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)
Thorough, slow, detailed
As a handyman who fixes computers for a living, I would not presume to tell a real author how to tell a story
No complaints, clear articulation, enough variation to tell characters apart.
"Carrottop goes to school"
Yeah - I did a google search for "best fantasy story", after reading all of Tolkein except the Simarillion, all of the thoroughly disappointing Goodkind novels (Sword of Truth), and am tired of waiting for Martin to finish his work. For me, the world building is as key as the magic and the creatures. Rothfuss seems to go out of his way to frame magic (sympathy - although it's hinted that they aren't the same thing) as a part of the natural world that can be mastered through education, practice and experience. The writing was solid, don't get me wrong, I don't think there are any ridiculous plot holes, although there were some decisions that characters made that I felt were strange, and some coincidences I felt were too convenient. It was work getting though this book (took me about 6 months). I expected to enjoy it a lot more - just like other fantasy writers, Rothfuss makes withdrawls from my emotional piggy bank... it appears to me he's got 2 more novels to pay back the bank, with interest. Sometimes, an introductory work can be remembered more fondly provided the follow ups deliver on promises made by the first book. I'm 5 chapters in to the 2nd book. I'll be sure to review that one too.
I learned of Patrick Rothfuss through Acquisitions Incorporated and was struck by his ability to tell a tale. I then learned he was an author and sought h out here on Audible. I was not disappointed.
On the subject of Nick Podehl, I know nothing of him except that his oration of this book was able to light up my "mind movie" with great detail.
Nick seemed to play the part of Kvothe well and he changed his voice fire different characters. the shirt was amazing and I can't wait to read or I guess in this case, listen to the next book in the trilogy.
Kvothe was a bright, young bard with a knack for "magic" when his whole life was stolen from him. But rather than following a narrow-minded quest for revenge, we walk each step of the way with a young bard trying to make the most of his turbulent story.
The voice performance was spot on, providing just the kind of range one needs from a story that spans a fantasctial, medieval world and all the people who live in it.
Remember, this is a story about an Edema Ruh--a bard. The writer's use of language and setup of having this storyteller tell his story to us through a collection of stories, while a little jarring at first, is inspriring. There will be chapters you chew through one word at a time. Others will demand you keep flipping the page. And while it took some time to listen to it all, I was always transported back right where I was within a few sentences.
If you like medieval fantasy adventure, or have ever played the bard telling everyone else's story, this will be a perfect read for you.
I found the beginning a bit slow, but after the first few chapters I was hooked. This is a wonderful fantasy -- the plot is fascinating, with plenty of action, the characters are engaging, the narration is excellent. It was simply the best book I have listened to in a long time.
This series is a masterpiece and so far the first book is the star. It manages to do so much world building and character building without bogging down like a lot of epic fantasy books. For contemporary fantasy there is nothing better than Name of the Wind. If you like swords, magic, and other worlds this is a must read/listen!
Just wasn't for me. Didn't like it at all.
I don't care about a character that is perfect at everything and constantly rubs it in your face.
Terrible use of changing between first and third person.
Too long, drawn out, and boring. Rothfuss seems to mirror Kvothe in his writing by thinking too highly of himself, his writing, and his story.
Also, there is no humor at all. Nothing a character does that makes you smile or smirk. No situation that exhibits irony. I think this goes a long way to demonstrating the tone the entire way. Rothfuss just completely failed at allowing me some form of enjoyment in his story.
The only thing I would change about this book is to remove the profanity. Mr. Rothfuss is SO talented. His story is phenomenal. His writing is ability is absolutely marvelous. With such a strong vocabulary, why dumb it down with writer laziness. You couldn't write so that your characters express themselves without such vulgarity.
I bought the second book in the series because the story in the first was so great, but returned it because the cursing only got worse than the first.
I am tired of the same story of nobleman's daughter and superhero that fell in love of the first sight. This adventure is original, intense, intelligent and fun, from less than perfect hero and common people.
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