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Paora

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  • The Name of the Wind (Part One)

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    Part One of The Name of The Wind (Unabridged).'I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me'.

    Paora says: "Amaising Book, Amaising Performance"
    "Amaising Book, Amaising Performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Name of the Wind (Part One)?

    First and foremost I have to comment that the performance that Rupert Degas gave in this book was absolutely stunning. He truly gave life to the characters. Even though I read the accents as different when reading the paper version, Rupert takes his impression of the characters to hights and actually fills the characters with more life than my imagination did. Nice One Mate


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story was truly new and distinct for me. As one that has been mired in classic Tolkien style fantasy since childhood Patrick Rothfuss has given me a vivid new world to lose myself in.

    Though the story in the first book doesn't try to paint a huge amount of detail about the world you do get a clear indication of the time and technology of the setting. What Patrick does do is give a wonderful interplay between characters that are both believable and unique. The book is very character centric ,as you would expect from a book written mainly in the first person, but it is the quality that the characters are realised that makes this book truly a work of art. I can't wait for the next book. (*looks sternly at the publishing company for not releasing it sooner >8 | )

    The only problem I had with the book (and let me say this is the moan of a person that wants more than is good for him) is that it finished too soon. Like one of those batman tv shows that stops just as things get really intense. I know its not a good reason to give the story 4 stars instead of 5, but since the next book in the series is not available in australia we can all just blame the publisher ;)


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Knife of Dreams: Book Eleven of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (4052)
    Performance
    (2253)
    Story
    (2284)

    The dead are walking, men die impossible deaths, and it seems as though reality itself has become unstable: All are signs of the imminence of Tarmon Gai'don, the Last Battle, when Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, must confront the Dark One as humanity's only hope. But Rand dares not fight until he possesses all the surviving seals on the Dark One's prison and has dealt with the Seanchan, who threaten to overrun all nations this side of the Aryth Ocean and increasingly seem too entrenched to be fought off.

    Natasha says: "Getting us there!"
    "First WoT Audio Book of Many"
    Overall

    I had almost given up on the series after the previous 3 slow plodding novels. I only purchased this book because I needed something long to accompany some monotonous work I was doing.

    Book 11 is the first WoT audio book I've listened too and has reaffirmed my love of the series. Not only did I love the movement in the story, which has been too long in coming, but also the medium with which it is presented.

    Though the readers pronunciation of some names and nuances in speech and stresses are different than my own, they paint a wonderful picture. I also love the voice acting as it brings a consistency to the myriad of characters and assists me in remembering just who is in the scene.

    Because of this I have decided to start the series again using only audio books and I'm really excited.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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