An exceptional audiobook has the ability to draw you in, suspend reality, and place you within the story. This fantasy novel will do exactly that, so recommending it is a pleasure. Magic, science, politics, epic warfare, and world creation come together in a fantastic read/listen.
It is, in a word, exceptional.
Without giving anything away, the hero makes makes a simple yet startling game-changing magical discovery towards the climax of the story. Something so close, yet just out of reach. Buy this audiobook, and when it happens, you'll know exactly what I'm telling you.
Not too much, he's done an extremely capable job. I look forward to hearing more of his work in the future.
"Wake up. Your nightmare awaits..."
I've read the other reviews, and while I don't agree with some of them, you'll note that almost all of us recommend you acquire it and listen. What's interesting, is the different reasons why to do so. So, there's not much more I can say, other than: "Get this wonderful audiobook. It will NOT let you down."
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.
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.
No. The story was far too long for its limited rewards. The characters were made to be heroic but even as they may overcome overwhelming odds, my emotional reaction was never raised to the levels of many of Sandersons other books, such as the mist born series or wheel of time.
Far too many situations that required you to suspend any sense of reasonable doubt. Plot lines jumped around, sometimes dead ending or not seamlessly joining each other. The religious story line was ham handed and the story far more complex than it needed to be.
I wouldnt recommend the book, although I remain a big Sanderson fan.
Not only would I recommend this book, I have. For being Brandon Sanderson's first widely distributed novel, he brilliantly adapts the setting to the reader and immediately makes Elantris a book incapable of being put down. The story is intriguing and clever, and you'd be hard-pressed to find another book to compare it to. Characters have depth, the world comes to life, and all of the joys, sorrows, pain, and victories are felt beyond the pages. If you're looking for a book to lead into your adventures with Brandon Sanderson, he couldn't have given you a better place to start.
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.