Audio Friday

The Reckoners by Brandon Sanderson

Narrated by Macleod Andrews


Sorry that it has been awhile since I did an audio only review.  It isn’t that I haven’t been listening to books, it is just that I’ve been using my audio time listening to parts of series before I finish the last book.  This series I listened to all three books and they were awesome.  As a kid I remember reading superhero comics and just being in awe of their powers and how cool it was that they could save the day every time.  Brandon Sanderson has more or less turned the idea of cool and good superheroes on its head.  In this story there is an entity in the sky that is called Calamity and shortly after it appeared people began to develop powers.  These powers in most cases were pretty specific, such as Steelheart’s power of being able to turn everything into steel, and most people only developed one power.  There are a few, called High Epics, that have more than one power.  Well as the saying goes,  “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” (John Dalberg-Acton) Almost all of the people who get powers end up being not so very nice people.  Enter our hero David Charleston.  He saw his father die at the hands of Steelheart and has sworn to kill him.  It isn’t easy to kill Epics, and Steelheart is one of the toughest, but David thinks he knows a way.  David joins a group called The Reckoners and thus starts his 3 book journey into not only killing Epics, but in finding out what/who Calamity is.   I just loved David’s character,  he is smart and charming, and has a deep commitment and focus to changing his world for the better.  I especially found his ‘metaphors’ to be quite amusing and often added humor to difficult situations.  The other characters both humans and Epics were also engaging and I enjoyed following their journeys as well. Macleod Andrews does a fabulous job narrating these books.  He has a great voice and David and the other characters just come to life.  So, if you are looking for an adventure that has humor and a great plot as well as unique world, give this one a try.

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