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  • Published: Grand Haven, MI : Brillance Audio, p2009.
  • Year Published: 2009
  • Edition: Library ed.
  • Description: 23 sound discs (1693 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book on CD

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  • 9781423389279
  • 1423389271


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The name of the wind

by Rothfuss, Patrick, 1973-

There are no copies available and 14 requests on 2 copies

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Call number: BOCD Fantasy

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Compact discs.


Read by Nick Podehl.

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. So begins the tale of Kvothe, from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic.

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For Fantasy readers and LOTR fans

It’s been a long time since I read any high fantasy (because what’s going to hold a candle to LOTR?) but I finally have to let all of the people who told me to read this book know that they were absolutely right. It’s fantastic. It’s one part Lord of the Rings, one part Oliver Twist, one part Once and Future King, and at the same time it’s something entirely unique.

Rothfuss avoids the pitfalls of so many fantasy writers and welcomes his reader into a world so clearly and intimately rendered that it feels indisputably real and hardly alien. We are simply guests at the Waystone Inn, drawn in by the strange calm stillness of the red-headed innkeeper and intrigued by the obeisance of his fierce companion. When Chronicler arrives and invites Kvothe to tell his story, you might as well be one of the listeners, gathered around the table, anxiously waiting to hear what happens next.

very good

It seems to me that every year there are more books I want to read and less time for me to read them. Because my time is limited, I'm guilty of picking up the books by my favorite authors first, and fitting in new authors only when it's convenient.

Due to a stroke of luck, I've had an advance copy of The Name of the Wind by my bedside for over six months, just waiting for me to open it. Unfortunately, deadlines of my own kept getting in the way. But in a way, it's lucky that I didn't crack this book until just a few days ago. If I'd had this tale to distract me, I'd have been even later getting my work done.

I loathe spoilers, so I'm not going to discuss the plot of this book. I will say it has all the things that I demand of a book. The characters are real, the action is convincing and it has a compelling story to tell.

One of the things I like best about this book is that the magic is absolutely rooted in the book's world. Nothing seems contrived; the consistency is excellent.

The characters are very well realized. That means that when the protagonist does something clever, it's believable. And when he does something youthfully dumb, it rings just as authentically true. Because the characters are real and the magic is true to its own world, I closed this book feeling as if I'd been on a journey with an entertaining new friend, rather than sitting alone looking at words on a page.

This one is well worth some of your precious reading time. I'll wager that the books to follow it will also be.

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