Interesting premise, nice details... combined with romantic POV as well as some actual romance... Romantic is really not my choice but not terribly overdone either. Reminded me of bujold, mccafrey, zimmer bradley, etc. Not great. Not bad. Interesting.
I bought and devoured the Mistborn Trilogy Narrated by Micheal Kramer. I loved the series and Kramer took me there. So I couldn't wait to pick up Elantris. I don't think that I will finish this miserable experience. Who is Jack Garrett? This Narrartor is horrible. The pauses and swings in emotional lilt have me losing the context of what is being told constently. Ugh! I am so dissapointed. I even tried listening to this book under the fast playback setting on my player and it was somewhat more bearable but it just isn't worth it.
Skip Elantris and check out the Mistborn Trilogy.
Absolutely. It is another interesting world from the mind of Brandon Sanderson. His magic systems are always so well developed and his cultures are intriguing. I would recommend reading it instead of listening to it.
The plot was not my standard fare, so I am not sure I have a good comparison.
James Marsters, Michael Kramer, and Kate Reading always do phenomenal jobs with their books. I really don't know how they can vary their voices in so many ways for the different characters.
The narration just about killed the entire book for me. I almost quite listening before I made it through the first few chapters. I stuck it out because it was by Brandon Sanderson and the plot eventually pulled me in more than the narration pushed me away. I felt there were irritatingly long pauses at weird points in the sentences. The book could probably have been read in 3/4 of the time it took him.
The story so far is very interesting, pretty original and easy to get caught in. I would recomend it to any fan of the genre.
My only complaint is that the narator reads as if he's paid by the hour to do so. And he's a bit monotone on top of that. It's honestly a bit distracting. This is a 5/5 story but the audio book got a 4/5 from me because of the narator.
Sci-Fi & Fantasy Reader
For a little perspective, let me start by saying that Brandon Sanderson is one of my favorite authors. According to Goodreads, I've read 18 of his novels or novellas, and I'm actually reading the hardcover edition of Calamity right now.
That said, I thought Elantris was, frankly, just bad. I had been warned that, as Sanderson's first published novel, it was little rough around the edges, but that was an understatement. Unfortunately, I discovered that Elantris was full of flat characters, unrealistic dialog, and tons of fantasy tropes. Sadly, Sanderson's amazing ability to write fast-paced novels with good characters and great magic systems must have manifested AFTER writing Elantris because none of those qualities were present here and it was quite a let down.
What really surprised me the most was just how boring the novel was. There's almost no action until the last hour or two of the recording and there's no sense of suspense at all. The characters, plot, and worldbuilding just didn't push the story along like they should have. It's not even clear until near the very end of the book why the "bad guys" are even bad at all.
However, I do have to wonder if this was one of those rare cases where the narrator actually made the book worse. Jack Garrett was just not a great choice for a fantasy novel. Everything just came off a little too upbeat and his reading style was really slow. This is the first time I felt compelled to use my Audible app's increased speed feature, first going up to 1.25x and then later to 1.5x when I just couldn't wait to be done.
Now, for whatever reason, this novel gets pretty amazing reviews, well, everywhere. I don't really understand why that is, but it may be that Elantris simply wasn't a good fit for me or perhaps it was a case of the wrong novel at the wrong time, so if you really love Brandon Sanderson and you still haven't read Elantris, perhaps you'll still like it, but just beware that the reasons that you love Sanderson may be the same reasons why you won't like Elantris. And do yourself a favor and pick up a print copy.
Another book by Brandon Sanderson that you can't put down til it's done. The story pulled me in in the first chapter. Mystery, action, romance, Elantris has it all. You can't wait to find out how it ends while at the same time you don't want it to end. I highly recommend this book for fantasy fans.
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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.
lover of good books
LOVED this book and this author. My only dislike is that he never went back to this world and wrote more about it. As long as Brandon is still living I will have hope that he will revisit this world and tell more of the story!! Excellent first book. I am determined now to read all of his books!!
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Good if it was a a book by any random author. But doesn't match the caliber that I am used to from reading books by Brandon Sanderson. It was much slower paced then mistborn series, warbreaker, or the way of kings. Still good though.
It was good
Yes, I do; because Brandon told us what questions he didn't answer yet from his elantris universe in the end of elantris. A second book would answer these questions.
Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
This is my first Brandon Sanderson novel and I really enjoyed the listen. I think some parts are a little drawn out unnecessarily, however, in the end I still wanted more. There are questions left unanswered at this books conclusion but for the most part things are wrapped up with this set of characters. I wish we didn't have to wait 10 years after this books creation date (2015) for a sequel.