Elantris

  • by Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by Jack Garrett
  • 28 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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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- Ozzymandias

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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- BM

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-07-2012
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks