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)
Cunning, Beautiful, and Brilliant
The only other book I might compare The Name of the Wind to is the Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks.
Nick Podehl is by far the most well fitting voice actor out of every audio book I have listened to so far. Not only does his voice match up with what I imagine the character's age being, but it pulls you into the story. He's got this ability to grab a hold of you as you are listening to this amazing story, and make you feel the environment in each scene. When there is a descriptive area in the book, the combination of Podehl's voice and the brilliant way Rothfuss puts words together makes it art.
Yes! Dear God YES... I've already listened to the two books in the series 3 times...
I may be partial to this book because I've always been a sucker for the "bard" hero, but this book instantly became my favorite book after listening to it. The main character is so complex and real that sometimes I just wondered how Rothfuss "knows" this man... I recommend this book to everyone that loves Fantasy, and even those that simply love books... Rothfuss gives a revitalizing breath to the fantasy genre by creating poetry and song, through a book...
The story is intriguing and the performance is excellent. The characterization in the writing is great, the story telling is wonderful, and the narrator ties it all together with a great performance.
I am a retired teacher who listens because she is vision impaired and can no longer read. I love history, a touch of fantasy, and mystery!
This book is a story within a story. It begins with an aging inn keeper telling his story to a "chronicler." He tells his story in the first person. It is the story of a young boy orphaned and alone in an age when there were no social programs to rescue him. He tells an amazing coming of age story woven with danger and dragons and magic and demons. When the story pauses and he comes back to the present - it is always a shock to me - I so enjoy his story telling. I wish we were just reading his story and not yanked back to the "present." The series has come highly recommended and at this point I just have to take it on faith - and begin the second book.
I love this book. I have read it so many times it is like an old friend and I come back often to 'catch up'. That being said, when I heard it was coming out on Audible, I was hesitant to purchase it.
Nick Podehl brings a great performance to a world I dearly love, and even when I flip through the pages and hear my own voices for the characters, his take on a few of them are just outright better than mine.
Buy this book, listen to it on the train or in your car.
The story jumped at times without preamble and the drama was overblown and sometimes adolescent in quality, but it had the bones of good storytelling.
Complex, nuanced, and immersive; A book that strikes the difficult balance between powerful magic and magic that leaves our characters human.
Firstly I would like to say this was one of my most enjoyable listens I have ever had.
I want to point out that at first I was uncomfortable with the narrative style used, but as it fit so perfectly with the story and as I just needed to adjust I cannot fault it.
It says something about an author when you enjoy the menial things. I loved listening about the main character perform his small tasks, or engaging with his chums over a drink. Of course the main story was captivating and I look forward to the next book.
The narrator was brilliant he used excellent voices, the only fault I could find was his female voice sounded like his narrative voice.
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