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The Final Empire

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Brandon Sanderson

Narrated By: Michael Kramer

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Date: December 2008

Duration: 24 hours 0 minutes


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.


  • S Stoll

    The author made this book captivating! Fantastic narration!

  • Zachary H

    fantastic book and the narrator is very good at making sure everything flows smooth

  • Kyle S

    Truly entertaining. The author does a terrific job setting scenes, increasing intensities through appropriate build ups and having the end a very exciting final scene, however, leaving so much room for the plot to continue. Exceptional narrating.

  • Eli L

    I really enjoyed this book. In a genre where authors often get bogged down in the minutia of their worlds and forget to actually tell the narrative, this story was gripping. There was intrigue, action, horror, and romance, and all of it made for a world that I believed in with characters and a story that mattered. The narrator was excellent and really exemplified the tone of the book. For anyone remotely interested in fantasy, I would highly recommend this work.

  • kendale w

    it was a very good book very nice starting line and more to come I'm excited to listen to the next one

  • Heavenn W

    I loved it. It kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time ! Can't wait to read the next one !

  • Zach P

    It starts off slow. The inserts that do not apply to the story until later are distracting as a new listener to Brandon's writing style. With that said, I find the characters to be authentic, and have depth. The world to be fantastic; easy to understand, and well thought out. Once the story gets going it is easy to get drawn into and hard to stop. Full of twists and surprises. I love it. As for the narrator, I feel mostly good, it is hard to hear other books by this same narrator.

  • Carri N

    I bought the book for my son at his request, but he couldn't get past the narration. He said the person sounded too depressed to listen to.

  • Ibrahim A

    Great book. I liked the twists.

  • Dina K