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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 listener 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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I liked it . . . but. . .

I went into it right off the heels of book two, when i heard there was a book about auri I was so excited because I love her as a character. I bought this without even reading the synopsis thinking it was the backstory and letting my mind swirl when in reality its kinda just "a day in the life of " type story but thats on me the story is still a fine one

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Unusual but refreshingly different. Needs to be read in a quiet space without interruptions.

The author provides a disclaimer at the outset. It certainly helps a lot if one has read his two other books. The character, Auri, is introduced there. As a stand alone book, it might be strange and confusing.
I was disappointed when I saw that this was a short book in comparison to the epic tales that support it. After the 3 hours plus of narration, I was satiated.
I revelled in the glorious descriptions and word pictures. It isn’t often that one finds such colour and texture. Add to that Auri’s secret ways and internal language and you have a wonderfully weird and intense life of a girl in her own world. I loved each and every word. It took me some time to disconnect and return to reality. I believe this haunting story will stay with me for a long time.

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a little unhinged in a sweet way

the main character, Ary, is a little unhinged. this is her story, her everyday life, a quick view o to her mind. truly sweet.

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Auris imperfect story

As Patrick explains, this is not like his other books, it doesn’t do what a story should do. It’s strange and sweet and I’m so glad we got to hear Auri’s
voice and story. Very glad Patrick decided to share this with us and not make it a trunk story

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Great for 'Kingkiller' fans

This book would be hard to follow if the reader was unfamiliar with the environs of the 'University' - where Alchemists, Artificers, Namers, and Sympathists are trained in the Arcane arts. Rothfuss' description of his world is unparalleled. The mysterious character of "Ari" (no-one knows her real name) is the focus of this short return to the world of Kvothe The Arcane. We learn more about "The Underthing", but little about a mysterious character with an unknown past - Is she a student who went mad? Is she an escapee from Haven (the on-campus asylum)? Was she a Master? We get more familiar with her but nothing is really revealed. This story is a great contribution to the world of Kvothe, but would be a terrible stand-alone. If you don’t know the series, do yourself a favor and download 'The Name of the Wind' (and perhaps 'A Wise Man's Fear') before reading this one. Nothing really happens in this story - it's simply a week in the life af Ari - but the character development is amazing. Ari is still a mystery, but we get to know a fascinating, well-loved character better. Fans are rightly furious at Rothfuss for promising the Third installment of this excellent series for Five Years (and counting) without delivering. The spectacular writing in this side-quest suggests an incredible book is coming, but Patrick needs to get his @#$^ together. Patrick Rothfuss reads this book himself. Authors sometimes do very well (they know their characters intimately) and sometimes fall flat. This is one of the latter. Rothfuss is an adequate reader at best. In all, unless you know the character, you're lost. This recording is worth 2 stars out of 5.

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beautiful

a different kind of story, but absolutely delightful. I was passing familiar with the character from previous books, but this was a wonderful elaboration. I actually found it rather meditative, and I started looking at the world just a little differently.

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not a continuation more of an addendum

I thought it was a continuation but it was not. It gives you idea of the life of Aury but not much of a story,

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enjoyable bedtime story

enjoyable story without any cliffhangers that force you to continue the next chapter late at night.

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The sweet, sunny and sometimes sorrowful story of Arie preparing for a visitor. Narrated by the author, whose voice is exactly as I imagine when I read him.

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Different for the Slightly Broken

I loved it! Sucked me right in. Favourite part were 8 pages making soap! Thank you for your incredible creativity and for sharing it!

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  • Lisa M.
  • 2020-03-20

You'll love it or hate it

I. LOVED. This story. If you want a normal story with a plot, an issue that comes to a resolution at the end and all that, this is not for you.

Instead, you get to follow a character into the depth of her mind - swallowed into her world and carried along with her daily trials and tribulations. It's unusual. It's quiet. It's sad, revealing, exciting, and beautiful. And weird.

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  • Jessica Ruby
  • 2020-02-20

Worth it

I had to start this book twice. The first time, I was exhausted and on a plane and only half-present. I kept losing the thread of the story and missing things and it felt too slow and eventually I gave up.

The second time, I was better prepared. When you give this the attention it is due, it blossoms. I enjoyed getting to hear more of Pat’s poetic description and the whole story carries a certain rhythm, even if it does start slow. There’s a pervasive sense of mystery even through Auri’s matter-of-fact view and we get a hint at the true way of things which Kvothe so struggles to find in Name of the Wind.

Pat’s reading is fine; I didn’t dislike it. He understands Auri’s voice and pacing, and his voice is very calming, but I do wonder if a more experienced actor would’ve made it seem more dynamicule

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  • Andrey Barsukov
  • 2018-06-03

Ruined Ari for me

Yes it’s my fault for buying before reading reviews, I hope i can get a refund.
It’s very frustrating listening to this after finishing the second book just yesterday. There is nothing clever or interesting about this book.

This book ruined my love of Ari. I knew she was a little odd from the other books but they also made her seem clever and interesting, maybe a student of master namer. “But no...” this books just describes her as a crazy OCD madwoman.

I honestly wish I did not listen to this, I would be much happier

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  • Josh
  • 2014-11-04

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....

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  • Kent R. Klein
  • 2015-01-15

I was warned.

When Rothfuss says this book isn't for everyone, believe him. I found it slow and tedious. The audio book though is great for insomniacs.

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  • Ron P
  • 2018-12-23

Strange and wonderful

The author characterized this as strange, disjointed, and off-putting — a story that does not follow the usual “rules” for a story — that is exactly correct!
And I loved it!!

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  • Lloyd
  • 2018-04-16

decided to return after < 1 hr

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

If you are into reading non-narrative poetry, this book might be for you. It is basically a flowery description of a person's day and personality. From what I've already listened to, it does give a good insight into Auri's personality, but no backstory as to who she is, why she left for the underthing, etc.

Would you ever listen to anything by Patrick Rothfuss again?

Certainly I will listen to the 3rd book of the series. PR is awesome with narrative.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The quality of the recording itself was a little lacking -- a little more breathy than the narrator of books 1 & 2 of the KC series, for instance. I might have finished listening with a different narrator.

What character would you cut from The Slow Regard of Silent Things?

so far there is only one character, Auri. and then a luminescent (maybe bug?)

Any additional comments?

The author's intro should be in the description of the book -- or something that says "this is not a narrative."

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  • Steve S
  • 2014-10-30

Take author's advice, do not buy this book

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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.

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  • Joe
  • 2014-11-03

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.

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  • James B
  • 2014-11-09

A Week In The Life Of A Crazy Person With OCD...

Would you try another book from Patrick Rothfuss and/or Patrick Rothfuss?

Yes, but only to finish the trilogy I have already invested in.

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

He should have left it in the bottom of his trunk as he himself suggested that was all it was good for. At the very least he should have made it free to his many fans that are waiting patiently for the conclusion of the trilogy.

What didn’t you like about Patrick Rothfuss’s performance?

As far as author-performances go, this wasn't too bad. I think it should be left to the professionals though.

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

None whatsoever. No plot. No story. I soldiered through the entire 3.5 hours thinking that eventually, something interesting will happen... It never did.

Any additional comments?

Has Rothfuss's success from the first two books of this trilogy made his ego so huge that he thinks he can push this piece of crap off as part of the Kingkiller Chronicles? AND read it himself? AND charge us for it? AND say "f**k those people" who he knows won't like it? I will be requesting a refund.

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