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"... readers won't want to put it down." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
"Outstanding." (Publisher's Weekly)
I really enjoyed this book. I normally listen to audiobooks for about an hour and a half a day, during my commute to and from work. About 2/3 through Elantris, I started carrying my mp3 player with me and couldn't stop until I'd finished it. I would highly recommend this 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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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
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.
5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(
I know this is a late late late review, but i just finished it.
I am a big fan of Brandon Sanderson, but i just got the time to read this book, his first published book.
And again it is fantastic book. not similar to his other work and all original.
Narration was good and they way the story went was smooth. There are twists through the book, and the ending wasn't what i thought it would be, it was far better.
so far its a standalone book, maybe there will be future ones or not, no idea. But i liked that Brandon didn't give just an ending, he gave the option of related boks to this one.
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