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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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    chaz Moultonborough, NH, United States 01-19-15
    chaz Moultonborough, NH, United States 01-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "unlistenable"
    What disappointed you about The Slow Regard of Silent Things?

    slooooowww story line ridiculous adjectives and awful reader


    Would you ever listen to anything by Patrick Rothfuss again?

    not with this narrator


    Would you be willing to try another one of Patrick Rothfuss’s performances?

    never


    Any additional comments?

    this is likely the poorest audiobook I have ever listened to.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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....

    87 of 105 people found this review helpful
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    Derek Callander, Ontario, Canada 02-03-15
    Derek Callander, Ontario, Canada 02-03-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Just awful"

    I really wanted to like this book. I loved the source Kingkiller Chronicles but this actually diminishes those books in ways I find hard to describe. Taking a minor character from Kvothe's narrated history and having us see through her broken, pained eyes, and telling a horrifically boring story about making soap. If this weren't written by someone who could ride his own coat tails, in my opinion, this work would be unpublishable. Of course, Rothfuss apologists will say how great it is, but I am a fan of his earlier works and I can call it as I see it. We have to listen over and over again about Auri's OCD about cleaning parts of herself (but not all!) so that we care that she needs to make new soap. We have to endure endless descriptions of how cute, crazy Auri endows inanimate things with actions and emotions. It makes for a painful listen, even if the author himself reads this and lends the love he obviously feels for his character. I'd take his advice in the foreword and give this a wide miss.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Betty B. SJC, CA 11-15-14
    Betty B. SJC, CA 11-15-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Awful waste of time"

    Patrick Rothfuss' protestations aside, why would anyone want to waste their time listening to or reading about a crazy person? To make matters worse, there is no story and Rothfuss tries too hard. His endless analogies were boring and contrived....really??!!?? This is what is taking away from Rothfuss finishing his edits on Day 3 Door of Stone? If the Kingkiller Chronicles weren't so well-written I would almost not read Day 3 when it finally comes out in protest. Enough said - don't waste your time.

    8 of 9 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.

    117 of 143 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.

    86 of 105 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle 01-19-15
    Kyle 01-19-15
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    "Fans do not buy !!! You will only be disappointed"

    I want to start by saying that I have read both books of the kingkiller chronicles. absolutely love both of them and can not wait for the next one !!!

    Ok with that being said this book has zero insight or anything to do with the kingkilling chronical universe other then the main character is in the series.

    This book is for literature scholars or people who can appreciate a story that isn't a story at all. The entire book just describes Auri's day to day routine and NOTHING else. Not my cup of tea and wasn't happy about it after finishing the book.

    Fanboys you have been warned !

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    MacMarsh LAWRENCEVILLE, GA, United States 11-27-14
    MacMarsh LAWRENCEVILLE, GA, United States 11-27-14 Member Since 2012
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    "An author's side project and love affair"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not sure but there appears to be a few fellow listeners that were more impressed than me.


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

    Nothing. This book was painful and without a plot, unless it came at the end which is too late for me.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is clearly written to complete Rothfuss' love affair with Auri. I have absolutely no problem with authors pursuing personal interests such as this but don't think for an instant this book would or could stand on its own without being attached to the King Killer series. I made it through 2 hours of the book over a few commutes and realized I had backed up so many times thinking I had missed something important but realized I hadn't. I couldn't finish it and wish I had my credit and 3 hours of my life back.

    7 of 8 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.

    22 of 27 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 58 people found this review helpful
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