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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.

©2013 Dragonsteel Entertainment, LLC (P)2013 Audible Inc.

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    D corona, ca United States 09-26-13
    D corona, ca United States 09-26-13 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"

    I always find it fascinating where writers get their ideas and, according to an article by Rachel Brutsch of the Deseret News, Brandon Sanderson was cut off in traffic one day and immediately thought of the other driver, “You’re lucky I don’t have super powers because I would totally blow your car off the road.” That immediate thought horrified him; and he thought, “Its a good thing I don’t have superpowers.” Then he pondered, “What if the evil guys had all of the super powers?” That idea was the essence for his new Y.A. series, “Reckoning.”
    Steeheart is a super-villain. He is one of many that received their power from a star called Calamity that appeared in the sky one day. Most thought the people that received these new found powers would use them for the benefit of mankind; wrong. With ultimate power comes ultimate corruption.
    Steelheart has the strength of 10 men. He’s virtually indestructible, he can fly and when he’s enraged he can turn inanimate objects into steel. He exercised that particular power to transform most of Chicago and part of Lake Michigan before becoming the emperor of “Newcago.”
    David Charleston was an eight year old boy when he saw Steelheart murder his father. Ten years has passed and David can think of only one thing; bringing Steelheart down. He is just a normal human and decides to recruit another group of humans, called “Reckoners” to help him. Reckoners study those like Steelheart, to learn their weaknesses.
    This is a story that has been told many times, the struggle between good and evil, but this time Superman is not on our side; can good still win?
    Its billed as a Y.A. book, and there is some romance that is usually associated with such genre, it does not, however, overwhelms the story; anyone that like Sci-Fi adventure should like this book. It is, after all, by Brandon Sanderson; and, by all indications it is the start of an epic tale.

    162 of 183 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.


    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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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.

    9 of 11 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.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-28-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Sanderson Must Have Written This When He Was 15"
    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to like this book; in fact twice I tried to listen to this book, the first time I got about 2 hours in and gave up, but I soldiered on the second time and made it almost all the way through until I gave up. I like many of Sanderson's books, but this one is so stupid in parts that it destroys the balance of what should have been a great series opener, with an excellent series concept. My biggest problem was the lead protagonist is sexually obsessed with another member of the secret organization. So obsessed, that in the midst of tension filled scenes, where a normal person is focused on getting the mission done, we get these random and poorly written scenes where the young male protagonist starts thinking how beautiful the girl's hair is, how how her eyes shine at him through a mask of dirt and grime, and anger. "Oh, I can't seem to figure out why she hates me, I better blow up this shaft." It's just juvenile. I love YA hero fiction where super villains have to be defeated, but please save me from the teenage boy angst. The narration was just ok. Some voices done perfectly, but the Scottish guy with the Brooklyn American accent just didn't cut it. The dialogue is written at 15 year old male level. If you are ok with that, then the book will be enjoyable, but if you want some semblence of logic and reality in your plot lines and dialogue, then look elsewhere, there are far too many great YA titles out there. Don't waste a credit on this one.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Woolley 03-31-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Captivating but somewhat childish"

    I liked the story and the characters. However, it is written from an 18 year old perspective and I think this may at times bother older "readers".

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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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?


    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?

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    47 of 58 people found this review helpful
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    Mario 09-13-16
    Mario 09-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Remake of Mistborn"

    I struggled to finish this book. I've read The Miatborn and The stormlight archives and enjoyed the latter very much but this series was terrible. The concept is intriguing and the story isn't too bad but the dialogue is so unreal and the worst I've ever listened to, I know it's fantasy but even in a made up world character's would not have dialogue like this. The character's are 2 dimensional and it just feels like the book is one big cliché.

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    happy_with_it 06-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Boring and predictable"

    I don't know how this book got such good reviews! It's boring and predictable. The characters are barely discussed enough to care for any of them

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" 06-26-14 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    "NEVER TRUST A WEAPONS MERCHANT"

    THEY SELL TO BOTH SIDES
    I am a big Sanderson fan, and I believe he is the hottest author at this time. I like Elantris, Mistborn and The Way of Kings is on my top ten list. This is meant for teens not an old man like me. I should like this, I am not into in superheroes and this is anti-superhero. Doing your homework is stressed throughout the book, as the main character has done a lot of research. I have read plenty of teen books and have enjoyed them. I believe that this has too much discussion. It is talk talk talk and I don't see how anyone could enjoy that. I think after you read this it will be better and better, because you will concentrate on the high points and forget the long boring discussions. I HATE IT WHEN GUNS ARE POINTED AT ME. I guess I DON'T HAVE TIME FOR PREFABRICATED THRILLS.

    I put the narrator on fast forward. Other then the characters sounding like mickey mouse, the speed was more natural.

    I HAD TO STUDY LIKE A HORSE
    KNEES YOU SUCK AT METAPHORS

    44 of 55 people found this review helpful

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