Listen to all kinds, but mostly enjoy witty light-hearted entertaining reads. Stay away from romance novels & books with heavy violence.
Don't be scared off by the books summary which starts with a "tell of sorrow". I put off listening to this book for 2 years simply because I thought it was going to be this super sad story. Not true at all. I must admit that I had to listen to the first 2 hours multiple times because I kept loosing interest and would miss parts, but really it is only setting the stage for the storytelling that is about to take place. It is like sitting around a campfire listening to a friend tell you their life story. It is not edge of seat 24/7, but it is steady entertaining story that truly keeps you engrossed throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it. And honestly I can't give you any other book for comparison because it is unique, but I can tell you that you will not be disappointed. For those parents out there that might want to listen to it with kids in the car that might hear some of it - there is no bad language, no under the covers content nor really any reference to anything like that at all, no graphic violence.
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 picked this book on Amazon. I was looking for something new because at the time I felt that I had exhausted the books by my favorite authors on Audible (i.e. Robert Jordan, George R.R. Martin, etc.)
I was influenced by the huge number of 5 star reviews on Amazon. I ended up ordering a used out of print hard cover edition for a couple of bucks...
This is a new book on AUDIBLE an so a few negative rankings can greatly skew the average downward. So if you think that you might like this book, ignore the average reviews ranking and take a look on amazon.
This is first book in the series. In this book is the development of the of the main character. A youth, growing up with hardships, learning to use magic, young clumsy romance, violence ... etc.
If you are looking for new authors you might want to try Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (also new on Audible).
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.
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.
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.
“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.
A fan of epic fantasy...the darker the better!
I'm a fan of epic fantasy and I was beginning to fear that I had already read/listened to the best and the well was running dry...until I started the Name of The Wind.
I'll admit I had doubts when it first started, the narrator sounds very young and the story starts off a little dry. But stick with it because soon you realize that Nick Podehl's narration is perfect for this series and the story itself becomes so engaging you wont want to stop listening. I always know I've found a good series when I find myself talking out loud to the book/characters while listening and when I think about the book throughout the day.
You really get into the main character's (Kvothe) head. I laughed, cried, cringed and went through every emotion with him. He's relatable without being boring. His adventures are fun and thrilling but he's far from your typical fantasy hero.
I highly recommend this book. Please don't let the people who compare it to Harry Potter turn you away. This series is truly unique and I know you'll love Kvothe as much as I do!