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.
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 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 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).
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'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.
Hi I'm Regina and I'm a Bibliophile.
I love the world that Rothfuss has painted and I can't wait for the other 2 books to come out.
I can tell you that if you like fantasy books with lots of details where the world's magic has reason to it this is the book for you :D