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)
Story-telling with Mystic fantasy. The start of a journey that leads to me wanting to read the next in the series .
I've been enjoying and finished the Mitch Rapp series by Vince Flynn (CIA/Spy thriller). This was something quite different and certainly not as fast paced , but enjoyable enough to keep me listening when I should be doing something else.
A few slow bits thankfully so felt fine leaving story then . Very good work by the Reader on different accents.
A fun entertaining book. great vices voices by the narrator . Enjoyable story line with some one- liners that will rival the Princes Bride and Guardians of the Galaxy
For a "story-within-a-story" to be successful, the reader must care about the teller and listeners of the tale being told, as well as the characters of the tale itself. Rothfuss accomplishes this brilliantly.
Can't wait to continue on with the series. Give the beginning some time, once it gets going it's wonderful! The narrator does fantastic at the various voices.
Truly just ended. Not one thing was resolved. The ending made a 3 star book a one star. Really waste of time.
I knew getting this book was a risk since a lot of reviews compared the story to G.R.R Martin's "A Song of Fire and Ice" series. Although I've read the 5 books in the G.R.R.M. series, I didn't really enjoy them. So why did I waste my time? There were several characters that I liked and was invested in their story line. I never once felt invested or interested in the story of Kvothe. I enjoy stories with characters that I can relate to or those that seem genuine and the character of Kvothe felt very contrived. Overall, I thought the story was long-winded and it felt like a bit of a chore to get through. But if you love G.R.R.M. then you probably will love this book too!
An absolutely wonderful book. The narrarator did excellent with different characters and accents, but changed pitch randomly at some points. While the subtlety and excitement of certain characters added to the good quality, some points, I could not hear, and others struck so loud and unexpectedly, it startled me. But I'm pretty sure that was in direct relation to the characters themselves, which makes it even more engrossing. Highly recommended.
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