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 been an Audible member for 5 years. This book is so good it prompted me to write my first review.
I'm always a little nervous when I use my credits on a fantasy book because the line between good and cheesy is so very fine. This book/series is well worth the credits! On a par with Tolkein in my humble opinion. Not only are the story line and characters interesting, but the quality of the writing is so beautiful it's like listening to poetry. My only grouse is the frequent use of the word "groused".
Nick Podehl is an excellent narrator. His voice is... comfortable. He's not narrating - the characters are speaking through him.
Truly a great book. I can't wait for the next one!
It ranks at the top with my personal favorites Dragonlance and Eye of the World.
The mix of the past and present
No I did not have an extreme reaction to this book.
Unfortunately the book has somewhat been ruined by the wait. This is a series and we have been waiting for around 2 years for the last part. If I had it to do over again I would wait to read until I knew the final version was out.
I am A recovering Dyslexic. I read my first book when i was 21 and since then i have read or listlen to a book or more, every two weeks.
Yes, i already have, why because it is a great story that just bends your thought to new ideas.
And you thought, you knew everything there was to know, about a great story?
Cant wait for the third book.
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This whole series threw me on my head. I could not wait to get back into it, and worried how close I was coming to the end. More Please!!!!
Characters with DEPTH great storyline and plot.
You find yourself wishing you had friends like the Characters in this book.
My Lute My Lute where is my Lute !!!!
Easy prediction Mr Ruthfuss will be known as one of the greats.
In my top 10.
The intriguing main character and all the interesting trials and tribulations that he goes through.
Nick Podehl is just so interesting to listen to. One of the best!
Getting acclimated to this world and life of Kvothe.
The whit and luck of Kvothe, how he used his upbringing to his advantage,
Totally entertained, part of the crowd cheering him on...anticipation for what would happen next, elated that there was another book to look forward to and a search for the third book in his trilogy, it's so hard to wait!
It will suck you in, and stay with you, let's read it again with a friend!
While part one is slow and the narration is a little difficult to get into, by the end of part 3 you can't believe you forgot to download part 4 and you are kicking yourself because you have to wait until you can get back home to listen.
This is a completely fantastic read and/or listen. I began by reading this book on my Kindle and had to use an Audible credit to pick up the audio book. Nick Podehl performs flawlessly. The story begins in the stereotypical (for this genre of story) inn. However, it is quickly apparent that this story is anything but stereotypical. A scribe, known as "The Chronicler" appears in the night while the hero, Kvothe, is preparing to fight spider-like monsters. Chronicler has been searching for Kvothe the Bloodless. Kvothe agrees to tell his story to The Chronicler, un-filtered over the next three days. And the story begins.
If you are looking for an excellent story that will have you staying up all night to continue reading, and are willing to stick through a slow start, this is the book for you.
Yes I love a long story being told the way it should
That I felt like I was chronicler the scribe listening to a great legend an idol of sorts telling his story taking me through his life step by step some might call this slow starting or whatever they don't apreciate a great story each word is necesary
Awsome Luke Daniels is my fave but this definitely gave for a tight second if I was to score them
I tried but I was forced to tear myself away from it
Can't wait to experiance book 2
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