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 thoroughly enjoyed the narration of this book. The cadence and the enunciation make for a terrific time.
The story itself was amazing reminded me of the Tolkien and Lewis. Was amazing to read and to listen to. Owning it on both formats is a plus.
I have not listened to any of Nick Podehl's other performances, but having enjoyed this one so much I would definitely look forward to any of his other work
The moment Kvothe gets admitted to the University. The whole scene was well written and narrated, leaving me feel like I was in the room with him.
A good book isn't hard to find, this is one of the greats
This was my 5th time through this book. 2nd on audio. Everything Rothfuss writes is amazing, even forwards to other books. I love it all. My boss and I have a joke that he can make us cry laugh and quicken a heartbeat in a short page about another authors work and his own work is even more intense. I recommend this book to everyone lucky enough to get a copy.
All in all a wonderful full book with very little to be disliked. The key is how easily and smoothly this story comes to life. It evokes strong emtions and sympathy to the struggles of a bright charismatic savant who has powers unexplained. It's an ever unfolding page turner of intrigue and discovery. Definitely worth the read!
I can't say enough good things about this book. I've recommended it to friends and they've all loved it and then immediately went to check out the next book in this series. I can't wait for the next installation.
I started this once and got 4 hours into it bored and gave up, realizing I have 20ish more hours to go. I decided to try it again because I have continually heard good things about it. This time, perhaps it was my mood or mindset, but I delved into it and did not want to turn it off, it held my attention.
It flickers back and forth between present time in the story and history as Kovthe tells his story and it is documented. This is most of the of the book probably 98% of it. there is enough of the present time to make you curious about what is going on, but not enough to explain much.
And though a fascinating tale, it leave you with no choice but to go to the second book if you want to know what is going on in present time, or the rest of his tale. Basically it is a VERY long history, or so it seems so far. The second book is twice as long, so you need to be in for a long haul.
It was enough to keep me interested although lacked a little bit of focus. Not sure where the climax was. (TWSS)
Average at first, but by half way through there was HUGE improvement! When he finally got into the groove he had good inflection, character differentiation and even some sound effects.
Hmmm....maybe meeting the Dracus.
A very entertaining story, keeps moving and keeps you interested in it. The narration is excellent perfectly paste and intriguing. They really did pick the right person to be the narrator for the story. I was very interested with the story and it kept me riveted all the time. Every time I stopped listening I could not wait to get back to the story and continue with it. I'm hoping the second book will be just as good as the first.
If you just finished Roy Dotrice's (200 hour) performance of George R. R. Martin's ASoIaF and you're looking for your next audiobook, look no further. Here lies an equally good performance of an incredible story, a story that exceeds its counterparts in the genre. You'll laugh, cry, and generally be amused by this here gem of an audiobook. And undoubtedly finish both satisfied and yearning for more.
Pretty well, I wouldn't put it at the top. But I'm looking forward to seeing some character growth in book 2.
I always enjoy a character growth and kvothe had some from the streets of tarbian to the institute.
Took a few chapters to get used to his voice, and once I was used to it he did such a great job with the whole voice performance.
No, it took a while to really get immersed in. Towards the end it really grabbed me though.
Really worth the read/listen
Admiringly it had a bit of a slow start but when it got going I couldn't let it go! I loved it all the way! Some would probably think the ending was a bit anti climatic but I'm choosing to start the next one in the series!
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