This book was not worth the time. It has a lot of filler and a very slow story line. The narrator didn't seem to fit the book. I would have never thought it was from Sanderson considering how much I have liked some of his other work.
I adored the Mist Born series and the Stormlight series. Even the Reckoners series is killer for being YA...so I walked into Elantris with high expectations. To bad I was let done.
It has been said that Sanderson could do with a tougher editor, one that could get some of the fluff snipped from his books. Personally I've enjoyed the fluff in his other books, but Elantris suffered from it. There's a killer story at the centre of this book, but it's just way to diluted to have the bit it should have.
The characters are enjoyable if not a little shallow and to be honest, rather dumb. There are parts where things are so clear, but the characters are to dense to see what's going on. There were a few spots where I found myself yelling at my iPhone "well no sh*t Dumba$$!!!"
There where some interactions that were just plan unbelievable. Characters acting in a way that would never happen. It doesn't happen often, but when it does it rips you right out of the story.
Then there's the narration. Jack Garret has a killer voice, but his reading style was just so wrong. You are already frustrated with having to listen to do much meandering to advance to storyline, now you're listening to the slow, steady voice of Jack...you just want to reach through, grab Jack and yell "Read FASTER ALREADY!!!"
In the end I'm not sure about whether or not I should recommend this book. Yes there is a unique story buried beneath the surface, I guess it depends on your tolerance level for filler.
While this book was amazing I found it to be slightly reminiscent of other Brandon Saunderson books. Although it was far from predictable, to one who he read some of his other works, you will notice many common themes being recycled.
It is AWESOME! It was incredibly slow in the beginning, but--looking back--it was worth it. He built all the little situations that created the characters, the world, the setting, the slow crescendo that would shake the reader. Amazing!
most amazing audio book, I can't underline it more then to say i had to leave a wedding party i was attending because i could not stop from finishing the last chapters.
great story I could hardly put it down original style I have purchased another book written by this author