An easy read, easy to follow, probably better to follow in order but not overly necessary for the series. If you are a sci-fi space buff, you won't be disappointed.
Larry McKeever does not do characters with enough distinction so it is next to impossible to tell when the characters are changing and who is saying what. Would be a good fit for documentaries but not novels.
I have not been able to listen to the entire book, in fact I could not get through the first couple of chapters. I'll update my review if I can go back some time and actually finish listening to the book.
This book gets off to a slow start, the change of readers from previous Sanderson books (in the order I listened to them) also threw me off. I grew annoyed at the purchase after listing to "The Way of Kings" and the Mistborn and the Wheel of time series of books (Sanderson has blended in incredibly well after Robert Jordon passed away). Michael Kramer and Kate Reading were so good with Sanderson's novels I really was not ready to put up with Jack Garrett on what was obviously not one of Brandon's better books. I decided, however, to keep going, the gloom and doom start slowly progressed into something of interest. Then, not sure when it actually happened, but as with all of the previous Sanderson novels, I could no longer stop listening. Jack garret does a great job, and while Elantris certainly does not have the depth of characters compared to the longer series of books he has written, halfway through the book I realized this could easily become another great series. Sanderson's attempts at explaining politics might leave something to be desired, however, it could also be my lack of interest in politics that allows me to ignore this area. As good as Jack Garrett may be, I do miss the female voice when scenes change to a female perspective. I found that while Michael Kramer and Kate Reading were a bit of an adjustment at first, I now miss books not read from both genders when the story line perspective changes genders. All in all, another great read? listen? Well, another great performance of a book while I try to explain to people how incredible it is to have some one tell you a story when reading a book or watching a movie just does not fit the schedule of some one always on the move.
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