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Elantris | [Brandon Sanderson]

Elantris

Legendary science fiction author Orson Scott Card calls Brandon Sanderson a writer to watch, and Publishers Weekly says his debut is "outstanding." Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.
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Publisher's Summary

Legendary science fiction author Orson Scott Card calls Brandon Sanderson a writer to watch. Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

©2008 Brandon Sanderson; (P)2008 Recorded Books,LLC

What the Critics Say

"... readers won't want to put it down." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
"Outstanding." (Publisher's Weekly)

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    Mister Snid Wauwatosa, WI United States 07-10-14
    Mister Snid Wauwatosa, WI United States 07-10-14
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    "Difficult to follow ( could just be me )"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    There were a number of similar names, all ending in 'en' ... some 'foreign' words in the books 'native languages' interspersed... and this was all chapter 1. Sorry Brandon, I gave up.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brandon Sanderson again?

    I think his books might be better if actually read than listened to... easier to follow.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jack Garrett?

    He did a decent job


    Was Elantris worth the listening time?

    Honestly only gave it about an hour


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    Carlos Benjamin 06-10-14 Member Since 2011

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    "A disappointment for me."

    First, let me address the issues with the audio. The first half or better of the book is in bad need of editing. There is absolutely no pause between the last word of a chapter and the heading for the next chapter. Not even a comma! This is the point I like to pause to resume later

    Overall, the reader was good, but his pronunciation of some of the place and character names was confusing. Names that are distinct when seen printed are confusingly similar when he reads them.

    The story itself is good and seems on par with other works from this author with a few exceptions. There are a few continuity errors but the biggest problem I had was how suddenly, toward the end of the book, he starts pulling the various threads together in short, choppy little chapters that just feel rushed.

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    Joy R. 06-08-14
    Joy R. 06-08-14
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    "Raw but Promising Debut Hindered by Bad Narration"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story is a promising but underdeveloped debut for Brandon Sanderson. His biggest strength of worldbuilding is there in full force and I was left wanting an entire trilogy of the land of Arelon, the city of Elantris and the magic of aons. His character studies, however, are still at a primitive stage and there are far too many shallow stereotypes and tropes to suffer. Unlike the sophisticated political games described in the book, many subplots are transparent and end with just-in-the-nick-of-time coincidences, while the Happily Ever After ending seemed very simple minded


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hrathen. One of the few characters in the book facing moral quandaries and change of direction. Sadly, the main protagonists of the book, Sarene and Raoden, suffer from a severe case of Mary Sue/ Gary Sue idealism. They're just too perfect and heroic and glowing to stomach at times.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Any chance of the book getting pasts its rookie flaws were destroyed by the ham-handed narration. Jack Garrett's cloying monotony seems as if he were explaining a storybook to a six-year-old, rather than an educated audience. This is especially apparent in contrast the the brilliant job Michael Kramer did with the Stormlight and Mistborn sagas. Elantris has been the only Sanderson audiobook that I have really struggled to finish, and it is entirely because of the performance.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably, depending on casting and director


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad I know the story of Elantris so I can move onto other areas of Sanderson's cosmere. But I will not revisit this again until it is rerecorded at a level it deserves.

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    R. Bernard Raleigh, NC 05-20-14
    R. Bernard Raleigh, NC 05-20-14
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    "Interesting Story, Poor Narration"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Some of the plot points were slow and drawn out. Some conversations between characters seemed to just drag on and on. Compared to some of Sanderson's later works, Elantris has quite a few of these pacing black holes. Other than that, memorable characters and an interesting idea for a story.


    Would you recommend Elantris to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would certainly suggest other Sanderson works, but not this one. The later stories had much more intricate character development and


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jack Garrett’s performances?

    Absolutely not. From the start, I was cringing at the performance. He sounds like a hammy radio actor and I often found myself rolling my eyes at his delivery. I feel his performance was off the mark for the characters he was attempting to bring to life. That, coupled with some of the slower dialogue portions in the story had me reaching for my skip chapter button.


    Could you see Elantris being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Probably not.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth a shot in paperback, but I'd suggest skipping the audiobook unless you want to own all of Sanderson's works in the format.

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    Lori Marietta, GA, United States 01-29-14
    Lori Marietta, GA, United States 01-29-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Fabulous Story - REALLY BAD Narration"
    Would you listen to Elantris again? Why?

    No. I would read it next time. The story was great, but the narrator was as cold as a dead fish.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Spirit. He was complex, intelligent, amazing under pressure. He persevered in the face of repeated and increasingly difficult situations.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jack Garrett?

    Michael Kramer. Of course. Jack Garret has as much emotion and inflection as a bag of frozen fish. He sounded like he was reading the phone book. There was no emotion, no sense of building suspense, he did very little in the way of unique voices for each of the characters. One of the worst narrators I've ever listened to. I only stuck with the book because the story was so good. I will most assuredly avoid any book narrated by him in the future.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I work in a data entry job and listen to books, literally 10 hours a day, 6 days a week. This was an amazing book, despite the abysmal narration.


    Any additional comments?

    Please do not let Jack Garret narrate another of Brandon, or any other fiction writers book again. I'm sure he would be wonderful for non-fiction work. He did have a good voice, and was very clear. But his complete lack of any inflection or pacing made a wonderful story fall almost flat.

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    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 01-26-14
    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 01-26-14 Member Since 2012

    I just achieved App Master!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible

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    "Elantris will rise again!!!"

    Prince Raoden sick and on his death bed is sent to Elantris to live with all the disease ridden people. Once the Capital of all Gods now a fallen city just got hope again with Prince Raoden. Raoden and his wife he's never met Sarene will fight all and never give up untill the Captial is back to its once glory.With a lot of plots and a lot of great characters this book will keep you at the edge of your seat. Brandon Sanderson is one of the best fantasy writers of all time and he won't disappoint with this book!!! Must read

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    Cole fullerton, CA, United States 01-23-14
    Cole fullerton, CA, United States 01-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Not Sanderson's Best"
    What would have made Elantris better?

    Less self examination by Sanderson's of his own faith.
    Less inane observations on human nature.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brandon Sanderson again?

    Yes, I enjoyed Myst Trilogy and Alloy of Law.
    I also thought Sanderson wrote an acceptable (though not outstanding) ending to the Wheel of Time series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The transfiguration of Raoden


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom for the first part of the book.
    Irritation at the long stretches of banal conversations by central characters.
    Amusement at the sudden energy and silly solutions proffered in the last couple of chapters.


    Any additional comments?

    Nice reading by Garrett.

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    Lincoln Florida 12-19-13
    Lincoln Florida 12-19-13 Member Since 2015
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    "LOVE this book"
    Would you listen to Elantris again? Why?

    I have read the actual book and now listened to it via audible. Brandon Sanderson can develop characters like nobody's business..and to hear them narrated by a good narrator makes it so much more of an experience rather than just reading the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The protagonist. because of his truly empathetic nature.


    What does Jack Garrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Brandon Sanderson can develop characters like nobody's business..and to hear them narrated by a good narrator makes it so much more of an experience rather than just reading the book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No not really because I had read it before. but I still tear up at a couple of parts no matter what. (the lake scenes in particular..I wont spoil it).


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    Robert Orlando, FL, United States 12-05-13
    Robert Orlando, FL, United States 12-05-13 Member Since 2013

    Avid reader through college now with no time to read. Audiobooks saved my life!

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    "If you like his other books/series, get this!"

    Elantris immediately feels a lot like Way of Kings and from what I hear, the Mistborn series as well. It seems like Sanderson is building up to something and while Way of Kings and that series seems to be it, Elantris is the genesis of the kind of characters, plot lines and magic he goes on to use in later works.

    A great story in it's own right, Elantris is an origin story of sorts for Brandon Sanderson's style of world building and magic systems.

    Oh, and the fact that he managed to write a single volume fantasy story is pretty amazing in it's own right!

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    StevenJH Los Angeles, California 10-29-13
    StevenJH Los Angeles, California 10-29-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Not One of Sanderson's Best"

    The story line is good. However, the filler to get to the story line drags on and on. Perhaps it is the story, perhaps the narrative, but it seems like the story could have been told just as well in one quarter of the time. The narrative is exaggerated and faux evangelical. Definitely not Michael Kramer. Had this been the first Sanderson book I had heard, I doubt that I would have listened to the others which would have been a pity. Sanderson is much, much, much better with Michael Kramer's readings in the Mistborn Trilogy and The Way of Kings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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