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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.

©2005, 2015 Dragonsteel Entertainment, LLC. (P)2008 Recorded Books,LLC

Critic Reviews

"...readers won't want to put it down." (Publishers Weekly)
"Outstanding." (Publisher's Weekly)

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A little let down by the narration

While Jack is a great reader, with much emotion, most characters were read exactly the same. It made it a bit difficult to follow some of the conversations that contained a lot of quick fire dialogue and a few characters.
Otherwise, I thought it was great!

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Loved the book, really liked the audible version.

I read Elantris when Sanderson first published it and thought it was excellent at the time. After hearing it now I've got to admit I like it more than I did before.

I wasn't as enamored with the narrator's performance however. He did an overall very good job but there was something about his intonation at times (quite often) where he sounded like he was awestruck. It was just the too over the top and distracted me from enjoying the story. Think of it like this: I've said I thought the story was excellent. If he were narrating that it would read like "I thought the story was INCREDIBLY FAR BEYOND ANYTHING IVE EVER READ BEFORE". See? Just too intense.

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seemed rushed

Great story and beginning to book but the ending seemed rushed. book would have been 10x better if the ending had been taken more slowly

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Editing

The was no space between the end of a chapter and the announcement of the next chapter. Very annoying

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No doubt, Sanderson is a master world builder

Elantris is a beautifully depicted reality. The characters are more real than real people sometimes! The one reason I did not give full marks is because of the complication of names and titles and the way they're presented.
No doubt, Sanderson is a master world builder, and the uniqueness of the names of characters, places, and magic are vital to the culture off the story. It was all just a little too much for me. I admit that even at the end I confused characters with names of cities. I identify with the words spoken by Paulo Coelho's character: Santiago in The Alchemist. (Paraphrased)
"If I were to write a book I would introduce the characters one at a time, so the reader does not get confused.)

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27 hours I'll never get back. Slow, boring, tedious. I thought it was overly worded and a poor story. I would not recommend it.

27 hours I'll never get back. I found it slow, boring, tedious and overly wordy. I kept reading hoping it would get better, but was disappointed. Would not recommend it.

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Great effing story.

Holy cow this book is great for a debut novel. The narrator didnt quite match the talent of Michael Kramer, but the story more than makes up for it. Forgot how much I loved that ending scene. TEAM HRATHEN!

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  • Jayson
  • Vail, CO, USA
  • 10-22-15

I guess every good author gets to fire off a dud

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No the story was awful and predictable, a complete departure from the level I have come to expect from Sanderson. I didn't like and of the characters.

Would you ever listen to anything by Brandon Sanderson again?

Yes, Sanderson is becoming my fluorite author, I just hope he spends more time on the storm light archive and less time on this awful story line.

What about Jack Garrett’s performance did you like?

it didn't suck

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

NO! no one would go see a move about a magic leprosy colony.

Any additional comments?

nope

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good story idea, but poorly executed...

good story idea, but poorly executed... a good start, but the story feels rushed at the end.

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Best Sanderson book!

I thought I could never love a series more than the Mistborn ... but then I read this. Brandon truly astonishes me with his powerful writing and unique ideas.