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)
I liked it so much I went out and bought the book. Rothfuss has made an amazing world that makes sence. He makes magic realistic, characters real, and different regions distinct and blends it all together in an story for the ages. To top it all off Nick Podehl does an amazing proformance narrating, with distinct accents, realistic dialog and plenty good old fashion storytelling
I place it up with the best. It is the world building of The Lord of the Rings with the storytelling of the Drizzt series with a nod to actual physical principles all rolled into a story that will be a classic.
Start on the weekend because Rothfuss and Podehl will pull you in so deep that you may forget to go to work.
The narration by Nick Podehl is the best I have listened too. Each character is distinguishable and unique. There are several different accents unique to region, class and age, and are consistent across the two books in the series so far. Language plays a big part in the book and Nick lets it shine. From a backwoods pig farmer with an accent so thick that I had to share it with friends just to get a laugh, to a foreign mercenary that can barely speak the language, to a barons so stuck up that the servants think they are royalty. Nick brings them all to life in a way even ensemble casts can't come close to achieving.
I just loved the premise of the story and following the main character through his path in life.
The story offers a new and fresh take on science fiction/fantasy novels. The book keeps you wanting to read more to find out what is going to happen and who the chandrian are.
Patrick Rothfuss' unique setting, magic system, and most of all character sense for Kvothe coupled with Nick Podehl's gifted narration make this story a must.
This book is in a league of it's own. Perhaps for uniqueness of world creation, Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn or Rithmatist Series' are in the same category, but as for character development and depth of connection to the reader, Kingkiller Chronicles is in a whole separate category.
His voice range and uniquely distinct accents along with sustained pronunciation.
Didn't read the print version first.
It's hard to compare this to any other fantasy series, as it's really in a class of its own.
When Kvothe calls the name of the wind to put Ambrose in his place!
In a lot of places it made me laugh, but some of the scenes were really tough emotionally. For me, that's the mark of an excellent storyteller!
I am a ceramic artist in Richardson, Tx. I listen to audible books in my studio while my hands are muddy.
I rated this listen high because it really is a good story. It keeps you pulled in to his world.
You are compelled to listen.
I however have a complaint. Why is it that so many fantasy authors who are so obviously talented just end their books without wrapping up any of the story threads?
Rothfuss wove this elaborate world, introduced multiple characters, designed situations,... and then just ended the book. It was like he simply decided he was either tired of writing or that maybe it was time to get paid for the first installment of the series.
Maybe I am old fashioned but I like for the books I read / listen to to have a plot, interesting characters, a problem to be solved, and then a solution. I even like it when the author gives a hint of the happiness that the character will experience after I put the book down.
I did look up the next book in the series... Oh My but it is really long... but will it just stop like this one did? The thing is there is yet another book planned. How long will I have to wait for the last book? I have to be honest, when an author does this to me, I tend to just wait for all the books to come out so I can read then through and pretend that the book did not end UNTIL the last one - pretend that all three books are just one book. After all that is what the author has done.
There are so many thing that I could recommend so I will narrow it to two. First the magic system is amazingly well thought out while not being the main part of the story, what I mean is when he gets to the arcanum it seems as natural as kids going to college. You will love everthing about the university, even the thing that make you mad. Second, this is not the normal the heroic knight saves the princess story. If you want that this is not for you. The story has heart. this story will make you laugh, cry and get mad at Kvothe(the story is his life's story). The story is amazingly compelling.
Kvothe is brave and a coward. He is smart and stupid, he is larger than life but can also hide in obscurity..let's skip to he is very complex. You will be moved by him...one way or another.
He is the person that should have done these books...his voice fits very well.
I have recommended this book to my freinds..I only do this for special books. Books I have recomended are the mistborn series, Way of kings, Wheel of time and Theft of Swords series.
I am a 25 year old male from a small town in Kansas, who is audible obessed!
The best book I have ever read.
I have always been againsted fantasy storys but loved this one. So I don't have much to compare to.
When he does his first interview with the University.
A boy, against all odds, finds his way to survive in a cruel world, on a quest to avenge the loss of his family.
A really strong effort, but a few warnings:
It’s border-line young adult fiction.
The plot unfolds slowly. For example, by the end of book one, you have no real idea why its called the king killer chronicles – there isn’t even a mention of a king. I understand that the plot doesn’t progress much further in book two. (I’m particularly wary of beginning unfinished fantasy series have been burned a few times in the past.)
The romance stuff grows tiresome.
Finally, I’m not in love with the narration. Fantasy read out loud is already a dicey proposition. Prodehl doesn’t help matters with a somewhat overly theatrical performance.
This book is completely engrossing! I bought it on the strength of the reviews and am truly glad I did. It has a richer and more varied story line than one usually finds in these epic fantasy series and the complexity of the story line keeps it from being a boring read. I can't wait for the final volume. It should be noted that this series should be treated as a single story that takes three books to tell. The second book is a true continuation of the story begun in the first book, not a separate entity and there will be much that does not make sense if you don't read the series from the beginning.
I must also comment on the narrator, Nick Podehl. He gives an EXCELLENT performance in these books. One of the best I have ever heard in the 700+ audiobooks in my collection. I would now be willing to buy a book just because he is reading it.
I'm a corporate training consultant and adjunct professor who loves to read! I'm always looking for the next big thing.
I had this book on my Audbile.Com Wishlist for a while. I continually read good things about it, including a positive review in Entertainment Weekly. Finally, a student of mine recommended it to me, so I decided to buy the book and give it a read. I guess it's true that word-of-mouth recommendations are the best form of advertising! I was not disappointed.
This book follows a familiar story-within-a-story format. We are initially introduced to a character named Kote who saves a chronicler (actually THE chronicler) from spider-like creatures called Scrael. This causes the chronicler to recognize Kote as the legendary hero Kvothe, and the chronicler very much wants to write the story of Kvothe's life. This is where the story within the story begins.
Although the author periodically returns to the chronicler, who is writing the story of Kvothe's life while having it dictated to him by Kvothe himself, the vast majority of the book is the story of Kvothe's life. Without giving away too much of the story, it's safe to say that Kvothe didn't have a great time in his youth, yet he managed to improve his situation and attend the university where he studied various forms of magic and was involved in numerous adventures.
While I have nothing against the story-within-a-story format, I could have done without it. The only flaw I have with this book is that it takes far too long to get moving to the interesting part of the story. If it had simply started with Kvothe's life story, I would have been happy with that. Of course, the setup to the story will also lead to the subsequent books in this series, so I might appreciate it more later.
In my opinion, the parts of the story at the university were probably the best in the book. The author does a great job of describing the characters that Kvothe meets at the university. The professors and the classes seem very interesting. There were times when I wished that my time at the university had been like Kvothe's! I know that there is a second book in the series, and I can't wait to read it. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.
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