boredom. I kept waiting for the story to pick-up and hoping that I hadn't wasted my money. Honestly, if I hadn't spent so much to listen to it, I wouldn't have made it through.
Obviously not going to read a sequel that is set up by this work.
I've recently gotten into Sanderson's books since I was reading WOT and loved where he went with the series when he took over. I absolutely love Way of Kings, totally on board with that series, and I love Mistborn. But...
Please, please, please, do not ever use this narrator again. I will refuse to listen if I see his name on any future book. Between the monotonous voice, the slow, slow read and the ever changing accents, I just don't think I will be able to finish the book, specifically the audio file. I will download the actual book to my kindle, I think I might be able to handle that.
The story is a good premise, though I see Sanderson's immaturity as a writer in this first book of his. I know how good his other work is, so I still enjoy it. I think I will enjoy it better in a different form of media, however.
Totally, in all ways possible. Too slow, too monotonous, too varied in accents and weird pronunciations.
The characters are well written and stay true to themselves through out..
Serene is a strong women who sacrifices popular for moral.
The end but I do not want to give it away. I was sad to finish the book (something my husband warned me about) because it was so enjoyable.
Elantris Gods or Pariah you decide!
I enjoyed this book. My attention wandered for a bit near the end, but I got back on track. It was an enjoyable listen. Well written characters, an interesting plot, a hint of Zombie, and a strong female protagonist. It is also long. That is always a plus for me.
In pursuit of truth, justice, and an end to spoilers!
Listen to the sample before buying! While the narrator's speaking voice is just fine, his pace never speeds up at any time during the next 27.5 hours. You might want to look into whether your mp3 player has different speed settings.
Overall the story was good but not great. I'm not surprised this was a first novel. Sanderson went into detail on what I'm guessing were his favorite parts of the storyline and those were interesting enough, but other aspects were left a bit shallow. It's hard to say whether it was the slow pace of the narrator or the pencil sketched edges of the worldbuilding, but I never found myself eager to get back to the story even though there was nothing overtly wrong with it. This was good for a first effort, but the newness does show.
Fans of the author may want this to round out their collections, but perhaps this wasn't the best introduction to his works. This was my first Sanderson book, and since then I've gone on to read his additions to Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series (no small task, and he did a very good job with those!) but can't generate any interest in anything Sanderson wrote independently. Yet I enjoy epic fantasy and many people are huge fans. So like I said, perhaps this was simply not the best place to start?
desperately needed an editor. The word choice at times was unbelievable bad -- swords swished in combat? The length could have been halved by eliminating the repetitions. There was a good story buried in there, but it's not worth listening to the dross to dig it out. This is the second Sanderson book I've tried, and it will be the last.
This book gets off to a slow start, the change of readers from previous Sanderson books (in the order I listened to them) also threw me off. I grew annoyed at the purchase after listing to "The Way of Kings" and the Mistborn and the Wheel of time series of books (Sanderson has blended in incredibly well after Robert Jordon passed away). Michael Kramer and Kate Reading were so good with Sanderson's novels I really was not ready to put up with Jack Garrett on what was obviously not one of Brandon's better books. I decided, however, to keep going, the gloom and doom start slowly progressed into something of interest. Then, not sure when it actually happened, but as with all of the previous Sanderson novels, I could no longer stop listening. Jack garret does a great job, and while Elantris certainly does not have the depth of characters compared to the longer series of books he has written, halfway through the book I realized this could easily become another great series. Sanderson's attempts at explaining politics might leave something to be desired, however, it could also be my lack of interest in politics that allows me to ignore this area. As good as Jack Garrett may be, I do miss the female voice when scenes change to a female perspective. I found that while Michael Kramer and Kate Reading were a bit of an adjustment at first, I now miss books not read from both genders when the story line perspective changes genders. All in all, another great read? listen? Well, another great performance of a book while I try to explain to people how incredible it is to have some one tell you a story when reading a book or watching a movie just does not fit the schedule of some one always on the move.
I read this book on paper several years ago and it has always stuck with me. I was thrilled to find it here and it was as good as I remembered. The plot has several twists and turns and will keep you interested the whole way through! Great book!!
You'll find me chattering and chasing shiny things.
I really enjoyed Brandon Sanderson's "The Way of Kings" as well as the "Mistborn" series, so I thought I would try this standalone which was his first published book.
While I like the basic idea for the story, the execution was slow, with too much expository and self congratulations on the cleverness of the characters. It wasn't until the last 1/3 of the book that I became truly interested in the story. Sanderson has, over the course of his books, become an excellent author - this one is just obviously an early effort.
The narrator may have caused some of my issue with the book as well, because, while I must admit his pronunciation and flow were great, the constant over emphasis of the reading drove me half nuts. It made me think of how a radio personality like Casey Casem might read a book. Unless I really really wanted to listen to a specific book in future, I personally would avoid this narrator.
I purchased and listened to this book about a year ago and although the narrator was one of the very WORST I had ever had the displeasure of listening to...the story itself held onto me and forced me to indure the narrator's butchery.
Recently, I have had a hankering to re-enter Elantris's filthy/shining gates but alas...on arrival I was reminded of what I had NOT missed as Jack Garret commenced to "box my ears". (not again Mr Garret, once assaulted, twice shy...)
So it looks as though I will be buying this book the old fashion way to read in peace. IE: If you can stomach the narrator, the story is more than well worth it...but I would suggest reading it yourself.