So begins a tale unequaled in fantasy literature - the story of a hero told in his own voice. It is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.
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“The originality of Rothfuss's outstanding debut fantasy, the first of a trilogy, lies less in its unnamed imaginary world than in its precise execution…As absorbing on a second reading as it is on the first, this is the type of assured, rich first novel most writers can only dream of producing. The fantasy world has a new star.” (Publishers Weekly, Starred Review)
“Fantasy readers-a notoriously discerning group-tend to dole out praise judiciously, which makes the reception of The Name of the Wind, the first volume in Patrick Rothfuss's The Kingkiller Chronicle, that much more remarkable. Critics are already throwing around comparisons to some of the biggest names in fantasy, including George R. R. Martin, Tad Williams, the recently deceased Robert Jordan, and even Tolkien. (Bookmarks Magazine)
“New fantasy authors are usually overhyped, and it's rare to find one who writes with such assurance and narrative skill right from the start. I was reminded of Ursula LeGuin, George R. R. Martin, and J. R. R. Tolkien, but never felt that Rothfuss was imitating anyone. Like the writers he clearly admires, he's an old-fashioned storyteller working with traditional elements, but his voice is his own. I haven't been so gripped by a new fantasy series in years. It's certain to become a classic." (Lisa Tuttle, The Times)
Though I mention this is the best fantasy book since Mistborn, it is nothing like mistborn and that's what makes it so great. The book revolves around an inn keeper (living in hiding) having the memoirs of his life taken down by a scribe. It follows the first 15 years of his life. From tragedy that sends him to living on the streets to his attending university. This is the first book in the series and at the end you are left with more questions than answers but somehow you are still left satisfied while eagrly awaiting book 2 due out in December. The author creates these amazing adventures for the young protagonist whilst slipping in litle details that slowly forms a picture of much larger forces at work in the background. The book also focuses alot on descriptions of music, arts, and magic. I must truly say that this author decsriptions are like painting pictures of these things in your mind. For comparison, if you've read "Eragon" the descriptions of magic are very logical and explanatory, while in the book, the description magic are like poetry. This made the book new and refreshing. What can I say about the narration but "Bravo!". If u like Eragon, Harry Potter, Mistborn give this book a try. If you don't like the afore mentioned books, I'd still recommend that you give this book a try.
I don't understand why this is so popular. I found it painful - characters you couldn't really care about, glacial pacing, basically a sprawling mess with a "twist" on the fantasy genre that there are spider-thingys. Boring...
Read "Theft of Swords" if you need something smart and entertaining. Or read this if you thought the problem with Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series was that it moved along too quickly and the plot was too well thought out.
It starts out slow but it turns into a great story. Keeps you on your toes the after half way mark. In the first half, story is developed and characters are all settling in to place. In the end, you can't wait for the second book. It's a great listen if you like books of adventure and adolescent growth with lots of magic and music.
He has a great voice technique. All characters have distinct voices and you will get lost in the story, the way he tells it.
One of the best books out there.
Not really. I loved them both.
There were many. This is just an amazing book.
Everything. He is one of the best narrators I've ever heard. I can't help comparing others to him.
Yes, but it is far too long.
I'm at a bit of a loss for words in this review. This is one of my favorite books ever, both in print and audio. I've listened to it 3 times, and love it every time. Buy it.
Patrick Rothfuss has some very unique and interesting ideas on this genre. I was trapped in this story from start to finish. It was a stupendous escape. His play on words and description are some of the best I've ever come across. If you enjoy a deep slow and original story with a refreshing introduction to the genre of myth, magic, adventure, and legend then this is a book for you.
On a side note the Narrator, Nick Podehl, was hands down the best I've come across. This says a lot for someone who listens to 40+ audio books a year. He was on top of his game for this story. Very easy on the ears.
And I can't help but toss in this review: BOOK TWO PLEASE ;-)
The beginning of the story is slow. The way the characters are introduced makes it hard at first to follow the story. However, after the story gets going, it becomes very interesting.
I am waiting for Days 2 and 3.
Other series you may like: Trudi Canavan's Black Magician series - She also wrote a trilogy that isn't on audible - Voices of the Gods/The age of the five/ that is also pretty good.
Of course, this assumes you have already read The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan, George R. R. Martin's Song of ice and Fire : Beware - no one is sure when this series will be finished, and Brandon Sanderson's Books - Elantris, Mist Born Series, and Jim Butcher's Codex Alera series.
If you have already read all of the above books, try Jim Campbell's Lost Fleet Series. You may also enjoy Sharon Shinn's Thirteen House series.
Now I will say that everything is NOT for everyone. So, read other reviewers and hear what they have to say before you decide. I have enjoyed the above series - although I enjoyed some a lot more than others.
If there was a series you enjoyed, please share it. Thanks.
Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.
This review covers the first books of the series Kingkiller Chronicles. Some fantasy can be exhausting: Dan Simmons, Brandon Sanderson, George R. R. Martin, Robert Jordan, even sometimes Neil Gaiman. Their stories can take your breath away but sometimes, also, knock the wind out of you with a force. Patrick Rothfuss is not about that. He is more about an easy-going kind of entertainment. These books do not knock you over with amazement, epic wars or adventure. They are more subtle and a great richness comes through in that subtlety. While usually light, do not be fooled; they contain a depth and richness that is just easy to read and easier to appreciate. This is nothing short of outstanding fantasy prose and character development.
These stories are long but not too long. Rothfuss does not ramble. The continuity of the protagonist Kvothe’s stories is there but not so complex or convoluted that one can get lost over the span. While there are many characters there is a core of them that are easy to know and become invested in. The stories are more about people and their relationships than about what the wizard-in-training is actually learning and practicing.
At least the first two books do not contain that much magic but they do not leave you wanting either. They only leave you in great anticipation of the next book to come in the series.
Nick Podehl’s reading is impeccable. I am loathe to say this is a great book for YA’s for fear it might deter older readers from venturing here. That would be a mistake. These are great books for readers of all age or gender.
Professional truck driver. Avid reader. I love series. I love long books.
New favorite book/ series! Can't wait for the 3rd. Smartly written with characters you care about and want to know more about. The author developed an entire mythos and theology for this world that one can easily fall into. This is not just a straight linear tale, it has layers and layers and many stories are told that could easily be books of their own, told seemlessly by the lead character. Nick Podehl does an excellent job bringing the characters to life. Each with his/her distinct personality and delivery. He makes it easy to tell which character is speaking at any given time. I will definitely add Nick Podehl to my favorite narrators list, as well as Patrick Rothfuss as a new favorite author.
The story has the right mix of mystery, action, and explanation. It draws you in quickly, gets you attached to the characters and then brings them in and out throughout the story keeping everything flowing.
I really enjoyed the 1st person aspect of this story...being inside the head of a "wizard/musician" as he goes through his training, trials and tribulations is fascinating. The tie-in with science is well done. Just enough humor without being over-the-top...
In the first hour or so of the book I did not care for the narrator- his voice did not seem to fit the main character. I almost scrapped the audiobook for the print version. However, over the next 40 hours he really won me over and now I'm not sure what I was thinking-5 stars Mr. Podehl! Sorry I doubted you!
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