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 am so happy I've come across this author and narrator combination.
The story within the story is masterful.
If you are a audible listener please share this book with others.
it will be a wonderful gift
If you want an interestimg adventure, look elsewhere, this book is a lot of boring highschool drama.
This is an intriguing story about how story's real life is never like stories. Beautiful setting and rich characters are the focus of this long yarn. There is not much of a plot unless it resolves in a subsequent volume. It has a raw and academic treatment of magic which builds credible suspension of disbelief. I enjoyed it.
A truly wonderful bit of story suggested to me by a friend. Best suggestion I've received in quite some time. Purchased for a long road trip, before long even my husband who "hates audio books" was hooked.
While it took me about 8 chapters to finally get into the book, once I did I found it hard to put down. Great story line...I did find the ending lacking.
This audio book is fantastic, assuming you can make it through the painfully boring first 6 hours or so. I can understand why a few people gave this book a horrible review. If I hadn't pushed through those hours, I would have given it a horrible review too. However, after listening to the whole thing, it is an incredible book. I will be continuing the series.
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