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've read The Name of the Wind and its an excellent book I definitely recommend it. Its something so outside of the usual fantasy. Yes, a lot of people complain about the main character but this and the second book clearly are building up to something - I can't wait to get my hands on the third book to find out what.
I'm exceedingly picky when it comes to listening to narration and I'm easily turned off by any sort of bad narration, mouth noises, poor breathing, etc. The Name of the Wind has none of these problems. Nick Podehl does an amazing job of bringing the book's many characters to life with his excellent narration! He imbues his characters with more than just pitch and accent, wherever he can, he imbues them with vivid emotion - laughter, sadness, fear, violent anger, etc. Its almost surreal how fantastic the narration is. I will happily listen to anything by this narrator.
move it along more.
keep it moving. the story get long and envoled
was better than some.
I am a justice crusader, celiac, crossfitter, mma enthusiast, and derby girl. Lawyer by day, easy reads by night.
I have! Once I finished it, I made my boyfriend give it a listen. You catch so much more in the story on a second listen-foreshadowing, nuanced storytelling. Give it a go!
Kvothe, definitely. You can't help but want to watch him succeed, but completely understand when he doesn't. He's the relatable hero--failures and bad habits and all--and you love him so much more for it.
Elodin, Mannet, Kvothe, Abenathy--it's hard to say who is my favorite. Nick Podehl is a master with his voice and brings to life so many lovely new accents.
There were many moments that made me laugh, and often cringe. We've all been there, in that moment where we've tried so hard we've made a fool of ourselves. Clearly, Patrick Rothfuss has as well.
While I have a number of favorite characters, Podehl's breathy portrayal of Denna absolutely grated on me. She's smart, fierce, and makes the best of her lot. It's hard to believe she'd speak so ridiculously.
He is a survivor and fighter. Sometimes he could be a little dense, but he has a good heart and tries to do the right thing. He's funny and likeable, things that I look for in a novel's protagonist.
He was just fabulous! Every character was unique, it was like listening to a movie. If I had just read the book, I think I would've come up with vague images of the characters, but his performance took them from grayscale to color.
When Kvothe thought the Master was giving him a test and he jumped out the window only to find out that it was no test. Because I was thinking the same thing as he was, that it was surely a test.
Great characters and wonderful world-building.
Would recommend to friends and family who like Fantasy/Adventure books. Wonderful story! First few chapters start off slow, but keep reading/listening, it's very good.
This series is my first from Rothfuss, and I really love him as an author. He presents a new way to having the main character narrate his own story and this allows for there to be an added storyline and mystery developing in the current time-line for the main character.
Like many books I would read to myself, I cannot "put it down". I am listening to this story constantly, much to the irritation of my husband who wants more of my attention. Nick Podehl is a fantastic reader/actor. His characters and voices, and so many accents, are more than just believable, they are REAL. He is gifted at bringing a character to life and he makes listening to the story very entertaining. Between Rothfuss's writing ability for character development and Podehl's reading skills, I feel totally immersed in this world and these people. I cannot wait to get more books in this series! I certainly hope the next one is coming soon! Rothfuss has created such a rich world, and there is so much potential for this story to really take off in "Jordan" style. I hope the stories just go on & on as rich as the first two!
Oh there are so many, but I love to hear about all the adventures that Kvothe finds himself in the middle of!
Aaah, the voices & accents! He reads much as I do, relaxed & not over acted. I began listening to books because I don't ever have the time to read, and I miss the stories. Now I can listen while I am working. Podehl really makes listening as pleasurable as if I were reading to myself.
I have laughed out loud, have been scared for the characters, and have felt such sadness for young Kvothe. Emotion comes easily because of the great writing of the author.
Once you begin, you will not put it down! A real "Page Turner"!
I have no idea people who are just really simple, like no negative connotation whatsoever and I bet the majority of people are smarter than me and I'm an idiot. But I just sit dumbfounded I don't know what to say this book was so boring so dumb so about nothing
Everything. This book sucks. If you like erikson rr martin Abercrombie steer clear
It's like Harry potter (which I loved) minus everything that makes Harry Potter good
Super annoying teenage voice
Extreme disappointment I thought it was going to be awesome
This is probably one of the worst books I've ever read, I sincerely mean this and have no reason to say so aside from the fact that it really was
This one had been on my "need to read someday" list for a long time and I finally took the opportunity to see what all the hype was about. The book takes on something of an interesting structure - most of it is a first person narrative of Kvothe essentially sharing his autobiography. This first book covers his story from early youth part way through him time studying at the "Arcanum" - a university like school where Kvothe has made his way to study both practical and arcane arts.
This book is a little different from the typical first person narrative in that it starts and frequently returns to being a third person story - set in the "present" from when Kvothe is recounting his history to a man who collects such stories and has sought him out. This first book, particularly towards the end, suggests that this series may eventually move beyond a focus on telling Kvothe's history and moving forward again in the present. Hopefully, this change comes soon.
While Kvothe is a somewhat interesting character so far, the story suffers as all first person narratives do. It feels more like following a character walking through a very linear video game. Kvothe recounts a string of episodes that he goes through. Because he is the only character we follow directly, the author is burdened with having him carry all the action. This leads to a string of extraordinarily good luck as, while Kvothe has the occasional setback, he mostly goes along outwitting one hapless adversary after another. Combined with the fact that Kvothe is never in any real danger - since he's the one telling of the events many years after the narrative takes place - Kvothe is ultimately a diminished character and it is hard to really care about him as much as I'd like to.
I'll probably check out the next book at some point, but this experience didn't really leave me with a strong desire to immediately seek out the next book.
As an audiobook, I do have to admit the narrator did make the story much more bearable. I don't think I would have finished the book if I were reading a hard copy. Nick Podehl does an excellent job with the material he's given and brings more life to Kvothe and the other characters than the written text itself manages on its own.
After having several avid readers recommend this series, I was a bit disappointed to find that it is ostensibly geared towards adolescent girls. It's like Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time interspersed with passages from feminine hygiene product ads.
On the positive side, the narration is well produced, the writing is clear and some of the characters are interesting at times. However, the plot presents very low hurdles, then clears each one with ease only a few pages later. Not wanting to give up too easily, I got the second book. The story improves, but the language becomes increasingly floral. I don't anticipate reading the third installment.
I might recommend this series to those who are into Twilight and the like. For those who enjoy Tolkien or (R. R.) Martin, I might suggest sitting this one out.
This is a long book and the second one is longer. From start to finish it was great. Only downside is the last book is not out yet. I have listened to J. R. R. Martin's books and these are every bit as good. More High Fantasy based than Game of Thrones and not sex laden like GoT. Great mix of magick and sword play. The Magick is very logical and well done. He goes into more detail in the second book. I normally listen to books on the way to and from work but i ended listing to them at home, and could not put them down. The narrator is great every bit as good a Roy Dutrice.
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