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've listened to a lot of audio books (at least 50) and this is probably among the top 10.
I think these specific scene/moment questions tend to lend themselves to spoilers, so I don't love answering them.
The scene where the professors evaluate Kvothe for entrance into the academy.
The scene where Kvothe first meets the Chandrian (forgive me if I spell that wrong I've only heard it in the audio-book and never seen it in print), the major protagonist in the story.
When you read a ton of fantasy (and I do) you start to feel like there are only so many basic story lines in the genre. I mean, at it's heart it would be easy to describe this book as one of your basic hero coming of age, character building pieces. The big difference is how that story is told or handled.
Rothfuss is an excellent writer. The words and phrases used in this work are often beautiful in their own right and I think it's that talent that raises this book up to the next level. I'd happily look for more works from this author. Rothfuss also builds good mystery by flashing back and forth a little bit from the character in a current timeline vs. descriptions of the characters history. It makes me interested in how that main character got from point A to his current state.
Also, hats off to the narrator of this book, Nick Podehl. This is the first book I've listened to read by this narrator and I liked his performance very much.
Yes! The story is so interesting and there was so much happening that I am sure I probably missed something. I also loved the person who read the story. His voice and accents were perfect and he really made the story easy to follow.
His voice is so easy to listen to; very clear and precise. His accents were perfect and he was great at portraying the feelings and expressions of the characters.
I was moved from something in every chapter
I can not wait for the next book!!
I did read the print version. But, the audio one is a must. It's well read by Mr. Podehl.
The story is well written. And the description pull you in the story.
The reader is excellent. He acting all the characters beautifully. It is an added bonus to the book.
I was hesitant and lukewarm at the start of this book, but it didn't take long to get engaged to the storyline and characters. Mr Rothfuss resaerch and imagination are apparent from start to finish. This story is so involved I may have to pick up a hard copy to reread sections.
This is easily my favorite series on audible.com. Of all the books I've listened to, this is the only series that keeps bringing me back again. The author and reader pull you in instantly and make you care about the characters involved. Aside from the incredible world-building, riveting, horrifying, hilarious story, and often beautiful writing style, the man who reads the book is a bloody genius. Every character has their own inflection, accent, etc. and is done so flawlessly that you already know who's talking when the first syllable is uttered. My only complaint is that the last of the trilogy isn't out yet. If you enjoy fantasy novels, this one's for you.
I thought the book was a little slow at first, but also knew that it had favorable reviews so I stuck with it. I am absolutely delighted I did! What an enchanting tale. I'm looking forward to the third book with keen interest....(two weeks ago would have been fantastic! :)
This is a great book! Not only is the story line great, Nick Podehl's narration is amazing. This might be the first book I have heard him read but it won't be the last. I was hooked from the beginning because of the reader, and later was glued in place because of the story. Patrick Rothfuss does a great job of introducing the reader to Kvothe's world. So many other fantasy novels overwhelm the reader, (listener in our case), with characters, powers, abilities, places, etc. until it's hard to keep track of who can do what, to whom, in which place and for how long. You know what I'm talking about.
Rothfuss, like all great storytellers, still keeps you guessing, but feeds you satisfying tidbits along the way as he naturally reveals everything you need to know throughout the journey through Kvothe's (sounds like "Quothe's") fantasy world. I'm now two thirds of the way through the 2nd book and he's just now revealing details of some things he set up in the very beginning of this book. I have found myself thinking, "Oh yeah, that's why he did that", a lot, and I love it. So far, I have found myself often curious, and never confused, which is an excellent formula for a great book.
Bottom Line: My 2nd favorite fantasy book ever. My first favorite fantasy book ever is actually the sequel, "The Wise Man's Fear", and I'm not even finished with it yet. Get this book, you won't regret it...
I liked the book, and now I like the narrator, bought the second book, now I am eagerly waiting for the third book.
I'm usually hesitant to start a new series as even if they aren't particularly good I end up reading the entire series. It's just my natural curiosity to try to understand the "universe" the author is trying to create. In the case of The Name of the Wine: Kingkiller Chronicles I'm very happy I started.
The opening of the book and the initial performance of the narrator actually turned me off a bit but that didn't last long. I soon found myself drawn into the story and the narrator's performance. I now understand how Nick Podehl was an excellent fit for this story. The approach the author took with telling story is fresh and I find myself caring about the characters. There are some clear influences and there may be some derivative (I.E. Harry Potter) aspects but the story is good enough that it stands on its own.
I always know when I've found a great audio book when I can't wait to get to my workout so I can spend some time listening!
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