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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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    Amazon Customer 03-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Engaging"

    I am an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy, with some of my favorite authors being Neil Gaiman, Patricia Mckillup, Harlan Ellison and Patruck Rothfuss. I don't particularly enjoy books with gratuitous sex scenes that have no baring on character development or storyline. This book doesn't do that.

    I was kept at the edge of my seat, Kramer's voicing pacing everything without being a distracting performance. A++

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    Geeks and Computers 03-15-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Star Wars Without the Stars or Skywalkers"

    Great book. Was encouraged to read it by many and withheld. Gave it a go - thanks Aurora Aksnes for planting the seed. It was an excellent story. I was so happy to see it's a series! On to the next. (PS I love Star Wars. Even the cheesy stories.)

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    Swimmer UT 03-13-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Can't wait for the rest."

    Loved it would definitely listen to again. Can't wait for the rest. Love the cosmere.

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    Wanying Zhang Burlingame, CA United States 03-11-17
    Wanying Zhang Burlingame, CA United States 03-11-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant, well-paced epic. Expertly narrated"

    Brandon Sanderson's strength is in his characters and dialogue. Head and shoulders above other fantasies.

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    Theodor 03-11-17
    Theodor 03-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Truly obsessed by a book"

    The first book of the Mistborn series is by far my favourite book of all time. It is the perfect beginning of the long and wonderful journey that is Mistborn.
    This was the eighth time I listened/read it and yet it takes my breath away even still. I still laugh at the jokes, I still tense at the intrigues and I still cry at the sadness.
    Thank you Brandon, for blessing us with your amazing work and the stories of all these interesting characters.

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    Kalpana Bolingbrook, IL, United States 03-11-17
    Kalpana Bolingbrook, IL, United States 03-11-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Simply Wonderful!"

    I could not stop listening to this book- It's one of those books that you know will be great after reading just one chapter. The narration was awesome and made me binge listen :)

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    Jen 03-10-17
    Jen 03-10-17
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    "An unexpected gem"
    What did you love best about The Final Empire?

    The story flows well and doesn't really stagnate at all. The book doesn't have any dull moments; there's always something happening or about to happen, so you don't have to wade through boring parts to get to the action. Characters and creatures are introduced quickly, but not focused upon, so that the reader has a chance to create this world as they learn more, rather than having the author tell you in crazy detail exactly how everything is. I love books that give the reader creative freedom.

    It's one of those books that throws you straight into what's happening, instead of setting everything up first. I'll admit I was a bit confused for the first couple chapters, but after I got into the groove of things, it all made sense. I fell in love with all the characters, and the story is incredible. There are times where it seems shallow, but next thing you know it's deeper than you thought possible. There are many things that seem unimportant at first, but by the end you think, "Wow, how could I have missed that?"


    Any additional comments?

    I had always heard good things about this series, but never really looked into it. I got this audio book on a whim and didn't know what to expect. I knew I liked Sanderson's writing style from when he took over the last few Wheel of Time books, so I thought I would like it. I'm a huge fan now!

    Michael Kramer is also a fantastic narrator. He defines characters well, and isn't overly dramatic with them, but sucks you right in with his soothing voice. Overall a fantastic book, and incredible audio book!

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    Jillian 03-10-17
    Jillian 03-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "mistborn"

    love the book and the narrators boice grew on me toward the end but in the beginning it was so low and drwwling i nearly slept through the first 3 chapters

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    Jonathan 03-08-17
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    "Impressive"

    I only heard about Brandon Sanderson when he had finished the Wheel of Time series. I was very happy with his work on the final three books. Have heard a lot of good things about his Mistborn Series and I am glad I took the time to check it out. He has set up a unique world and set of rules.

    I am always very hesitant to start a new series since it is a big time investment, but this is well worth a read/listen.

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    "Relationships and action"

    I really enjoy this author's books.
    He did an excellent job here with the interactions between characters.
    There was plenty of action and conflict, but there was also a deeper understanding of the personalities and reasons for the conflict.
    I'm looking forward to reading/listening to more of his books.

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