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)
Brace yourself, yes, this is it, a negative review of the Kingkiller Chronicles. I read the other reviews and this seemed like a no brainer for me because I really like epic fantasy. I just finished the George RR Martin series, Game of Thrones and was hoping this would be of the same caliber and geared more for an adult audience. I found this book to be extremely boring because it was mainly about a homeless, pre-pubescent boy name Kvothe and his lute (weird looking guitar). Yes there is some magic and even some black spider-like monsters called Chandrian, but most of the story is about how poor this boy is and how hard it is to be poor and homeless while trying to make something of yourself. The magic consists mainly of lighting up lamps with magic light. Whoopie! I think this would be a very good choice for a young or teenage boy, but not an adult. As a 40 year old I just could not get into the character who is very young for most of the story. Don't get me wrong, its well-written and mildly entertaining, but life is too short to be barely entertained for thirty hours.
I will not be picking up the next in the series.
A Book Addict who found she could clean house and get her book fix with audio books.
Fantasy at its best. I love the way this book is telling the story in hindsight at the end of the fight. Rarely does a book stand out as much as this does in epic fantasy. Read it now.
This is a grate piece of fiction and literature but the narration is awful. I read the free preview from amazon.com. After I finished it in half an hour I was compelled to use my one free token to get it here. I'm new to audio-books; I've only listened to two before this. But in my humble opinion this one is like watching a bad movie of a good book. The other two books I listened to, 'Clash of Kings' and 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ had older voice actors and overall better understanding of the book. This produced a better outcome that did not throw you of from the story.
Fans of The Warded Man and the Desert Spear will enjoy the Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss.
The narration is generally well done, and Nick Podehl does a good job with accents and in giving each character a distinctive voice. His occasional mispronunciations don't detract much from the tale.
The first book is slow to get started. The premise is that an innkeeper (formerly a hero/warrior, but now an anonymous mild-mannered tavern owner) tells the story of his life to a chronicler / scribe over the course of three days. The early days of Kvothe's life are told on the first day, and that's the subject of The Name of the Wind.
The first book focuses on Kvothe's childhood and his entry to university at age 15. The story is excellent and gripping, particularly after the untimely death of his parents and travelling troupe. The second book in the series picks up at the beginning of the second day. THe threads are ultimately woven together, but it takes time.
The story vacillates between the narrative of Kvothe's upbringing and struggles and the interludes taking place in the tavern.
Rothfuss does a good job creating his own world, complete with its own religion, folklore, society, magic and education. Some of his made-up units of money (talens, jots) and time (a span, which it turns out in the second book is 11 days) are irritatingly unexplained. Some of the concepts, such as university tuition being determined based on performance on admissions day testing, are intriguing and work well.
Kvothe is the kind of person who, if it weren't for bad luck, would have no luck at all. Some of his actions and decisions are a little puzzling, given his circumstances, but largely he's a credible character. Unfrotunately, the evil Ambrose does not get what he deserves in the first book.
The second book (so far) is as well done as the first, and I am eagerly awaiting the third book.
This is definitely a good way to spend spare credits.
This is the first installment of a trilogy. As I write this in the summer of 2012, the first two parts have been published (The Name of the Wind, and The Wise Man's Fear). The third volume is scheduled to be published in May of 2013. This is an interminable time to have to wait for a story that has completely sucked the reader in, but that is the price we have to pay for near flawless fiction.
As I already wrote in my review of Wise Man's Fear, I am not normally a fan of fantasy. But this work is so much more. I can't praise highly enough the depth of characterization, both of persons and of settings. The narration is also first-rate. I am very difficult to satisfy, and have found a couple of small issues with the pronunciation (i.e., AY-lur changes to ah-LAHR), but overall an excellent job.
After listening to the second book, The Wise Man's Fear, I would say that to my ear, beginning and ending each book with "a silence of three parts" is a bit overdone, even pretentious. If done for a single volume, or at the beginning of the first installment, and the end of the third installment, then that would be just right. To begin and end each volume with it is, well, it just isn't "of the lethani".
Anyway, no kidding. Do yourself a favor and get this audiobook. It's so good I would almost give you a money-back guarantee myself. Almost.
There are not enough positive things I can say about this book or the writer. Patrick Rothfuss maybe new as an author but he has already reach the heights of Jordan, Martin, or Sanderson with this series. The writing style and quality is only matched by the world and characters it describes. While the story follows certain aspects of traditional fantasy, Rothfuss has drawn new lines and expanded the genera. If you enjoy fantasy do yourself a favor and listen to this series.
This is a very cool fantasy book and fits in along the new trend where fantasy books are more realistic and not completely filled with imps, and elves, and trolls and the like. It is a very well written book with some really great descriptions of music and the way it move us. It follows the story of a young boy born into a family of traveling musicians and the beginnings of how he becomes a legendary wizard. Sounds exactly like something I'd never read since I don't much like the magical side of fantasy too much, but the author is really great and the book is much more character driven than magic driven. Think a Harry Potter series (for an older crowd) in which 'Harry' actually does cool stuff. Very fun read and I'm looking forward to finishing the triology.
While it took me a little while to get into the story and overcome my fear I had fallen into a slow-moving coming-of-age tale, once we got going, I was charmed and delighted and couldn't stop listening. What saved it for me are the Interludes. Normally, I'm really annoyed by shifts in perspective/time in a narrative, but here, just enough was revealed in the Interludes to make younger, more arrogant Kvothe a more appealing and rounded character. Had I read this in my teens or 20s, I don't think I would have appreciated that aspect so much. In my 40s, I can also look back at my teens as Kvothe has, with mixed emotions and a certain objectivity, rue, and amusement.
Nick Podehl does a fantastic job with the various voices and particularly with giving Kvothe what I felt was just the right attitude.
Im a listener.
Excellant naration. Characters to connect with in new ways, and familiar.
Lets face it...without the narration a story can be crap, Nick Podehl, was awsome.
Ha! As a over the road driver....11 hours at a shot.....and some of my break....it hurt to turn it off.
If you miss this series...ignorance is probably bliss.
The reading of the book was exceptional - the amount of detail that Patrick goes into to fully describe the storyline is (I believe) on par with the Game of Thrones Series. The character development is complete and full and mind-gripping. Though it took me a while to wrap my head around the initial beginning - it does nothing but add to the foundation of this book.
I saw several reviews that were completely the opposite of mine and can see where when you buy the book it's difficult to read - however when it's being narrated to you I found it extremely easy to 'get into it'. Nick does such a great job reading that I often forget it's just one person. He gives each character their own distinct voice and does a splendid job!
This is by far one of the longest listens I have ever purchased and I IMMEDIATELY bought the second book after listening to this one!
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