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)
Yes and I already have. The narration is excellent and I would purchase another title with Nick Podehl as the narrator as he makes this very well written story come to life. The combination of the words from Patrick Rothfuss and Nick Podehl's voice is like peanut butter and chocolate!! They are perfect for one another.
First off, I'm usually not a fantasy reader so it came as a bit of a surprise that this story sucked me in and kept my interest up in the way that it did. I really like both the characters and the way the story is read by Nick Podehl. He does a great job narrating the story, and the voices correspond to the way I imagine the characters in my head. I like the fact that the story is bit dark and every day I look forward to listening in some more.
I was so happy to see it as an audio book, I read the book several years ago and loved it, but never found the sequal, it was nice to listen to the book and revisit an old friend.
all of it
he made me believe he was the main character
This is the first book of this genre that I have listened to, and I was a little skeptical going-in. But happily, it was intriguing, quite riveting flowed nicely and the narration was great. Definitely recommend.
This is great storytelling. Rothfuss created a fascinating world and characters that kept me interested the whole time.
I have to preface this by saying I am a sci/fi reader more than a fantasy reader, but the write-up intreqgued me. I liked it much better than most fantasy novels because it wasn't filled with gnomes and fairies. The stories main charachter makes for a great hero-type, which my kind of thing. He is young and brilliant and finds himsleft reluctant hero due to everyone else's incompetency. It's mildly a love story, but the character in this first book is too young for anything to be fulfilled, emotionally or physically. The story is a collection of adventures, really, which are interesting but, ultimately, only moderately evocative of wanting to read on. It is extremely detailed, also, which at times adds to the impact of the writing and at other times makes the story seem to go on and on. I would like to listen to the rest of the tirlogy but I'm not following up on it right away. The narrator is excellent in every way and really helped me want to keep listening.
Yes! I've already listened twice. You are drawn into the main character's journey through the different worlds that have been created by this terrific writer.
Don't know...maybe Gulliver's Travels or Charles Dickens.
The many voices and accents he provides.
I couldn't wait to read part 2 and anxiously await the next instalment. Hope there is one.
I already have to many friends.
I think the best thing was Nick Podehl seems to have an unlimited number of voices. Even with the number of characters in this book I felt like each had their own personality.
I was a little unsure when I bought this book, I hadn't heard of the author or the reader before. Now I've devoured the 2 books in the series and chomping at the bit for the 3rd to come out. Really I think I love everything about this book and the reading. The mysterious nature of the world, the way that even the "magic" feels like it could be real, and getting to care about characters even when it turns out they're only a brief run in. Seriously if you're looking for a next book, this should be it.
Like any good story teller Patrick Rothfuss in the voice of Cvoth captures and holds and makes us want to know "what comes next". This is a marvelous tale and the reading is perfect for the story. I loved it.
The story was great. It took a few hours to get the story going but once you get into the story of him growing up with such hardship and pain was quite empressive.
I have heard him in both books in this world and i found him to be great. Hard to find a great narrator for these books and he did a veru wondrful job.
When he fially makes it to universty. Was a very moving experince.
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