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)
Lover of great stories. Books, movies, tv, oral- From classics to contemporary, fantasy to historical. If I'm not out trying to live my own adventure, I'm enjoying another's.
Yes, and I have! Rothfuss' creativity is magnificent. The story has such richness and the characters are some of the best ever written. The interactions between characters seem almost flawless and the happenings of Kvothe's story never leave you bored, but they aren't so fantastical that you can't relate.
In all honestly, my favorite character is not always the main, but in case of Kvothe, none can surpass him. His struggles allow you to connect to his humanity, but his story let's you wonder at him in awe. He is quick witted and charming. He is confident and arrogant but not egotistical. You want to be his friend; you want to hear his story.
Nick's voicing is simply superb. I have both read and listened to this book, and I actually do prefer Nick's narration because of his acculmation of effort: he gives each geographical culture their own accent that I never would have thought of, let alone accomplished in such a satisfying degree, along with a great range of intonation for each character. It's magical.
Definitely! Difficult to do seeing as it would take an entire day with no sleep, but at home, in the car, at work, any time I could hit play I did.
I was recommended this book by a couple of friends. When I first started the book I had a little trouble getting into it. However, once it got going I couldn't put it down. The world that he creates is really interesting and I was captivated by the way everything from magic, to music, to wildlife is covered and mentioned. I ended up completing this book withing a week of starting it and that is not normal for me. However, once I finished this book, I felt like nothing was accomplished this whole book. Even the couple things that were suppose to be the big events of the book just felt trivial. This is why I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars overall. I still recommend it as a read. It is a wonderfully spun world of magic and mystery. I just really hope something actually happens in the next two books. Which I will read as soon as I get a chance.
The headline says it all. I have already purchased this book on itunes, and just bought it again (since it went on sale) in the hopes that I might convince even one new person to read it with this review. I also have a sign hard cover in my personal library even though I never read print. If you have not yet had the pleasure....I envy you.
"It's like honey one warm bread."
so I made it about 2 hours into this monster and just couldn't take it anymore. Once the narration bogs down in telling a story about storytelling and acting, it just exhausted my patience.
I think the reader also is not right for this story. His rendering just left me even more tired.
Disappointed after downloading this based on Audible's recommendation. Maybe if I was 15 it would have appealed to me.
This story is great, the characters are well developed, and the reader really pulls you into the story. I am dying to read book 3. Please hurry
I would recommend this book and I have recommended this book. It is such an enjoyable experience. It did take me about 30 minutes to really start enjoying this book but after the initial 30 minutes I have not been able to stop. It brings you into another world. It is one of the best books I have read or listened to. It is a book for all ages.
I imagine this book takes place during similar times of Game of Thrones or The Hobbit. If you have enjoyed those books, this book will be on the top of your favorites list.
Don't hesitate. Order the book, you won't regret it.
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss was recommended to me by a bookstore owner in Chincoteague, VA when I was picking up a copy of Storm of Swords. He said that if I liked Game of Thrones and the ASOIAF books, that I would love this one. I ended up buying it that day but not reading it for another year after that. Boy do I regret doing so. If I would have known what I know now, I would have put Storm of Swords aside and immediately began this novel. Instead I waited and started listening to it instead. The result was the same though, I finished an amazing book with a wonderful story, smart chracters, and a thirst for more.
The story takes place in a fantasy land with the main character being Kvothe. Kvothe is on the run and hiding in some far away small town living as an innkeeper. A man named Chronicler finds Kvothe and recognizes him and his notorious past. Kvothe agrees to tell him his story over the span of three days (each book is a day, this being the first) and the journey begins.
Kvothe's story starts well enough but is soon wrapped in tragedy. Out of tragedy comes strength and Kvothe follows his dreams until he is studying magic at the University. It's here that most of the book's larger events take places and he meets the love of his life. I won't spoil much but things take place that start Kvothe's journey and set things up nicely for the next two days (books.)
Nick Pedehl does a good job reading the novel but at times I got a little tired of his voice. I've tried sitting here for a couple minutes thinking why but I really can't. Maybe it's just me and you'll love it. It's not enough to make me not want to listen to him in the future, it's just...different. I only mentioned it in case you feel the same. Chances are you won't and it's no big deal.
This book comes highly recommended and the audio recording is a perfect companion to reading the book (that's how I read my novels - some at home and listen in the car.) Hopefully my review has helped you towards a purchase because this is one hell of a story and Patrick Rothfuss has become a favorite of mine.
Yes! This is very unlikely of myself. I usually read a book once and I am done, but this book changed that all together.
The complex nature of the main character. The mystery that the author keeps about much of the story. He constantly reveals more questions, but at the perfect pace that you do not become overwhelmed.
His slovic style voice always makes me laugh!
It has done both!
I hadn't read a fantasy book for at least a decade. I picked this up on a whim and I was hooked again. Fun story line with enjoyable characters. Between this series and the warded man I'm spoiled for non-fiction.
The narrator of this story has a different voice for all the characters. He brings all the characters to life with emotion and sound.
Kvothe, but that is to be expected since he's the protagonist.
The variety of accents from the characters in different regions of the book's world
of course, but it's rather long
This is one of the best new series I have ever started. The author is thumbing his nose slightly at the standard script of fantasy novels and doing it in a very clever way. He is building a wonderful and complex world. The characters he creates are fully fleshed out and intriguing. The story can have it's slow moments, but they all do and these are blessedly short. All in all, it is an amazing story that already has the second of the trilogy with the third promised and it can't come soon enough!).
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