In the top 10% easily. It was really engaging. I love the characters, the stories within stories, and the feeling of really being there. The writing is smooth and gives enough detail to enjoy and build the world in a solid way, without being tedious and plodding.
The female characters are great too. They aren't cookie cutter types, and more like real people, they have good and bad qualities. You can't just peg them immediately as "the good girl" or "the mean one."
Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card is a similar book - a boy on a journey, fantasy, magic, but in a more-or-less believable presentation.
He makes you forget he's doing all the voices. His voice is very easy to listen to, and he doesn't rush it along, or pause too long between sentences. It's very genuine. I felt like I was being read to by a good friend.
Yes. I couldn't turn it off.
I was eager to go to the next in the series right away, and I was glad it was also narrated by Nick Podehl. I'll look for more of his work, and can't wait for the next in this excellently written series.
This is what you hope for in the start of a new series. It is well written and the performance from Nick Podehl is all you could hope for in a narrator. The first book in this series is definitely worth a listen.
Not really. I loved them both.
There were many. This is just an amazing book.
Everything. He is one of the best narrators I've ever heard. I can't help comparing others to him.
Yes, but it is far too long.
I'm at a bit of a loss for words in this review. This is one of my favorite books ever, both in print and audio. I've listened to it 3 times, and love it every time. Buy it.
It starts out slow but it turns into a great story. Keeps you on your toes the after half way mark. In the first half, story is developed and characters are all settling in to place. In the end, you can't wait for the second book. It's a great listen if you like books of adventure and adolescent growth with lots of magic and music.
He has a great voice technique. All characters have distinct voices and you will get lost in the story, the way he tells it.
One of the best books out there.
The story was amazing. I can't wait for more sequels in this relatively new series. Patrick Rothfuss does an excellent job weaving a story you will find very easy to immerse yourself in. I enjoyed the "rules" of the magic and think it will lead to a progressively better story.
Some parts of it remind me of some of Brandon Sanderson's work, with a unique take on magic and an imaginative, yet familiar, world setting.
He was very easy to listen to and understand, and had very consistent pronunciation and voices for different characters. Midway through the book, I was easily able to identify the speaker before they were identified.
I don't think this would adapt well to a movie; a long running TV series, perhaps, but the story is too large to fit on a 2 hour DVD.
I highly recommend this book to those looking for more epic fantasy after you've run out of Sanderson and Jordan books.
I absolutely loved this book and plan to get the next one. There's not a lot of violence or surfacy hero worship. As another reviewer stated it does remind one of Neil Gaiman but even more some of the character growth and adventure found in Brandon Sanderson's novels. The story is an adventure with brilliant narration and writing.
The narrator is truly good with the ability to capture the different dialects and motivations of each character.
I hope this author keeps the adventure going.
I'd relate this listen to a book I just couldn't put down. I generally only like to listen to audio books when I drive. This book makes trips seem too short, and I had to pick up earphones so I could continue to listen to it in the house.
This is my first review, I have listened to hundreds of novels from this site, some I've disliked, some I have even deleted, others I have liked, a few I have loved. Never before has one compelled me to write words of praise. I'm no writer I'm a listener, and as a listener I can say this author had me enthralled. The story is amazing and the writing is phenomenal. Even in the slow parts the story is told with such marvel that it did not fail to hold my intrest. Awesome job Patrick. Believe me when I say I'm awaiting the next one with great anticipation.
I read A LOT. I'm now approaching 500 audiobooks in my collection. I also read 30-60 additional books a year on my Kindle.
Let me put it this way: I loved this book soooooo much while I was I reading it on my Kindle, that I used a credit so I could listen to it while I drive (which I do a lot for work). That is how compelling this story is. Throw it in the category of books that are under-appreciated, under-read and under-the-radar. I even found myself reading little insights to my fiancé as I read it.
Bottom line: this book a well-written, great story, with interesting characters. I have recommended this book to more friends, who like different kinds of books, than any other book I read in the last two years. To me, it has mass appeal.
If you like good characters, get this book. If you like great, well-written stories, get this book. If you like fantasy stories, get this book. If you like books when the characters seem to have super-human powers, get this book. If you like books that are not predictable but are compelling page-turners, get this book. You WON’T regret it.
I've only recently been getting back into epic fantasy, having taken a long break from the genre. Over the past year, my results have been mixed. I've read some new stuff I liked, and some mediocre Extruded Fantasy Product. Some of the latter came highly recommended, so... I've started taking reviews with a grain of salt. Everywhere I read, people were praising Patrick Rothfuss's debut novel, The Name of the Wind. Nobody had a bad word to say about it. So, what the hell, I listened to the audiobook.
This was a GREAT story. I loved it.
That said, I'd kind of call this "comfort fantasy." Which is to say, it's not groundbreaking or even terribly original, and it's not edgy, gritty, or particularly dark, as is trendy in epic fantasy nowadays. The setting is your basic low-magic AD&Dish medieval kingdom, and the main characters literally meet in a tavern. Then the hero of the story, Kvothe, proceeds to narrate his life story, the story of a man who's climbed his way up from street scrub to bonafide Legendary Hero. Doesn't sound all that interesting? Well, even though it's long and sometimes the details are downright prosaic, it held my attention all the way through. It's like listening to a master storyteller (and Rothfuss is a master storyteller) tell a story you've already heard but which nonetheless keeps you waiting breathlessly for the next part. There are so many characters and events, all coming one after another, always something new happening. It's just a damn good read/listen.
However, this is the first part of a trilogy. By the end of the book, Kvothe has only gotten up to his University years; he's not even out of adolescence yet. So you have to wait for the next two books to find out how he really becomes a legend.
All the recommendations didn't steer me wrong this time. I'll be looking forward to book two in the Kingkiller Chronicles.