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1 : Elantris (1 of 3)

by Brandon Sanderson
Apr 1, 2009
6 Hours
Ages 13+
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...ten years ago.

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Director & Cast

Director Johann Dettweiler
Starring James Konicek, Daniel Gavigan, Lily Beacon, Richard Rohan, David Coyne, Tony Penny, Jason Stiles, Thomas Simpson, Tony Nam, Elisabeth Jernigan, Kate Foster, Tim Getman, Sherri Simpson, Mary McGowan, Casie Platt, Jonathan Watkins, Michael Glenn, Eric Messner, Colleen Delany, Susan Lynskey, Mort Shelby, Terence Aselford, Nanette Savard, Scott McCormick andy Clemence, James Lewis, Steven Carpenter and Tim Lynch
Book Adapted for GraphicAudio by Johann Dettweiler
Dialogue Editors Johann Dettweiler
Sound Designers Johann Dettweiler
Additional Original Music Dan Sondak and Johann Dettweiler
Cover Illustrator Jahbulani Ori
Producers Richard Rohan and Duane Beeman
Executive Producer Anji Cornette


Interesting start by ZJ (Posted on 8/21/2018)
I'm usually insistent upon reading the source material of a story before watching or listening to an adaptation, but didn't with this story. Sanderson's work was recommended to me by a couple friends. More traditional fantasy isn't usually my speed, so instead of starting with the book, I decided to start with the GA adaptation, thinking it might bring the story out more and keep me interested. I was right.

As others have said, it's a bit of a slow start, but that's not usually a problem for me as long as there's enough to intrigue me about what is to come later in a story. I was interested enough at the end of this part to move on to the second part and eventually finish the story.

If you're a devotee of GA, you may notice the difference in production between this title and their newer productions. The differences aren't dramatic and some people may not even notice them. The level of quality is only slightly lower than new GA productions, which means it's still very good.
Serene by Leslie (Posted on 8/19/2018)
I really wish Serene's voice was a bit less harsh. The story is wonderful though.
Good Start by Leslie (Posted on 8/19/2018)
A little hard to get into to start, but well worth the time.
Great Start by Tyler (Posted on 8/14/2018)
Great start to the story. I'm hooked and ready to listen to more!
Grateful by Mr Ryan (Posted on 6/1/2018)
As this is the book that opened the eyes of the industry to this genius, I am grateful for it. Great acting and background sounds draws you in
Quite good and recommended by Patrik (Posted on 4/30/2018)
You might notice in the first part of the book that this is and "early Sanderson". It's not as expertly laid out as we're used to nowadays. Nevertheless, the other parts of the book is of the same quality as what he writes nowadays.
Very Good! by Spencer (Posted on 12/25/2017)
Some weird ringing in the background when the bad priest is talking sometimes, but otherwise a riveting story.

I love the three leads. They don't all have each other's interests in mind, but they are captivating!
Pretty good. by Blake (Posted on 8/14/2017)
It's an earlier Sanderson title and the world isn't as fleshed out as his other works. But the story is interesting. The production quality is pretty good, for the most part. I liked the voices for the characters. Sometimes the background music and effects were too loud though. I couldn't hear and understand what was being said over the noise.
Awesome by Ryan (Posted on 2/4/2017)
Mr Sanderson is the best in the game! You will never regret listening/reading on of his books.
Interesting concept! by Ailin (Posted on 1/27/2017)
I am about to download the 2nd recording. I love this story, it may not be as good as mistborn or the stormlight archive but it's a wonderful story, I recommend.

get it and don't listen to some of the negative comments. It's an older GA production so it may not be as well done as the newer recordings but the story is delicious, so it didn't bother me much.

Brandon Sanderson you rock!
Fantastic by Tyler Newstead (Posted on 1/24/2017)
This was what turned me onto Brandon Sanderson in the first place! I listened to this before even reading a book! And to think it was a random find at a gas station on a trip home! I've fallen in love with Sanderson's books and with Graphic Audio productions both! This was the first of many, and I haven't found one yet that I don't like! The characters come alive, and the sounds and music make listening to one of these almost thrilling! I find myself laughing, getting sad and ridiculously angry with the characters, almost as if I am there with them!

I heartily recommend these to anyone looking for something to listen to, a world to be pulled into, whether in the car or at home!
The beginning of an Epic by Gavin McNeil (Posted on 12/3/2016)
I love the Cosmere just so much. This, the earliest story from Sanderson grand series spanning Epic, is an amazing beginning. The idea of 'fallen gods' living worse than any other was amazing and inspiring as they claimed up. I personally also loved Hrathen as a villain believing himself to be a savior.
The beginning of a long love by nicholas (Posted on 10/12/2016)
Elantris was the first series that i listened to from graphic audio and it sucked me. I haven't stopped since.
Wonderful as always but least of the Brandon Sanderson books by Inga Auðbjörg (Posted on 10/7/2016)
I've listened to all the other Brandon Sanderson books Graphic Audio has to offer and I must admit that is the least one, in the sense of production. I don't want to judge the story yet, as I've just listened to the first part, but the production doesn't have the quality of Mistborn or Stormlight (probably due to the fact that it was published in GA style in 2009, which makes it ancient in a technological sense). The music often has a midi feel to it and doesn't sound as original as the Stormlight series and the characters don't always seem to fit their characteristics somehow. Sarene sounds older than I imagine her.

Still, wonderful, as always. Better download the second part now and keep on cleaning!
Fantastic story. Almost perfect casting. by Samuel (Posted on 9/2/2016)
This is one of my favorite Sanderson novels. The voice casting was amazing except for Serene. The actress is obviously very talented but the voice acting came across overly dramatic or like a caricature and sounded way too old. It was somewhat off-putting. Dilaf was over acted as well. I thought Serene should have sounded more like Vivena or Siri in Warbreaker.

In contrast, Raoden was perfect. He didn't sound over-acted, but like a real person. The voice acting made him sound just as good and noble as he is in the book but in a very subtle way without trying too hard. Galladon was great. His portrayal was so convincing I actually found myself wanting to say Kolo" and "Sul" in real life. Hrathen acted his part very convincingly. He came across very multi-dimensional rather than a static villain.

Like many of Sanderson's books this one starts a little slow and is a slow boil but the payoff is worth it.
Thoroughly Enjoyable by Cassiopeia (Posted on 5/5/2016)
Elantris is easily my favorite Brandon Sanderson book and, quite possibly, my favorite book of all time. So imagine my surprise when I learned that GraphicAudio had not only done a rendition of the book as an audio play, but that they did it so well. The music was phenomenal and I loved how they represented the different types of magic used. The voice cast was also amazing with special praise for the voices of Raoden, Galladon, and Hrathen. The only voice I wasn't especially fond of was Serene's. She sounded too old and too...rough for the strong yet refined princess of Taod. The actress did, however, have a good grasp of the character and, for the most part, I was able to enjoy her performance. All in all, a fantastic rendition of Brandon Sanderson's first book and a fabulous recommendation for GraphicAudio.
Yeah, I wasn't a fan. by Jonathan (Posted on 3/27/2016)
To begin with, I wasn't a fan of the actual story being told--the torturous experiences that several of the characters are forced to endure were very... difficult... for me to listen to, and the world as a whole didn't feel as fleshed out as it should have been, especially given Brandon Sanderson's other work.

In addition, though, the story felt overproduced. The background music was loud and constant, adding dramatic tension to moments that didn't need it. The sound effects strewn about graciously, and repeated to the point where the felt contrived. There is this one scene where a bunch of characters are eating dinner, and the EXACT SAME sound effect of wine being poured into a glass keeps playing over and over again. Just how much alcohol are these people drinking, and why haven't they passed out yet?

I will admit that this is the first GraphicAudio book I listened to, so it's possible that I just wasn't used to the style, but geez, it came very close to turning me off from the company as a whole. I recommend picking up Warbreaker instead, which is written by the same author and is both a better story AND a better production.

(This review applies all three parts, because I really can't talk about them separately. They're fragments of a single story, and the story--not the parts--is what stands out in my memory.)
Awesome story by Steven (Posted on 3/10/2016)
Great characters and the storyline is deep. Sanderson creates contries, religions and politics. The story is immersive and I found myself loving the characters. This in my book is a must listen to.
review by Annie (Posted on 1/21/2016)
This is an AMAZING book! Add to it Graphic Audio's awesome!!! presentation and you get this super cool thing that's better then the book alone and better then a would-have-been movie! You get the full complexity of an amazing book by Brandon Sanderson while your imagination is assisted by a variety of sounds, different voices and sound effects! And all of this you can experience the go! Beyond amazing!!!!!
Great start to a series by Holly (Posted on 12/10/2015)
From the first time I read the summary I knew I wanted to read it. I got the Graphic Audio version as a gift for a friend and we were able to listen to the first part together. This is an amazing story so far, and I didn't want the first part to end! This is one audio book that I will have to finish. I must know what happens to the Gods of Elantris!
Book1 by justin (Posted on 12/9/2015)
Good book
Well Done by Natalie (Posted on 11/10/2015)
I love all of Brandon Sanderson books, but this took it to the next level.
More Great Sanderson by Lionel (Posted on 8/12/2015)
Bought the cd series set, and just finished part 1. It was a little slow starting off, but then totally captivates me with the story. I actually sat in my driveway, and listened to the last 2 disks just sitting there. It is so good. Again they cast the voices so well, and the sound effects aren't overwhelming.
I would recommend this to anyone. Graphic Audio has done it again!
Elantris part 1 by Arthur Grant (Posted on 6/3/2015)
I couldn't believe how great this story was. The story sucks you end an leaves you wanting to just keep on listening until it is all over. Will definitely get parts 2 & 3 to add to my collection.
My Sanderson kick off by Maarten (Posted on 4/27/2015)
This book has a special place in my heart. It was the one that "presented" me to Brandons Mind. Just unforgettable.
Blown away!!! by Meagan (Posted on 3/23/2015)
I read this authors book "Warbreaker" long before I discovered graphic audio. I love his writing then, thinking it would make an amazing movie.

So, when I found out he wrote this too, I had to get the graphic audio immediately. It has intrigue, romance, mystery, action, more action, excellent acting, and just... Oh man. You won't be let down at all.

Yes, it starts out slow, but if you give it a chance, it will become one of your favorites.

Highly recommended!!!
Elantris 1 by John (Posted on 3/8/2015)
Raoden's voice actor needs special credit in my opinion. I only wish I knew his actor's name.

Between Brent Weeks and Brandon Sanderson, my mind's eye is sensationalized. I am enthralled to reach out for each upcoming release.

Johann Dettweiler seems to be the mastermind for this genre types. Thank you Johann.

The voice actors bring such variety and their accents sweeten the story. The music scores added notably behind the dialog evoke emotion, the sound effects amaze the mind.

All this added and mixed properly transforms a latent paged novel into "The Movie in my Mind."
1 : Elantris (1 of 3) by Curtus (Posted on 10/28/2014)
I downloaded it and played it while I was driving and I just loved the story and everything. It took me to a place were the story was and wish their was a movie of the book because I think it would be a very good movie for the big screens.
A fair start. by tyler (Posted on 10/24/2014)
The story had a good start. It is enough to keep you interested for the next part.
Fantastic. by Bryant (Posted on 9/2/2014)
This is one amazing book, and the production is as excellent as always. I relisten to this one every year or so. Top notch author and top notch production.

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