Great listen! I did have a few chapters of doubt at the begining... but once I got a handle on all the characters I fell in love :)
this is one of the longest books I have listened too and was worried that it was going to be a lot of fluff but it was exciting all the way through. lots of unexpected events and the ending was great.
Photographer, nature & water geek, music lover, book fiend.
I allowed the cover & a few positive reviews to lure me into buying this book. I don't often write negative reviews but this is not a credit happily spent, for me anyway. Stilted language, very one dimensional characters, & names either too alien or ridiculous (Father Omine stands out) just made this feel like wasted time. I stuck it out. The story had just enough juice to make me think it might get better or have a decent payoff, but for me, it was a slog. And the narration was a bit to overdramatic, too. Any story that doesn't use contractions can get caught up in that overly soap operish feel if the narrator isn't careful and/or skilled...but mostly, it was just the writing.
I loved Steeheart and tried this. It's much different. Steelheart moves pretty quickly with action and Elantris just plods along with national and international political maneuvering among royals and clergy.
The reader of Steelheart is captivating and emotional but the reader of Elantris sounds like John O'Hurley playing Mr. Peterman, Elaine's boss on Seinfeld. The "announcer voice" in Elantris is like listening to a disc jockey.
Elantris is so slow, I had to increase the audio speed to 1.5x to make it bearable.
I have ended up reading most of the authors work before this first addition. Reading this now has just added to my already high opinion of the author, and I can't wait for the sequel!