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 read science, biographies, histories, mysteries, adventures, thrillers, educationals, linguistics but not no way, not no how, romances.
It's not a bad book, this, by any rate: a likeable enough main character, a talented enough narrator, but in the end, it's very long, not very much happens, and despite promising to be about magic there isn't very much of it. Somehow this won some kind of award and somehow people kept recommending it to me, but it's so long and with so little plot in between that I just lost any interest in the characters.
Not that any part is overtly bad, I would not say that. But I know many other ways of spending 27 hours of my life.
The worst part is that while this is a fantasy, there is little that strikes me as not just magical but fantastic about this world. It is too much like our world in the Middle Ages, too much a story we have seen time and again. No real battles. No great love stories. And even the turns of events, when not foreshadowed heavily at the beginning of the novel are predictable.
It's okay. That is all.
Nick Podehl did a great job in performing for this audiobook. His voice just lends to the storie's force.
There are a couple of moments that are quite captivating, but for that you'll need to listen to the book.
Dont hesitate just buy this.
I don't think I have ever read a series that was so hyperinvolved in its storytelling. I was so engrossed from start to finish & thoroughly upset when the books were over! The most wonderful thing about this story is that it involved the telling of other stories inside it. In fact, there are a couple of little stories that Kvothe or those he meets end up telling that have such entertaining explanations for why the world spins the way it does (i.e. the moon being full only once in a month)! They're definitely stories I will tell a child if I end up with bedtime duty. Or even if on a romantic camping trip. Definitely worth every star. The narration was excellent. One of the best audiobooks I've ever had the pleasure of listening to.
Intelligent, clever, beautiful, seamless, great narration
I read a lot and listen to audible books quite often too, and I can honestly say I believe this is the best book I have ever read/listened to.
I picked this book from the first in series sale options that audible sent out. I am drawn to fantasy and the creations of other worlds so I thought I would try. I was wonderfully surprised by how much I loved this book.
What put this book over the edge was the incredible detail to everything. Nothing is left unaccounted for from the descriptions of surrounding to the stitching on a shirt.
The intelligence of the way magic is described has roots in chemistry, physics, and math. This was fantastic, it made me think and draw upon knowledge that I possess in these areas and I could tell the author really cared to make sure he created depth; he didn't skim over any concept.
Then there are these beautiful words and explanations of written word and musical concepts that I have no foundation in, and I loved those passages just as much.
These books are long but they are not redundant. There are seamless transitions from scene to scene and perfectly placed ties back to previous times and people.
I don't believe there could have been a better choice for narrator. Nick Podehl manages to infuse his voice with every emotion available. He also has a good range of creating voices that are different enough from one another that you can always tell who is speaking.
The minute I finished this book I started the next in the series (The Wise Man's Fear). The series is definitely a continuation of the story; this is not a reoccurring character in a new situation. I think you would be lost if you started with book two. I am anxiously awaiting the next in the series to come out.
The single thing that kept me from 5-starring The Name of the Wind is the relationship between Kvothe and Denna (aka Dyanae, Dianne, or Dinnah). Surprising, given that Kvothe's other relationships (romantic or no) are so well crafted. It reminded me of the Aubrey-Maturin novels and how relieved I was when Maturin's wife, Diana, randomly drove her carriage off a bridge and died.
Like Maturin's Diana, Kvothe's Denna is a free spirit and a thoroughly enjoyable character. Diana and Denna are as wild and inaccessible as their Roman god namesake. But their relationships with their central characters are tedious, beating the reader over the head repeatedly with the
I was just sucked into it between the great story and great read by the Nick. if I have to wait more than a year for part 3 It will be to long.
I am in the habit of getting audiobooks and the ebook. I listen in the car on the way to and from work and read on my lunch break, if possible. But i'm usually disappointed to find the audiobook chapters in no way relate to the books chapters, which makes it very difficult to find my place after reading. This audiobook gets that right and i greatly appreciate it.
The story itself is amazing. There are to be a total of 6 books in the series and i am HOOKED! HOOKED LINE AND SINKERED.
I should mention i enoy the game of thrones books and hunger games trilogy. The hero of this book is great in so many ways because he's far from perfect. Its honest and i love it.
Cant get enough. Highly recommend to everyone who likes a great story.
Kvothe. He squanders some of his god given talent and makes mistakes, but he strives to be and do better. Dont we all?
No. The narrator is amazing, though. My first audiobook with him, but im already a huge fan. He does this great irish gypsy accent like its straight out of snatch
Demon or savior, beggar or hero, is it possible he's all those things?
I love audible.com. It makes my commute the best part of my day.
A tragic event has sent a boy on a quest to avenge his family and friends. A series of fortunate situations when everything seems hopeless, has brought Kvothe to achieve one of his long desired goals, new friends, a new life, and a knowledge he can put to use when the time comes. I find it an exciting adventure centered around the main character's life, and the situations he finds himself getting into - I also have kind of fallen for Denna while reading the story - but no spoilers here; read the book.
I'm having a hard time putting my finger on what I like so much about this book. The pace is wonderful, and wonderfully controlled by the reader. I am bemused by how listening to a story instead of reading it enhances the experience, and in this case it emphasizes the careful way this story is constructed and told. Also, the narrator sounds young and a little cocky, just like our hero.
At first I confess it took a while for me to get into it. I have issues with books that don't have interesting female characters and it was several hours before any appear in this story, but they do eventually arrive. I also don't like stories that rely heavily on flashbacks, and this is a story within a story, with most of the events having taken place in the past. However, the way the past and present are woven together is clever, engaging, and enhances both tales.
I especially like the attention given to the realm of magic and its study. Rather than a few vague details, Rothfuss has an elaborate and self-consistent vision of his magical world which is not only interesting, but will make students of chemistry chuckle. Also, the slightly contemporary style of banter between characters is a welcome compliment to the traditional fantasy setting.
I am currently listening to the second in the series and looking forward to the third.
I've listened to a lot of audio books (at least 50) and this is probably among the top 10.
I think these specific scene/moment questions tend to lend themselves to spoilers, so I don't love answering them.
The scene where the professors evaluate Kvothe for entrance into the academy.
The scene where Kvothe first meets the Chandrian (forgive me if I spell that wrong I've only heard it in the audio-book and never seen it in print), the major protagonist in the story.
When you read a ton of fantasy (and I do) you start to feel like there are only so many basic story lines in the genre. I mean, at it's heart it would be easy to describe this book as one of your basic hero coming of age, character building pieces. The big difference is how that story is told or handled.
Rothfuss is an excellent writer. The words and phrases used in this work are often beautiful in their own right and I think it's that talent that raises this book up to the next level. I'd happily look for more works from this author. Rothfuss also builds good mystery by flashing back and forth a little bit from the character in a current timeline vs. descriptions of the characters history. It makes me interested in how that main character got from point A to his current state.
Also, hats off to the narrator of this book, Nick Podehl. This is the first book I've listened to read by this narrator and I liked his performance very much.
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