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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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  • Global
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  • Anonymous User
  • 19/11/2012

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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  • Global
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  • Julius Butcher
  • 06/12/2013

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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  • Global
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  • Christoffer
  • 09/07/2013

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.

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  • jonefuroy
  • 03/09/2012

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!

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  • Chris
  • 12/06/2013

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.

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  • Philip Creswell
  • 22/01/2018

Great fantasy narrated by Zap Brannigan

I love this book. Sanderson has become a much better writer since he wrote this book, but the story is still excellent.

Unfortunately, the guy who narrated this book sounds like Zap Brannagin from Futurama. His voices are ridiculous, and it is super frustrating to listen to at times.

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  • Romantic Intentions Quarterly
  • 01/09/2017

Amazing Narration of an Astounding Debut

This story is a sparkling example of unique, exhilarating Epic Fantasy (though "epic" may be a misnomer for this as-yet standalone tome), and I loved going back into Elantris years after my first encounter Sanderson's emerging brilliance.

More notable, however, is that the narration here is among the very best I have ever heard for an audiobook. So good that I will be searching Jack Garrett's name, seeing what else he has narrated, and making future selections based on that alone.

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  • johan
  • 15/12/2016

Loved it

First time I ever heard Jack Garrett narrate a book and I enjoyed it greatly. I have listened to most books by Brandon Sanderson and while it may not be the best of his work it is a great book in its own right. Though surprisingly it has my favorite magic system of all his work

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  • Alice
  • 16/04/2016

Characters suffer from mediocre narration

What did you love best about Elantris?

The world is very cool, the mysteries of what happened to Elantris and its inhabitants are intriguing and managed to make me want to figure out the puzzles on my own.
The main antagonist (Hrathan) is a rather complex and interesting character.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Most scenes that might have been humorous are somewhat ruined by a mediocre delivery - I'm not sure if it's the narrators fault, but there were a number of dialogue lines that sounded very cheesy and I believe they didn't have to.

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  • Lee
  • 27/02/2016

Loved It

My favorite author if all times! Great story. Great characters! Took me some time to get into but once I was hooked I could stop!!!

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  • Kid Khan
  • 13/12/2012

Ein typischer Debutroman

Brandon Sandersons Debutroman "Elantris" von 2005 hat bereits alle Anlagen, die seine folgenden Werke so erfolgreich machen: Ein durchdachtes, komplexes und vor allem neues Magiesystem, ausgefeilte Charaktere, epische Szeneriebeschreibungen, parallele Handlungsstränge sowie politische, religiöse und persönliche Verwicklungen.

Und genau darin liegt auch das Problem des Romans: Hier hat jemand ein Buch geschrieben, der sich vorher sehr genau überlegt hat, WIE man einen erfolgreichen Fantasyroman verfasst und sein gesammeltes theoretisches Wissen darüber in EIN Werk gesteckt hat, als gäbe es kein Morgen. Alles ist irgendwie übertrieben, zu viel, über das Ziel hinaus, ohne dabei jemals den Geruch des Konstruierten, des genralstabsmäßig durchgeplanten Projekts "Ich schreibe jetzt ein Buch" zu verlieren.

Das beginnt mit der Namensgebung: Nicht nur Eigennamen von Personen und geografischen Elementen sind Fantasy-gerecht verfremdet, nein, auch gesellschaftliche und religiöse Titel und Anreden, Bezeichner für Sachgegenstände, Flüche, selbst fremdsprachliche Elemente werden eingebaut. Das macht das Verständnis - gerade der englischen Version als Nicht-Muttersprachler - streckenweise etwas schwierig.

Die Handlung beginnt interessant, mysteriös, fremdartig - die Grundidee: eine gefallene Hochkultur, die phonetische Nähe zu Atlantis ist kein Zufall - jedoch verflacht der Plot im Fortgang der Geschichte sehr schnell, wird vorhersehbar und kumuliert in einem viel zu rasanten und überspitzten Finale, das in punkto "happy end" für den, der's denn braucht, keine Wünsche offen lässt.

Ein hervorragender Debutroman, allerdings mit genau den Schwächen, die Autoren in ihren Debutromanen so gerne unterlaufen. Die Anlagen sind wunderbar, jedoch fehlte einfach noch die Erfahrung und Sicherheit mit der Neugier und den Erwartungen des Lesers zu spielen. Stattdessen wurden möglichst viele Ideen auf möglichst wenig Seiten gepresst (muss im letzten Kapitel noch eine neue Kampfmönch Klasse eingeführt werden?). Immerhin hat Sanderson das offensichtlich selbst so gesehen und einige Ideen in "Mistborn" und "Stormlight Chronicles" einer Zweitverwertung zugeführt. Alles in Allem wäre etwas weniger noch mehr gewesen, aber das ist Herumkritteln auf einem Niveau, das viele andere Autoren in diesem Genre mit ihrem Lebenswerk nicht erreichen.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Heidemarie Mahoney
  • 18/10/2012

interessant - aber viel zu viele Längen

wirklich interessantes Szenario - aber bei den Gesprächen und Diskussionen tauchen immer wieder dieselben Themen auf. Faszinierend wie viele Begriffe man für dieselben Sachen finden kann - aber für mich dann doch viel zu viele Längen!
dieses Hörbuch sollt man unbedingt nicht in der ungekürzten Fassung anhören, es sei den man ist ein Hardliner!
ich mag Sanderson sehr gerne; aber in der Mitte von Teil 2 hat sich hier immer noch nichts getan - da gab sogar ich auf.

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  • Global
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  • Kai
  • 03/03/2017

Eines der schwächsten von Sanderson, also ganz gut

Elantris ist das erste und eines der schwächsten Bücher von Sanderson. Die Story ist gespickt mit langatmigen Passagen, ein roter Faden ist zwar stets zu erkennen, aber ich habe mich durchaus durch die 20+ Stunden quälen müssen an der ein oder anderen Stelle. Oft mit dem inneren Aufschrei: "Wen interessierts????". Dennoch ist auch dies ein Werk von Sanderson und er ist und bleibt einer der besten Fantasy Autoren unserer Zeit. Und auch Elantris ist nicht schlecht, aber "halb so lang" wäre es vielleicht ein noch besseres Buch geworden. Der Sprecher ist nicht schlecht, kann aber den verschiedenen Charakteren kaum Eigenheiten geben, oder zumindest nicht so gut wie das z.b. Michael Kramer tut.

  • Global
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  • Hooded Crow
  • 16/02/2017

A magical read

Elantris is far from perfect. Raoden is through his perfectness a Gary Stu and Sarene is a bit too much the stereotypical empowered princess that suddenly is all love. Both should be highly relatable but are it more as symbols than characters. But both symbols so close to our hearts that it compensates. Who hasn't struggled against the roles other or society force upon you and who doesn't no the struggle for humanity and what's write. Both aren't abstract here, but on a scale we all experience every day. One bummed toe, a paper cut tiny pains we barely register beyond the initial second, but doing this read you ask yourself what would you become if the pain never ends. Brandon Sanderson created a novel that it unique in fantasy and despite what he says really isn't a zombie novel at all. I liked it, but the best recommendation I can probably give, is that he made me like Hrathen. A character type a usually get bored with easily and alienates me almost everytime and whose chapters I was close to skipping for the first half of the novel. One could say he came a bit around to my side. But that shouldn't be enough, should it, for me to admit he is the best characters. I should love Raoden and feel with Sarene both share quite a lot with me. This is why I recommend Elantris, I think that giving us a different perspective is one of the best things books can do.

  • Global
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  • Bel
  • 27/05/2016

Fantastisch -- im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes

Nachdem ich den Rithmatist gehört hatte, wollte ich unbedingt ein anders Buch von Brian Sanderson hören. Ich entschied mich für Elantris, weil es nicht Teil einer Serie ist. Was soll ich sagen: ich wünschte, die Geschichte würde fortgeführt. Die beschriebenen Welten, die Charaktere, die Handlung -- alles hat mich be- und verzaubert, und der Erzähler war auch großartig!

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Esfandiar
  • 13/07/2015

Organized, flawless, and captivating

The book is clearly written, thoroughly organized, and captivatingly narrated. As all books of Brandon Sanderson, it is a marvellous book.

  • Global
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  • M. Zürcher
  • 27/04/2015

Loved it

Read and listened thanks to whispersinc. Really enjoyed it. Knew Sanderson from the Mistborn and Stormlight Archive series which I can also highly recommend.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Stephan
  • 22/05/2013

27 Stunden sind nicht genug

Brandon Sandersons Elantris nimmt zwar nur langsam Fahrt auf, doch reißt früher oder später jeden mit.

Die spannenden Charaktere und ihre einzigartige Welt wachsen dem Hörer ans Herz, während sie sich durch unendlich viele spannende Handelsstränge bis zum Happy End hangeln.

Ein Wehrmutstropfen: Der Abschied Reoden, Sarene und Ihren Mitstreitern. Ich warte jedenfalls sehnsüchtig auf die geplante Fortsetzung.

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  • Global
    1 out of 5 stars
  • rescuemouse
  • 24/05/2013

Sehr, sehr enttäuschend

Ehrlich gesagt hatte ich deutlich mehr von dem Autor erwartet, der ausgewählt wurde um "The wheel of time" fortzusetzen. Die Charaktere sind absolute Stereotypen, unausgefeilt flach, uncharismatisch und langweilig - wie leider das ganze "Buch". Fürchterliche Längen, ewige Diskussionen um jeden Fitz, eine mühsam konstruierte Story, teilweise unlogisch. Ich hab mich bis zur Hälfte gequält ("da muss doch irgendwann mal was passieren!") und dann genervt aufgegeben. Sehr ärgerlich. Also nochmal die Frage: wie sind die für "The wheel of time" auf diesen Autor gekommen?? Oder gibt es dafür etwa einen ghostwriter hinter ihm??
Dazu noch ein Sprecher, der anscheinend nur genau zwei Emotionen kennt: 'Verwunderung' und 'Drama, Baby, Drama'.
In Summe: Fürchterlich, bloß nie wieder.

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