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 have heard good things about this book, the dead tree version, and though I have never listened to anything from the narrator of this audio edition, I decided to try. Unfortunately, the narrator has completely turned me off of this edition. As I tried to listen I was constantly reminded of all the many bad James T. Kirk impressions I've ever heard, a performance that will ensure I will never listen to anything else he reads.
The timing and pacing was horrendous, making the narrative flow like, well, a bad Kirk monologue.
I may eventually decide to pick up the deadtree version of "The Name of the Wind", but I will certainly never listen to anything else read by this narrator.
Good elements but unsatisfying thread. After 25 hours we know....very little. If you don't have anything else to listen to them go ahead.
With that being said.... This is my third time through one & two.... Patiently waiting for the third... I very much feel I can say this... It's more than a book... More than a fantastic tale.... It's a work of art...
I originally got this title because I had finished everything Game of Thrones and George RR Martin recommend Patrick as an author. It started a little slow for me, but man after two hours I found myself completely sucked in.
The audio is done brilliantly, hats off to the narrator. The content itself, sublime. I cant get enough 11/10 stars
I loved this story, so many wonderful heart warming moments, highlighted with doses of dark tragedy. Fantastic performance and beautiful storytelling. Highly recommended.
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