An all-new Stormlight Archive novella is the crown jewel of Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection, the first audiobook of short fiction by New York Times best-selling author Brandon Sanderson.
The collection includes eight works in all. The first seven are "The Hope of Elantris" (Elantris), "The Eleventh Metal" (Mistborn), "The Emperor's Soul" (Elantris), "Allomancer Jak and the Pits of Eltania, Episodes 28 through 30" (Mistborn), "Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell" (Threnody), "Sixth of Dusk" (First of the Sun), and "Mistborn: Secret History" (Mistborn).
Originally published on Tor.com and other websites, or published by the author, these wonderful tales convey the expanse of the Shardworlds and tell exciting tales of adventure Sanderson fans have come to expect, including the Hugo Award-winning novella The Emperor's Soul. Arcanum Unbounded also contains a currently untitled Stormlight Archive novella that appears in this audiobook for the first time anywhere.
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I really like what Brandon did here, it's a great look into to what is going on behind the scenes in his his universe he calls The Cosmere. There are some other things in here that aren't really "behind the scenes" stories, but placed in the Cosmere. Overall really good listen. I especially liked the notes on the stories after each one. If you're a fan I highly recommend this.
I love this collection! Full of spoilers so I haven't read all of them. Most of these were new to me even though the are free as pdfs in some cases. I love the way Michael Kramer and Kate Reading read these stories and of course Brandon Sanderson writes them so well.
Here's the deal. I love Sanderson's books, his character creation, plots, the different magic systems. What I don't usually do is collections, so while I was excited for this book I had a bit of trepidation when I started listening/reading it. I shouldn't have feared. Not only were all of the stories amazing. But the fact that a short story for Sanderson is a complete novel for any other author made this book just a collection of books, not short stories. Could not recommend enough.
Bad: production of the audiobook.
This female voice actor has a beautiful and precise voice, but I felt her acting evoked more "hash" than heart at times. Maybe just me, but I struggled to hear the stories during her segments.
The cuts between the actors felt sloppy at times.
The pronunciation is jarringly inconsistent particularly with Elantris audiobook.
Altogether I admit to disappointment. An enexpected amount of errors coming from these professionals, whose prior productions I have spent many many hours listening to.
This is the best credit I have spent in a long time. Absolutely loved the stories contained in the collection, as well as the afterwards to each story. I can't wait to hear more!
P.S. Get this book so worth it.
Anyone that enjoys Sanderson's larger works will surely love this collection as well. I did.
I previously read only one of the books in this collection, but even rereading that was enjoyable due to the great narration. That's the main appeal of this collection: the narration. Michael Kramer and Kate Reading do a great job with these stories.
Obviously, some stories were better than others and I didn't base the rating on an average of all of them. Generally, the longer stories were more enjoyable, with only Edgedancer being an exception. I loved Khriss' introductions to each of the worlds that the stories took place in as well as the postscripts by the author after each one. You definitely learn a satisfying amount of new information about the Cosmere from this collection and so I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who's read most, if not all the other books set in this universe.
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