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)
Not sure what to say really. I love listening to audio books. :)
Kvothe of course...he's the main character but the wacky professor was pretty cool too.
This was the first of his performances I've listened to and I thought he did an excellent job.
Absolutely! I liked it so much I've listened to three time already. This one and the sequel. I can't wait for the next volume to be released. I absolutely loved the story, the flow, and the performance.
The writing was incredible. Rothfuss creates numerous timelines well and truly embues the story with his love of story telling. The levels of different stories can become complex, but are very well done and easily comprehended
Quothe, because he's a liar, a thief, a story teller, a magician, a warrior, a bartender, and a musician
The story and the performance were outstanding
Accidentally listened to book 2 first and that was amazing then came back for this one. Can't wait for the third installment. It's just done so well. Mad props to the narrator as he steals the show
Read-a-holic, bibliophile, book nut whatever you want to call it thats me.
I loved this, relistened and re-read it many times. Warning this is addictive, you will be tempted to rush ahead, Mr. Rothfuss has the first two of this story done and available, with a sidebar book, like a pallet cleanser between courses. However book 3 is not available at the time I write this, because he takes his craft seriously and takes his time.
I won't try to write down everything I liked about this book... that would take entirely too long. I'll say this, though: I loved the idea of Sympathy AND science. I loved the history that lurked just underneath the surface of the story. I loved the characters... well, MOST of them. There is a lot of time devoted to Kvothe's search for money, but if I was a penniless protege barely making it in a world like this... it'd probably be a big deal for me too.
The breaking of Ambrose's arm comes to mind...
Sim and Wilem are two of my favorite performances by Nick... But his overall performance is excellent.
Not going to lie... whenever Denna entered the picture, I quickly became bored or frustrated.
An excellent read for anyone!
After GoT I struggled to find something that could get my attention and keep it. and this is the first book to do that. It started a little slow, but at some point I realized I was completely sucked in. the main character is fantastic and I just want to hear more about his story... I feel like I'm at the Inn sitting at the table and having it told by Kvoth himself. Narration is excellent as well. Very happy and moving on to book two!
For those coming from GoT, it's a very differnt type of book in my opinion. this is more of a past story being told to you, while GoT makes you feel like you are part of a story unfolding. In GoT I constantly found myself formulating how the future would turn out. while this book I really don't think about where the story will go or how it ends, not in a bad way, it's just a very different experience. I find myself listening intently to the story vs being part of the story in GoT.
If you like Fantasy this one is excellent at all levels.
Game of Thrones - the gold standard in fantasy
I just follow the signs!
I love Game of Thrones. I thought this will be as interesting but sadly no. I just couldn't get myself excited listening to this book. But I see that many people love this. So sadly it looks like I am the one who is missing out on all the fun. But no thanks. I am not reading the rest of the series.
Ok, So I'm 10 min from finishing (listening to) The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chonicles, Day 1. I have to say I REALLY like this book and have already downloaded the sequel in anticipation. It has a pretty neat narrative style and I thoroughly enjoy the author's take on magic. It covers a lot of ground as it is a dictation from the main character, Kvothe to a scribe, about his life.
As far as audio-books go, the narrator is different, not just another monotone English baritone but an American tenor with a wide range of good accents and just the right amount of inflection. Overall I'd say he's pretty satisfactory, though awkward at moments.
I love this book so much. The reader was not my all time favorite at first but he got better as I got into the story. Enjoy these books. They are lots of fun.
I don't give 5s a lot. Throwing 5s around makes it harder for others to distinguish what was good from what was great. For me 5s = top 2%.
It was such a slow moving story and even at it's conclusion left you with too many unanswered questions. Reminds me of the Tv show lost- by the time you realize you've been had you already invested too much time to bail out.
The main character was not easy to like. He was young and a genius in his own words. He was the best at magic and music. With all that talent what was so amazing? Of course he should excel. There was no underdog to root for.
He was fine. In all fairness it was a tough task.
Anger that I invested 27 hours only to come to no real conclusion.
Can 7000 readers be wrong? Apparently so. It was difficult to go against the tide knowing thousands of people loved the story but I have to be honest. I wasn't impressed.
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