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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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    breckoz 05-30-12
    breckoz 05-30-12 Member Since 2015

    Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction

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    "Good, but long wait until the sequel"

    This is my first Brandon Sanderson novel and I really enjoyed the listen. I think some parts are a little drawn out unnecessarily, however, in the end I still wanted more. There are questions left unanswered at this books conclusion but for the most part things are wrapped up with this set of characters. I wish we didn't have to wait 10 years after this books creation date (2015) for a sequel.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Basehor, KS, United States 05-03-12
    Ron Basehor, KS, United States 05-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Pretty Good"

    I found this book to be enjoyable. I don't think this is Brandon Sanderson's best work but by NO means do I think it's below average. I still rated it above average... just not off the charts. Elantris is definitely worth a listen it was well written and has pretty good narration.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    B. Bozeman Knoxville, Tennessee 09-29-11
    B. Bozeman Knoxville, Tennessee 09-29-11 Member Since 2012

    Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day

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    "Hard to Review this one."

    I liked the two main characters and the concept of Elantris and was quite intrigued with the first 3/4ths of the story but the last quarter of the book seemed to lose focus and steam as it stumbled toward it's staggering conclusion in a forced climax in the nick of time.
    It took me longer than usual to get through this one and I stopped a few times to listen to other titles before returning to finish. That isn't a good thing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Ok but not great"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael S. 04-28-10
    Michael S. 04-28-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Enjoyable book, with compelling characters"

    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.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Shane Wake Forest, NC, USA 03-29-09
    Shane Wake Forest, NC, USA 03-29-09
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    "A great listen if a little slow."

    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.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Brandon Barton SHREVEPORT, LA, US 02-27-09
    Brandon Barton SHREVEPORT, LA, US 02-27-09 Listener Since 2008

    I'm a politically conservative, technologically inclined, open-minded, all American citizen of this great terrestrial ball we call home. I keep my head in the clouds, I love Sci-Fi and Fantasy novels but I keep my feet on the ground, I stay informed on news and current events, and I love the fact that I can still form and express my own opinions in this great nation we call The Untied States.

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    "Wonderful Selection"

    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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ione Lebanon, TN, United States 01-27-10
    Ione Lebanon, TN, United States 01-27-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Not perfect, but very enjoyable"

    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.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Pie Saint Petersburg, FL, United States 12-06-09
    Pie Saint Petersburg, FL, United States 12-06-09 Listener Since 2007
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    "Interesting :)"

    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.

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Duvall, WA, United States 09-19-09
    Stephen Duvall, WA, United States 09-19-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Not bad - not great"

    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.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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