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, if my friend was a young adult. The stories about Kvoth's childhood and teenage years at the university were wonderful! I enjoyed the gentle storytelling style of the book.
His accents are fun throughout the book. He did a great job with the voices of the various university professors and characters in Kvoth's childhood.
Not really. There were some boring sections, some long stories, and some places where Kvoth's choices didn't make sense. The part of the book describing his extended time with the girl was boring and stilted. In spite of those parts, there was enough action, interesting magic, and suspense to make me want to listen to the end. I was satisfied, but did not feel compelled to immediately start the next book. In fact for me, one is enough.
This book grabs you and keeps you hooked. The writer is blessed with talent and it is on display from the beginning. I read some less than favorable reviews before I purchased it and am so happy I ignored them. I could only guess that they were listening to a different book. The narration is spot on, stellar performance. Ignore the bad reviews, those people missed the mark. This book is awesome.
Yes, it is a bit hard to get into, I listened to the first couple hours and got bored and moved on to a different book but came back and was very glad I did. The story is rich and the characters are deep.
It is unavoidable that in fantasy novel audiobooks the reader will read different characters in an accent. I thought Nick Podehl did a great job choosing which real-world accents to apply to different characters as they seemed to fit with what Rothfuss may have had in mind. Of course the story is great as well.
The whole thing reads like one big brag after another, the narration adds to the braggadocios tone. Why does the main character have to be THE BEST at everything? I had to stop just after the half way mark and delete. It might have been slightly less terrible if the story was told from a 3rd person but get this...it's written as if the main character he is telling the story to a writer, who has to write the story EXACTLY as he tells it because, guess what??? He's better at telling stories then the renowned writer who has come to document his life... Just awful
This is one of my favorite stories of all time. If you're looking for an action packed thriller, this is NOT the book for you. But if you're looking for strong imagery, an excellent cast of deeply-written characters, and a tale that hits right in the emotions, this is highly recommended.
I did have a few issues with the narrator. Normally, nick poedel is a strong choice: In this case, however, they made a bad decision. The main character is described as having a deep, powerful baritone, even as a young man, while Nick is obviously a tenor. When he does the main character's voice, he weakens it to show his youth. Which shouldn't matter, except that the main characters voice is a fundamental piece of his character, and an important building block of the plot.
Still, definitely worth your credit.
This book is very deep And the story has all the elements of a great tale. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the cast and found myself reflecting on the plot often throughout the day.
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