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Why we think it's Essential - When you finish listening to The Name of Wind for the first time, you'll wonder where the hours went. When you listen again (and if you listen to it once, you will want to listen a second time) you'll marvel at the depth and intricacy of the fantasy world that Rothfuss has created. Details that initially seemed irrelevant will show themselves to be keystones of a greater story you didn't even notice the first time around. By the time your finger hovers over the Play button for a third time you'll realize that, to quote George R.R. Martin, "he's bloody good, this Rothfuss guy." —Michael

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"My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I have 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 the day. I have talked to God's, loved women and written songs that make the minstrels weep. You may have heard of me."

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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Critiques

“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)

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The best story ever

Only surpassed by the following one, The Wise Man's Fear, The Name Of The Wind is undoubtedly the most well-crafted fantasy story of this century, so far.
It's too bad the telling does not always fit the writing. Some are too much, other not enough. Yet it was to be expected. Plus it's not that bad at all.

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Aaron Altman
  • 28/06/2009

Not sure why the reviews are so polar opposite.

So it looks like people either love or hate this book. I loved it and actually got the audio book just so I could write a review and listen to it before the next one comes out. Maybe it is because I read the actual book, but this is the first book I have read in a long time that I just could not put down. I read the whole thing in 2 days. It is true that this first of the trilogy is really just character development and setting the stage, there is not a whole lot of action yet, but I swear while reading it I felt like I was sitting there at the table with them and that is due to the incredible writing style. The way this book sucked me into it's world is amazing. I have read all the other greats of this genre and while many of them are wonderful, I never felt as attached to them.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Joanna
  • 10/05/2011

Wow!

This isn't the kind of book I would normally pickup or download but a co-worker recommended it to me. Wow! Where to begin? The story itself is beautifully written. The author weaves stories within stories to create a fabric of fiction as warm and familiar as a favorite blanket. I was immediately reminded of Neil Gaiman's writing. I always joke that if I were diagnosed with a terminal illness that I would want Neil Gaiman to come to my house and read to me from one of his books as I cuddled up with my pound puppy in bed. (A little dark but you get my point!) I've added Patrick Rothfuss to the list as well. It's one thing to have a mind that can image, in great detail, an entire world and culture but it is a true treat to find an author that can both create and pull you into that world and make you feel like you are a part of it. I was afraid it would be too "fictiony", too many fairies and dragons. I'm not sure how but Rothfuss manages to incorporate them both without the story becoming too "fake". There is a certain harsh reality within the story that sharpens the sometimes softened edges of fiction. Excellent writting! Nick Podehl's reading is spot on! The character voices are wonderful. Not over the top but obviously performed. It's like having a great actor perform a great play. It's the perfect pairing. I can't wait to start on the second book. Enjoy!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Robert
  • 08/09/2011

Well worth your time

This review covers the first books of the series Kingkiller Chronicles. Some fantasy can be exhausting: Dan Simmons, Brandon Sanderson, George R. R. Martin, Robert Jordan, even sometimes Neil Gaiman. Their stories can take your breath away but sometimes, also, knock the wind out of you with a force. Patrick Rothfuss is not about that. He is more about an easy-going kind of entertainment. These books do not knock you over with amazement, epic wars or adventure. They are more subtle and a great richness comes through in that subtlety. While usually light, do not be fooled; they contain a depth and richness that is just easy to read and easier to appreciate. This is nothing short of outstanding fantasy prose and character development.

These stories are long but not too long. Rothfuss does not ramble. The continuity of the protagonist Kvothe’s stories is there but not so complex or convoluted that one can get lost over the span. While there are many characters there is a core of them that are easy to know and become invested in. The stories are more about people and their relationships than about what the wizard-in-training is actually learning and practicing.

At least the first two books do not contain that much magic but they do not leave you wanting either. They only leave you in great anticipation of the next book to come in the series.

Nick Podehl’s reading is impeccable. I am loathe to say this is a great book for YA’s for fear it might deter older readers from venturing here. That would be a mistake. These are great books for readers of all age or gender.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Joshua
  • 29/03/2010

Best Fantasy Read Since Mistborn

Though I mention this is the best fantasy book since Mistborn, it is nothing like mistborn and that's what makes it so great. The book revolves around an inn keeper (living in hiding) having the memoirs of his life taken down by a scribe. It follows the first 15 years of his life. From tragedy that sends him to living on the streets to his attending university. This is the first book in the series and at the end you are left with more questions than answers but somehow you are still left satisfied while eagrly awaiting book 2 due out in December. The author creates these amazing adventures for the young protagonist whilst slipping in litle details that slowly forms a picture of much larger forces at work in the background. The book also focuses alot on descriptions of music, arts, and magic. I must truly say that this author decsriptions are like painting pictures of these things in your mind. For comparison, if you've read "Eragon" the descriptions of magic are very logical and explanatory, while in the book, the description magic are like poetry. This made the book new and refreshing. What can I say about the narration but "Bravo!". If u like Eragon, Harry Potter, Mistborn give this book a try. If you don't like the afore mentioned books, I'd still recommend that you give this book a try.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Leif Olav
  • 22/09/2009

Finally! A fantasy author who can write!

So many fantasy novels, though their concepts are interesting, are ultimately mediocre at best, largely because they are written as clumsily as might be expected from an eighth grader with a C in English class.

Rothfuss has joined the very, very small group of fantasy authors (think Tolkien, Martin, Gaiman) who can not only build an intriguing world and spin an interesting story, but who can also use the English language with elegance and verve. His dialogue, expression of ideas (yes, there are IDEAS here, not just plot and character and setting), and description are written at a level that is appropriate for a well-educated adult.

Rothfuss uses a frame narrative, which is somewhat unusual for a fantasy novel, and which he handles with such skill that it greatly adds to the suspense of the story. His system of magic is well-conceived and not oversimplified, and his characters, though sometimes of mythic proportions, are never cliche. He builds a nuanced and believable world without the cardinal sin of "infodumping." In short, he has provided everything for which a serious lover of fantasy literature (as opposed to fantasy genre fiction) can ask.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 11/08/2012

Great Debut or Average experienced writer

If you look at this as a debut writer who is going to grow in his talent and if this is his first novel then it is great. If this is an experienced writer or someone who just changed his pen name then it is average to good. If you read some early Koontz and Gerrtisen then you will find they did not start the great writers that they are today.

What is Great? PR can paint a picture in your mind better then most writers I have read. I am literal minded and often have problems with flowery language and picturing in my head what the writer is explaining, but with this book, I always had a very vivid picture of the characters and the scenery. PR himself got into my head. Over half way into the book, when things were going well for the main character, I remember thinking, nothing ever goes this well for Kyothe for this long without something going wrong, so when is the other shoe going to drop? That was the exact words that ran through my head. Not a minute later, Kyothe thinks to himself, things are going to well, when will the other shoe drop? Some of his writings stirred my emotions, made me tense, made me hear the music, made me want to shake Kyothe and tell him to snap out of it, like Kyothe was a real friend of mine, who I wanted to help.

Good: At times there is great insight. For example, at one point he explains that if you can make a women feel beautiful, not just say it, but make her actually feel she is beautiful and then she sees in her own mind that she is beautiful, she will act beautiful and other people will see her as beautiful. I am a strong believer in this and I have seen it happen in the lives of some close to me and I have seen the opposite. The mind is a powerful thing. The book has dragons, magic, wizards, underground tunnels, buildings with hidden rooms,etc.

Average to bad: Often the story does not seem to be going anywhere. It is not clear what the goal is. There are no character goals, no quest, no reason to keep listening. One reviewer wrote that you get this happened then this happened then this happened, I agree. At almost 28 hours it took me a week to get through it. I found that each day I did not dread having to listen or get impatient, but I also found I had no great desire or want to hear the story. The story seems rather disjointed at times, one minute we are facing this problem and then it is totally forgot and we are off to some other problem. Many problems do not get handled. I did not care for the story in a story or even the story in a story in a story. The beginning, interludes and ending are distractions. Sometimes the writing is a little sophmoric. As the writer matures I believe these mistakes will be taken care of in future writings and I believe PR has the potential to be a great writer.

Some did not like the narrator, I thought he was great and added to the story

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Tom
  • 15/12/2009

At last!!

Well... i started my audio experiance on Robert Jordan's Wheel of time. Then Brandon Sandersons mistborn series..then George R.R. Martains song of fire and ice... from there i bought books and they didnt match those 3 authors talent and story telling, i thought i would never get the story writing those autors gave me ...until now. Patrick Rothfuss's writing style and story telling is awesome I found it hard to put my headphones down at the end of the day...and the narrator is one of the best i heard to date.

I recomend this book. you wont be disapointed!!

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Joe
  • 17/05/2010

Slow starting, but finishes well

The beginning of the story is slow. The way the characters are introduced makes it hard at first to follow the story. However, after the story gets going, it becomes very interesting.

I am waiting for Days 2 and 3.

Other series you may like: Trudi Canavan's Black Magician series - She also wrote a trilogy that isn't on audible - Voices of the Gods/The age of the five/ that is also pretty good.

Of course, this assumes you have already read The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan, George R. R. Martin's Song of ice and Fire : Beware - no one is sure when this series will be finished, and Brandon Sanderson's Books - Elantris, Mist Born Series, and Jim Butcher's Codex Alera series.

If you have already read all of the above books, try Jim Campbell's Lost Fleet Series. You may also enjoy Sharon Shinn's Thirteen House series.

Now I will say that everything is NOT for everyone. So, read other reviewers and hear what they have to say before you decide. I have enjoyed the above series - although I enjoyed some a lot more than others.

If there was a series you enjoyed, please share it. Thanks.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • April
  • 13/05/2011

Nick Podhel Nails It.

Originally posted on my blog Good Books & Good Wine.
I’ve come to discover that I like rereading books via audio. It’s a whole to way to experience worlds I’ve already inhabited. In preparation for The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss, I spent one of my audible credits on The Name Of The Wind.

The audiobook opens with the strumming of a string instrument, I think it’s a guitar, which feels very appropriate to the story, as it feels like tavern music. This is a great opening. It sets the mood perfectly, as the entirety of The Name Of The Wind is told in a tavern – the Waystone Inn. Plus, I think when it comes to audiobooks the opening music should fit the themes of the book, and this one does quite wonderfully.

Nick Podhel, the narrator of the audio version of The Name of The Wind does an excellent job voicing the large cast of characters. I thought he perfectly nailed Kvothe’s emotions. With Podhel’s expert narration, certain events in the book just slammed me all over again. Certain characters took on a new life, as I now have a voice to go with the words — such as Trapis, the guy who takes care of Kvothe and other street children in Tarbean, also although he doesn’t need it, Ambrose is a bit clearer to me. Podhel nailed pompous ass. ALSO he did different accents for different characters who aren’t from the commonwealth which adds a certain flavor that I appreciated. I love it when narrators do different voices for their characters and put in accents, so it really feels like the book is brought to life.

However, this is a very long audiobook and took me a month or two to get through. It’s about 28 hours long. Yet, while I was listening, I never felt the length to be a burden. I guess when you are transported to the world of the university and Imre, length becomes unimportant.

The Name of the Wind is an excellent audiob

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lore
  • 18/10/2014

Pull up a chair at the inn and give a listen...

Kvothe is a legend and everyone has heard of him. Sure the tales often differ and contradict each other but here is your chance to sort out the truth from the exaggerations. Rothfuss offers you the opportunity to hear Kvothe's story from the man himself and who could pass up an opportunity like that? Grab a chair and a mug and settle in for a long listen.

What makes this an excellent book is the detail of the world that Patrick Rothfuss has created. I always love a detailed magic system in fantasy literature and there is more than one of them to be had in the Kingkiller Chronicles. Kvothe's tale starts when he is young and the listener learns about the various magics in the world right along with him. The style and structure of the story really isn't anything new, but it's done really well. I am amazed at the level of detail provided and yet it is obvious that the surface has barely been scratched. There is a lot more to come in the subsequent books and I am looking forward to them.

So why only 4 stars if everything was so great? Well it took me over half the book to feel like I was really in a fantasy world. For me, Kvothe's language was too much like my own and Podehl's narration only reinforced that feeling. Despite the content it just didn't "feel" like a fantasy book of swords and sorcery. The good news is that I got over it and I am now happily listening to book two. So if you start listening and have that same feeling don't give up - it will pass and you will be glad you stuck it out.

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • matraque
  • 13/03/2010

So muss Fantasy sein!

Ein inzwischen gebrochener legendärer Held, der seine Lebensgeschichte erzählt, klingt erstmal trivial, ist es aber nicht. Dies liegt an der stilistischen Klasse des Autors, der detailliert ausgearbeiteten Welt und an der hervorragend durchdachten Geschichte dieses ersten und bislang einzigen Teils einer Trilogie, von der man noch einiges erwarten kann. Zu einem wahren Meisterwerk der Literatur wird diese Geschichte jedoch durch ihre Bezüge auf unsere Welt, was nebenbei durch hochintelligente Äußerungen u.A. in den Themen Musik, Liebe, Kunst und Bildung geschieht. Sympathische vielschichtige und auch finstere Charaktere und eine elegante Rahmenhandlung runden das Ganze zu einem perfekten Erlebnis ab.
Der Sprecher wirkt gelegentlich für meinen Geschmack etwas zu jung, macht seine Sache aber gut.
Fazit: Besser geht's nicht.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Kid Khan
  • 15/11/2012

Verdienter Hype?

Irgendwie kann ich mich dem allgemeinen Hype um dieses Buch nicht so recht anschließen. Es ist eine hübsche Fantasy Story, ja, es ist ausladend und detailliert, es ist durchdacht und handwerklich fein konstruiert, aber doch von der oft verwandten Vokabel "Meisterwerk" in meinen Augen ein Stück weit entfernt.

Vielleicht liegt es daran, dass ich mit Kvothe nie richtig warm geworden bin. Er ist mir zu gut, er kann zu schnell zu viel, er ist zu sehr Held mit künstlich hinzugefügten Ecken und Kanten. Der Ansatz der Geschichte versucht das aber zu verstecken, es ist zu wenig Fantasy, zu realistisch - gerade auch was die Wissenschaftlichkeit der Magie angeht -, um Kvothe mit der Sicht auf einen Superhero zu betrachten. So entglitt er meinem Wohlwollen immer wieder, wenn die nächste bisher unerwähnte meisterhafte Fähigkeit aus dem Hut gezaubert wurde.

Möglicherweise liegt es aber auch ein wenig am Vorleser und der verwandten Erzählweise. Kvothe (gesprochen wie "quoth"=altenglisch für "er sprach", bin ich der einzige, der das ein bisschen lame findet?) erzählt das gesamte Buch in wörtlicher Rede. Gelegentlich wird in diese Zeitebene zurück geblendet für einige kommentierende Anmerkungen oder noch nicht wirklich einzuordnende Cliffhanger. Nick Podehl scheint diesem Umstand Rechnung tragen zu wollen, indem er die beschreibenden Erzählpassagen in Kvothe's wörtlicher Rede so vorträgt, als erzähle er eine Gruselgeschichte am nächtlichen Lagefeuer. Alles ist irgendwie überbetont, Vokale werden viel zu oft in die Länge gezogen ("she had loooong, daaaark hair"), das hat sehr schnell angefangen zu nerven. Dialoge hingegen spricht Podehl indes fantastisch: wunderbare Dialekte, viele Stimmfarben und super Charakterbildung, erstaunlich für einen so jungen Kerl.

Sicherlich ein lesens-/hörenswertes Buch, ja, auch ein gutes Buch, dass es wert ist, die folgenden Teile zu erforschen. Den Enthusiasmus, den (nicht nur) hier viele an den Tag legen, der fast an popstar fandom erinnert, kann ich jedoch nicht nachvollziehen. Und Vergleiche mit Martin/Williams/Jordan/Tolkien scheinen mir doch eher der Marketingabteilung der Verlegers entsprungen zu sein, als tatsächlich durch die Qualität des Buches indiziert.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Maria
  • 06/07/2012

Absolutely hooked!

Von Anfang bis Ende spannend und überraschend. Erinnert nicht an andere Fantasybücher, wie das bei anderen Storys der Fall ist. Alle Bücher der Reihe, die es bis jetzt gibt haben mich fasziniert und ich kann kaum das Nächste abwarten! Auch Nick Podehl macht dem Buch alle Ehre und liest hervorragend!

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Raiko
  • 20/09/2013

Good, long-winded and well executed

The Name of the Wind is altogether a great story. Kvothe is a fantastically flawed hero with a good deal of additions that make him more special than the ordinary person (books are not written about ordinary people). Partrick Rothfuss' magic system is well thought through and absolutely great - I love the science and knowledge behind it and the smart and creative ways in which it can succeed and fail. Nick Podehl does a great job voicing the different characters and presenting the various dialects that appear in the book. He makes me laugh, even in places where reading the text normally wouldn't - which is great! Unlike other reviewers, I really appreciate the use of a young-sounding actor, as most of the story is spoken from the eyes of a 15-year old boy, though technically told by an adult man. I think Nick Podehl was an excellent choice for the audio version. As a non-native speaker of English, I tend to avoid the typical "old, low-pitch man" voice that is so frequently found in fantasy audiobooks because it is much harder to understand than that of a younger person.

In general, Patrick Rothfuss has many great and well thought-through ideas, BUT there a good handful of things I did not like about this book, first and foremost how long-winded the story is (How *did* Rothfuss get this thing published as a debut novel with 260,000 words and comparatively little forward-moving plot?!). Secondly, his ability to choose names and foreign words is not exactly captivating and sometimes downright unnecessary or confusing. Thirdly, there are a whole lot of things I just found way too predictable in the plot and many of them put Kvothe, despite his many flaws, on a pedestral that seemed a little too high for him. Many plot points were predictable because Kvothe is just an edge *too* amazing. At other times, I found him (who is supposed to be smart and very capable of getting through life) too dense for being an intelligent teenager (not about love - I get that point), and then again a bit too knowledgeable and precocious. I understand that he is supposed to be a very talented person with lots of personal flaws, but sometimes his actions are more likely to come accross as inconsistencies in his character than different aspects of his personality. The many moments where Kvothe shares his abundant knowledge with others were a bit too much of a lecture for my taste. His school master affectation gets especially frustrating when it is based on real things that a smart reader will know already and does not want to be lectured about. Maybe the intention is to make the book especially appealing because of the parallels to our world, but that did not work out for me. It also makes sympathizing with the surrounding cast harder because apparently many of them are pretty stupid. I also got annoyed by the repeated occurrence of the hint that "in a story, now this would happen, but this is not a story..." - it was witty the first time, but not past that - especially if something followed that actually was pretty story-like, just not exactly fairy-tale material.

Yet, let's end this review on a good note because the books deserves a good deal of praise. This is a debut novel and it is an amazing one! Partick Rothfuss has a vivid imagination, many, many great characters of all types and genders, and an absolutely wonderful writing style. His ability to use words and comparisons and the way in which he keeps reminding you that you are actually listening to someone telling a story in retrospect are very engaging. Getting caught up in his well-constructed world, its laws, possibilities and hierarchies is very easy, even though it differs quite a bit from ours. There are many wonderful details that give Kvothe's environment that false realistic edge and makes it so very appealing. The book has a very healthy pinch of humor and carries a sweet handful of questions and mysteries with itself that keep the reader interested. I do believe that in future we can expect more really great books from Patrick Rothfuss. If someone who starts off as talented as this keeps on writing, it can only become amazing.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Monopod
  • 22/08/2012

einfach packend

Was kann ich noch sagen, was nicht schon gesagt wurde?
Eine absout faszinierende Erzählung. Dies ist eine "Biographie" wie ich sie mir gerne anhöre. Wie im richtigen Leben auch gelingt der Hauptfigur nicht immer alles. Auch wird nicht das Klischee eines armen Waisenjungen, der es zu Reichtum schafft, ausgereizt. Höhen und Tiefen eben. Doch immer habe ich mir die Frage gestellt, wie die momentane Situation wohl gelöst wird.
Abwechslungsreich ist auch, dass man zwischendrin immer wieder in die (Erzähl-) Gegenwart zurückgeholt wird. So wird man doch immer wieder aufgeweckt. Ob diese Szenen irgendwie wichtig für den Gesamtkontext sind habe ich noch nicht herausgefunden - aber unterhaltsam sind sie auf jeden Fall.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • AH
  • 03/07/2011

Excellent 'read'

While waiting for the WoT series to end I decided to bridge the time with some new audiobooks.

I picked this one up more by accident than anything else but let me say that I don't regret it.

The characters are interesting and well fleshed out, the story is rich and detailed and unlike some other fantasy books it does not take half the audiobook to actually get to the core of the story.

Every character has their own distinct personality and at no point in the story do you get a feeling that parts have been added just to pad the page count. The story feels planned and solid and the narrator does an excellent job conveying the emotions and state of mind of each character. And while some might find it a little irritating, I have to say I rather enjoy the narrators take on the different dialects and accents (which, while underlining story elements are thankfully not overused).

If you want a well written and well read story, complex but not convoluted, with characters that draw you in without necessarily being a cliche (though a hero is a hero), I would suggest giving this story a try. I was skeptical at first but I was proven wrong. This really is a great story and I hope the other two books are just as good.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kai
  • 24/05/2011

Sehr gute Fantasy...mal anders

The Name of the Wind hat mich absolut überzeugt. Fantasy mal aus einer ganz andere Sicht, nämlich einer Retrospektive eines Mannes, von dem man nur weiß dass er große Dinge vollbracht hat und für einen Krieg verantwortlich ist. Nach und nach erfährt man mehr über Kvothe, the bloodless, einen Jungen dem lernen so leicht fällt wie atmen und der doch alles verliert. Die Story ist sehr Fantasy untypisch da die "Magie" sehr "wissenschaftlich" erklärt wird, und selbst Elemente wie Drachen auf eine herrlich unmystische Art und Weise regelrecht glaubhaft gemacht werden.

Absolut hörenswert, vor allem da man denkt, Kvothe würde selbst vorlesen, der Sprecher macht eine gute Figur.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Orhan
  • 14/12/2012

Das Beste was ich kenne

Ich höre sehr gerne Hörbücher, speziell Fantasy, nach Möglichkeit in Englisch. Name of the Wind und das Folgebuch Wise Man`s Fear ist so ziemlich das beste was ich bisher gehört habe. Ich habe mehr als 60 Hörbücher von Audible gehört, aber Patrick Rothfuss schreibt in einer Liga für sich. Ich kann es jedem, der dieses Buch nicht kennt, nur wärmstens empfehlen. Auch der Sprecher macht seine Sacher außergewöhnlich gut.
Es gibt nicht wirklich viel richtig gute Fantasy, aber wenn man sich für dieses Genre interessiert, kommt man an Name of the Wind nicht vorbei.

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • MrsD
  • 22/11/2012

Great beyond words!

The first part of a truely great story. If you love coming of age novels, this one will be a treat! Let Nick Podehl lead you into a world of magic and mysteries.
At the end you will be sad, because you only had 27 hours of listening.
Thank God this is the first of many. Enjoy!

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • David W.
  • 07/03/2018

Still one of my most favorite books!

I have tears in my eyes whenever I hear Nick Podehl reading the poem at the beginning and at the end.

A truly magical story, with so many stories inside. I can't wait to read the third book.