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'I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.
©2007 Patrick Rothfuss (P)2012 Orion Publishing Group Limited
First, the narrator. I don't know if all Audible subscribers have a choice, but being in Japan, I was given the choice of the USA and the UK versions. They differed by only one minute in length. I listened to both samples (which covered the same part of the narrative) and chose the British one because it seemed more expressive, and the characters depicted in the short portrayal seemed to me to be better differentiated. Just in case anyone is curious, I'm an American from Boston.
Also, as an aside, I completely loved the moments when the narrator's father sounded just like Eddie Izzard.
At the moment, I'm just a few chapters in on the second of the four segments of this novel, and I am already disappointed that it will someday come to an end. This novel by this narrator is astoundingly good. If some recommendation or other has brought you this far, then this is without any doubt the best book you will listen to this year.
While listening to this book on various busses, subways and while cycling and walking, there have been moments so tender that tears spilled from my eyes, which is embarrassing. There have been moments so fierce that I've probably pumped my fist. I've actually laughed aloud. I've grinned fiercely. This is a talented storyteller telling a tale that's well constructed. The characters are alive. I'm so happy that I am experiencing this story.
I came upon this book through a "This Week in Tech" podcast in which one of the pundits said that someone influential in the tech field had once said that he judged people by their reaction to this novel. If a person didn't like this novel, the story went, then that person was deficient in some essential way that made that person not worth doing business with. I'm not sure I'd go that far, but that was enough to make me want to listen to the book.
All I knew about the book was that it was in the fantasy genre, the writing was supposed to be good, and that it was a kind of "coming of age" tale. I couldn't figure out in the beginning whose coming of age it was supposed to be, so the tale evolved around me in a very interesting way. I think this is a good way to experience the book, so I'm not telling you any more details about this book.
Just so that you have a perspective on where I'm coming from: I'm mainly a sci-fi reader, not space opera but the techie sci-fi, but I also like good spy novels. I'm not really much of a fantasy guy outside of what I read before college. I also like modern fiction and good writing in general; my favorite writer is Milan Kundera, but I'm eclectic in my tastes. Having said that, I'm telling you that this is really good writing (regardless of genre).
If you like quality writing, great characters and a good storyline, and if you are not squeamish about sword fighting, and if you enjoy a bit of speculative fiction (whether sci-fi, fantasy or magic realism), you will love this book. I suppose there are some people who won't love it, but, has has been said before by others, those aren't really the type of people I think I'd enjoy knowing anyway.
I need some C8H10N4O2
The first book of The King-Killer Chronicles is a breath of fresh air, in a genre that can become pretty stale at times.
The book follows two story-lines, the present day story of a humble inn-keeper, and the past remembered history of a young child, who goes from a loving family, to begging on the streets, to the famous university of magic to become one of legends most well-know figures.
The young Kvothe is by far my favorite character. His many adventures & miss-adventure kept me entertained.
I do however wonder how this all-mighty and powerful child became the unassuming and humble inn-keeper, I eagerly await the third book in the series, just so this mystery can be resolved.
It was my first time listening to Rupert Dega, and can only sing high praise of his narration skills.
At times, I laughed out loud, and at times I found my eyes wet with tears. I don't want to spoil the story for anyone by divulging the details. So my only advice is, read the book!
Looking at the Publisher's Summary:
'I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep."
All I can say, without saying too much, of the eight proclamations in the above extract, I have now read about four of them (in addition to many more not stated) in the first two books, so, there is still a lot more to come.
I await eagerly...
This is the best Fantasy epic I have read for a over decade. I couldn't stop listening to it. Having tried the versions with both Nick Pohdl and Rupert Degas I can warmly recommend Degas for his deep and wide range of voices, and somehow the British accent lend itself better to epic story telling.
This is one of the better books I've listened to, I found myself smiling and at least once feeling sad for the hero.
This is the first time I've listened to the reader, he does an amazing job and really adds to the quality of the experience.
The Chronicles of a Future Killer
If you want to collect some impressive and vivid similes (and a few metaphors) this is the book to listen to. The author comes up with bucket loads in every paragraph.The story itself reminds me in some ways of Ender's Game or Trader Tales - an extraordinarily talented youngster trying to make his way in the world. In this book he doesn't have it all his own way, and in fact you cringe a few times because you know despite his talent he is still an impulsive young adolescent who will get himself into trouble - and adventure!
Kvothe's chronicles of his life in the university is some of the coolest and funniest fiction writing I've ever seen. And apart from his relationship with Denna, Kvothe is extremely relatable and fun to read.
The name of the wind is kind of like a mix between Sword of Truth, Harry Potter, and A Song of Ice and fire.
Harry Potter because it chronicles the hero's school life for much of the book.
Sword of Truth because it follows a very small cast of characters, and almost completely ignores everybody else.
A song of ice and fire because it uses a completely unique world, with its own geography, theology and physics.
Probably, though grudgingly so. The incredible awkward way in which the narrator performs "special accents" throughout the book lead me to miss very important parts of the dialogue, and his use of lifelike use of autistic sounds made me cringe and seriously consider ditching the book mid-read.
"The life of the greatest Arcanist to walk the four corners of civilization"
Definitely. The story is epic, the characters superb and the language unparalleled.
Its a difficult book to compaire due to the vast scale of the story and how well Mr Rothfuss manages to tie it together. Its definitely adult fantasy which makes it refreshing as, like life, he leaves you guessing, doesnt answer all the questions and certainly makes the reader feel that the world is a place of depth...
HE IS SUPERB! This is close to the best performance I have listened to and I can not wait until I can afford more books so I can download some more titles he has been part of. His ability to bring the characters alive is wonderful, I love the different accents he manages to pull in and his timbre and pace is excellent.
I wouldnt. Its too good to be made into a film - The world is too exciting to confine it to a screen. it would be an injustice to the depth of the imagination that is stirred when reading this book. (I've read it and listened to the audio book)
Great and wonderful book, great performance and great value.
After listening to this book and its sequel, I had a good month before I could enjoy any other book. They all just seemed too bland in comparison.
Rothfuss' world and the characters inhabiting it are perfectly realised. Kvothe's troubles and triumphs will become yours. You'll want to spend time with his friends, because they're your friends too.
On top of that you have Rupert Degas' pitch perfect narration. Not only does he succeed in very good character separation – there is even subtle nuances as a character ages.
One of the best books I've ever read or listened to. Highly recommend it.
Fantasy-loving yoga teacher with a master's in International Relations, sci-fi geek and tre-hugger. If I could stand on my head in a field while reading Tolkien and at the same time create peace in the Middle East, this would be ideal.
Imaginative, classic storyteller, solid
Perhaps to the writings of Brent Weeks, the Night Angel trilogy (which is a favorite fantasy work of mine). Young boy discovering his talents and all that comes along etc.
Given the length of the book - no. It would take away from the story not to give it a rest. However, I did listen for hours on end.
The only thing I might say to its disadvantage could be that at times it felt as if the story wasn't moving forward. After a while, you begin to appreciate also the smaller events and "everyday" stuff that comes up, but there was the odd sense of "ok, can we please move it along now".
I love Rupert Degas as a narrator (although like most men, his women's voices sometimes just sound shrill and quite ridiculous), perfect tempo, drama and empathy.
The story was a little hard to get in to at the beginning, but once you do, you really don't want to stop listening.
I particularly liked that there are none (or very little) graphic descriptions of gory violence, and not that much cursing, which can be ok when you read, but when listening tends to get a bit intense.
intelligent, humble, grand
the unassuming nature of the intro and believably intensifying progression
i think it would have to be when kvothe demonstrates sympathy for class, from memory about 12 hours in
it did actually make me cry twice, which is the first book ive ever read or listened to to do so, and there a couple of chuckles in it as well, nothing to truly laugh you dry, but i don't think thats what they were aiming for anyway
the narration is some of the best iv'e ever heard, with the narrator really getting into the characters and shamelessly going along with the book. Be warned though as when a character shouts, he shouts, so just be wary if your keen on super loud listening, your ears will bleed. !!!!!SPOILERish!!!!! I also really like how you know straight up that the protagonist is telling his story, so patrick rothfuss never tries any cheap tricks that kvothe's life might actually be in danger which would insult your intelligence, but even with this moderate handicap he still makes you feel a great deal of suspence when it suits him
I've been reading fantasy for 25 years and this is one of the best books I've ever read. I struggle to find series that are believable, engrossing, well written and interesting. This ticks all the boxes!
As some reviewers have noted, the beginning is slow/difficult to get in to. However, once the true story of Kvothe begins, it's a great adventure. Please persevere - you won't regret it!
Patrick Rothfuss is a very talented story teller. He has an ability that very few authors have - to effortlessly create a detailed world without feeling stilted. The characters are believable and distinct, the story is well paced, and settings well described.
I can't remember the last time a book made me cry. This one did. And laugh a lot too!
Rupert Degas is a masterful narrator. The best I've ever listed to on Audible. He is easy to listen to and has likeable character voices. His range of accents is incredible - Scottish, Welsh, Dutch, and numerous English variants (northern, midlands, southern). He's brilliant!
I can't recommend this book (and series) enough! The only disappointing thing is that the final book hasn't been finished yet and we'll have to wait for it.
I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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