Firstborn by Brandon Sanderson

SFFaudio Online Audio has a lot of downloadable short stories on audio. The latest to catch my eye is an SF novelette written (and read?) by Brandon Sanderson!

This was Sanderson’s first published work. The email newsletter describes it as…

“out-and-out science fiction… SF like it used to be.” - Firstborn by Brandon SandersonFirstborn
By Brandon Sanderson; Read by Brandon Sanderson (?)
1 |MP3| – Approx. 74 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Published: December 2008
“…a tale of war and sibling rivalry…”

Posted by Jesse Willis

Review of Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

SFFaudio Review

Elantris by Brandon SandersonElantris
By Brandon Sanderson; Read by Jack Garrett
24 CDs – 27.5 hours – [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Recorded Books
Published: 2008
ISBN: 9781436155977
Themes: / Fantasy / Epic Fantasy / Magic / Curse /

Ten years ago, the magic city of Elantris failed. What had once made the Elantrians god-like beings is now a curse, trapping citizens within the walls of the city, and within their own decaying skin — unable to die, not able to truly live.

Brandon Sanderson is a relatively new fantasy writer who has been tapped to finish Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. Elantris is his his first published novel. It hit the shelves in 2005 and this unabridged audio version was published this year (2008).

Raoden is the crown prince of Arelon. He enjoyed every luxury until the fateful day when the Shaod took him. Unfortunate souls who were taken by the Shaod were cruelly exiled to the city of Elantris with a few scraps of food to take with them. Now ten years later, old Elantris is but a legend. The people of Arelon tell stories of how the very stones of its walls and buildings glowed with the magic the god-like Elantrians could produce.

Now Elantris is a place out of a horror movie. It is dark, grimy, and filled with living corpses. This is all that is left of Elantris and its Elantrians. Raoden is left to die in Elantris with no hope of a better existence, however he manages to find a purpose.

Jack Garrett, the narrator, was particularly skilled with characterization. I had easily distinguished Raoden from other characters throughout this whole story, it was quite easy to tell which character was speaking. This made the story very fluent and made it easy to understand. He made the scenes in the book very vivid. He told it in a way that made it desirable to me to listen to more.

Elantris ranks my top five by far. I recommend this audio book to teens as well as adults. Along with a great story is a great narrator, throughout this whole book I was able to almost visit Arelon, I could see it in my head so clearly it was amazing. I would be in the middle of an activity while listening to this book and I would get so caught up in it that I completely forgot what I was doing and why.

Posted by DanielsonKid, Age 14



The SFFaudio PodcastThe SFFaudio Podcast #012 – Our sickest show yet. How sick? Well, I’d like Stanley Kubrick to direct the next Conan movie. We also talk about the SFFaudio Challenge #3, which is not as bad as Red Sonja (1985).

Talked about on today’s show:
Fallout 3 has a built-in radio drama (The Adventures Of Daring Dashwood), The Little Book, Selden Edwards, time travel, The Book Of Lies, Brad Meltzer, Nelson DeMille, The Border, The Third SFFaudio Challenge, Muureen O’Brien, Maria Lectrix Podcast, The Risk Profession, Donald E. Westlake, Spider Robinson, John D. MacDonald, Travis McGee, John Varley, The Persistence Of Vision, Scott Brick, Aural Noir, The Case Of The Dancing Sandwiches, Frederic Brown, The Fabulous Clipjoint, H. Beam Piper, Murder In The Gunroom, Galaxy Press, Elantris, Brandon Sanderson, Dennis Stocks, LibriVox, Masters Of Space, E.E. “Doc” Smith, E. Everett Evans, R.J. Davis, BSAP’s Queen Of The Black Coast, Robert E. Howard, Bill Hollweg, Stevie Farnaby, Brian Murphy, The Silver Key, Brett Ratner’s new Conan movie, HBO’s new A Song Of Ice And Fire show.

Posted by Jesse Willis



The SFFaudio PodcastThe SFFaudio Podcast #011 – in which our desperate heroes attempt to display the manliness and fortitude, listing all the recent arrivals, and some recent listens.

Talked about on today’s show:
audiobooks, epic fantasy, science fiction, The Runelords, David Farland, Blackstone Audio, Brilliance Audio, Dragonheart, Todd McCaffery, Pern, Penguin Audio, Jim Butcher, Codex Alera, Furies of Calderon, Kate Reading, Random House Audio, The Widows Of Eastwick, John Updike, Peter Straub, Poe’s Children – an anthology, Stephen King, Star Wars – Millennium Falcon, James Luceno, Macmillan Audio, Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson, Michael Kramer, Richard Stark, Books On Tape, Frank Herbert, Heretics Of Dune, the Alan Smithee version of Dune (1984), Neal Stephenson, Anathem (28 CDs long!), The Book Of Lies, Brad Meltzer, Ender In Exile, Orson Scott Card, Team America World Police, Sherlock Holmes Theatre, Yuri Rasovsky, audio drama, 2000X, Repent Harlequin Said The Tick-Tock Man, Harlan Ellison, Mercedes Lackey, Foundation, Wizard’s First Rule, Terry Goodkind, Legend Of The Seeker,, iTunes, Infinivox, Guest Law, John C. Wright, Audio Realms, Shadow Kingdoms, Robert E. Howard, Fallout 3, and Team America: World Police‘s song we’re gonna need a montage!

Posted by Jesse Willis

The SFFaudio Podcast #009


The SFFaudio PodcastThe SFFaudio Podcast #009 – is a podcast that’s cool for kids and disturbing for adults! We don’t set the bar high enough.

If you were a super hero who would you be?

Me? I’d be like Batman, but with less hypocrisy.

Topics discussed include:

Escape Pod, John Joseph Adams, Seeds Of Change, The Living Dead, Brilliance Audio, epic Fantasy, Wizards First Rule, Terry Goodkind, Legend Of The Seeker, HBO, Tru Blood, Charlaine Harris, Foundation, Mercedes Lackey, Sam Tsouvias, Recorded Books, Elantris, Brandon Sanderson, L. Ron Hubbard, Danger In The Dark, The Iron Duke, Blackstone Audio, The Halloween Tree, Colonial Radio Theatre, Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Korean ghosts, Valis, Philip K. Dick, spiritual Science Fiction, The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman, Coraline,, ALAN E. NOURSE, Star Surgeon, Scott D. Farquhar, Short Science Fiction Collection Vol. 008, Tobias Buckell, JJA’s review, Orson Scott Card, Gene Wolfe, METAtropolis, The Aeneid, Batman vs. Superman, Friedrich Nietzsche, Master Morality and Slave Morality, Sleeping Beauty, Ross MacDonald, Audio Partners, The Zebra-Striped Hearse,

Posted by Jesse Willis