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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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    Richard Daugherty 08-01-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Get past the ingestion of metal, it's worth it."

    Excellent fantasy story, characters well fleshed out and believable world building combine to make a very memorable experience. Will listen too again once I finish the trilogy. also check out Cycles of Arawn, another good series but not by the same author.

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    "Cool as mist"

    Good stuff, unique. It was enlightening to read this after reading way of kings because I could almost see the evolution of concepts use in Sandersons writing. Very nice

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    Wilhelm 07-29-16
    Wilhelm 07-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Slow start with a great finish"

    I was not as enamoured by Mistborn as other seem to be. The paving was slow and plodding for most of the book, with lots being said but not much of interest happening. There are moments of excitement, but they were few and far between. However, when the action starts picking up the story really begins to shine, and at that point I was hooked. The last 5 or 6 hours had me on the edge of my seat, but for the entire time before that I was on the edge of just moving on.

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    Tony Pieri 07-28-16
    Tony Pieri 07-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome!"
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    Brandon Sanderson stories are awesome as always. This series, and this book in particular does not disappoint. You really find yourself caring about the characters, and a few unexpected deaths really make it a wild ride. The special powers introduced in this book are really cool. Unique for sure. This is a must read.

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    Audie 07-27-16
    Audie 07-27-16 Member Since 2013
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    It is good to read a series when each individual book ends and ends well. a little complicated but none the less a good read.

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    Stevie Fox 07-26-16
    Stevie Fox 07-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "My new favorite series"

    First of all, I love the narrator and his character voices.
    Second, this book is everything I was hoping for and more. It has the perfect balance of action, relationships, government, religions...it's well rounded and thorough. Highly recommend! Can't wait to start the next one.

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    "Amazing"

    Both the book and the narrative were of an amazing quality. I can't wait to enjoy the next book.

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    Andrew 07-23-16
    Andrew 07-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "fantastic start to a series."

    I loved this book, but it does start slow so just hold strong and its becomes a fantastic story with great characters.

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    "Highly recommended but I found it lacking."

    Alot of character development alot of dialogue. Not alot of action or detail of landscape. More of a political fantasy and even then none of the twists and turns of betrayals or momentary alliances.

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    Dillan 07-19-16
    Dillan 07-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "loved it"

    slow at first but just like every book out there. after about an hour into it I was completely hooked

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