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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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    Greg Hershberger Wilmington, NC USA 06-06-09
    Greg Hershberger Wilmington, NC USA 06-06-09 Listener Since 2005
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    "Average to Good"

    This book has an interesting plotline but it is simply too long. It drags in the middle and loses momentum. Still worth reading if you are able to persevere through the middle stretch to the end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Logan Minneapolis, MN, USA 04-20-09
    Logan Minneapolis, MN, USA 04-20-09 Member Since 2008
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    "18 great hours and 6 that are okay."

    This book was good, up until the end. I'm not sure if the author just wanted to wrap it up, if there were space concerns, or if the author just got overly ambitious. But I was left feeling that what could have been a great ending was turned into an okay ending. But that said, the first 18 hours or so are wonderful!

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    04-15-09
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    "Great Read"

    Really enjoyed this book. Wished the author had more to choose from.

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    Wade Mechanisville, VA, USA 04-07-09
    Wade Mechanisville, VA, USA 04-07-09 Member Since 2009
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    "grate story"

    it was grate story loved it could not stop my ipod just did not like how some of the chars names sounded alike

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    S. Singleton Jacksonville, FL USA 03-28-09
    S. Singleton Jacksonville, FL USA 03-28-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Lots of sub plots"

    There are many plots within plots to this excellent book with an epic story takes place over a period of approximately 2 months. It starts out a bit slow how ever it develops into a tale with surprising plot twists and shifts that leave you and the characters wondering what will happen next. The narration is great and makes for rapt listening.

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    Leeann Eagle River, AK, USA 03-23-09
    Leeann Eagle River, AK, USA 03-23-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Highly Recommended"

    I found this book engrossing; I did not want to go to sleep so I almost listened to it straight through. It was one of those books that you are sad when the story is over.

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    Vincent Fayetteville, GA, USA 03-22-09
    Vincent Fayetteville, GA, USA 03-22-09 Member Since 2005
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    "A good first novel"

    A solid fantasy story with a few small holes. Near the end the book I got worried as to how it was all going to end but the author pulled it out well. I'll be reading the Mistborn books next.

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    Anthony Puyallup, WA, USA 03-15-09
    Anthony Puyallup, WA, USA 03-15-09 Member Since 2009
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    "More, I say."

    Narration I found amazing, as well as the story. Highly recommended to the sci-fi/fantasy fan looking for a breath of fresh air.

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    Kristoffer Fountain Valley, CA, United States 01-25-10
    Kristoffer Fountain Valley, CA, United States 01-25-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Terrible Narration"

    The extremely poor narration performance kept me from finishing this book. I love Brandon Sanderson's stories, but this has been the ONLY book thus far that I've not been able to listen to all the way through.

    Looks like I'll have to pick up a physical copy of this book if I ever want to read it.

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    Lightstorm 11-29-09
    Lightstorm 11-29-09 Listener Since 2003
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    "Simply fantastic"

    Elantris is a unique and fun story, filled with great characters and situations... it is something entirely new in fantasy. I loved every minute and found myself wanting more when it ended. The narration was great, although I sometimes wish Mr. Garrett formulated different (non-American) accents for some characters.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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