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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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By Anonymous User on 11-19-12

Good value, slow narrator and average fantasy.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

With the price of one credit and at the length of three normal books it it a great find if you, like me, enjoy long books or series of books. But the downside is that it is slower and not as refreshing as Sanderson's other works. Likable characters with developed individual story arcs helped carry the book along.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The primary story picked up some speed for the last parts of the book and that helped my overall impression.

How could the performance have been better?

It was my first experience with Jack Garrett as narrator. I found his pacing too slow to and the length of the breaks between sentences even worse. I almost ended up listening to the book at. x2 speed. If you think this might annoy you, be careful.

Any additional comments?

I rate this book in comparison with Sandersons other works which I really, really enjoyed. On its own I might have given it an extra star.

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By Julius Butcher on 12-06-13

I want to draw Aons

Sometimes it seems that I far behind the wave with my reading . I mean, I read books came out years ago. I don't see it as not being updated what is hot and the newest on the bestselling list, instead I consider it finding gems along the road of my reading journey.

The latest one is Elantris by Brandon Sanderson.

I had previous experiences with his books, I say experiences, because they weren't simple readings. The first book I started to read was the Mistborn book 1. I couldn't finish it, don't ask why. I just struggled with it, picking the book up and putting it down several times. Finally around the middle of the book I said it was not for me. It bothered me, because I'm fan of the Writing Excuses podcast, and I find those guys (among them Brandon Sanderson) funny and helpful. He seems to be a capable author to write a decent book.

So I picked up another book of his, the Way of Kings, this time in audiobook format. Man, I was hooked from the beginning. That is a long one, and a few times it felt like flowing slowly, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

So I purchased Elantris and I was eager to start to listen to the audiobook. And I realised again, I like fantasy pretty much.

Elantris isn't short, and a few times I was wondering if I need all those details or whether the dialogues couldn't be shorter, but by the end these all paid back. The characters became my friends (or enemies), and they were chiselled like the fine carvings on the walls of Elantris.

The idea itself got me hooked in. There was this city, once beautiful, shining, people with godlike powers walked on its streets. Then suddenly the heaven became hell, the glory faded and gave place to mud and slime, pain and suffer. The strange power that earlier made semi-gods from ordinary people now destroyed their humanity making them living dead.

Of course prince Raedon finally solved the mystery of the disappearance of Elantris' power (what would've been the point of the story if he didn't?). The clues were well timed throughout the book.

The magic system is amazing, shining signs in the air channelling power to this world and everything. I wonder how the author comes up with these ideas.

The political system is also well drawn. The throne is weakened, the country is on the edge of collapse, the political forces plot against each other, outside power threatens the kingdom, and even religion comes into the mix. Just like in real life.

There is an important phrase when talking about how captivating a book is: suspension of disbelief. Well, my disbelief was suspended all along the story. I enjoyed it a lot.

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By Ozzymandias on 09-26-13

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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By BM on 11-19-14

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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By Cale on 03-24-17

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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By Matt on 02-14-17

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.

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