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The Slow Regard of Silent Things Audiobook

The Slow Regard of Silent Things

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Publisher's Summary

Patrick Rothfuss narrates The Slow Regard of Silent Things, a companion novella to his best-selling 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

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    James 27/11/2014
    James 27/11/2014
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    "A story from underneath it all."

    The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a story Kvothe's friend Auri who lives underneath it all. It is a great for readers and listeners like me, who dwell in a world of our own and who feel a little lost and broken sometimes. It is not a continuation of the Kingkiller Chronicles nor is it a prequel, it is just a tale about one of the awesome character's that Kvothe befriends. Also it is great to hear Patrick Rothfuss narrating his own story.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nina crause 23/11/2016
    Nina crause 23/11/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Bittersweet"

    I'm a slightly broken thing and in Auri you encapsulated those feelings and actions- the need to keep our surroundings and objects in 'perfect' order and in the right place (especially when things feel a bit out of control).
    I loved it!
    Thank you for writing such a brilliant heartfelt story and bringing a sweet, innocent and beautiful girl into existence.
    I know it's not key to the story but I still wish I knew how she got to be in the underthing!
    Auri will stay with me for a while, thank you

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Miss Toni M Osborne 21/11/2016
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    "Disappointed."

    I loved books 1 and 2 and could not put them down! I could not wait to hear Auri's story and her back story. How did she get there? What happened in her life ? Don't get me wrong the writing is beautiful and fills you like poetry. But..... if you were waiting for any plot or any further character development you may be disappointed too. Can't wait for Book 3...........

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    roth 29/10/2016
    roth 29/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "a very good read better to listen even more so.! r"

    excellent read very informative and expertly written a must and great ead for the king killer chronicles..!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cassie O'Leary 01/09/2016
    Cassie O'Leary 01/09/2016
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    "awesome silent story"

    loved this book it really makes you think about the little things in life , and the thing you probably ignore.

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    Brenton Roberts 11/08/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "truely amazing"

    this novella is truely amazing and brilliant and such an insight into one of my favorite characters of any format

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lorna 21/07/2016
    Lorna 21/07/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautiful"

    Auri is one of my favourite characters so it was lovely to spend some time with her. She teaches of the importance of being in the moment. The author describes her as a bit broken and I guess she is but as Leonard Cohen said "there's a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in".

    Not a book for those who want a traditional story arc. This is a book for the fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew 23/06/2016
    Matthew 23/06/2016
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    "Not my cup of tea"

    I struggled to finish this one most probably because it's just not what I look for in a book.
    I can see why others might like it as its very different from any normal story.
    Bring on book 3 of the King Killer Chronicle, Rothfuss, my body is ready.

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    Chris 04/06/2016
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    "Brilliant !"

    I have loved listening to the name of the wind audio books due to the fantastic narration - and wasn't sure how I would like this with author narration for a female character - but as there is literally NO dialog that was not a problem !

    Loved every minute of this and so sad it wasn't longer - highly recommend all his books and this was an especially nice heartfelt story.

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    phoebe 13/05/2016
    phoebe 13/05/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "delightful and poetic"

    Like one long, beautiful poem. Similar to Dylan thomas' Under Milkwood. Auori is fascinating, sweet & also tragic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Mikael
    13/11/16
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    "Amazing!"

    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.

    Lovely.

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  • Matt
    13/08/16
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    "Nothing like you'd expect, all you'd want"

    great to hear Patrick Roth fuss narrate a wonderful expansion of his world. a must read for fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pernille
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    "I liked it"

    It might lack everything that should be in a proper story, but I liked it

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  • Angus Milner-Brown
    Bridport, Dorset United Kingdom
    6/11/14
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    "A magnificent and delightfully joyful book."
    What made the experience of listening to The Slow Regard of Silent Things the most enjoyable?

    This is an unusual and delicious piece of writing. Patricks use of language and his story telling are simply elegant and and endlessly enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Sally
    24/12/14
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    "Dry Reading, Good Content, Bad Price"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    What will your next listen be?

    Not sure.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Mini
    Henley-On-Thames
    28/10/14
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    "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.

    58 of 63 people found this review helpful
  • William
    6/11/14
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    "It's not what you think - in a GOOD way!"
    What did you like most about The Slow Regard of Silent Things?

    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!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Slow Regard of Silent Things?

    Her swim.


    What does Patrick Rothfuss bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Just read this book with an open mind! ENJOY!

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Katarina
    7/12/14
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    "A beautiful narrative of the nature of beauty"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • stuart
    28/05/15
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Beccameriel
    London, United Kingdom
    17/11/14
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    "Gorgeous"

    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).

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    25/10/16
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    "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. 😟

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    14/11/14
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    "Not convinced"

    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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia
    Wadebridge, United Kingdom
    8/11/14
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    "Beautiful, different, descriptive capitvating"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character, she is beautifully drawn and left me wanting to know more of her life.


    Which character – as performed by Patrick Rothfuss – was your favourite?

    as above


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    He is an amazing author who can totally captivate me in his storytelling.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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