Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2012
I am a huge fantasy fan but the Hobbit has an old writing style meant to appeal to children yet full of violence and monsters. Tolkien is an incredibly original and talented person who put tons of detail and depth into creating middle earth (although most of the detail is put into the lord of the rings books). But just because this book is incredibly influential to all subsequent fantasy, it doesn't make it an interesting and compelling read. I struggled to get through this audio and it is only 10hours. I have high hopes for the movie though because the lord of the rings movies cut away most of the dryness of the books.
Sorry I have no time for nostalgia, get this book if you do.
Firstly, most of the audiobook is comprised of Rothfuss explaining how his book is crap and trying to justify publishing it. He says people won't like it because it does none of the things a story should do. Which of course he is 100% right. There is no story, there is no dialogue, and no proper conclusion. All there is a whole bunch of descriptions, not proper description description from the POV of Auri's broken perception.
I am glad he published it but how can he in good conscience charge 12$ for this pile of crap. I felt obligated to buy it because I have probably read his other books like 10x each. This is the sort of story he should have gave out for free to hype his last book in the series.
The only thing a Name of the Wind fan will learn from this book is:
The broken mind of Auri (in POV), that is extremely well written (of course)
Some small nothings about how Alchemy works
3 hours of descriptions of the underthing
Rothfuss I hope this story didn't put you too off schedule to finish your 3rd and final book. The Slow Regard of Silent Things does not satisfy my cravings for all things Name of the Wind at all.
The book is fine but like most ratings on audible is definitely overrated. Book feels disjoint and through most of the book I did not care about any of the characters.
This fantasy has a pace and style unlike any others I have read(listened) to. The mood of the book is always light, and the author doesn't slow down the story for the sake of trying to describe the world/ atmosphere. The first half of the book was hilarious and fun. My only issue with the book was that the second half of the book was not nearly as funny and some of the characters disappeared from the story line. Also the second half of the book didn't seem to have the same significance to the major story arcs the first half did. In a matter of taste I am not sure this fantasy shares the style my favorites do but I will certainly read the next book in the series.
The first book started off great, I had high hopes for rest of series. The end of the first book was not bad but the whole style and pace of the fantasy changed. The second book I wanted to stick a nail in my eye when the author talked about love (perhaps due to my cold heart). He had creative plots ideas but really needed to just slow the pace down and focus on the quality of the writing. I loved some of his characters, Vye (or however its spelled) must be among my favorite women in fantasies, but like every character in this book she is unrecognizable by the end. Truth is I am very angry about this series, it had such potential by the third book a new plot twist was revealed every chapter like any bargain bin fantasy. I might give the author another shot but I have many more worthy authors to spend my money on before then.
I can sense great potential in this series but the reader is horribly terribly awful. I had to re- listen to many sections of this audio. He is too slow when he reads which makes the book progress at a snails pace. His accents are annoying, and I hear the same accents carry between different characters. The main character has a squeaking boys voice and he still sounds like a 6 year old when he close to a decade older. David Eddings why do you have such bad taste in readers because now I cannot possibly enjoy the series. The revelations in plot made me foolishly get the next book. I have yet to touch Sister of sorcery (or whatever its called) and for this I curse you Cameron Beierle.
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