I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
If you look at this as a debut writer who is going to grow in his talent and if this is his first novel then it is great. If this is an experienced writer or someone who just changed his pen name then it is average to good. If you read some early Koontz and Gerrtisen then you will find they did not start the great writers that they are today.
What is Great? PR can paint a picture in your mind better then most writers I have read. I am literal minded and often have problems with flowery language and picturing in my head what the writer is explaining, but with this book, I always had a very vivid picture of the characters and the scenery. PR himself got into my head. Over half way into the book, when things were going well for the main character, I remember thinking, nothing ever goes this well for Kyothe for this long without something going wrong, so when is the other shoe going to drop? That was the exact words that ran through my head. Not a minute later, Kyothe thinks to himself, things are going to well, when will the other shoe drop? Some of his writings stirred my emotions, made me tense, made me hear the music, made me want to shake Kyothe and tell him to snap out of it, like Kyothe was a real friend of mine, who I wanted to help.
Good: At times there is great insight. For example, at one point he explains that if you can make a women feel beautiful, not just say it, but make her actually feel she is beautiful and then she sees in her own mind that she is beautiful, she will act beautiful and other people will see her as beautiful. I am a strong believer in this and I have seen it happen in the lives of some close to me and I have seen the opposite. The mind is a powerful thing. The book has dragons, magic, wizards, underground tunnels, buildings with hidden rooms,etc.
Average to bad: Often the story does not seem to be going anywhere. It is not clear what the goal is. There are no character goals, no quest, no reason to keep listening. One reviewer wrote that you get this happened then this happened then this happened, I agree. At almost 28 hours it took me a week to get through it. I found that each day I did not dread having to listen or get impatient, but I also found I had no great desire or want to hear the story. The story seems rather disjointed at times, one minute we are facing this problem and then it is totally forgot and we are off to some other problem. Many problems do not get handled. I did not care for the story in a story or even the story in a story in a story. The beginning, interludes and ending are distractions. Sometimes the writing is a little sophmoric. As the writer matures I believe these mistakes will be taken care of in future writings and I believe PR has the potential to be a great writer.
Some did not like the narrator, I thought he was great and added to the story
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.
One of the most entertaining engaging debut books I've run across in a long time. Well paced and easy to follow it is fantasy but without the odd names and convoluted histories which often turn off first timers. A great choice for die-hards and first timers alike. The narration is clean and crisp and only adds to a wonderful story
I almost dont even know where to start. I was so pleasantly surprised by this book. I had read in someone else's review that it was slow starting, but paid off in the end. Thats's exactly what happened, except the reward was so much greater than I expected.
The publishers summary didn't properly describe this book. I was hesitant to listen to it despite all the rave reviews because I thought it was just going to be stories of a fantasy heroes conquests. In a very small way that's what it was, but there is so much more to it. It is about the journey of a legendary person and how he became a legend whether through factual or fictional means. It is about a young boy as he grows to manhood just trying to survive.
This first book of the trilogy is really only a backdrop to the story that will begin in day 2 and day 3 of the story. But, It is so richly packed and intricately weaved that I feel the best is yet to come. Considering that this is already my favorite book, my anticipation for the next book (which I will be starting in like 5 minutes) is incalculable.
As a person that enjoys fantasy fiction, but prefers other kinds, I implore anyone interested enough in this book to read this review to take this ride with us.
The story idea is good but the delivery feels inexperienced and a bit safe. It reminds me of a church buddy who wants to tell a scary story but doesn't want to offend anyone.
Probably not, see above.
The narrator has the wrong kind of voice for the tone of the story and does not do voices well. The story is supposed to be dark and heavy and the narrator has a higher toned voice.
I think the narrator was my biggest hang up. I'm going to try reading it and see if I like it more. Friends swore this book was one of their favorites but I only made it about half way through before I got bored and couldn't put up with the narration anymore.
I'd just like to say that I don't work for DAW or Brilliance Audio, either..
That being said, Patrick Rothfuss is an amazing writer. I read this book on a whim, picking it up one day on the recommendation of someone in the bookstore, and found it to be one of the most amazing pieces of prose I've ever read. The narration is quite well done, bringing the character of Kvothe to life quite well. I'm not sure that the gentleman who gave the book a bad review quite understood what was going on in the book; it's the life story of a man not yet thirty as told to a scribe in the common room of a inn. It doesn't have the in-depth worldbuilding of a Jordan or a Martin, but it's up there in terms of storytelling and character development.
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 has the right mix of mystery, action, and explanation. It draws you in quickly, gets you attached to the characters and then brings them in and out throughout the story keeping everything flowing.
Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
I don't think I can do this book justice with a review. Patrick Rothfuss's Name of the Wind Kingkiller Chronicles has caught me completely by surprise. To be honest, I had this book sitting in my library a year before I decided to pick it up. I only gave this a fair chance because I was getting ready to return it before the year came to pass. Well, I couldn't have been any more wrong about this book. I had been putting aside listening to this novel for several reasons. One, I had realized that the ending was given in the beginning of the tale and that most of this was to be about the retelling of our protagonists life story. Now, I really hate previews and I have said before in my reviews that I am extremely critical of prequels. Two, you might think that 32 hours is long, and I sometimes look forward to a book getting to its point sooner rather than later. However, almost as soon as I started listening, the bait was set, and I was hooked throughout the telling. Because the story encompasses the past and presence that includes the telling of a our protagonists whole life, there is much room for change, growth, and character development.
So here is a little bit about the novel. Patrick Rothfuss introduces us to Kote, the bartender, at the very beginning of the tale as a sort of mysterious, washed up hero. He is a man hiding from his past and present, trying to fit in as a normal bar keep in a small town. Here comes in the great Chronicler who has sought out Kote to set a record straight. See, Kote has a secret identity. He is really named Kvothe, who is either a hero or villain depending on whose story is told. And, thus, we introduce the very long life story of our hero, the protagonist, Kvothe. For me, Patrick Rothfuss seemed to linger just enough on each segment in Kvothe's life. So far, at least. There was no conclusion really, just a promise of more of the same in the next book of this series. Good and bad events outline the life of Kvothe with much tragedy starting young in his years. And there are some really horrible events at that, but it is the struggles that make this book great and set the backdrop for how this character will eventually become a powerful adventurer. However, the protagonist becomes really endearing to the reader due to his cleverness, brilliance and perhaps, moral fortitude (and potential for change). We get to see a curious boy grow through disasters and triumphs and enter into a magical world. Eventually Kvothe goes on to a university full of magic (at least to the common townsfolk) and studies where he learns power and knowledge. From dragons to damsels in distress, there is plenty of action where intelligence, power, and courage make us a hero.
Lastly, I need to mention that the narration is what carries this book more than anything. Everything is very well produced. The telling is dramatized, and the voices are exaggerated in such a captivating way that it left very few moments for boredom. The book is in fact crafted for a story teller (you will understand when you read). If I had to pick 3 books that were similar to this story they would be: Game of Thrones, Lies of Lock Lamora, and the Harry Potter series. I only say Game of Thrones because the setting is very medieval with a more feudal like system which illustrates differences between nobility and the common class. Furthermore, the Lies of Lock Lamora outline what it means to be the lower class and a thief in such a setting. And during quite a bit of this book our protagonist is found in hard circumstances and poverty. Neither of those books, like this one, will shy from a little violence. Lastly, I mentioned Harry Potter because it is a about a character who goes through school and learns a source of magic and power. There is much more to this story, but suffice to say, I found this book for the most part unique, which is why it is a winner for me.
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.