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  • Tenth Anniversary Special Edition
  • Written by: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 28 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (713 ratings)

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Elantris

Written by: Brandon Sanderson
Narrated by: Jack Garrett
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Publisher's Summary

In 2005, Brandon Sanderson debuted with Elantris, an epic fantasy unlike any other then on the market. To celebrate its tenth anniversary, Tor is reissuing Elantris in a special edition, a fresh chance to introduce it to the myriad readers who have since become Sanderson fans. 

This new edition begins with a preface by author Dan Wells, the first person to read the completed novel, and a new afterword by Sanderson explaining how he came to write the book and its place in the Cosmere, the unified universe of all his Tor novels.

Also included is an expanded version of the "Ars Arcanum" appendix, with more of the technical details of the book's magic that fans can never get enough of. 

Elantris was truly a milestone both for Sanderson and for the genre of epic fantasy. It deserves this special treatment, something Tor has done only once before, with Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game. Sanderson fans old and new will be excited to discover it. 

©2005, 2015 Dragonsteel Entertainment, LLC (P)2015 Recorded Books

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A great start to an epic universe

Elantris was an acquired taste for me. I had already read most of the Stormlight archives and Mistborn series before I came to this one, and by those books, Sanderson had developed a different style of writing that I had grown used to. So coming back to Elantris was a bit of a chore. It wasn't as fast pased or exciting as the other series, the magic system is more obscure, and the world and concept is so foreign that you spend most of the first third of the book trying to figure out who's who and what is going on.
But once you are a bit more familiar and things pick up a bit, it's an engaging and dynamic story. One of abandonment, hope in the face of devastation, dogmatic villains questioning their motives, and a permeating magic system that is more complex than you first thought. The characters really grow on you and the world starts feeling alive the more you read.
I think this might be a good book to start for Sanderson's Cosmere, as you will only be more impressed with later books writing and story, but if you read the other books and come back, just be a little patient. It's worth sinking into.
My main gripe is the narrator. He does an adequate job, but something about his performance was distracting and off to me. But I also am comparing him to the amazing Michael Kramer who narrates the other Sanderson novels, so it might be an unfair comparison.
Conclusion, an original and interesting story, with a bit of a learning curve, but one that does not disappoint high fantasy fans.
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Love it! Everything Eye of the World Was Not!

Loved it! A new bar has been set for me for fantasy novels. I love that the world-building and magic system are well-defined yet integral to the story. Nothing feels bloated in its description or irrelevant to the plot and characters. Sanderson is not trying to set up ten novels here and so you can believe that everything matters in this book. There's none of this "Just wait. It gets really good by book three!" The narrative voice is a compelling and engaging from minute one.

Although Sanderson and Robert Jordan have a connection I'm so glad I didn't assume they had the same writing style and sensibility. I absolutely hated The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time #!). And I loved Elantris for everything that EotW was not! Looking forward to reading more from this author.

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Narrator is fantastic and story is amazing!

Loved listening to this book. Story wise, I can see why people dub this as Sanderson's weaker novel. There just wasn't enough world exploration that made it feel very small. I loved the character development though, even if only for the main ones.

The narrator was really good, I can clearly tell apart the different characters by the voices he used. I plan to listen to more of his narrated books.

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Fantastic

I rhoroughly enjoyed both the story and the narrator. I have listened to the entire book twice and will definitely listen to it again.

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Speed it up!

Not a fabulous narrator, though once I sped it up to 1.25 the pacing started to seem normal.

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Book is absolutely amazing, stayed up until 10am to finish

The book is really good, really really good! However not really a fan of the narrator, he ends sentences in an odd tone of voice and doesn’t really give the book justice.

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Book is great!

some slow parts but I liked it alot. some people were saying that this book is t as good because it was Sandersons first book but that is baloney. Sanderson's magic systems are the bees knees people! also Jack Garrett does an excellent job portraying the characters.

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Great Paced Fantasy

Finally got around this debut Sanderson and was not disappointed. Really enjoyed the pace of the story and development of the plot.

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This was just so-so

This was the first Sanderson book I tried reading and I was expecting more given the general hype about this title and the author. Overall I found it slow paced and juvenile. It seems more like a YA novel, but with fewer love triangles (as in zero). Perhaps that would have made it more interesting. Chief complaints were that the "world" was ridiculously simplistic and I didn't find any of the characters compelling,

I seldom give up on books, and I tried several times to come back to it, but ultimately I gave up. I'm happy to report that I subsequently read another novel by the same author (Skyward) and found it much better.

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Difficult to get into

I’ve been reading Brandon’s books for years now and wanted to try this one. I an disappointed, the book is difficult to get into and feels long. My least favorite of him for sure.

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