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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!