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)
Multiple story lines woven into a tapestry of Magic and Mystery with characters I couldn't help but love.
Our hero is just the best mixture of clay-footed oaf and genius. Kvothe is a mystery and challenge to himself and the others he deals with and never ceased to make me want to know more. To sing and play as he does would be incredible joy.
Just the right mixture of dialect and nuance to keep up with the story.
Yes, I laugh, I cry, I crave more. Bought "The Wise Man's Fear" in audible and Hard Cover before I finished "Name of the Wind".
The audible presentation of this book led to purchase of the Hard Cover book and both audible and Hard cover copies of the next. I am anxiously looking forward to the third in the set.
Originality of the story line.
How fast you become attached to the characters.
Bast. Easily. It's like he's echoing the voice i thought up in my head.
Not your average innkeeper.
I suggest this book to anyone who reads frequently and/or loves fantasy. This has become most of my friends' favorite book, once introduced. Every person that i know that has read it always thanks me for insisting on them reading it.
Unfortunately I would not recommend this book. It came highly recommended which is why I was disappointed. The first quarter of the book was pretty much a story about a guy telling a story about his younger days where many people he met told him stories... so a story about a story about stories.
It gets a little better after that, but not much. Characters randomly appear out of no where, the main characters luck at bumping into people at just the right time gets tiresome. there is no real direction until about half way through you realize this book is just a prologue to the a next book that might hopefully have some more action. But I am not willing to spend the $ to find out if the next is better.
The author appears to be trying very hard to write an award winning book, almost too hard. I am searching for a nice sci-fi fantasy to replace Sanderson because I am tired of him milking his notoriety by bringing poorer and poorer books out of his old work notebooks instead of finishing his decent writings. However, this author will not be the one to replace him.
This is the first. The performance was surprisingly good. I enjoyed the different accents and consistency.
Inspired me not to read the next book.
I actually grew to love the characters, and that is truly unique. I found myself wanting to be in the car so I could keep listening to the book.
I love this book. One of the best stories I have read/heard.
I would listen and read this book again and again, and again when I have kids of my own. The story was perfectly written and not a single word wasted. Oftentimes I'm taken to an adventure, sometimes I'm sang a lullaby, other times a challenge for me to solve a mystery. This book cannot and should not be lump into one genre. No. That would not do it justice. But it should belong in the short list of books one must read before leaving earth. I was fortunate that when I found out about Kvothe's story two days of the chronicle had been written. I finished the two books in one weekend but not just to finish. No, I savored every single moment of it. I found myself wanting to learn languages and picking up my guitar trying to play like Kvothe. I cried when his family was massacred. I felt his pain in the gutters as if I've been there with him. I found myself laughing with him and I hated that rich prick. I can't help but be intrigued by his infatuation with the girl with the black hair and be mesmerized by Felurian and her world. So if you ask me if I would listen/read this book again, DEFINITELY! Over and over again... until the third day comes.
It's been a long time since I've read an original fantasy novel that kept me turning the pages as this one did
No, this is the first time I've heard him read a book. At first I wasn't sure what to make of his voice, it's an acquired taste and it gets soothing once you're used to it. His voice was my companion for three days and three nights while I'm reading along with the book. ALl the characters came alive, both male and female. I would definitely watch out for more books read by him. I wish he would read all if the Game of Thrones, him and Jeremy Irons. I did find that some parts of the recording seemed like they were added later during the editing that may have been skipped or damaged during the original recording. It wasn't much just a sentence here and there but enough to break one from an engrossment.
Definitely. The main character Kvothe has so many fun/crazy adventures that I can't help but smile and laugh when I listen to this book. Plus, Nick Podehl does such a fantastic job with Kvothe's persona that I feel like I'm spending time with an old friend.
This book has such likeable characters, so I'd have to compare it with The Sword of Truth series. Although you might go on a roller-coaster ride of crazy events and happenstance, you'll love spending every minute with the main character.
He makes Kvothe sound rambunctious and sexy all the time.
I really enjoy the juxtaposition of the younger and older Kvothe.
This is one of my favorite books of all time! I'll gladly wait for the last installment!
Yes! Engaging story and reader!
no way - I savored it in my car while on road trips.
Can't wait for next book in series - hope there is one. I want to know what else happens to Kvoth and everyone.
One of the best audiobooks in a long time! Both in story and performence!! Grabs your attions on the first page and doesnt let go tell the last. Excited for what is to come with this adventure!!
After starting this book i wanted to call in sick from work just so i could keep reading it and go on to the next! The auther did a great job drawing his audience in and not letting go!
Anyone who loves fansasy will love this story. The characters are engaging, the story full of archetypes and the reading impecable. The level of creativity some authors achieve never ceases to amaze me and Patrick Rothfuss is no exception. This is the first in what is to be a three book series. And I'm looking forward to reading them over and over. I highly recommend this bood and series to anyone who loves fantasy , adventure, and just a good story. You won't be disappointed.
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