Hosen Chicago, IL USA 12-17-15 Member Since 2015

    Hosen

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    "It's OK!"

    I'm really not sure what these high ratings are all about. Maybe it's meant for younger generation. I just picked it up on a sale, and expected it to be Brandon Sanderson level. But maybe it was my mistake to expect too much.
    The story was just too simple and shallow. Characters weren't all that interesting to me. David was pretty annoying at times.
    Yeah, I love Sanderson, but this book was barely tolerable.
    The narrator was pretty good, with good range of voices. Switching from Indian accent to French, to American/no accent was no sweat for him. Thank you for making this book more tolerable.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Henrik 12-16-15
    Henrik 12-16-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Mushy Steel"

    It is a good concept but the teenage angst detracts from the story. Serves me right for not heeding the young adult warning.

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    DarthVal Hickory, NC, United States 12-14-15
    DarthVal Hickory, NC, United States 12-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Super heroes meet dystopian setting"

    Once again, Brandon Sanderson delivers a gripping fantasy story set within a rich and captivating alternate reality. The modern world setting is quite different from his more epic works, but just as effective. As with any Sanderson book, the world is as much a character as the story.

    Steelheart takes place in an alternate future where epics, people who have developed special powers, rule things with force and brutality. The story follows the plight of a young man named David who seeks out a group of revolutionaries, called the Reckoners, to try to take out the lead epic of his city in revenge for his father's death.

    The story is full of action and adventure, but without skimping on character development, just as you'd expect from Sanderson. The quirky cast of characters have just the right balance of depth and humor, yet they often straddle the line between good and evil. Not everything can ever be so clear in a world created by this author. That is why I love his writing, so.

    Despite being such a well crafted story, this book is not as intense as some of Sanderson's other works, the Stormlight Archives in particular. This is not meant as a criticism. The lighter tone works for the nature of this book, well, if one can call it a lighter tone given the somewhat bleak world.

    My final verdict is that my Sanderson fangirl status has been reinforced and I will now be following another of his series. Thank goodness he is such a prolific writer!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Craig DubaiUnited Arab Emirates 06-05-15
    Craig DubaiUnited Arab Emirates 06-05-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Cliche ridden, second rate X-men, Teen Crush story"
    What disappointed you about Steelheart?

    Lightweight, stereotypical characters and a weak storyline combine to disappoint. I lost interest halfway through...


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brandon Sanderson again?

    I've enjoyed other Brandon Sanderson series, noteably Storm light Archives and Mistborn, so dont give up on a very creative author.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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