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)
You have to get past the first two hours as they are a bit slow. I almost quit several times but I stayed with it and it was so worth it.
I don't yet understand what people see in this book. The writing and descriptions are so derivative I can usually tell what book/author they were taken from. It seems like the author heard a passage in The Wheel of Time, for example, and thought, "Oh, I'd like to try that!" And didn't really pull it off.
So many people are raving about the book, I'm hoping the story will win me over as I get further into it. But for now the writing seems so forced and formulaic, I'm having a very hard time focusing on anything else.
I just follow the signs!
I love Game of Thrones. I thought this will be as interesting but sadly no. I just couldn't get myself excited listening to this book. But I see that many people love this. So sadly it looks like I am the one who is missing out on all the fun. But no thanks. I am not reading the rest of the series.
No - not really. I have read many fantasy novels that have kept me enthralled and not able the put the book down; however, this book's endless dialogue on the main character's life at the university helped lose my interest. I have stopped reading this series.
Keeping a positive mind through books.
Reading was an undertaking, like a chore and I was hoping it would get better but it just did not hold my interest.
Not this series.
The narrator was good at voices. It was the subject matter and the story itself I did not keep interest in.
Many except the young person.
I couldn't believe it! I listened to this book for over 20 hours, waiting for the story to come to some sort of conclusion. I know that this book is the first in a series, but there is usually a chapter close before continuing. Not so! This book does not answer any of the questions that it asks.
Terrible!! There was no ending.
No. It would be too long.
No, the performance was absolutely terrible. It was like listening to a bad thespian actor.
I REALLY wanted to listen past the voice acting, but they had no idea how to read the story. The most irritating issue is that they would blend together narration with the characters speech (same tonality, hardly any break inbetween.) At times this author also attempted a elderly voice, which was so bad it actually gave me a serious case of second-hand embarrassment.
I'll have to read this one the old fashioned way, or wait for a better voice actor. It really is that bad, I've learned my lesson now on listening to the preview first before buying a book.
The reader was good, the story is tedious at best. I was thinking along the lines of Game of Thrones.
it was a good performance, given the boring story
most of it
the writing was good, the story boring
Good story, very entertaining in parts. Unfortunately it goes on and on and on with many long passages that are filler at best.
It would have been fine if half as long
Narrator was fine, voices well done.
More involvement with other characters. Was just basically a narrative.
Performance was fine as far at it went.
It was O.K. if you just want an easy listen narrative.
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