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The Final Empire Audiobook

The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Brandon Sanderson, fantasy's newest master tale spinner, author of the acclaimed debut Elantris, dares to turn a genre on its head by asking a simple question: What if the hero of prophecy fails? What kind of world results when the Dark Lord is in charge? The answer will be found in the Mistborn Trilogy, a saga of surprises and magical martial-arts action that begins in Mistborn.

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.

Kelsier "snapped" and found in himself the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, he turned his talents to the ultimate caper, with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark. Kelsier recruited the underworld's elite, the smartest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom shares one of his many powers, and all of whom relish a high-stakes challenge. Only then does he reveal his ultimate dream, not just the greatest heist in history, but the downfall of the divine despot. But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kel's plan looks more like the ultimate long shot, until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life.

Like him, she's a half-Skaa orphan, but she's lived a much harsher life. Vin has learned to expect betrayal from everyone she meets, and gotten it. She will have to learn to trust, if Kel is to help her master powers of which she never dreamed.

©2006 Brandon Sanderson; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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    Daniel E. 04-05-17
    Daniel E. 04-05-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Kramer is always a pleasure and Sanderson delivers"

    Frankly, it felt a bit derivative of Sanderson's other work, but still an enjoyable read. I am glad I had the opportunity to listen to it.

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    "Thorough world, lovable characters, great story, good action"

    This book was great. I cannot wait to get to the rest of this series!

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    Gao Agong 04-04-17
    Gao Agong 04-04-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderfully Creative"

    This was a fun and enjoyable book. It starts out a little slow, but once it got going I couldn't put it down. I really enjoyed the ending.

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    JaredLatigo 04-03-17
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    "LOVE this storyline!"

    I highly recommend any Brandon Sanderson books. I've always been a big fan of epic fantasy but so many leave unanswered questions or are too vulgar for no apparent reason. These story lines are simplistic and not overly complex but do have good twists and plots. The characters are relatable even if they do use magic type features. Can't wait to get into the next book in this series!

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    Alexander 03-31-17
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    "awesome book would recommend to any fantasy lover"

    awesome book would recommend to any fantasy lover not a lot of romance but great well thought out story

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    CJ 03-31-17
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    "classic Branderson"

    I am a big fan of B Sands. If you can overlook the idea that he seems to base every book around the same plot points (inequality between groups/classes, political intrigue and oppression, secret Powers being discovered in the protagonist, religious involvement) then you can really get caught up in the story he tells. the thing that keeps me going is the hope that sometime, somehow, these different universes/world's will overlap in a meaningful way. That, and the recurrence of the character 'Hoyd' in each book.

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    Tashia Denmark 03-30-17
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    "Perfect in every way... Almost"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is extremely compelling and engaging. My husband and I sat perched every evening for an entire week. The setting is very interesting and the characters are believable and well-rounded. I especially liked how all the mysteries and the suspense kept me engaged right until the end.


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    My only concern regarding this book comes from its love story. Honestly, its rather terrible and the characters involved seems to turn into whining idiots as soon as romance is involved. It really is a shame, as all the other elements works so well.

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    Rob NM 03-29-17
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    "A really good read! "

    A great story full of clever plot twists! The system of magic is fascinating. The narrator does a great job performing as multiple characters.

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    Jordan 03-28-17
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    "This is so unique. "

    I loved. this book.
    can't wait to read the rest.

    great narration. Gotta Love Fantasy

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    great story looking forward to listening to the rest of series they are really good

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