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The Hope Of Elantris

by Brandon Sanderson
May 16, 2017
0.6 Hours
Ages 13+
Notes From The Author: The following is a short story I wrote in the Elantris world back in January of 2006. At that point, Elantris had only been out in stores for about seven or eight months, but I actually hadn’t written anything new on the story or world since 2000, when I’d finished the first draft of the original book.

There were always a few holes in the manuscript where I decided not to include viewpoints or sections of explanation in the name of streamlining, particularly at the end. In the back of my mind, I knew what happened. This story talks about one of those holes; it is meant to be read after you’ve finished the novel and takes place during the events of the climax. In the annotation, I’ve written a further explanation of why I wrote this piece. Some of you may find it interesting to read this ahead of time; I put it in the annotation, however, as I know others would rather enjoy the story without bias beforehand, then read my thoughts afterward. Either way, if you haven’t listened to Elantris, this contains major spoilers. Might I suggest listening to the book first? This story won’t work at all for you if you haven’t.

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Director & Cast

Director Rose Elizabeth Supan
Starring Colleen Delany as the Narrator and Idotris, Kimberly Gilbert as Matisse, Mort Shelby as Ashe and James Lewis as Dashe. With Richard Rohan, Michael John Casey, Danny Gavigan, Tracy Olivera, Eric Messner, Nanette Savard, Chris Davenport, Evan Casey, Scott McCormick, Ken Jackson, Tim Lynch, Thomas Penny and Rose Elizabeth Supan
Book Adapted for GraphicAudio by Johann Dettweiler
Dialogue Editors Johann Dettweiler
Sound Designers Johann Dettweiler
Additional Original Music Johann Dettweiler
Cover Illustrator Jahbulani Ori
Producers Richard Rohan and Duane Beeman
Executive Producer Anji Cornette


Adds context by ZJ (Posted on 8/22/2018)
It was the description of this story as a companion that adds additional detail to the climax of Elantris that drew me in. The story adds context to the events of Elantris, though I do think that the book is probably a bit better for not including it. It's not that the story is bad, or that I don't appreciate the added context. It's just that I don't think this material was essential to the novel.

Production on this title is up to the standards of GA's newer work, which makes it slightly better than the production of the original three-part story produced back in 2009. Colleen Delany is excellent as narrator. The versatility of the actors who work with GA is always impressive. It seems like any one of them can slip seamlessly from acting to narration and vice versa.

I think that this story probably won't blow anybody away, but if you're a fan of the novel, you'll probably appreciate the detail this adds to the larger story.
More Please! by Leslie (Posted on 8/19/2018)
Haha.. I want more!!!
The Hope of Elantris - A bonus scene to Elantris by David (Posted on 8/12/2018)
This is an extra scene that takes place during one of the most important events in the book, Elantris. The production value is top notch, as always, although there is a different narrator to that of Elantris. This isn't the problem though. The problem is that nearly all of characters names from the original Elantris production are mispronounced in The Hope of Elantris, including some other words created by the author - hence the 3/5 rating. It's kind of bizarre and I was pretty disappointed given how well done Elantris was. Nontheless, it's a solid extra scene and the voice actors, music, and effects are on point as always.
Love, love, love by Natira (Posted on 8/6/2018)
Love, love, love this book. I love that is goes behind the scenes of Elantris and shows us what was actually happening with all the characters and other important characters that played a big role in the success of Elantris. I love and appreciate the range of emotions in this book. Everything from sad and happiness/laughter.
Bonus by Ryan (Posted on 6/1/2018)
What a great bonus story brought to life by GA. Worth the price every time.
Should have been part of the original book by Patrick (Posted on 4/30/2018)
I think Sanderson should have made this a part of the original book, it explains some things that happened close to the end.

It makes use of another narrator, but it's not long until you get used to the new voice.
Great Production Quality by Dave (Posted on 11/29/2017)
Overall very impressed with the production quality. This short story does add some nice flavor to the Elantris climax. My only gripe is that they changed the pronounciations of the characters from their mostly correct sounds in the main story, to incorrect ones in this.
Great Elantris Insert by Travis (Posted on 9/16/2017)
This is a great insert the fills in some of the gaps during the climax of Elantris.

GA does an astounding job with their dramatization. It really is a "movie in your mind". The voice acting was spot on, and the sound effects and music just add to the overall enjoyment of the production.
The Hope of Elantris by Dan (Posted on 9/11/2017)
The story is as amazing as the one it originated from, Elantris. However, given my OCD I must say that the pronunciations are an issue, as they are not only incorrect according to Brandon Sanderson's guide on his website, but they are also different from the Elantris Graphic Audio tracks themselves, which are correct (mostly) according to Sanderson. I don't understand why they didn't stick to the same ones they used originally.
Short Story by John (Posted on 8/6/2017)
This story is published in Arcanum Unbounded. I sure hope that Graphic Audio will, at least, make a (longer) short story out of the story Edgedancer which is found within Arcanum Unbound and continues the comical adventures of Lift, Wyndle, and the Herald Nale (Justice) before Oathbreaker (Book 3) comes out Nov. 2017.

The Hope of Elantris helped Brandon Sanderson take a wife and marry IRL, which I believe made much of his portrayals of females far more dynamic, with her help.

Thank you Graphic Audio for laying this story out for us Sanderson fans. I don't go for the vampire stories or your western stories, but keep producing Peter V. Brett, Brandon Sanderson, Brent Weeks, etc... Epic and High Fantasy is my desire.
Even better than the first time around. by Diego (Posted on 6/12/2017)
Elantris was the very first Graphic Audio production I had the pleasure of enjoying. It was also the novel that introduced me to the epic work of Brandon Sanderson. As a result, I just had to come back for this story when I found it. I read it a while ago but as I was blown away by the production values of Elantris when I first listened to it, I told myself to give it a second listen. And I am so glad I did.

The voices of everyone are as fantastic as ever. I especially enjoyed listening to Mort Shelby as Ashe again but everyone was spot on. The little epilogue was well crafted, as was the flashback scene we didn't got to see. I just wish the story wasn't so short. I am running dangerously low on Brandon Sanderson stories because so far I hadn't been able to find any of his stories set outside the Cosmere. I hope the company gets around it evemntually but until then, I give this excellent production 5 stars.
A Great Little Epilogue to An Epic Adventure! by Jason (Posted on 5/21/2017)
I just finished listening to this production, and I must say that it's a great epilogue to an epic adventure. MS. Colleen Delany is a wonderful narrator whose voice and tone really brings life to the story and Kimberly Gilbert also does a great job at voicing the protagonist. As usual The folks at GA have done a damn good job and my only complaint is that the story's to short.
The Extra Scene by Scott (Posted on 5/19/2017)
I read this story before, but I also got to listen to it before it came out through the Branden Sanderson Humble Bundle that came out recently. This is a fun short story that fills in a few blanks during the finale time period of Elantris and lets you know how some characters made out. So if you a fan of this book and his other work just get it.

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