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.
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.
I only listened to this book in order to get a feel for the author. Since he wrote the end of the "Wheel of Time" series, I wanted to become familiar with him before listening to his take on Robert Jordan's world.
This book was far from perfect, but I enjoyed listening to it. The premise grabbed me from the start, in a "whatintheheck is he gonna do with all of THIS" kind of way. The characters were engaging, and the predicaments were engrossing. Yes, too many crises were survived only through luck and Deus ex machina sorts of surprises.... but there's a lot to enjoy here.
I am shelving my audiobook of Elantris. I tried, I really, really tried to persevere and overcome the shortcomings in Sanderson’s first book. I already committed a solid eight hours listening, but I’m marking this as did not finish and leaving it be, somewhere in chapter nine. I’m sad over this. I typically finish a book I start, but I’ve come to really value my reading time. If it’s not entertaining, I’m putting it away.
I see the appeal of Sanderson’s work in Elantris. There were some nice observations of human nature, and I liked the fantasy elements portrayed.
The main reason I’m not finishing this is because I have no investment in the protagonists, and I don’t care anymore about finding resolution to the overall plot.
What killed the read for me:
1) The lack of conflict. Most of the scenes lack tension or interesting action. The problems presented for each character are interesting, but they don’t grow or become compounded. My concerns for the protagonists faded. Their plights were mitigated to where succeed or fail it didn't seem to matter. This made my interest in finding out what happens next, zero.
2) Proportion and the handling of exposition. Elantris is an example of an author still learning what is essential for the reader to know and where to present it. The narrative relies heavily on exposition dialog, where an innocuous scene takes place with the only real action being a cerebral dialog between two characters. Overall, most of these scenes were information dumps filled with unnecessary details of people, places or things. This is a formula for boring, and Elantris provides one boring scene after another.
3) Characterization problems. I’m ambivalent about the protagonists. The narrative told me to like them, but with so little action there was not enough evidence to define them well. What I disliked most, was all the introductions to uninteresting side characters. Most with the importance level of an unnamed cast extra. Every person in every scene was given the word count treatment of a real supporting character. They bogged down the story and created distrust in the information being given as essential to the plot. Their only true purpose was character development as a protagonist perspective. This is a nice technique when used sparingly and on characters seen again, but it was too liberally used in this book.
The pacing of the narrator was a little odd. There were no pauses at the end of a chapter, and the introduction of the next chapter came in an immediate abrupt sort of way. It was odd.
Elantris will forever sit on a shelf beside my copy of Elizabeth Moon’s narrative beast, The Deeds of Paksinarion. I’m writing my disappointment off as this being the authors first novel. I will try his work again but select something more recent.
I mean damm. This book is fantastic in every sense of the word. From narration, to charcter, to plot, everything. I could not stop listening and even note that is finished I'm dying for a sequel. It has genuine twists you can't see coming and world building that just nails it. The only flaw is that the planed sequel(s) will probably take forever to come out.
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.
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
DON'T SHOVE WHEN A PAT WOULD BE SUFFICIENT
This is a great debut novel. You will notice I say debut. It cost a credit and takes over 27 hours to listen to. So, do you spend the money and the time on a little less polished work. Personally, I am a fan of Sanderson and for that reason I find it important to read his first work. If you are not familiar with Sanderson, I would suggest you start with Mist or The Way of Kings.
SOMETIMES WE MAKE OUR OWN PEACE
I love the magic system or shall I say the broken magic system. Being broken makes this book different from others of the same genre. I love the characters. Prince Raoden is the main character. I like him cause he is a true leader and he is able to stay optimistic. He seems to be a precursor to Dalinar in The Way of Kings. Both face what seems insurmountable situations, but through determination, optimism and leadership skills, control their destiny. The afflicted in this story, get hurt and never quit feeling the pain. Raoden stubs his toe and for the rest of his life he will feel the pain of the initial stubbing of the toe. You break your back, your legs, your arms, it never heals and you feel the pain for the rest of your immortal life. Sarene is a Princess who is six feet tall. Men don't like women taller then them and most men are less then six feet. She has learned to deal with this and she is very smart, but can also be a little callous. Being smart and being tall are two strikes against her. It bothers her, but not enough to keep her from being her. Galladon is another interesting character who is often pessimistic, but he is a really nice guy. The Seon is cool and the Derethi Monks quite evil.
MEN OFTEN PLACE PRIDE BEFORE REASON
I could not give this a fifth star, due to a few things. Their was a lot of politics and a lot of name dropping. These parts were long and boring. At times the book gets kind of Ayn Randish with it's thinly veiled preaching. Since Dune, every author feels the need to invent a good religion. This religion is different in that it is all about ambition and is even described as militaristic. It is very similar to the Catholic Church in it's makeup. It has a Pope like person at the top of the church and then ranks of bishops and priests, only called by a different name. While this was interesting in structure, their was too much about the inner workings of the church that were boring. I must admit that I put the last eight hours on 2x. I did not want to quit, cause I wanted to see how it ended, but was getting a little bored. The ruling system was set up strictly on capitalism. The richest man in the land becomes the king. Sorry, Trump, but according to BS, this is not a good system. A good business man does not make a good ruler. In this case the ruler is supposedly paranoid, but does not use spies and seems fairly naïve about what is going on in his kingdom.
WHATEVER YOU SAY, SULE
The narrator did just fine. Some have said he was slow and toward the end I put him on 2x, but I believe he was reading it the way it was written and had he speed up, he would have been accused of going overboard.
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!!