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 want more
I have recently gone through many of the Dune books, and the first two books in the Kingkiller Chronicles (only two are available right now) share the same depth of culture and history. However, I find that the Dune series, in spite of being so much more than just a scifi series, becomes somewhat unvaried in it's scope of politics, family, and war. Those stories, while intriguing, tend to have the same feel to me.
The Name of the Wind is certainly much more than "just" a fantasy, just as Dune is more than "just" a scifi story. What Patrick Rothfuss gave with The Name of the Wind is intellectual and emotional breadth as well as depth. The action and mystery may drew me in, but I got fully invested in tales of familial love, tragic loss, despair, hope, renewal, growth, and so much more.
I recommend this book/audiobook to everyone that I know that reads.
Yes and no. No doubt that this is a "page-turner", but I feel like this is best ingested a bit slower, enjoying each tasty morsel.
I've talked to three other people that have listened to this audiobook, and we all had the same impression. At first, Nick Podehl's performance seemed an odd choice for this story. His voice is almost too young, generic, and bland. It felt amateurish. But man, oh man, how that impression changed after an hour or so. He was PERFECT! His tones and inflections perfectly served the story, and the nature of his voice enabled the story to come through with serene clarity.
I wanted to call this out in case anyone was unsure about the performance at first listen. Give it a little time, and I'm sure that you will change your mind.
At times, some of the "great" voices can become a distraction from the original work. For instance, I've listened to "The Alchemist" performed by Jeremy Irons. Let's be honest - who couldn't just sit and listen to Jeremy talk all day. The was a problem for me, though. I found that I was only listening to the sound of his voice, hearing the words but not the story.
To be sure, Nick does not have the seductive voice the like of Irons or Cumberbatch, but if anything, it might serve this work better.
It took me a few chapters to adjust to the Nick's voice, but in the end he was the perfect choice for this book. I have a few high fantasy series I love and this story joins the ranks. Rothfuss dispenses and withholds information in a way that heightens the storytelling value without ever seeming clunky or irritating--I never felt like info was withheld just to create suspense, suspense was built into the story as it should be.
It was so good, amazing story, amazing reader. Anyone should definitely get this book!! Read it!!
This is my favorite book series. I have read it several times. I have listened to it read several times. I anxiously wait for book 3, but with a reserved patience that it deserves. If you are trying to decide if this is the next book you should read then the answer is yes.
Everything about this book was amazing. The story grips you, the characters pull you in, and well the world here creates lets you loose yourself within this series. Even the narrator is amazing and goes above and beyond others with his voice and characterization. Just do it. Buy IT, LISTEN, and you will not be upset you did.
Its definitely one of my all time favorites. The world draws you in and the story of Kvothe is one of the best I've ever read.
I won't give a spoiler, but the book is called "Name of the Wind". When the Name is finally found and the circumstances that caused it are one of my favorite parts.
The characters Willam and Ari are my favorite performances. Willam is so dry and Ari is so quirky. Nick nails these two characters flawlessly in his performance. My apologies if I spelled their names wrong as I listened to this book.
I wanted too, but there was no way I could listen for 36 hours straight!
I'm halfway through the second book in this series and its even better than the first. I can't wait until Rothfuss releases the third and final book in the series.
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