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Publisher's Summary

Elantris was built on magic, and it thrived. But then the magic began to fade, and Elantris began to rot. Now its shattered citizens face domination by a powerful Imperium. Can a young Princess unite the people of Elantris and lead a rebellion against the imperial zealots?

Brandon Sanderson's debut fantasy showed his skill as a storyteller and an imaginer of baroque magical systems to be fully developed from the start.

©2005 Brandon Sanderson (P)2008 Recorded Books LLC

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Woeful narrator.

The drole narrator made the story impossible to bear.
I have tried and tried to listen but can’t bear it beyond chapter 3

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  • MR
  • United States
  • 14-04-2017

Disappointed

What disappointed you about Elantris?

I'm normally a big fan of Brandon Sanderson however this story was too long and not that intriguing. There was not enough magic or action during the story. Everything was left to the ending which was somewhat predictable. I like the princess's character but the other characters were average. Also I was not impressed by the narrators voice although it did grow on me by the end of the book.

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I can't get past Jack Garrett's voice.

It feels like being read to by Troy Mclure.

Story is okay so far. I'm going to get the book as I can't stand the voice acting.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great fantasy

Great story and narration. Jack (narrator) has good acting skills and a strong accent but doesn't take long to get used to. Story is as engaging as any of Sanderson.

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its great

loved it. such a good story with great characters. a must read for any fans of brandon sanderson's work.

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Good read

Enjoyed listening to this story, I just hope there is a sequel! I do like this author.

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The narrator makes all the difference

Admittedly, I can't really review the story itself as I didnt listen much beyond the first couple of chapters. The writing was okay but a bit formulaic but the real reason that I couldn't get into the book was that the narrator's accent and voice ruined it for me. It didnt suit the style of the book at all. It seemed more suited to an action book like Matthew Reilly than a fantasy.

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good not great

interesting plot line and intriguing character representation. it is not my favourite of his works though.

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classic fantasy and very enjoyable

loved it. took me halfway through the book to really get into it as there's alot on courtly politics that minimally interest me.

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love all brandon sanderson books

i love all Brandon sanderson books. can't wait for this story to continue. The pronunciation of a lot of the names in the audiobook is off as there's a specific phonetic system for the world, otherwise great narration.

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  • BM
  • 19-11-2014

Awesome!

Where does Elantris rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have never read a fantasy book before and after listening to Elantris I am sold! Exciting from the very beginning to the very end.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Raoden. He was the true hero of the story.

What about Jack Garrett’s performance did you like?

I was slightly put off initially by the American accent, but once into the story I stopped noticing it. Great storyteller.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, it made me laugh, cry and everything in between. Very thought provoking and I found myself thinking about it throughout the day and even now although I finished it several weeks ago. I will definitely go back to it one day.

Any additional comments?

Take a chance and get it, you won't be disappointed!

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  • Susan
  • 28-10-2012

Elantris

Fantastic i have listened to it twice because i enjoyed it so much. brilliant story line. I have listen to all the books he as written and would recomend them to anyone. But this one is my favourite. 10 out of 10

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  • MR
  • 24-10-2012

Excellent

I had never heard of Brandon Sanderson until I downloaded this and it was not what I expected from looking at the front cover but wow what a book. The story moves along nicely and the narrative is exellently done. I found myself looking forward to getting some free time just to get back to the book. One of the best stories I have had the pleasure of reading (listening to).

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  • Ozzymandias
  • 26-09-2013

A well crafted story

I wish Brandon Sanderson would start writing science fiction. I 'd love to see his masterful development of characters and scenes being transferred to the science fiction genre depicting starry nebula, different worlds and the intricacies, designs and workings of future tech.

This guy can write, the listener/reader is drawn into the story and immersed in a tragic situation. We are invested in the characters and both they and the scenes are depicted and developed in exquisite detail. There is thorough description of the history and mysticism of the lands, you can feel and see in your mind what it is like to be there. He brings tension to every part where a significant event action takes place, you are on the edge of you seat vying for the heroes, or frightened about what may creep up on them - literally or figuratively.

Some of the book deals with religion, in its positive and negative influences, what happens when someone believes something so much that they will do ANYTHING to justify these beliefs? About how it is possible to use religious fervor to whip up a mob to do horrible things. It is also a love story but not cheap and cheesy.

He creates beings a that seem a bit like a zombies but without the usual shoddy nonsense we are too-often exposed to. There are other interesting inventive creatures.

Why only four stars? For the plot I felt that the book was a little long at just under 28 hours, parts of the middle felt a little slow. It would have been better if some of the middle was sped up and more time spent resolving the end - which is very dramatic, dynamic, and full of tension. A sequel has been planned so maybe that's the reason there wasn't an absolute resolution. The book certainly left me wanting more.

My question is when is Brandon Sanderson going to start writing science fiction? I'd love to see this writing style in the scifi genre.

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  • Liz
  • 01-11-2014

Thoroughly enjoyed!!

Would you listen to Elantris again? Why?

Yes, I enjoyed the story and the narration captured me from the get-go.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Serene, a strong personality.

What does Jack Garrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narration was great. From the beginning the narrator was interesting and captivating.

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

No, over some days.

Any additional comments?

A great read! Would recommend!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Daniel
  • 02-04-2016

A great listen

I was new to Brandon Sanderson before I got this book. Seeing as most of his books are trilogies, I thought I would give this book a listen.

A fantastic story with great narration and most definitely a brilliant introduction to Brandon Sanderson, I am now officially a fan.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • gordon
  • 24-12-2012

wonderfull meandering fantasy

For a first time fantacy book it's cool. It pulls you into a world that does'nt hit you over the head with voilence and bloodlust.Politics and pychology, discovering personalities of people one would like to know. A really nice book to listen to.I enjoyed to journey, the voice fit the story.A great driving book.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Marcus
  • 03-11-2014

Early work, author finding his feet

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The characterisation in Elantris was shallow and while I loved the idea behind the book, the execution was weak. Sandlerson learned a lot from the experience of publishing this because all his other books so far have been amazing and compelling

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The overriding theme of compassionate leadership was a powerful theme.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration was pretty good given the subject matter

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Elantris?

Fewer adjectives, more action, better developed characters (less pastiche)

Any additional comments?

Read anything else Brandon Sanderson has written. Very clever writer, sharp incisive style and his imagination brings to life amazing worlds with untold possibilities. Great escapes.

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  • Justin Coyne
  • 08-11-2015

this

I struggled to finish this, it just moved too slowly at times. The characters were pretty good, but there were whole sections that were just pointless. The idea was fairly good though.

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  • Dan
  • 27-08-2016

extremely enjoyable book that enriches the cosmere

don't allow yourself to be put off by narration , it's very different from the usual Kate Redding and Michael kraemer I'm more accustomed to but it does grow on you.

The reputation of the book originally suggested to me it was a fantasy story aimed more for teens however I saw nothing that substantiated this claim. elantris for me was as good as all Sanderson's other works and will definitely be going on a prominent position among my favourite books.

This edition also has some entertaining dialogue prior and after the story relating to the origins of the book and about Sanderson's career as a writer. I fully enjoyed these additions about a author who in less than a year I have devoured almost all his publications and who for me has tied with Robert Jordan as my favourite author of all time. word of mouth through my friends helped uncover Brandon Sanderson and his novels for me and there's no going back.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful