Let me state that I am not new to this genre nor the authors work. I am unhappy with this novel because there is not enough development or narration by the author or actor for me to discern the characters that get thrown at you in the first 4 hours.
The story of Elantris was a good one. I struggled the entire time with how much the narrator sounded like Alan Alda to the point of distraction.
I was a little disappointed with the editing of the narration. There were times (especially noticeable when we got to a new chapter) when they would be little to no time in between the words. It was like the narrator was interrupting himself.
But the story was great! I would high recommend it to anyone interested in fantasy. A great introduction to Brandon Sanderson.
Big conflicts appeared from thin air and the solutions to those conflicts just materialized. Good potential but too many hidden surprises showed up as poor planning and development of characters.
Listen to this at 1.5x or 2x speed and it is much more enjoyable. This is actually read quite well, if a bit too slow. And it's one of Sanderson's better works so it's worth a credit (with adjustment!).