The story is just as great as the narrator, Sanderson does a great job of creating a believable society and successfully transports into the world of Elantris. This is a must read in my opinion.
As Elantris gets started, one can detect a bare hint of that this is Sanderson's earliest published work. The writing is slightly less mature and refined in comparison to the Mistborn and Stormlight Archive books. Yet, the story is not any less compelling and fans will soon find themselves as captivated as with any other Sanderson book.
The story begins slowly, but with a definite hook. What is this mysterious condition? What happened in Elantris? The author weaves the story carefully with changing perspectives, all the while building the plot's pace and intensity to a delicious state of tension. I have to admit, sometimes I feel like I should need a metaphorical cigarette after I finish a Sanderson book.
Raoden and Sarene are star crossed political allies with the potential to be so much more. Their bravery, integrity, and intelligence beg the reader to cheer them on. Meanwhile, the author offers up various degrees of villainy, from misguided to evil to just plain stupid. On the heroes' team, he offers a similar variety. Then Sanderson sets them in a fantasy world that of depth and mystery. The final result is captivating and epic and wonderful.
Thank you, Brandon. May I call you Brandon? I feel like we've been through so much together.
While Jack is a great reader, with much emotion, most characters were read exactly the same. It made it a bit difficult to follow some of the conversations that contained a lot of quick fire dialogue and a few characters.
Otherwise, I thought it was great!
I read Elantris when Sanderson first published it and thought it was excellent at the time. After hearing it now I've got to admit I like it more than I did before.
I wasn't as enamored with the narrator's performance however. He did an overall very good job but there was something about his intonation at times (quite often) where he sounded like he was awestruck. It was just the too over the top and distracted me from enjoying the story. Think of it like this: I've said I thought the story was excellent. If he were narrating that it would read like "I thought the story was INCREDIBLY FAR BEYOND ANYTHING IVE EVER READ BEFORE". See? Just too intense.
Elantris is a beautifully depicted reality. The characters are more real than real people sometimes! The one reason I did not give full marks is because of the complication of names and titles and the way they're presented.
No doubt, Sanderson is a master world builder, and the uniqueness of the names of characters, places, and magic are vital to the culture off the story. It was all just a little too much for me. I admit that even at the end I confused characters with names of cities. I identify with the words spoken by Paulo Coelho's character: Santiago in The Alchemist. (Paraphrased)
"If I were to write a book I would introduce the characters one at a time, so the reader does not get confused.)
"27 hours I'll never get back. Slow, boring, tedious. I thought it was overly worded and a poor story. I would not recommend it."
27 hours I'll never get back. I found it slow, boring, tedious and overly wordy. I kept reading hoping it would get better, but was disappointed. Would not recommend it.