Title: The Slow Regard of Silent Things
Author: Patrick Rothfuss
Performer: Patrick Rothfuss
Length: 3 hr, 39 min
Series: The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2.5)
Publishing Date/Publisher: 2014 by Penguin Group US
Review: Before deciding to read this novella, I recommend three things:
- Read at least the first book of the Kingkiller Chronicle prior to picking up this novella to establish the character of Auri.
- Heed the author’s advice in the author’s notes and do NOT expect there to be a plot.
- Listen to this in audiobook format.
If I had to describe this audiobook in one word, it would be: soothing. It is a long and meandering stroll through the broken mind of Auri. For those who have read any of the Kingkiller Chronicle books, it is already established that Auri is an airy, mysterious, and sweet-natured young woman. She often brings Kvothe gifts with cryptic descriptions, and this novella delves deeply into her thought process in choosing those gifts, and gives a glimpse of her life in the “Underthing.” It’s less of a story and more of a snapshot of her life.
The author has a fantastic voice for narrating, and though I often found my thoughts drifting off during his reading, I found the listening experience to be very pleasant. With all the stress in my life right now, I found it to be a nice reprieve to just tune out with this playing in the background.