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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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    "fantastic!"

    I love Sanderson, this is my second favorite if his series after the storm light chronicle. His universe is just so unique in a world of genetic elves dwarves and magic that has become fantasy literature. His characters have depth and seen so real. This is a great first Sanderson book if you are not familiar with his works, he switches point of view less often than his other works.

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    Somebody You Don't Know Portland, OR, USA 08-24-16
    Somebody You Don't Know Portland, OR, USA 08-24-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Enjoyed it more than I expected."

    There were certainly some aspects of this story that were a bit clunky, such as the heavyhandedness of some characterizations, and the excessively detailed descriptions of the magic system, but I found the plot and universe quite interesting, and the story took some turns I didn't expect. Overall, a fun read. Michael Kramer did an excellent job of narrating.

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    "Amazing"

    I can't remember the last time I read a book that was this hard to put down, or in this case, stop listening. I'm looking forward to the rest of the story...

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    Gerson De Conti II 08-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story, narrator's voice gave a bit away"

    I can't wait for the next story.

    That being said - Narrator's choice of voices for each character gave away a little bit, but some are making it to be a bigger deal than it is. Sure it was a key end plot item, but I think I would have guessed a bit of it anyway. Other than that the Narrator does a good job.

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    Eric FRUITA, Colombia 08-23-16
    Eric FRUITA, Colombia 08-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Story was pretty good. "

    First in the series and seems pretty good. Nice character development and good flow to the story line. Not amazing plot but good.

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    Erica G. 08-23-16
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    "Really enjoyable listen"
    What made the experience of listening to The Final Empire the most enjoyable?

    I love allomancy and feruchemy. It was just a really interesting magic system. The story held my interest and the ending was satisfying. I got what I expected while still being surprised, which is quite the feat.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked most of the characters. I of course liked Vin, though it's a bit frustrating she's the only female character in the book pretty much.


    What about Michael Kramer’s performance did you like?

    He took a few minutes to get used to. His voice sounds boring at first, but it's really not. He does good voices and his female voices weren't terrible. A lot of the time men playing women sounds whiny and awful, but he did a pretty good job on Vin.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, but spoilers.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of his fight scenes are overdescribed and hard to follow as audio where rereading is more difficult. I also wish there were a way to isolate the journal entries for an easy second listen, because I didn't really get them until it was revealed what they were. Still, I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy.

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    Heather Shiver 08-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Cuz. "

    Most fire book of all time. 100. well maybe Stormlight is a little better. but second best book of all time to be sure! brb gonna listen to book two

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    "Sanderson owns it for the first 3 books"

    The first 3 books are awesome in this series. I couldn't stop listening. Very cool magic concepts and a solid plot. I listened to the fourth book which is a different story line and was completely underwhelmed. I'm not sure if they forced him to continue writing the series. Different time period feel length and a complete lack of character development. That being said don't miss out on the first 3.

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    JCWB Canada 08-16-16
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    "Brandon Sanderson is a great author."

    Loved it. Brandon introduces a lot of characters but once you get past that you are immersed in his world. Michael Kramer does justice to Brandon's words.

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    Jeremy 08-16-16
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    "Excellent!"

    Loved the twist on the old normal. Very well done! I look forward to the next books!

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