Patrick Rothfuss narrates The Slow Regard of Silent Things, a companion novella to his bestselling Kingkiller Chronicle novels that shares an enchanting new perspective on the Four Corners realm.
Renowned as a bastion of knowledge, the University draws the brightest minds to unravel the mysteries of enlightened sciences, such as artificing and alchemy. Yet deep below its bustling halls lies a complex web of abandoned rooms and ancient passageways.
In the heart of this cavernous maze is a young woman named Auri, who calls this Underthing her home. Formerly a student at the University, Auri now spends her days tending to the world around her. She knows that some mysteries are better settled and safe. No longer fooled by the sharp rationality so trusted by those above her, Auri sees beyond the surface of things, into subtle dangers and hidden names.
At once joyous and haunting, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a richly atmospheric and lyrical tale that features one of the most beloved characters from his acclaimed fantasy series.
©2014 Patrick Rothfuss (P)2014 Penguin Audio
I think it works on it's own but having read the first set of kingkiller chronicle books first feels very important. It allows this little masterpiece it's full potential to be lovely.
"A magnificent and delightfully joyful book."
This is an unusual and delicious piece of writing. Patricks use of language and his story telling are simply elegant and and endlessly enjoyable.
Although I appreciated the authors reading of this work...I hope and request that his next novel of the series returns to the original narrator...to keep the voices of each character through the whole series.
"Dry Reading, Good Content, Bad Price"
Patrick is a very good author but his reading style is very dry and monotone. Overall I found this an interesting concept and while I'd have preferred more of an expansion on Auri's story, I enjoyed the (almost) poetry, which seemed to compliment her character very well. I'd have given a higher rating if the narrator had more expression and the price wasn't quite so steep.
Very dry monotone voice with the same intonation repeatedly. Would have preferred a more expressive voice, especially as this was basically poetry rather than a story.
I really liked the concept (although getting rid of the preface warning would have made it better). I thought the story content was actually quite good and didn't have any issues with it.
"Title sums it up "SLOW regard of silent things""
Starts with a forward warning "you might not want to buy this audiobook", pointing anyone who hasn't read the first two books would do better buying those before reading this. Then even warns those who have that's "it's a strange story".
Narrated by the author and is 7 days in Auri's underworld. Was expecting to learn interesting insights into the character and underworld - but I didn't. To me, not much seems to happen! It's a "SLOW regard of silent things" - no dialogue, no other characters. It's not dull, but it's not riviting! Just "OK".
10 mins at the end is spent by author "apologising" for the book which he describes himself as a "narrative train wreck" and hoping that it's quirky style will resonate with some fans (since kingkiller chronicles fans will be like lemmings off a cliff - dying to read it).
You may be left with the feeling that time spent on the third kingkiller chronicle book would have been more worthwhile.
"It's not what you think - in a GOOD way!"
Beautiful use of language - the book sparkles with description and elegant sentences. It's clear Patrick really connects with the story - his prologue confirms this. What also capitured me was the connection with "things", it made me pause and regard my world differently - which we should all do!
That his speech style is so clearly pronounced within the writing style. obvious really but it gives me a new regard for his writing - and clear why he connected with this story so deeply.
Just read this book with an open mind! ENJOY!
"A beautiful narrative of the nature of beauty"
The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a lovely story about Auri. However, if you expect to glean all the untold secrets about her past Pat taunts us with in The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear, you will be disappointed. The facts about Auri's life before she was the wonderful character we all wish to understand better remain hidden. Instead, Pat will take you to the Underthing, to spend time in Auri's company, as she lives as in a differnt reality plane. A beautiful telling about a different perspective and life philosophy.
"Odd but beautiful"
The authors note at the start of this strange little story warns you not to buy it! His note at the end explains his warning. And, yes, this is a very odd tale told it a very odd way. But odd is not bad, and this tale is told beautifully, and oozes a very gentle charm. It's a lullaby of a story, and it made me feel at peace. I'm not sure I can think of a higher compliment.
The King Killer Chronicles are far and away my favourite fantasy series so I was excited to finally get to listen to this story about Auri. I suppose it's not really a story, more a vignette; a glimpse of her world.
The whole thing is told in Auri's voice and from her own fractured perspective down in the Underthing. This doesn't pick up on any of Kvothe's story but as long as you don't mind that and just let yourself be carried away by Auri's reality you will have a beautiful and melancholy time. The language is lyrical and poetic and builds visual images in a way that is quite magical and really rather lovely.
Patrick Rothfuss does a fine job of narrating his own story but loses one star just by not being Rupert Degas who narrates the novels and is perfect (but of course you know that).
"What a shock!"
Why oh why Patrick did you decide to narrate this!? Keep to the written word my friend.
I was so disappointed to not hear rupert degas' narration and to find out this is not a continuation of the previous two books.
Such a shock. 😟
The style of the book etc seems to be just as good as the previous books but I found Patrick Rothfuss difficult to listen to, especially as compared to Rupert Degas, who does the first two books. Didn't get very far because of that but have every confidence that the story would be just as good.
"Beautiful, different, descriptive capitvating"
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys fantasy novels, Patrick Rothfuss does NOT disappoint with this beautiful character. This book while different still holds the high standards of storytelling that Patrick Rothfuss fans will recognize.
The main character, she is beautifully drawn and left me wanting to know more of her life.
Yes, I was very moved by the sense of isolation and yet inspired by her ability to interact with her surroundings and environment. I was deeply touched to the point of having a tear in my eyes!
He is an amazing author who can totally captivate me in his storytelling.
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