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Publisher's Summary

An all-new Stormlight Archive novella is the crown jewel of Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection, the first audiobook of short fiction by New York Times best-selling author Brandon Sanderson.

The collection includes eight works in all. The first seven are "The Hope of Elantris" (Elantris), "The Eleventh Metal" (Mistborn), "The Emperor's Soul" (Elantris), "Allomancer Jak and the Pits of Eltania, Episodes 28 through 30" (Mistborn), "Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell" (Threnody), "Sixth of Dusk" (First of the Sun), and "Mistborn: Secret History" (Mistborn).

Originally published on Tor.com and other websites, or published by the author, these wonderful tales convey the expanse of the Shardworlds and tell exciting tales of adventure Sanderson fans have come to expect, including the Hugo Award-winning novella The Emperor's Soul. Arcanum Unbounded also contains a currently untitled Stormlight Archive novella that appears in this audiobook for the first time anywhere.

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Where to Find It (chapter #'s for stories)

For locating stories, chapter references in the Audible audiobook are as follows:
- Introductory comments by author - Audible audiobook Chapter 1
- The Selish System - Audible audiobook Chapter 2
1. "The Emperor's Soul" (Elantris) - begins at Audible audiobook Chapter 3;
2. "The Hope of Elantris" (Elantris) - begins at Audible audiobook Chapter 20;
- The Scadrian System - Audible audiobook Chapter 22;
3. "The Eleventh Metal" (Mistborn) - begins at Audible audiobook Chapter 23;
4. "Allomancer Jak & the Pits of Eltania, Episodes 28 through 30" (Mistborn) - begins at audiobook Chapter 25;
5. "Mistborn: Secret History" (Mistborn) - begins at Audible audiobook Chapter 27;
- The Taldane System - Audible audiobook Chapter 54
6. "White Sand" (White Sand) Audible audiobook Chapter 55
- The Threnodite System - Audible audiobook Chapter 58
7. "Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell" (Threnody) begins at Audible audiobook Chapter 59;
- The Drominade System - Audible audiobook Chapter 63
8. "Sixth of Dusk" (First of the Sun) begins at Audible audiobook Chapter 64;
- The Rhosharan System begins at Audible audiobook Chapter 67;
9. "Edgedancer" (Stormlight Archive) - begins at Audible audiobook Chapter 68.
As I listened through the first time, I bookmarked the beginning and made notes for each short story for ease of finding them in future. I hope this helps those of you who would like to do the same.

55 of 56 people found this review helpful

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Titles for chapters, please.

Since this is a collection of short stories, wouldn't it be nice to have some indication of where one story ended and another began? Surely I'm not the only one who bought this particular volume with the intention of reading a specific story and then had to scroll through it, chapter by chapter, to find the story I wanted to listen to. Quite annoying. Of course, the stories themselves are wonderful. It is, afterall, Brandon Sanderson. Definitely worth adding to my collection, lack of chapter titles notwithstanding.

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Amazing

Here's the deal. I love Sanderson's books, his character creation, plots, the different magic systems. What I don't usually do is collections, so while I was excited for this book I had a bit of trepidation when I started listening/reading it. I shouldn't have feared. Not only were all of the stories amazing. But the fact that a short story for Sanderson is a complete novel for any other author made this book just a collection of books, not short stories. Could not recommend enough.

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A Great Collection with some spoilers

I love this collection! Full of spoilers so I haven't read all of them. Most of these were new to me even though the are free as pdfs in some cases. I love the way Michael Kramer and Kate Reading read these stories and of course Brandon Sanderson writes them so well.

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Best Credit Use

This is the best credit I have spent in a long time. Absolutely loved the stories contained in the collection, as well as the afterwards to each story. I can't wait to hear more!
P.S. Get this book so worth it.

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The chaptering pisses me off

This is the 4th book I have bought of short stories. I do not want to listen in order. I want to be able to open the chapter list and go straight to a story. How hard is that to do?

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Not his best but not too bad.

A few slow reads intermixed between good potential and good writiing. While Kramer seems to be rehashing the same character voices again, Kate Reading has seemed to expand her character range.

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Amazing! Especially when I read Edgedancer!

Worth the read! Edgedancer really makes me wants stormlight 3 now! I love this book!

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Good, but...

Any additional comments?

I'm a huge fan of Brandon's works...all of them. To prepare to listen to the Elantris story, I went back and listened to the original Elantris book narrated by Jack Garrett. Frankly, while I normally love Michael and Kate, their rendition of the Elantris story in the book ruined it for me. It's like they didn't even listen to how Jack Garrett performed it--the pronunciations were so off that it was hard to follow. I put the entire collection down for weeks for this one performance.

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excellent cosmere stories

Great set of short stories. By the time I read these short stories, I'd read all of Sanderson's other books (upto his most recent release, Oathbringer) and was confused by how there are these websites with all this lore about the workings about Sanderson's Cosmere. Then I read Arcanum Unbounded and found out where most of it came from. The short stories, the unknown researcher who is collecting these stories and adding his/her notes between stories, and Sanderson's post scripts where he tells his readers about his ideas brings his universe together and fills in most of the gaps connecting the worlds. Arcanum Unbounded is a "must have" if you want a complete picture.

It also helps that all the stories are really enjoyable too along with the same two narrators you've gotten used to in Sanderson's other cosmere novels.

Now begins the long wait for sanderson's next book. *sigh.*

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