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Mistborn
5 : Shadows of Self

by Brandon Sanderson
Jul 25, 2016
9 Hours
978-1-62851-275-5
Ages 13+
The Mistborn trilogy's heroes are now figures of myth and legend, even objects of religious veneration. They are succeeded by wonderful new characters, chief among them Waxillium Ladrian, known as Wax, hereditary Lord of House Ladrian but also, until recently, a lawman in the ungoverned frontier region known as the Roughs. There he worked with his eccentric but effective buddy, Wayne. They are "twinborn," meaning they are able to use both Allomantic and Feruchemical magic.

Shadows of Self shows Mistborn's society evolving as technology and magic mix, the economy grows, democracy contends with corruption, and religion becomes a growing cultural force, with four faiths competing for converts.

This bustling, optimistic, but still shaky society now faces its first instance of terrorism, crimes intended to stir up labor strife and religious conflict. Wax and Wayne, assisted by the lovely, brilliant Marasi, must unravel the conspiracy before civil strife stops Scadrial's progress in its tracks.
 

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Director & Cast

Director Nathanial Perry
Starring Terence Aselford as Narrator, Chris Genebach as Wax, Bradley Smith as Wayne, Dani Stoller as Marasi, Tracy Olivera as MeLaan, Yasmin Tuazon as Lessie, Bob Payne as Aradel, Eva Wilhelm as Steris, Richard Rohan as TenSoon, David Harris as Innate, Michael John Casey as Reddi, Lily Beacon as Vwafendal, Bruce Alan Rauscher as Winsting and Chris Davenport as Edwarn. With David Jourdan, Eric Messner, Larua C. Harris, Thomas Keegan, Robbie Gay, Matthew Keenan, Maggie Donnelly, Rebecca Sheir, Jonathan Feur, Nanette Savard, Kimberly Gilbert, Michael Glenn, Casey Platt, Rose Elizabeth Supan, Mort Shelby, Nick DePinto, Lise Bruneau, Christopher Scheeren, Gregory Wooddell, Evan Casey, Patrick Bussink, James Lewis, Colleen Delany, Ken Jackson, Eric Singdahlsen, James Konicek, Tim Carlin, Christopher Walker, Scott Graham, Dylan Lynch, Tony Nam, Scott McCormick and Thomas Penny
Book Adapted for GraphicAudio by Nathanial Perry
Dialogue Editors Nathanial Perry
Sound Designers Nathanial Perry
Original Theme Music Thomas Hogan
Cover Illustrator Alex Allen
Producers Richard Rohan and Duane Beeman
Executive Producer Anji Cornette

Reviews

Great by Jason (Posted on 8/26/2018)
The second book of the new arc continues where the first one left off. The main character is on the hunt for the new bad guy and is determined to bring him down. The characters start to get more depth to them and you really start to like all of them. Even the one you may not have liked from the last one. There was two minor threads in the last book that reached back to the first arc and that also continues here. Again the stakes in this story arc are not as big as the first series but good enough to move the characters along through the story. The performance was great (voice acting, sound effects, and music)
One of my favorites by Mr Ryan P (Posted on 6/1/2018)
I love the development of the story here. As usual, loaded with twists and turns. Wax & Wayne are perfect
Words don't describe this by Sean (Posted on 3/29/2018)
I cannot say much I loved the Mistborn series for fear I won't stop. But this version of it is simply amazing, top notch Voice acting and I love Terence Aselford as the narrator, I don't think I could ever get tired of listening to him narrate such a wonderful tale.

GA manages to get across all of the comedy and action of this series without taking away from the main tale. As I have said the Voice acting is fantastic, some of the best I have come across and I hope to hear more of Brandon Sanderson's work done through this wonderful medium.
Can´t get enough by José Carlos (Posted on 10/19/2017)
Sanderson keeps surprising us with plot twists that will blown your mind and the quality of the actors gives us a wonderfull experience. If you think you know everything about Mistborn, think again because Sanderson manages to transform simple things in great ones.
Disappointed with 4 and 5 haven't heard 6. by Raymond (Posted on 9/20/2017)
The first 3 books were awesome, the 4th and 5th became a western, with very little of what kept my attention in the first books. I was disappointed and will not be purchasing anymore in this series. I never really liked westerns.
Solid Outing by Odis (Posted on 9/8/2017)
Not as funny as the first Wax and Wayne book, in my opinion, but still a worthy successor. Pick this one up. You'd be hard pressed to find more lovable characters than Wax and Wayne.
A Great Audiobook!!! by Yuan (Posted on 10/26/2016)
I love it. I have listened to both alloy of law and the shadows of self. Though the ending of the second one is really sad, I still loves Wax and Wayne. Mellan is also a super funny kendra.
A night on the town by Daniel (Posted on 10/23/2016)
I loved the character of Lessie. I kind of wish we would have seen more of her. From what I can see Brandon Sanderson writes in a little things matter but seem out of context at the time but add up to the big moment in the next story or later in the series. The villain is a little oblivious.

Having not heard the other stores when we see the faceless immortals home a lot of the things went over my head and I was kind of lost on the past references. I wish there was some more explanation on their powers and the limitations they have. Like Marasi and Wayne have the different times but why can't they project the "bubbles" onto things or people. I loved MeLaan she is an awesome character, I love some of the philosophy and ideals this world.
Great listen by Joshua (Posted on 10/20/2016)
Wax and Wayne have such great chemistry, and the actors portraying them do a great job bringing them to life. They're the highlight of what is already a really good story.

As expected from Mistborn and the GA adaption, the action sequences were fantastic. Really exciting, did a great job of drawing you in. I'm really enjoying this new Mistborn series, and can't wait to listen to Bands of Mourning.
Wax stole the show, Wayne too... by John (Posted on 9/28/2016)
Great book, built loads of tension. Was meant to be the first post-Hero of Ages book, so Alloy of Law was a nice little morsel before the full meal begins.

We now see the duality of Harmony. Hints at larger cosmere related entities (Atium/Pits of Hathsin scenes and monsters) The mysterious red-tinged spike which could only come from a more hateful shard then even Ruin.

The final scene with Wax and Bleeder....A+++ and the final scene closer with Wax and Steris----- Complete Win!! I cried for that man, I really did. I already listened to the Michael Kramer voice acted version from Audible/Amazon and his performance didn't hold a candle to the drama you guys at Graphic Audio nailed with perfection.

If only you could put out your products at the same time as Audible, your business proceeds would see significant gains. I am sure of it. Given the opportunity to buy Audible or Graphic Audio on book release day.....Graphic Audio wins it, hands down.

Thanks heroes and voices and engineers all. Well done. Money well spent.
Brings you to Tears by Evelyn (Posted on 9/15/2016)
Of all the Mistborn books this is the most tragic story. It is beautiful, nostalgic with call backs to the first trilogy, and riveting. Once you start this story it is hard to stop listening and goes in directions you would never suspect. Buy this one and you will not be disappointed, heartbroken by the beautiful tragedy but not disappointed.
top notch by Lionel (Posted on 9/13/2016)
I've laughed at Brandon Sandersons humor before, but not like this! Wow, is this book funny. All the voices are perfect! And a huge twist near the end make this another great production. Great job again Graphic Audio and Sanderson!
Blown away by Amy (Posted on 8/30/2016)
That was phenomenal. I have no words other than wow. This was a top notch adaptation, and I felt every emotion more so due to the brilliant acting.
Book 5 by justin (Posted on 8/28/2016)
Good book
Simply amazing. by Riz (Posted on 8/1/2016)
* SPOYLERS *
I first want to thank both Graphic Audio and Brandon Sanderson. This year has been amazing for me because Graphic Audio has completed the first book in the stormlight archive and produced even more Mistborn. The book itself was so amazingly done, the acting was of course brilliant and I don't think I will ever forget Wax breaking down, and anyone who wouldn't be moved by that has a heart of stone. I like the further development of all the main characters. I never normally like the main protagonists in books but how can't anyone like Wax? He is like an adult that sometimes sees things as simply as a child does. He wants to do the right thing because it's the right thing to do. Wayne is not just there for the comedy, although he is very funny, he is very handy in so many situations. We learn that there is much more to him than meets the ear. This was something that doesn't surprise me, I have always enjoyed Brandon Sanderson's character development and he has a way of showing you interesting facets of a character whilst hinting that there is probably more than that underneath. Marasi has a really interesting roll in this book as well I think. She still has
that blushing innocence but it is tempered by all the though situations she lands herself in. As for Steris, Brandon Sanderson proves that he can make a proposed boring character likeable. All characters were portrayed so well. I did enjoy the forth book, but this one is even stronger. A joy to listen to and I am glad I will be able to, over and over again.
The second book fo the second Mistborn triliogy is truly the Empire Strike Back of the Trilogy by Scott (Posted on 7/30/2016)
Can I say trilogy one more time? Really I don't think this will add much more than Cassiopeia's review. I really enjoyed this adaptation of book 5 of the series. This was a really more difficult book to do both for them and the writer because this isn't the first book for these characters anymore and because some of the stuff they have to deal with. If you haven't read Cassopia's review or read/listened to this book yet, then don't read it!!! Listen in order and listen before reading any other part of Cassiopeia's wonderful spoiler filled review.

This book starts dealing with what I think is the meat of second trilogy where there is no longer black a white villains or heroes for the most part in this story but shades of gray both in the individuals and in this society they live in. No longer is it black and white with slaves and oppressive overlords but anarchists workers, lazy upper classes that also have true people trying to improve the situation as well as the corrupt and the outright rebellious secret evil sect which does anything for power, influence and change that increases both.

This is my second reading since I read the book when it came out and I have to say I understand the title much better this time. While no one used the allomantic power of gold to view their past self with their current self like the villain of book 4, there was a lot of reflecting in this book on who the characters had chosen to become with the versions of themselves they had been in the past or people they would be in different circumstances.

We also learn more of the personal histories and tragedies of Wax and Wayne. Seeds are planeted for the next book and some that were planted in the last book, especially if you are following the recent Stormlight Archive books, are resolved in a a way such that we learn that at least one of them wasn't what we thought it was. While in the next book we learn that the other one was hinting at exactly what we thought it was.

I'll be honest this book, emotionally, is more meat were the last one was a light broth. The author himself said this book is really the first half of this story and the next half is in book 6. If you fear the ominous tones, don't worry the next book will redeem these feelings like "Return of the Jedi" did "Empire Strike Back". There is an excellent resolution to all the turmoil in this book. Be patient and enjoy.
Painfully Beautiful by Cassiopeia (Posted on 7/27/2016)
*SPOILERS*

Listening to Wax break not once, not twice, but three times over the revelation of Lessie physically hurt. I was nearly in tears. It was truly well done and I'm extremely impressed with Chris Genebach's ability to convey such a complex character as Wax, especially since he only has his voice. It's much easier to show emotion on screen, so it's something specially when an actor can elicit emotion with just his words and tone.

That's not to say this adaptation is without flaws. I didn't particularly care for the harsh presentation of Lessie/Bleeder, though I understand the need to disguise her voice. But there were a few places in particular, especially in regards to those moments when she's speaking to Wax as Bleeder. She may be unhinged, but this is still the man she loves. It just seemed like that should have been a softer, more intimate approach than the harsh, demanding portrayal. That being said, Yasmin Tuazon absolutely owned the Final Showdown with Wax and Harmony. That was fantastic.

The only other real issue I had was that Robbie Gay, fantastic as he is, has a very distinctive voice and I easily picked him out twice in this adaptation. He did a good job with both characters, but it took me a moment to realize the two characters were not the same people. I also pictured Kaladin every time he spoke. I really couldn't help it. And naturally I know voices are going to be reused, he's hardly the only voice I heard more than once playing different characters, but his was definitely the most obvious.

Anyway, all in all, this was extremely well done. I anxiously await Bands of Mourning. Most especially since Steris is quite possibly my favorite character and I absolutely love how Eva Wilhelm handles her ^-^

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