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"... readers won't want to put it down." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
"Outstanding." (Publisher's Weekly)
Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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
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.
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.
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.
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