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 found the audio version added to the enjoyment of what is a truly long read.
I cannot think of a book that comes close to the world of this book or even the many varied characters of this story. The closest would be Wizards First Rule.
There are many through this whole book, but the scene with the fathers lute when he first arrives in the new town after the wilderness is heartbreaking.
gripping, engaging, entertaining
When Kvothe beat the Draccus and saved the town
His voice is melodious and grips you, I didn't want it to end
I loved this story and cant wait to listen to the sequels. It's long but you dont realize it because you want to keep listening to see what kind of trouble Kvothe will get himself into next.
He paints with words. The narration is excellent.It's been a long time since I've completely enjoyed a book as much as I did this one.I've purchased Day two and not listened yet...I've been basking in the afterglow of this one; not wanting to rush ahead.
I am 48 Years old and have been reading Sci-fi / Mystery / Fantasy since I was eight. The last time I enjoyed a book this much was when I read Lord Valentine's Castle 32 Years ago. Not only is the Story incredible but the Storytelling is equally remarkable. It has been my experience that very few books have both. Paired with a narrator of this quality, listening to this book is an experience that any fan of any fiction genre should have. The second book in the series is equally good and I will purchase anything this Author writes in the future without question or regard to cost. My only regret is that I could not rate this book six stars.
No. This is neither child brain candy (i.e. Harry Potter) nor does it contain adult content (i.e. A Song of Fire and Ice). Zzzzzzzz...
Seems a good fit for this. Not very good at characterizing a variety of characters.
Take a nap.
This is a reflection of pop-culture Fantasy not anything original.
Just a little too long for me,,,,couldn't finish it all the way, had some interesting moments,,,,but just not captivating enough for me.
What attracted me to this title was the length of it for the value (27 hours for one credit? I'm there!). I like the descriptiveness of the prose; it helps a lot with visualizing the environment and identifying with the perceptions of the characters.
Not sure yet - still listening to it (about halfway through).
I have not listened to any of this narrator's performances before. He does a good job, though I've heard better. My criteria for good narration is whether I can identify the character speaking without much effort, and based on that, he's one of the better ones I've listened to.
Several parts of it made me laugh out loud, though it's not a comedy.
I will definitely buy the second book in the series!
I rate as follows: 5-Best of the best, 4-LOVED it, 3-LIKED it, 2-Meh, 1-Didn't like it. Fav genres: sci-fi/fantasy, fiction, science
It's my favorite... although I'm listening to its sequel and loving that just as much.
I love the characters, the world, and the adventures that somehow seem plausible despite being completely fantastic. I also love how it's a story told within the story. I usually don't like it when a story jumps back and forth between time periods, but in this case, it helps deepen the characters, and serves as a nice foreshadowing device.
I haven't, but he is fantastic.
I tore through this 28-hour audio book and still wanted more. I couldn't stop thinking about it for days after finishing it. I was going to start it all over, but instead upped my membership to platinum and bought the sequel!
WOW. Warning! You will instantly want the next one, "Wise Man's Fear..." and then you will want the next one... which isn't out yet!! Despite the terrible withdrawal I am now in because of this... it is SO worth it. What Patrick Rothfuss has done is created a world... and he doesn't spoon-feed it to you, he just THROWS it at you, and you can't help but be immersed.
The narrator is excellent as well. Wonderful, subtle voices; non-aggravating voice, etc.
GET THIS BOOK!
The epic-ness of the story is that it is reminiscent of the oral tradition of story telling. There are at times three sub levels of story telling which, in my opinion is epic in and of itself. The fact that the main character is telling a story (2nd level) and relates stories within his story told by other characters (3rd level) is quite entertaining. The frustrating part is wanting to hear more about the in-verse stories and in-verse history.
The magical systems are very interesting and the "science" behind the most common magic is interesting. The naming magic system, I think is better than other stories where it is used. It is not played up, since it is so incredibly hard to do.
The story does sometimes subvert some tropes, which is interesting. The main character is both talented and fallible. The character flaws does sometimes question his veracity with his stories, but regardless is entertaining.
The narrator sets the mood of the characters and setting very well. At no point was I bored with the performance.
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