I am a writer from Toronto. I am 34 and hooked on audio books.
I am not going to lie. I enjoyed the book, but people comparing him to Tolkien, thats just crazy. Worth a credit though.
The story line was well crafted, and although ostensibly written from a first-person perspective, it was very much like a third person, historical, story-telling perspective. For me, this resulted in the characters being 2-dimensional and anemic. This interesting story could have been much more engaging if the author had found a way to better relate these historical events by having the characters themselves, especially the supporting characters, reveal their thoughts and motivations, through their actions, their own comments, the description of the events, rather than the storyteller relating these things to the reader. I kept feeling like I was being held at arm's length from the characters and the action. The characters never came alive for me.
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.
Rothfuss paints an incredibly intricate and detailed world, which Nick Podehl narrates with equally intricate and detailed voice work. Rothfuss's effort for crafting distinct cultures and flavors of magic were met equally by Podehl's effort for crafting distinct accents for different cultures, different classes, and different ages.
The circumstances of Kvothe's departure from his troupe was powerful and lasting in my memory.
Elodin's question's for Kvothe were by far my favorite scene. They implied a depth of understanding we had not yet seen, and they established the kind of mad brilliance that could be expected from Elodin, my favorite character.
The book had me in tears so quickly with the circumstances of Kvothe's departure from his troupe. It is rare to be moved to such emotion so quickly in a novel.
When I first began listen, I was not sure I was going to enjoy it. It took a little while, but I eventually got caught up in the story and I ended up wishing the next book in the series was out (it was not at the time). I would recommend it, but with the warning that it took me a little bit to settle into it so be patient and keep listening!
Great book. Much like the Raymond Feist's books (which I love), this story is methodical in its description without overdoing it. It is a fantasy novel, but really there isn't a lot of your typical fantasy elements. Instead, it is an amazing story being told that interweaves these fantasy elements that are just enough to let you know anything is possible and you really have no idea what will happen next.
Well written. There was a point in the story where one of the characters was describing a lute and I was strangely engrossed. It wasn't until I had finished the chapter that I realized I had just spent the last 10 minutes reading about the character playing a musical instrument, and I LOVED it?!
When Ambrose takes Kvothe's lute and ends up breaking it, then Kvothe brings down the fury.
I am a nerd. I love Tolkien and Martin. I have devoured those series (repeatedly). Rothfuss has got me! Give it time, and this story will captivate! Kvothe is both naive and wise. In the recounting of his story, he helps explain his own myth. Rothfuss does a great job at developing characters and keeping you wanting more. I found myself taking longer walks, doing the dishes more often, and taking the long way home from work just to find time to listen to more of the story! Not sure about the negative reviews out there, but I cannot wait for more!
“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” ¯ Mark Twain
I selected this book on a recommendation from a friend and I'm really glad I did. The bulk of the story is related to us by a man telling the story of his life to a scribe of his time. The story he tells is engaging, heartfelt and, for some reason, very hard to stop listening to. The book is given some additional depth by the fact that there is another story happening in present time that suggests that Kvothe's tale isn't as complete as he thinks it is. The story starts out a little slow, but once Kvothe begins to tell his story it's compelling.
Overall, the narrator does a good job of capturing the emotion of the story and drawing you in, he's pleasant to listen to and his voice fits the mood of the story well.
I gave it four stars instead of five, mostly because I prefer a story that provides more depth in the secondary characters. That can be sometimes hard to accomplish in first person, but I've seen it done and it adds a lot. That said, Kvothe typically has enough depth to cover for his less defined friends and the story is still full and fully worth your credit. If you like epic fantasy that takes you on a long journey that spans multiple books, this is for you.
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.