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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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3 out of 5 stars
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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5 out of 5 stars
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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5 out of 5 stars
By Susan on 10-28-12


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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5 out of 5 stars
By BM on 11-19-14


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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1 out of 5 stars
By Jenifer on 12-04-17

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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2 out of 5 stars
By MR on 04-14-17


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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