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

    some are in it for the competition but i'd like to think most of us are in it for the journey and just want to share the experience

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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.

    155 of 175 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.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    mike 06-12-16
    mike 06-12-16 Member Since 2001
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    "do not waste your money"
    What disappointed you about Steelheart?

    The story is confusing, the performance poor do I need to say anything more. I only could HANDLE AND HOUR of this dribble


    What was most disappointing about Brandon Sanderson’s story?

    What story?


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

    Nothing


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Are you kidding


    Any additional comments?

    I want my money back

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kristen HUDSON, WI, United States 06-04-16
    Kristen HUDSON, WI, United States 06-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Couldn't Get Into The Story"

    Based on the concept and description of the book, I was intrigued. It sounded like nothing I had ever read before. I do admit the story has potential and I like the concept behind the story. I just really couldn't get into the book or the story line. I made it half way through the book and found myself so annoyed and bored, that I couldn't bring myself to finish it. The narrator was great, but there was just something about this book that didn't pull me in and keep me interested.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    jaxy 05-19-16
    jaxy 05-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "mehh"

    found the book cheesy and the main character annoying. predicable. i probably won't finish. i did audiobook and the dude's voice didn't sit well with me. oh well. :)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Edison Detroit 05-01-16 Member Since 2014
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    "enough plot holes and deus ex machina to"

    make ernie cline blush. this book is awful. it has a tone that does not match the grim setting. every plot twist can be seen miles away. whenever there is danger it is dispatched with a coincidence.

    3 of 3 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. <br/><br/>

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael New Orleans, LA 09-24-13
    Michael New Orleans, LA 09-24-13 Member Since 2014
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    "No Moral Compass, An Achilles Heel Exposed..."

    Of all the scifi/fantasy audiobook genre to be found, one of my favorites is the superhero genre. Of course, it's nothing new - The greeks were all over this eons ago, and the story of Hercules is the penultimate hero, perhaps the culmination, of the genre' in its earliest era.

    In this first of his "Reckoners" series, Brandon Sanderson has, as usual, moved into a fantastic departure from the typical. In this universe he's penned, the villains reign supreme, and the old adage "Ultimate power corrupts ultimately" is the norm. There are no superheroes, per se, as the various powers these unique individuals, or "epics," have acquired acquired so suddenly and completely have removed all moral boundaries and ethical limitations. The moral compass has been totally removed from the equation, and brutality rules supreme.

    The epic in question, Steelheart, is a juggernaut that has little or no limits to his reign of terror. To him, the futile attempts of the government, rebels and even other epics to destroy him are not even a consideration. He is Hercules without conscience, and to him, we are afterthoughts, mere distractions compared his all-encompasing power and plans.

    So, then, you ask, where is the story in all this?

    This is a story of revenge, of desperation, of anger. It seems that this Hercules has an Achille's heel, a weakness that one ordinary man has quietly discovered, and is driven to both expose and deliver an end to this epic's reign of terror. This audiobook delivers plans within plans, a rich world with characters with varying motivations, and all at a strong pace, told by Sanderson in his always engaging and very entertaining writing. It's action from the very prologue through the ending of this first Reckoners novel. The narrator, Mr. Andrews, is strong, and worthy of the work.

    Single words to describe this audiobook? How about: Engaging, Powerful, Entertaining to name a few?

    For those of you who follow my reviews, look at my rating for this audiobook. It's HIGH, and it's EARNED it. It's quite rare for a novel to get this high of a rating from me - I'm BRUTAL in this regard, so when it DOES happen, you can be sure the work is well worth the listen.

    And this audiobook is EXACTLY that.

    If you enjoy Sanderson's body of writing, you're as excited as I am to see him dive head-first into this genre, and look forward with keen anticipation to the very next novel in the series.

    Don't hesitate on this one - This is a "must buy" recommendation for your hard-earned Audible credit.



    117 of 148 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

    28 of 35 people found this review helpful

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