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Elantris | [Brandon Sanderson]

Elantris

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.
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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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    Susan nottingham, nottinghamshire, United Kingdom 28/10/2012
    Susan nottingham, nottinghamshire, United Kingdom 28/10/2012 Member Since 2009
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    "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

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mike B 31/08/2013
    Mike B 31/08/2013
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    "Spoilt by narration"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I tried to listen to this 3 or 4 times and could not get past the first few chapters. The narrator sounds as if he has not read the lines he is speaking, there is no characterisation and his style just gets in the way of what seems to be a good book.


    If you’ve listened to books by Brandon Sanderson before, how does this one compare?

    Very poorly.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Use Michael Kramer


    Do you think Elantris needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I could not say as I could not listen long enough to get into it.


    Any additional comments?

    If this was redone using Michael Kramer I would buy the new version in a heartbeat.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    gordon Gloucester, United Kingdom 24/12/2012
    gordon Gloucester, United Kingdom 24/12/2012 Member Since 2012
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    MR Manchester, United Kingdom 24/10/2012
    MR Manchester, United Kingdom 24/10/2012
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    "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).

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Anette Lincoln, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom 15/09/2014
    Anette Lincoln, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom 15/09/2014
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    "Didn't enjoy at all"
    What disappointed you about Elantris?

    This audio book is a prime example of why you should listen to the sample before buying. Had I done this I would have realized that the narrators voice would drive me to distraction and make it impossible for me to enjoy this book.


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

    The story itself is interesting and I would probably be tempted to buy a paperback version to read


    What didn’t you like about Jack Garrett’s performance?

    The narrators voice wasn't exciting - even when the story called for excitement. He just droned on in a wishy-washy way.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Truly disappointing!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    BM 19/11/2014
    BM 19/11/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marcus 03/11/2014
    Marcus 03/11/2014 Member Since 2012

    Learning about people and what makes us tick and a rip snorting yarn are my favourite reads.

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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Liz 01/11/2014
    Liz 01/11/2014 Member Since 2013
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin STOKE ON TRENT, United Kingdom 25/10/2014
    Benjamin STOKE ON TRENT, United Kingdom 25/10/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "Great start but not impressed with the second half"

    Interesting and imaginative world - book started with lots potential but just seemed to fall apart in the second half - shame.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William COLWYN BAY, United Kingdom 29/09/2014
    William COLWYN BAY, United Kingdom 29/09/2014 Member Since 2014

    23 year Old Brit with a Passion for Fantasy, historical fiction and Sci-fi..... and dragons . I like Dragons.

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    "A good ish take on new idea ... ish"
    Would you try another book written by Brandon Sanderson or narrated by Jack Garrett?

    I wasn't really blown over with this book to be honest. a maybe is my answer I tell thee. a yes if it was heavily discounted


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Elantris?

    To be honest with you this book wasn't the best or the brightest but I did manage to slug through it. there wasn't really any oooo moments . like oooo ( from the little green men from toy story)


    What three words best describe Jack Garrett’s voice?

    it needs variance


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

    if I got a free ticket


    Any additional comments?

    this book follows the main character a prince who has been thrown into elantris (a fallen dying city) where the demigods / wizards used to live there after the shea ode (a magical pot luck transformation ) chose them. however the elantrians have turned into Zombies, and the prince is now in there among them and is one of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Jakob
    OSLO, Norway
    19/11/12
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Julius Butcher
    Overijse, Belgium
    06/12/13
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Christoffer
    Lund, Sweden
    09/07/13
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    "Very irritating reader"
    What made the experience of listening to Elantris the most enjoyable?

    This is an excellent book as such, but sadly enough it takes quite some time to get over – not get used to – the readers ridiculous over-dramatization and unnecessarily long pauses. After a while I could successfully ignore this though, and focus on the story. It, fortunately is quite entertaining.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • jonefuroy
    Leira, Norway
    03/09/12
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    "I know what Mr. Sanderson can do."

    I started to write a long and not so positive review, but I changed my mind as I was going through it! Its a good book. Not the best or the worst but more than good enough!

    My only problem is that I want The Stormlight Archive NOW!!!! ;)

    Brandon Sanderson is one of my favorite authors so not reading his books is actually not possible. Just read it... Its worth far more that 1 credit!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    Australia
    12/06/13
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    "Slow, but engaging story"

    As Sanderson's first publicly released book, Elantris is a good effort. Although the actual style is a little immature, he shows the promise of a great storyteller that is eventually delivered in subsequent novels (and his completion of Jordan's epic series).

    If you haven't yet listened to a Sanderson book, this is a good start, but don't be put off by the style and dismiss his other works. They really are a cut above this one and it's nice to see the author's development in writing.

    This book displays a lot of classical themes. The outcast hero suffering the trials of an unwanted person, a corruptly led society on the brink of disaster ripe for the picking, deception, betrayal, revenge, questions of faith and responsibility and of course the beautiful, intelligent princess that is a central character to the whole story.

    Sanderson's Elantris starts off slow and builds like a tsunami to an inevitable climax with some nice twists along the way. Some of them are predictable and others enlightening, but on the whole he completes the book as he does with his other works by making sure all the loose ends are tied up.

    Overall a good work, with a good narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pint-sized Bookworm
    Hervey Bay
    17/11/14
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    "Original and brilliant"

    Elantris by Brandon Sanderson is both original and brilliant. Elantrians are considered to be a diseased race and have been outcast, living on scraps and fighting each other for survival, or what they consider for survival. Meanwhile in the country of Arelon, and its new capital Kae a high priest from Fjordell has come to save the souls of its people and claim the country for his emperor Wyrn. Elantris s a standalone novel which is great as you don't have to wait a year or even years for the next book or a complete series. The story is well crafted and Jack Garrett narration is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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