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The Slow Regard of Silent Things: Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2.5 | [Patrick Rothfuss]

The Slow Regard of Silent Things: Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2.5

Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place. Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries. The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri’s eyes. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows.... In this book, Patrick Rothfuss brings us into the world of one of The Kingkiller Chronicle’s most enigmatic characters. Full of secrets and mysteries, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world.
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Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place.

Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries.

The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri’s eyes. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows....

In this book, Patrick Rothfuss brings us into the world of one of The Kingkiller Chronicle’s most enigmatic characters. Full of secrets and mysteries, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world.

©2014 Patrick Rothfuss (P)2014 Penguin Audio

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    Josh South Haven, MN, USA 11-04-14
    Josh South Haven, MN, USA 11-04-14 Member Since 2014
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    "But No...."

    The Kingkiller Chronicles first two books were narrated by a talented voice actor who's performance made this already amazing series even more enjoyable, you'd expect him to narrate the next item in the series. But no, instead we get the author - and while not a complete failure of a reader he certainly did little to nothing to elevate this material. He read rapidly, somewhat breathily, somewhat pretentiously.

    Auri is one of the most delightful characters in The Kingkiller Chronicles, you'd expect a book about her to be interesting. But no, instead we get this. If you're into feng shui or interior decorating maybe you'll get a kick out of reading about Auri constantly re-arranging everything.

    There was a lot of potential here for an interesting book, every now and then we get teased with some tidbit from Auri's past. But no, we can't have that, where does this bottle want to be again??

    "But no" - I should've counted how many times that exact phrase was used in this book...

    I'd like to know who is paying for these glowing 5 star reviews or if they got a different book than I did?

    I'd also like to rate this higher than one star. But no....

    93 of 113 people found this review helpful
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    christopher COLUMBUS, NE, United States 10-30-14
    christopher COLUMBUS, NE, United States 10-30-14 Member Since 2015
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    "I love you man, but the book is bad."

    I took all the advise he gives in the beginning, I was not expecting blood or fighting, I understood this is the story of Ari, first I understood that meant it will be explained why she became to be, who she was but it is just a description of how she sees the world. Fine, I love Ari, I want to know anything about her, even that means a 3h 30 min of a dull story. Calling the story different is accurate, I wouldnt call it 'mesmerizing' 'charming' or 'delightful' as I seen on others reviews. You really got me angry on the end note saying "F*** those people" to whoever doesnt like the story, really? You knew the book was not material to sell, and people, your fans, the people who buy your books and wait for the next one will want anything about Ari, but you knew this is not good enough.

    126 of 154 people found this review helpful
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    Steve S 10-30-14
    Steve S 10-30-14
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    "Take author's advice, do not buy this book"
    Any additional comments?

    I loved the first two books, saw the 4.4 star rating, so I purchased this book. Unfortunately, I didn't hear the author's warning until after I purchased the book. After an hour of pointless nonsense, I skipped to the final 20 minutes just to see how it ended. From the high rating, I guess I'm in the minority, but I think this book is completely unnecessary.

    88 of 108 people found this review helpful
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    Lindsay Toronto, Ontario, Canada 11-30-14
    Lindsay Toronto, Ontario, Canada 11-30-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Clearly, I should have believed the forward"

    Patrick Rothfuss wrote two very good books and promised a third. Sadly, he detoured into the mind of a young woman, a minor character (apparently a very small one, judging from the all the times she thinks about how small she is) who has managed to build a life that involves nothing but musings on which item should sit where and next to what and the items feelings about it. She wonders around in the Underthing (???) with no explanation for how she got there or where she came from (although I may have missed it, I kept falling asleep). It was very poetic. it was slow, it was boring. It was an experiment. For me, it failed.

    23 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer IL 11-09-14
    Amazon Customer IL 11-09-14 Member Since 2009
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    "A Week In The Life Of A Crazy Person With OCD..."
    Would you try another book from Patrick Rothfuss and/or Patrick Rothfuss?

    Yes, but only to finish the trilogy I have already invested in.


    What could Patrick Rothfuss have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He should have left it in the bottom of his trunk as he himself suggested that was all it was good for. At the very least he should have made it free to his many fans that are waiting patiently for the conclusion of the trilogy.


    What didn’t you like about Patrick Rothfuss’s performance?

    As far as author-performances go, this wasn't too bad. I think it should be left to the professionals though.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None whatsoever. No plot. No story. I soldiered through the entire 3.5 hours thinking that eventually, something interesting will happen... It never did.


    Any additional comments?

    Has Rothfuss's success from the first two books of this trilogy made his ego so huge that he thinks he can push this piece of crap off as part of the Kingkiller Chronicles? AND read it himself? AND charge us for it? AND say "f**k those people" who he knows won't like it? I will be requesting a refund.

    50 of 64 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Modesto, CA 11-03-14
    Joe Modesto, CA 11-03-14 Member Since 2015
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    "A slow regard of Silent things - hmmmmmmmm"

    OK - so most of us who bought this book are fans of Rothfuss' Kingkiller chronicles. So, we already love his work. No question.

    This work, however, is a mixed bad.

    The sentences are masterfully crafted. The prose, description and witty use of personification of inanimate objects - all are masterfully done. If we were just looking at those things, this book would be compared to works of the greatest literary masters. That is my opinion, of course. Others may think differently.

    Unfortunately, all that greatness isn't put together into an overall structure that makes sense and creates a reasonable story.

    If this was a soup, I'd say that Rothfuss' ingredients were perfectly prepared and of the best quality, but they were not put together well into a good theme that produces a delicious and nutritious soup.

    I thought his performance was better than I expected. Sometimes, because authors are great at writing, they make the mistake of thinking they're also gifted dramatic actors. I expected that Rothfuss' reading would be a lot worse than what was presented here. It was actually ok - it didn't truly distract from the work- the lack of a good over-arching story did.

    46 of 59 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Eaton Rapids, MI, United States 01-22-15
    Eric Eaton Rapids, MI, United States 01-22-15
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    "not what it is presented to be"

    This book is only vaguely related to the Kingkiller Chronicles and should not have been marketed as "day 2.5". It does not advance the story told in the series. The sole character in this book, Auri, is a curiosity in small doses but mind numbingly boring in even a small book. This book also does not answer any questions about her - Who is she? Where did she come from? How did she end up living in the underthing? This 'book' is just a long ramble that leads nowhere. I feel like I have been ripped off by Rothfuss and his publisher. Too bad I can't get a refund of the time I wasted listening to this.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kent R. Klein NC USA 01-15-15
    Kent R. Klein NC USA 01-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I was warned."

    When Rothfuss says this book isn't for everyone, believe him. I found it slow and tedious. The audio book though is great for insomniacs.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher P. Murphy 12-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Awful"
    What would have made The Slow Regard of Silent Things better?

    In fairness the author warns you in the preface, but at that point I had already paid for the audiobook. I am a fan of this series but this book was so boring I could not even make it through, saying something for such a short book. I do not recommend this unless you want to listen to several hours of painstaking detail about nothing. No real storyline, no real insight for the rest of the series. Best part was the preface and forward by the author!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    pride and prejudice and zombies.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Patrick Rothfuss?

    the narrator for the other books. Rothfuss was fine though


    What character would you cut from The Slow Regard of Silent Things?

    There is only one character, but if you cut her then there would be no book, so that is my choice.


    Any additional comments?

    Honestly I think I deserve a refund.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    SeriousMite 12-03-14
    SeriousMite 12-03-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Sadly the title is completely accurate"
    Any additional comments?

    This is literally the slow regard of silent and very inanimate things (a broken gear, a dresser, soap...ect.) by a girl with OCD...and that is all it is...for three and a half hours. There is no plot whatsoever. There is no discernible story arc, no major events, and no conclusion.

    Ari was one of my favorite side characters from the Kingkiller Chronicles and I was excited to read an entire novella from her perspective. Sadly we get none of her back story. Only a couple minor hints, here and there, but nothing really that wasn't already known from the two previous books.

    This book was such a disappointment after reading the Lightning Tree, which was far and away my favorite story in the Rogues collection. Sadly this one wasn't for me. I should have listened to Patrick's warning in the beginning.

    17 of 22 people found this review helpful
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