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)
Fantastic book. The narration is extremely well done as well. The accents used are consistent and add a beautiful flare throughout the book. The narrator is consistent even through book two. Bravo. I will say, the short clip given by Audible almost convinced me not to purchase this book. As I love the book series, I thought I would bare through the poor sounding narration. Happily I found this clip is slightly out of context, and the voice made sense once I heard his other interpretations. Well worth the purchase. Can't wait for book 3.
Yes. I've listened to it several times already since it's very fun, even if you already know the plot.
Absolutely. Anyone who enjoys fantasy novels will likely love this as much as I did.
So, you know the concept of a Mary Sue? A self-insert character that is just too perfect that it's off putting? The main character in these novels is the most Mary Sue of any Mary Sue in any novel I've ever read, and I don't even care. I should care. I got the giggles sometimes, it was so ridiculous. Every time he stood up to bullies and was incorruptible and unrealistically perfect and picked up difficult skills in no time at all because he's *just that good,* I got the giggles, and still, I love these books. He's got a perfect singing voice! He's got so much musical talent he makes lifelong professionals gasp! He's a startlingly powerful magician! He's smarter than people who have studied for years! He's poor and goes hungry and his suffering just makes him even more noble! People hate him just because they're jealous, but he's never petty! He never even considers stooping to their level! He is noble and good and his eyes change colors with his moods!
Normally, this kind of too-perfect main character would make me roll my eyes, put the book down, and tell all my friends not to bother, but I love these books. I'm not too fond of Kvothe himself because he's not so much a person as he is an ideal, but I love these books and have re-read and re-listened to them several times, recommended them to everyone I know who enjoys fantasy novels, and can't wait for the third book in the trilogy to come out.
So why do I love it so much even though the main character makes me laugh? Because Patrick Rothfuss really is just that good. He's a fantastic writer and an amazing storyteller, has created an interesting world, and other than Kvothe, his characters are all interesting, too. The book is long, but it goes by in a flash because reading it (and listening to the audiobook) is just so much fun.
I enjoy entertaining books that are well written where the author can draw me in with stimulating words and with little or nor vulgarity.
Brilliant, Hopeful, Storied
With a story such as that of young Kvoth, how could you not cheer for him. He comes from a family of love, experiences tragedy, has to learn survival and gives all he has to learn. He is a perfect hero.
Nick Podehl portrays each and every character well, he adds just the right amount of energy to make the story extremely enjoyable.
Yes. I drive three hours a day and get to listen five days a week, but with this story I even listened on the weekends.
I loved Robert Jordan's Wheel of time series and through them I found out about the amazing writer Brandon Sanderson. Patrick Rothfuss is a writer like those two icons.
The book is EXTREMELY tedious at the beginning. Stick with it and you will be reward with a rich story about a deeply troubled but brilliant man.
I enjoyed the main character, and his interactions with many of the supporting characters. I will not say more as I do not want to spoil it.
This is going to sound bizarre, but I loved the narrator when he was doing voices. It was his speaking voice that was grating and seemed not to fit the narrative.
Yes, all of the interactions with the antagonist were brilliantly done.
Hubris at its best.
The Name of the Wind: Patrick Rothfuss' Wish Fulfillment Chronicles
Rewrite it? I actively hated this book, to the point I couldn't stop listening because I wanted bad things to happen to the main character. Kvothe, the main character, is completely unrealistic, to the point he seems to merely be a form of wish fulfillment for the author. I can suspend disbelief for fantasy, but not for basic human reactions. Grown adults don't openly weep no matter how well you strum your lute; all the events of his first two days at the academy were laughably unrealistic; women do don't fall in love with/flirt with awkward teenage boys with inflated egos. Add this to the obnoxious way Kvothe narrates his own story and his overuse of cringe inducing hyperbole. Maybe this style would to highlight how pompous and self-absorbed the character is, but it's unbearable since the majority of the story is written from this perspective.
First time listening to Nick Podehl's narration. I thought he did a decent enough job.
The author had some solid world building going on, but it was wasted on the characters he populated it with.
Would not recommend.
By far my favorite over audible novel. I've listened to this one and it's sequel, Love them both. If you get the opportunity you won't be disappointed.
Yes! I read it, listened to it, and now I occasionally fall asleep listening to it. I forgot how much the child in me likes being read to sleep. PS: I am grateful that Audible had the foresight to include an auto timer that can be set so I don't listen half the night before turning it off.
The first night I read until the sun came up.
Not possible for me to pick just one....seriously.
Pay attention and enjoy the ride.
In my opinion, there is a certain quality that few writers possess and I don't have a name for it. Patrick Rothfuss has it and you will be the richer for having enjoyed it.
The performance given by Nick Podehl puts to shame all other 5-star ratings I have given in the past. His fluidity between voices and accents is incredible and adds an extra dimension of enjoyment to the already masterfully written story.
Rare for a fantasy story, I found myself laughing out loud at many subtle bits of humor and sarcasm. I found myself particularly satisfied and amused when Kvothe performed the song "Jackass Jackass."
His distinguishing voices and accents were great. What I particularly enjoyed was how he did the female voices. Generally, I find that when male voice actors voice female characters, there is something patronizing in the high pitched tones that they give the characters. Nick Podehl gave unique voices to each of the female characters that seemed actually plausible.
Yes. And with the exception of sleeping, I did not stop listening. Begin at your own peril :).
For those who are artists (not just musicians), Rothfuss's description of the heartache an artist feels when encountering one's craft but unable to participate really hits home. It is a beautiful story with a unique tone. There are many commentaries on/parallels to today's society that make the story relatable to the modern day.
I enjoy mysteries, wrapped with violence and sprinkled with romance.
Once you get past chapter 7 the storytelling becomes engaging and you find yourself cheering the lead character on.
This book has elements similar to Harry Potter and The Wheel of Time and maybe some others.
The narrator's performance is like the book in that his skill doesn't take off until Chapter 8. He is really good at performing unique voices for all of the characters and the acting is superb.
Noooo....It's too long and I do need to sleep sometime.
It's hard to know where to begin. I was completely rapt with this book within the first chapter or two, and I was in the grips of the story until the last page, totally drawn in and hungry for more the entire time. The characters felt both like old friends and new ones from the moment I met them (with the possible exception of Ambrose, but you'll understand why he isn't a friend once you've met him yourself). Even in introducing the setting, the first moments of the characters, it's clear this is a world to play in, people to get to know, and that your time won't be wasted here.
I don't know if I really have words to do this book justice. This is the work of a master, and just reading it is an enriching experience, even if fantasy isn't your cup of tea. The quality of storytelling, the characters, the reality that this is a life we're looking at, are amazing. I'm not a big biography reader, but if biographies read anything like The Name of the Wind, then I am missing out and must remedy this immediately. I'm not trying to make light of this or of history by any means, but if I lived in Kvothe's world, then I would be so unbelievably happy to be a historian, knowing that this is what goes on in the world.
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