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Calamity

The Reckoners, Book 3
Written by: Brandon Sanderson
Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
5 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)
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From the best-selling author of the Mistborn series and Words of Radiance comes Calamity, the final book in the New York Times best-selling Reckoners series. What started in the instant number-one New York Times best seller Steelheart and continued in the instant number-one New York Times best seller Firefight now concludes in Calamity.

When Calamity lit up the sky, the Epics were born. David's fate has been tied to their villainy ever since that historic night. Steelheart killed his father. Firefight stole his heart. And now Regalia has turned his closest ally into a dangerous enemy.

David knew Prof's secret and kept it even when Prof struggled to control the effects of his Epic powers. But facing Obliteration in Babilar was too much. Once the Reckoners' leader, Prof has now embraced his Epic destiny. He's disappeared into those murky shadows of menace Epics are infamous for the world over, and everyone knows there's no turning back....

But everyone is wrong. Redemption is possible for Epics - Megan proved it. They're not lost. Not completely. And David is just about crazy enough to face down the most powerful High Epic of all to get his friend back. Or die trying.

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Such a great series

This book was great. Kept me on my toes the whole time. The whole series is great. #audible1

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A Reasonable End To The Series

This book picks where the last one ended. The humour is the same. The development of the epic powers and the characters work. if you liked the style of the previous books you will like this one. I thought the battle was well done. Although the end is a bit cheesy it does wrap up the series and tie all the loose ends

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Bang up finish to the trilogy

#Audible1. This finish to the recliners trilogy was fantastic. Very tense and supplied a satisfying finish to the three books. It has been a great variation on the standard superhero origin story. All 3 books are highly recommended.

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Just woow!

This is absolutely one of my favorite books going. The entire series that builds up to this book, has you hooked from the beginning, and ends with a bang!!
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Sanderson does it again

Sanderson has created a world and characters that you will love and want to follow till the end. this os another great example of his writing brilliance. A fantastic book!

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the series is amazing

love this series a lot now just have to read the last one ha ha

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  • Don Gilbert
  • corona, ca United States
  • 2016-02-18

Climactic Battles Second Chances? as Calamity Ends

When last we left the Reckoners their leader Jonathan Phaedrus had given into his powers. Now David Charleston, “The Steelslayer,” is out to prove that Epics can be redeemed. He and his crew of Epic killers travel to the city of Ildithia, formerly known as Atlanta but now located in Kansas (you’ll find out why and how), where a series of raids, chases, rescues, and stunningly destructive spectacles of both magic and high tech gizmos arises; comic book action at its finest.
This is a terrific ending to a fantastic trilogy and the final outcome was surprising. Like most of Brandon Sanderson’s books the writing is never boring and the narrator, MacLeod Andrews, gives another great performance. I would recommend this trilogy to anyone that likes this genre.

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  • AudioBook Reviewer
  • Madison, WI, United States
  • 2016-03-02

Wow, just wow!

The adventure continues in Brandon Sanderson’s amazing and highly imaginative superhero series The Reckoners. Picking up after a short amount of time has passed since the drama that ensued in FireFight. Prof is a full blown evil epic that has an intricate plan, one that was layed out for him in the previous book.

Without giving anything away I will say this. The mystery of the epic named Calamity is revealed. The secret to the power of the epics is fully disclosed, along with why they go mad when they use their powers. I am not sure if I have daddy issues or something, but the final moments of this audiobook had me in tears, literally sobbing. Pulled my heart out, passed it around for all to see and shoved it back in my chest.

While Calamity wraps up the series pretty well I really hope that Sanderson keeps going with his extraordinary series. It touches everything that I love about audio books. From well-developed characters to really evil bad guys, bad guys that are not all evil, gut-wrenching action, a tolerable love story, tear-jerking emotional bits. And all of this is done while keeping a light-heated attitude towards the story-line.

All that being said. Sanderson had a much deeper exploration going on here. Not only scrutinizing the dark side of human nature. But also shedding light on the good of humanity, the good that happens only when there are no outside influences.

If you have listened to the previous audiobooks and the novella in this series, getting and listening to this one is a no brainer. If you haven’t yet. Please do if you want a unbelievable adventure for the imagination, start at the beginning.

Hands down. This has to be one of, if not the best single narrator performances I’ve ever heard. Macleod Andrews put everything he had into his performance. Not only does he have very well developed characterizations for all of the players, he went the extra distance with this one. Laughing, yelling, grunting, actually sneezing, and I would put money on that he was crying at one point, because I know I was. This performance proves to me once again why Andrews is at near the top of the narrator’s that I keep an eye out for new work.

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  • Pappa Bear
  • 2016-03-08

Great series

I loved this series. Brandon Sanderson has quickly become one of my favorite authors. The stories he weaves are amazing.

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  • Dennis Bingham
  • 2016-03-02

great ending, awesome parallels

awesome ending to a good series. the structure really brings closure, and allows the world to continue without us watching. start at book one and listen to all 3 in a row. you will not regret it

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  • William King
  • 2016-02-26

love the series

this quickly became one of my favorite series to read. Great characters and great story.

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  • Christopher
  • GLEN BURNIE, MD, United States
  • 2016-02-25

Endings are hard & seldom ever good. This Is Good!

When I heard this was the final book in the series I was disappointed. Many author's authors continue to go on and on and on with a story because they cannot figure out how to end it in a way that is satisfying. If there is never another book in the series I am satisfied with this ending.

Great job Brandon! The Kids & I loved it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-02-19

I HATED IT!

.... Because it ended :(
The whole time I was reading this book, I feel like Sanderson was focusing too much on prof and not enough on calamity. I was afraid that there won't be enough time to explain everything. I was wrong the ending tied up every loose end in such a satisfying way that now I'm just craving for more of the Reckoners! Sadly, I know this is the last book and I don't think Sanderson would (or should) write another Reckoners book, because this is a fitting ending for this great trilogy.

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  • Cheri
  • 2016-02-18

Another Awesome Story by Sanderson!

Sanderson is one of my favorite authors for fantasies, and I really enjoyed this series.

Calamity, as well as the other stories in the series, was well written, creative and fast paced, but it was the characters I fell in love with (even the bad ones). While David and Megan were my favorite characters, I loved the epics and their different powers.

Mr. Andrews did an amazing job narrating the story and bringing the characters to life. Between the plot, characters and narrator, I had fun listening to this story. Kinda sad this is the last in the series.

This story is well worth the time and credit.

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  • The Super-duper Amazing Silver Golem
  • 2016-09-09

An epic ending to an epic story.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It's the third book that concludes "The Reckoners" series, but a well written and heartfelt conclusion it is. I recommend the entire series, actually, as the story's quality stays strong till the very end.

Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

Oh, tough question. They were all so great. David and his bad similes still take the cake, but the rest were so awesome that it's hard to choose. Most of the Reckoners could probably be the main character in their own novel; they were all likable, but some had still relatively mysterious open ended pasts that could be expanded upon.

MacLeod Andrews did a near perfect job in his narration throughout this whole series. No exaggeration.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Broken, but not beaten.

Any additional comments?

If you like the supernatural, comic books, witty well written characters, or adventure of any kind then read "The Reckoners" series. Full of laughs, tears and very human moments, the entire series has a lot of heart. You will not regret it. Excellent audiobooks.

Genre: Modern Fantasy adventure (think comic books)
Audience: Anybody really. Teens and above.

Series: "The Reckoners"
Book 1: Steelheart
Book 2: Firefight
Book 3: Calamity

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  • Lore
  • SAN JOSE, CA, United States
  • 2016-03-25

The Epic Conclusion :)

Brandon Sanderson brings the Reckoners series to a tidy end with book #3,Calamity. Now that Prof has been consumed by the madness that drives Epics to perform evil deeds it is up to David Charleston and the few remaining Reckoners to find a way to save mankind. Although he bears the nickname Steelslayer, David is no longer motivated by revenge for the death of his father and he now realizes that he shares his father belief that the Epics will save humanity and not destroy it.

David thinks he knows the secret to turning Epics away from their evil tendencies and his plan is to test his theory on Prof. No matter how the odds stack against him, David's love for Megan remains proof enough to him that he is on the right track and Epics can be good. His plan is to turn Prof back to a good guy and then as a team go after Calamity and bring an end to the reign of the Epics.

Throughout the book evidence begins to mount that David's theory is not correct and the loyalty of all the Reckoners is put to the test with the fate of mankind in the balance. Sanderson weaves layer upon layer into the story and nothing is as simple as David would like to be, but in the end it all gets revealed and explained.

This book moves along quickly with MacLeod Andrews doing another excellent narration. Chances are if you are reading this review then you enjoyed books 1 and 2 so dive right in and rest assured that Calamity will not disappoint you.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful