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The city of the gods. Elantris once stood as the symbol of all that is beautiful. A sprawling metropolis of unrivaled grandeur, it was a symbol of power and strength, built to be as imposing as it was magnificent.    

The only thing more glorious than the city itself was its inhabitants, godlike beings, with silvery skin and hair of the purest, flowing white. Able to create powerful magics with a mere wave of their hands, the Elantrians were able to heal mortal wounds and create any object they desired. To be an Elantrian was to be without sickness, without pain, and without want.    

And anyone could become a god. Through a process known as the "Shaod", a normal person could go to bed one night and awake the next morning to throw away the shackles of mortality and become a being of incomparable power and grace. With Elantris as their beacon, the light inside all humanity was allowed to shine, elevating it to new heights.    

But Elantris fell...10 years ago.

©2005 Brandon Sanderson (P)2021 Graphic Audio LLC

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Enjoyable way to hear the story

The story itself is not the best work by Brandon Sanderson but is still well done. This is especially true when taking into account that this is his first published novel. The magic system and description of the process of using magic was probably the best part. Some of the characters are simplistic, but charming in a fairy tale archetype sort of way.

The production reminds me of watching television as a child. It can be corny and over the top, but the actors embody the characters. Some of the chosen voices can be grating or overdone, but that is part of the fun. It did influence my view and thoughts on characters at times. Probably not the most pure way to absorb the material. The shorter length of the production compared to the regular audiobook was also a plus for me. From what I have read sentence filler is mostly cut out.

Overall I enjoyed this way of hearing the story, and will be listening to Warbreaker next!

PS - Cosmere completists, there is a scene featuring a familiar character at the end of the 10th anniversary edition that is not included in this version. I ended up reading it separately.

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Fantastic adaptation

I thought this was a fantastic adaptation. The performances were a bit over the top, but I think it only added to the charm. It’s needed for an audio only format like this.

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the story is incredible. but you can't hear it.

the "dramatization" ruins the entire thing. the naration voice is super quiet and any time background effects playing you can't hear the story. it's super frustrating.

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Great way to "read" Brandon Sanderson

I love Brandon Sanderson's books! The one complaint I have is that his books are SOO long. This was a great way to hear the story and still get tasks of daily living accomplished.

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Brandon is a genius

huge fan of Brandon and the whole Cosmere. Elantris is no exception. a beautiful story of perseverance, and discovery. also a zombie novel, which is cool.

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LOVED!!!

I’ve never heard a dramatized book before it is SO cool. I didn’t want to stop listening! Really is a movie in your mind. Brandon Sanderson is One of my new favorite of all time authors. If not my favorite. Every book I’ve listened to by him so far is a can’t put down winner.

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amazing book

better than the book. Elantra was the first novel of Brandon and is kind of hard to read the audiobook make those rough edges easier to enjoy

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Audio mastering not good

The story and actor performances seem great, but there are too many times I can't tell what they're saying over the sound effects.

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Too mutch noise

The story is spot on! Sanderson as always kills delivering it, but all the sound effects for various times make it hard for me to understand the righting. If the tuned down 50% it would have improved greatly it all

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One of The Best Fantasy Stories I've Come Across

Graphic Audio!
You've brought this tale to LIFE!
This was a real movie in my mind...
The storyline was so good that this NEEDS to be a movie on its on.

I'm in love with the story, from beginning to end. I enjoyed how Brandon Sanderson orchestrated this story through the eyes of the 3 main characters;
Raiden
Sarene
and Drathan

The storyline is written in such a way where you as the reader are yearning to know 'what started the Reode', that caused the once beautiful Elantris to be brought down like this;
A city once glowing with the light and power of the DOR. It's people, who were once beautiful and powerful, living in a magnificent city filled with wisdom and enchantment...

and then the Reode...

Once you find out what caused the Reode, you will be surprised... Something so natural, yet unatural.

I personally loved Raoden. Although he is a fantasy character, I was personally moved by his optimism. I found this quite relatable in life, how many people I find around me who are negative, refusing to see a solution or a purpose/answer to a problem.
Optimism is a virtue I find rare these days in the upcoming generation, although not all ...
but unfortunately, too many people tend to like choosing to be depressed and be a victim.
Raoden is my favorite character.
Though not perfect, I love the fact that he never gives up.

The way the pain of the new Elantrians was portrayed, I imagined so, where I could feel their pain too ..

The religions of this world were conveyed very well... Though a fantasy story, it brings the reality of the world we live in, into the storyline, even the struggles of faith devote people deal with, like Drathan...
And he turned out to the hero in the end...

okay, so enough spoilers..
Download this book, don't wait any longer!!
An epic journey awaits you!

There is so much I want to say about this book..
I absolutely enjoyed it!

I look forward to reading more books written by Brandon Sanderson. Graphic Audio, you have my full respect. Once again, thank you for bringing this story to life with the great voice acting and beautiful music!!

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Decent adaptation let down a bit

I really enjoy the Graphic Audio library of stories and am honestly surprised at how well this was done, it's the first of the Cosmere stories done by GA and they did a decent job in doing the story, the people are believable, the music and effects well done and the final putting together nearly all perfect.

There's just 2 things that I have a small issue with.

1. is the pronunciations in the story, we had several instances where the narrator would say a word while narrating, have a character say the same word and then immediately after have the narrator back with the same pronunciation. Clearly someone on-staff corrected him and they didn't rerecord that earlier scene for the sake of speed.

2. In a few sections there's parts that aren't given much detail or shown, for instance the iconic "I failed, I failed my love." words are there - barely heard over narration and character dialogue that should have been equalised a little better, to give that scene more gravitas compared to what we had.

Oh and it doesn't have the Ars Arcanum or the coda with Hoid (said wrong and annoyed me immensely) and those are let downs for me.

Aside from those small gripes, it's a decent book and a decent rendition, all round good in my view if you can take the small problems.

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