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Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection

Written by: Brandon Sanderson
Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
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Publisher's Summary

An all-new Stormlight Archive novella, "Edgedancer", is the crown jewel of Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection, the first audiobook of short fiction by number one New York Times best-selling author Brandon Sanderson. 

The collection will include nine works in all. The first eight are: 

“The Hope of Elantris” (Elantris) 

“The Eleventh Metal” (Mistborn) 

“The Emperor's Soul” (Elantris) 

“Allomancer Jak and the Pits of Eltania, Episodes 28 through 30” (Mistborn) 

“White Sand" (excerpt; Taldain) 

"Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell” (Threnody) 

“Sixth of Dusk” (First of the Sun) 

“Mistborn: Secret History” (Mistborn) 

These wonderful works, originally published on Tor.com and elsewhere individually, convey the expanse of the Cosmere and tell exciting tales of adventure Sanderson fans have come to expect, including the Hugo Award-winning novella, “The Emperor's Soul”, and an excerpt from the graphic novel "White Sand". 

Arcanum Unbounded also contains the Stormlight Archive novella "Edgedancer", which appears in this audiobook for the first time anywhere. It is a story of Lift, taking place between Words of Radiance and the forthcoming Oathbringer.

©2016 Dragonsteel Entertainment (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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Read it if you are familiar with his work.

Very good anthology of stories if you haven't read them all already. Mistborn secret history contains spoilers for the first mistborn trilogy and edgedancer contains spoilers for world wide events occurring at the end of words of radience, but i feel theres no spoilers that you dont see coming a mile away while reading words of radience. 6 of dusk and emperors soul were stand alone stories and favorites of mine aswell

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Amazing stories

This is a great book. It is full of great stories but to get the most out of it you should read most if not all of Sanderson's previous work. Each story is unique and shows the real skill of Sanderson. #Audible1

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Loved it!

Amazing short story's. Can't wait to read more and see how the Cosmere all fits together.

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Very entertaining!

Wonderful collection of stories from the Cosmere, they really brings Sanderson's universe to life. I particularly enjoyed the author's thoughts and background for each world. Plus, Kramer & Reading always pair well together as narrators #Audible1

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Great Shorts

A collection of short stories helping fill in gaps in Brandon Sanderson's already amazing stories. I would love for more.#Audible1

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A fantastic look at some of the smaller scale

This collection of stories was exactly what I wanted to see from the Cosmere, not everything has to be fate of the world type stories. Having things like Sixth of the Dusk and Shadows for Silence be low-key adventures on some of the minor shardworlds gives us that street level perspective and I adored both of them. The new take on Selish magic with The Emperors Soul and Hope of Elantris was thrilling to see and be back in that world. Though the crowning jewel has to be Mistborn Secret History, man was that a thrill to hear, a perfect look behind the curtain moment which for someone who is interested in the deeper aspects of the Cosmere I was ecstatic to have it come to life. Cannot wait for a second collection of these to come #Audible1

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This was so good

#Audible1 I am adding a written review in order to get into a draw, but still an excellent book.

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Love these novels!!!

My favourite, although I don’t quite know why is The Emperor’s Soul. I love this story and would so love if there were more - hopefully. This novel got me started on all the other novels. Brandon Sanderson has a great imagination. The characters are all interesting and unique. This is a great collection to listen/read if you don’t know his work and if you do.

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Loved it, but I’m already a fan.

Great book, if you’ve already read the stormlight archives books 1 and 2, the mist born series, elantris, and warbreaker, then they will make more sense.
There is TWO stories that you can read WITHOUT previously reading other books.
I really hope he makes a full book in the world of the shades! It was fantastic!

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  • V. Smith
  • 2018-07-25

Where to Find It (chapter #'s for stories)

For locating stories, chapter references in the Audible audiobook are as follows:
- Introductory comments by author - Audible audiobook Chapter 1
- The Selish System - Audible audiobook Chapter 2
1. "The Emperor's Soul" (Elantris) - begins at Audible audiobook Chapter 3;
2. "The Hope of Elantris" (Elantris) - begins at Audible audiobook Chapter 20;
- The Scadrian System - Audible audiobook Chapter 22;
3. "The Eleventh Metal" (Mistborn) - begins at Audible audiobook Chapter 23;
4. "Allomancer Jak & the Pits of Eltania, Episodes 28 through 30" (Mistborn) - begins at audiobook Chapter 25;
5. "Mistborn: Secret History" (Mistborn) - begins at Audible audiobook Chapter 27;
- The Taldane System - Audible audiobook Chapter 54
6. "White Sand" (White Sand) Audible audiobook Chapter 55
- The Threnodite System - Audible audiobook Chapter 58
7. "Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell" (Threnody) begins at Audible audiobook Chapter 59;
- The Drominade System - Audible audiobook Chapter 63
8. "Sixth of Dusk" (First of the Sun) begins at Audible audiobook Chapter 64;
- The Rhosharan System begins at Audible audiobook Chapter 67;
9. "Edgedancer" (Stormlight Archive) - begins at Audible audiobook Chapter 68.
As I listened through the first time, I bookmarked the beginning and made notes for each short story for ease of finding them in future. I hope this helps those of you who would like to do the same.

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  • MrsDC
  • 2017-12-13

Titles for chapters, please.

Since this is a collection of short stories, wouldn't it be nice to have some indication of where one story ended and another began? Surely I'm not the only one who bought this particular volume with the intention of reading a specific story and then had to scroll through it, chapter by chapter, to find the story I wanted to listen to. Quite annoying. Of course, the stories themselves are wonderful. It is, afterall, Brandon Sanderson. Definitely worth adding to my collection, lack of chapter titles notwithstanding.

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  • Norm
  • 2016-12-01

Amazing

Here's the deal. I love Sanderson's books, his character creation, plots, the different magic systems. What I don't usually do is collections, so while I was excited for this book I had a bit of trepidation when I started listening/reading it. I shouldn't have feared. Not only were all of the stories amazing. But the fact that a short story for Sanderson is a complete novel for any other author made this book just a collection of books, not short stories. Could not recommend enough.

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  • Richard L
  • 2016-11-25

A Great Collection with some spoilers

I love this collection! Full of spoilers so I haven't read all of them. Most of these were new to me even though the are free as pdfs in some cases. I love the way Michael Kramer and Kate Reading read these stories and of course Brandon Sanderson writes them so well.

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  • Daniel
  • 2018-07-03

excellent cosmere stories

Great set of short stories. By the time I read these short stories, I'd read all of Sanderson's other books (upto his most recent release, Oathbringer) and was confused by how there are these websites with all this lore about the workings about Sanderson's Cosmere. Then I read Arcanum Unbounded and found out where most of it came from. The short stories, the unknown researcher who is collecting these stories and adding his/her notes between stories, and Sanderson's post scripts where he tells his readers about his ideas brings his universe together and fills in most of the gaps connecting the worlds. Arcanum Unbounded is a "must have" if you want a complete picture.

It also helps that all the stories are really enjoyable too along with the same two narrators you've gotten used to in Sanderson's other cosmere novels.

Now begins the long wait for sanderson's next book. *sigh.*

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  • KLM
  • 2016-11-28

Best Credit Use

This is the best credit I have spent in a long time. Absolutely loved the stories contained in the collection, as well as the afterwards to each story. I can't wait to hear more!
P.S. Get this book so worth it.

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  • jSalamy
  • 2017-11-16

The chaptering pisses me off

This is the 4th book I have bought of short stories. I do not want to listen in order. I want to be able to open the chapter list and go straight to a story. How hard is that to do?

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  • JEREMY DAVE LONG
  • 2017-02-23

Good, but...

Any additional comments?

I'm a huge fan of Brandon's works...all of them. To prepare to listen to the Elantris story, I went back and listened to the original Elantris book narrated by Jack Garrett. Frankly, while I normally love Michael and Kate, their rendition of the Elantris story in the book ruined it for me. It's like they didn't even listen to how Jack Garrett performed it--the pronunciations were so off that it was hard to follow. I put the entire collection down for weeks for this one performance.

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  • William
  • 2016-11-23

Amazing! Especially when I read Edgedancer!

Worth the read! Edgedancer really makes me wants stormlight 3 now! I love this book!

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  • CJinMD
  • 2016-12-21

Not his best but not too bad.

A few slow reads intermixed between good potential and good writiing. While Kramer seems to be rehashing the same character voices again, Kate Reading has seemed to expand her character range.

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