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  • Steelheart

  • Reckoners, Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,925
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,801
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,802

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A little childish, but great fun.

  • By Joe on 29-01-15

Good fun X men turned evil story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-15

I found the narrator rather irritating but the story was intriguing and interesting. Great concept, and the main character was well developed and believable.

  • Red Queen

  • By: Victoria Aveyard
  • Narrated by: Amanda Dolan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 408

This is a world divided by blood--red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of godlike superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • In the spirit of twilight...

  • By Rosie on 04-12-15

In the spirit of twilight...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-15

All in all, this book was... OK... I found the characters were not very well developed and the main character was annoying in a look-at-me-I'm-so-uniquely-special and look-at-me-all-the-boys-love-me way. While the topic is obviously not twilight, I did draw comparisons in my head to it, as I found the protagonist rather self centered, manipulative and two dimensional and there was a love triangle (possibly will develop into a rectangle in the future books!) that was annoying. The other characters are fairly standard but do the job. I am sure that Cal will set some hearts a flutter with his perfection with a minor but acceptable flaw, but I can't say that he did anything for me.

The storyline is alright. I found it a bit predictable, but it kept my attention well enough and I did get to the end of the book without too much bother. There were some twists that, while not a total surprise, kept interest up.

I also found the world it was set in quite odd. The author seemed to draw from high fantasy GoT style worlds and futuristic dystopian worlds, throwing them into the blender with a hint of steampunk in the mix!

In short, if you don't mind your protagonists being precious little teenagers and want something that is mildly engaging for a short time, this is a mildly engaging bit of fantasy that you can escape with for a while, but, if I were you, I wouldn't shift it to the top of your wish list.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Six of Crows

  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder, Brandon Rubin, Fred Berman, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price - and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredibly well performed

  • By Lyndsey on 16-02-16

Flawless fantasy heist

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-15

Where does Six of Crows rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was one of my favourite books that I have listened to in a while. I bought after reading a few review on a whim, and found that it was engaging, fun and original.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It is hard to pick one as they are all so well developed and have such complex motivation. I loved the wraith and nina, but they were all great

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The story switches perspectives, although it is narrated in 3rd person, and each character has a different narrator, giving the performance texture. This also helps to make it easier to follow and remember who you're listening to! In other books, I have found that this technique can be gimmicky, but it adds to the story and enables the author to reveal and hide different aspects of the story well, building suspense and adding depth.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I don't know... the plot is too unique and interesting to be summarised in one line.

Any additional comments?

The narrative is great, the plot is original and the characters are full. The author has not had to resort to using old tropes and, although some of the romance involved is a bit unoriginal, it added to rather than detracted from the story as a whole. I really enjoyed this book!

15 of 16 people found this review helpful