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Steelheart

Reckoners, Book 1
Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
Series: Reckoners, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (387 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The first book in a new, action-packed thrill ride of a series, from the number-one New York Times best-selling author of the Mistborn Trilogy and The Way of Kings. 

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. 

Read by MacLeod Andrews.

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A single voice actor doesn’t do the story justice

I’ve read the Steelheart book prior to listening to the audiobook and I think having one person do the reading diminishes the story’s impact considerably.

MacLeod doesn’t do a horrible job, in fact he does David and Abraham’s voices really well, but having a female voice actress to cover Tina and Megan would have been much better, especially with some of the more dramatic conversations between Megan and David.

If you’re tossing up the decision between listening to the book or just reading it yourself, I’d say read it yourself just to avoid the bad female impressions.

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Epic Performance

Great voice. Love the personality Andrews brings to the characters, especially the narrator.
Unique story, classic Sanderson, if a little flatter than his previous works (Looking at you, Mistborn series). At least Andrews' vocal stylings help bring a bit of life to the party.
Sanderson asks and answers the question "what if ALL the superheroes were supervillains?" in an action-packed dystopian steampunk sci-fi novel narrated in the first person by a quirky and amusing MC.

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pretty good

good storyline lives up to what your expecting when you tead a brandon sanderson book

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For younger readers

Top childish to belong in fantasy, feels more like it would belong in young adult fiction than in the fantasy genre. The concepts were interesting but the execution of it seemed far less adept than I had been led to believe Brandon Sanderson was capable of.

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Great story, well spoken

Well spoke narration. I am going to look at the narrators works too now! Great novel by Brandon, I love his work and this is a great piece of work although I wish it worked into his Cosmere world but can’t have everything!

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Meh

Really disliked the narrator. most characters too similar. Not as thoughtful as other Brandon Sanderson

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Really enjoyed this book

I hope there is more, I hooked me pretty quick and I’m going to have to get more Sanderson books

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Another awesome story by Sanderson

I am not surprised I have loved this book, I am a true Sanderson supporter - he doesn't miss when it comes to the Cosmere. But this was different. A post-apocalyptic world with the original signature Brandon always leaves in his work. Absolutely fantastic. The reader was obviously carefully selected - matches the main character perfectly, and his performance adds a lot to the experience. Totally recommend this audiobook - I'll be listening to the next book in the series in a minute or two.

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Excellent story

I wanted a story where people had powers but told to a level where an adult can enjoy, this novel did this excellently. The reader did a great job of not only telling the story but portraying the characters voices, male and female in a way that provoked images. This is only my second Sanderson novel but am looking forward to many more

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Reads like the script of a Marvel movie

Certainly not a bad story, but far from Sanderson's best work. I just couldn't help but feel it is a bit of a sellout piece trying to swiftly land a movie deal. The excitement boots along at a fair pace though, and the narrator's performance is solid. 4/5 overall from me.

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  • tyloslinger
  • 05-04-2016

A Piece As Solid As Steel

I was a bit sceptical after reading the summary...thinking that oh this was gonna be just like the myriad of super-human stories or movies we have around...
But mehnn was I wrong..
I loved every inch of it and starting the book 2 right away.

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  • ODed01
  • 23-01-2019

Enough with worrying !

I heard a lot of the author Brandon Sanderson how good he is and as a fool without checking I got about twenty of his audiobooks instead of checking one at a time, I admit that when I started listening to this book I was worried but I’m so glad to say worry no more!
Excellent author, excellent book, moving right away to number two of this trilogy.

Absolutely recommended !!!

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  • jason
  • 28-10-2013

Good book for a first listen

Would you listen to Steelheart again? Why?

yes i would because the story line is gripping

Who was your favorite character and why?

my favorite character was prof

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

He brought life to the characters and his voice was certainly not one dimensional. You got the feeling that you were in a performance rather than listening to the monotone in a narration.

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

When Steelheart's weakness was revealed

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  • Jens
  • 27-12-2018

Awesome book

Brandon Sanderson is the best of fantasy.
Almost as good as his Mistborn.. well read too

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-10-2018

What a narrator

Phenomenal story, much more than I expected and the narrator really brought this book to life. I usually search for more work from a writer but after this title. I'll need to search for more work from the narrator too.

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  • Bang
  • 11-09-2018

Amazing book

A great read for everyone but especially for fans of super hero comics/movies/books, etc. This is truly a book that goes against conventions and will keep you interested until the end.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-05-2018

good read amazing performance

loved the book. i enjoyed the story alot of shocking moments and an over the top performance.

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  • Pieter
  • 27-05-2015

Brilliant! Sanderson is a genius.

Great book. Loved it. Sanderson seems to know just how to tell a fantastic story using very interesting characters and good twists!


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  • leo.waimin
  • 09-05-2015

Great book

This book was great. The plot was really interesting... The characters were really something else; definitely a must read if you're into superpower, superhero, action fantasy stuff.

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  • Jon
  • 04-02-2015

New fantasy

I was not sure what to expect. But I love this author and the story did not disappoint. The voice actor was awesome. It was a good ride.