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I really enjoyed listening to Elantris on audio and I think it???s a great debut. Brandon Sanderson has created a couple of heroes I enjoyed spending time with, and a truly engaging story. But, Elantris had several elements that almost made me cringe:
1. Some of the ???lessons??? of Elantris (war is bad, zealots are dangerous, women are just as competent as men, political rank should not be determined by wealth but rather by ability, you can do anything if you try) are handled with all the subtlety of a brick to the forehead.... [...]
2. Prince Raoden and Sarene are perfect. Mary Sue and Gary Stu, actually. Though they have been dealt a bad hand, they are super-smart and super-competent. When they act, roads straighten and obstacles move out of the way. The reader has no doubt that everything will turn out right in the end..
3. I didn???t believe the political system in which people rise to, and fall from, power based on their income. How long could that kind of system work and what kind of people would go for that?... [...]
4. The writing is competent, but some of the dialogue is stilted and there are frequent uses of unnecessary explanatory narrative..[...]
Even with all of this stuff that annoyed me all the way through, I have to say that I still loved Elantris. Mary and Gary ??? I mean Sarene and Raoden ??? are characters to care about, and that still-young-and-idealistic part of me enjoyed reading about the successes that Prince Raoden and Sarene accomplished in Elantris and Arelon. Brandon Sanderson???s greatest strength, though, is his creative magic systems. Just as in the Mistborn trilogy, the magic of Elantris is truly unique and one of the most fun parts of the book.
Not a bad story - I purchased this one because I loved the Mistborn series and wanted to hear more of Brandon's work. Overall, it was not a bad story but the middle is a bit slow and some plot points are predictable. Other than that, it was not a bad listen. It definately reflects one of Brandon's earlier works.
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.
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.
probably not. he wrote better books than this!
"ah yes, of corse.."
monotony is the word that comes to mind when i think of jack garrett reading. no passion, no feeling. he wasn't into it. he ruins every exciting moment with a stoic calmness. really annoying!
na, he should stick with the stromlight archive, work on some more mistborn and follow up legion cause he's definitely cool!
if you want to enjoy this book then read it instead of letting garrett ruin it for you.
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I found this book to be enjoyable but many of the events I found too predictable. Because of this, I wasn't able to become as immersed in the story the way I wanted to. Perhaps it is just me, but I thought some of the coolest characters in the book were regulated to supporting roles. The main characters just seemed too idealistic or something for me to really become invested in them.
There were several points of the storyline that to me were quite original, and well thought out. These kept things interesting throughout the listen, even though I saw a fair number of events coming. I must confess there were a few events that totally blindsided me though, so the story does make you stay on your toes.
Jack Garrett preformed the narration quite well. He does not try to stretch his vocal range on the women to the point where it sounds like a guy making a farce of women's voices. He imparts a good amount of distinction to the distinction of the various characters in the story.
Overall, I did enjoy the book, although I am not sure I would continue to the next book if this was the first int he series. Fortunately, this book stands very well on its own, and reaches a natural and satisfactory conclusion.
This is a good book but defiantly not a great one. The plot development was pretty slow for me, and the character's were shallow. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy it and I would recommend it to any Brandon Sanderson enthusiast. Just keep in mind that this is in no way near the caliber of novel as Mistborn.
Brandon Sanderson is great author. I first read his work when he took over for the deceased Robert Jordan. Then I decided to give his solo work a try. Great writing, strong characters, and ingenious magic systems. It takes an author of unique talent to craft characters without using up a chapter describing them. He voices them in such constant voicings that they you come to feel a connection with them. Jack Garrett does a decent narration job, but I try to listen to the story, not nit-pick on the narrator. I can hardly wait to read more of Brandon's work.
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.
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This story was great. It used its characters to display honor, courage, chivalry, and love. You can never have too much of either of those. It was a love story for a sci-fi fan