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The Emperor's Soul Audiobook

The Emperor's Soul

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New York Times best-selling author Brandon Sanderson is widely celebrated for his Mistborn Trilogy and contribution to the final three books of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. In The Emperor's Soul, a Forger named Shai can copy and re-create any item by using magic to rewrite its history. After being condemned to death for attempting to steal the emperor's scepter, Shai is given one final chance. She' ll be allowed to live if she can create a new soul for the emperor, who hovers near death.

©2012 Dragonsteel Entertainment, LLC (P)2012 Recorded Books

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    Just Some Fool 01-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "4.5 out of 5!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Emperor's Soul to be better than the print version?

    This is an unfair question when asking me; I always enjoy audio over printed when it comes to fiction, so yes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Protagonist, Shai, followed closely by Gaotona.Shai was the protagonist, so we get a lot of detail about her. I feel she was well written. I also feel I got a glimps into Brandon's mind while reading/listening to Shai. I feel like the Stamp Magic is a look into Brandon's character creation process. I can see him writing up characters, adding in little details to the character's histories, and then going back and changing details and getting a whole new character out of them, and eventually we end up with Kelsier and Vin. - After all, I read somewhere that Vin was originally a male, but of course Vin is female in Mistborn. It's like Brandon stamped Vin to rewrite her past so she was born female, and *poof*!So, I liked Shai. Though, its hard to not like the protagonist in the story, I'm told people even like Humbert Humbert (Though I've tried to read that book so many times and can't get past the first couple chapters. Not because of the topic of the book, but because of the fancy prose. I found myself lost in sentances that were beautiful, but then found I had lost the larger picture of the story. Its a bit like, I'm sure how you feel about my review right now. - I digress.)I also like Gaotona, though without calculating I think he appeared on page the most often besides Shai herself, and we get to know him a bit as well. That's the key, knowing the characters. Its something Brandon does well.


    Have you listened to any of Angela Lin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I'm GENERALLY not a big fan of female readers; Which is strange because I love listening to female singers over male singers. I especially don't like female readers doing male voices, which again is odd because male readers doing female voices doesn't USUALLY bother me. - I like to think of myself as an equal opportunity person, so I always give female readers a chance. A female reader for a female POV character has always made sense to me, but again... I'm not sure if its the pitch of female reader's voice (though I suspect it), or if its something else like inflection, breathing patterns, etc.I was not bothered by Angela Lin's reading, which can be considered high praise. I gave her five stars, because I found nothing wrong with her reading and feel she did a five star job. - Its too bad for me that any woman who does a four star job of reading, I probably can't listen to. - Its my own problem, and one I regret. - She did a good job, I would listen to more of her reading, as long as it was for female characters.I know what I just posted makes me sexist, but it is a comfort thing that have been trying to get over. I wan't uncomfortable listening to her, and she does a very good job.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This is not Brandon Sanderson's best work, but it is still a cut above most of the Fantasy books I've read.I didn't know this book was included in Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection. I recommend the collection over the single, but the signal is very good.

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    Joshua Hoffman 12-11-16
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    "Good for a short story"

    The beginning exposition was rather tedious because the story is too short to flesh out the world. The main character was very good, the main villain however could have been more fleshed out. Overall it was a good short story.

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    Justin 11-30-16
    Justin 11-30-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Short and Brilliant"

    Although this book is short, Sanderson delivers a fully developed and masterful story. It's hard to believe a story about a brilliant and talented young woman doing research while imprisoned in a small dank room for a few months could be so good and so consuming but it is! I was very sad when it was over because I LOVED the lead character but I was also very satisfied and happy because Sanderson tied enough of the story lines in neat bows while leaving others loose, laying the foundation for my imagination to continue the story on in my own fantasy world. This is by far one my favorite short fantasy books I've read to date. Well done Brandon and thank you!

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    Matt Shannon 11-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "an intricate and well put together story."

    once again Brian Sanderson has done a magnificent job of building the story in another universe that is utterly believable to the listing. This is one of my all-time favorite stories. it is a story that is built around understanding of people, cultures and of passion. So many times this is brought down to base emotions, but in this story it is elevated to wonderful Heights!

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    Sid Hale 10-15-16
    Sid Hale 10-15-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Stunningly Elegant"

    This short by Master Sanderson is worth every cent. Such a wonderful stand alone. You won't want to put it down.

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    Pinkie US 09-12-16
    Pinkie US 09-12-16 Member Since 2014

    Epic fantasy junkie but I love a good mystery.

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    "Absolutely love it"

    I absolutely loved this story. The narration wasn't my favorite but it didn't take much from the story. I would love to here more about these characters.

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    ancientcampus 08-31-16 Member Since 2017
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    "No cheap imitation here."

    Instead, it's another masterpiece from Sanderson. As always, expect cool magic, interesting characters, and an undercurrent of thoughtful moral questions typical of his later works.

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    Got My Book 08-31-16
    Got My Book 08-31-16
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    "How Do You Forge a Soul?"

    This Fantasy novella is a treat for anyone who loves character based fiction.

    BOOK DETAILS:
    The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson, read by Angela Lin, published by Recorded Books (2012) / Length: 3 hrs 55 min

    SERIES INFO:
    This is a standalone novella. (It takes place on the same world as Elantris, which is part of Sanderson's larger Cosmere, but is unconnected.)

    SUMMARY:
    If you are someone who prefers books with lots of action, then this probably isn't for you. The only action is fairly brief, and doesn't come until towards the end. I, however, loved it for the way it explored both character and (non-romantic) relationships.

    My question in the title has a double meaning. It stands both for Shai's profession as an art/soul forger and for forging in the sense of "making or shaping." One of the underlying themes of the story has to do with how the Emperor's soul developed the way it did the first time, and how the littlest decisions can put you on a path.

    I have added the Diversity tag since, like many of Sanderson's other works, this has fantasy versions of Asian characters and cultures. (He spent two years in Korea as a young man.)

    CHARACTERS:
    Shai: I always struggle with protagonists who are criminals. I don't believe that crime should be portrayed as fun, harmless or even just acceptable. This book doesn't really go into that; it is more about what constitutes art and the ethics of that.

    The aspect of Shai I found most interesting was the way she (beyond temporarily changing her own soul magically, or even just using a typical con artists ability to play a role) would reframe her own reactions by mentally chosing to become someone who was capable of dealing with her current situation calmly.

    Gaotana: I love his complexity. He just wants to do what is best, but is also judgemental.

    I usually include a section on the romantic relationship in this section. There isn't one here, but relation- ships are nevertheless a central theme. Gaotana is the hub around which things turn. His relationship with Shai, and with Ashravan. There is also a subtle message about the way we see people vs the way they are.

    Allthough he is the next thing to dead from before the book starts, Ashravan, remains a central character. I like that, Emperor or not, he actually loved his wife.

    WORLDBUILDING:
    As usual, Sanderson builds a unique magic system with internally consistent rules and natural drawbacks. I love the discussion as to whether there is less merit to a work of art created using magic than to one created with actual paints. I'm sure this parallels arguments that digital artists deal with.

    The novella takes place almost entirely within the palace, and mostly within a single room, and yet there is a feeling of a whole world behind it. And Shai's talent gives a natural opportunity to explore the objects in the room and what she can do with them.

    PLOT:
    I am not a big reader of short fiction. This novella was the perfect length for me though. The beginning sucks you in as everyone is afraid of something. It then takes its time to explore the themes, before ending with a perfect blend of action and emotion.

    HIGHLIGHTS / CAUTIONS:
    --Shai & Gaotana's last moments together
    --The very end with Gaotana alone


    I COULD HAVE DONE WITHOUT: a bit of fantasy language swearing (and the explanation of the word's meaning) / the concept of the blood magic *shudder*

    OTHER CAUTIONS(?): It is mentioned that a married guard is having an affair / There is some brief somewhat brutal violence

    NARRATION:
    Character voices differentiated = Yes / Opposite sex voices acceptable = Yes, I especially enjoyed Gaotana's voice which really captured the essence of his character / Phrasing, Pacing & Pronunciation = Good, I think I heard 2 small mispronunciations / Emoting = Good / Speed = listened on 1.25, my usual.

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    Edwina Clarke 08-31-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A Keeper"

    This story was so well written. So imaginatively brilliant. Both the writer and the narrator are awesome story tellers. Angela Lin brought the story to life. This one is a keeper, one to re-read and listen to again.

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    ASURN 08-25-16
    ASURN 08-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    "we need/want more Branson sanderson clones"

    one of the best stories in the cosemere sorry section. I still wish it would get is own full book, but Brandon hasn't learned how to split himself into 6 people to do everything his fans want him to do. not yet anyway.

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