Patrick Rothfuss tells an absorbing story about his main character. There's a good amount of detail and care taken in each chapter.
The early chapters of the book don't really meld well and the book takes a bit to pick up steam. Once I made it past the first few chapters though everything started to come together. Also, at times the author puts a lot of detail in smaller issues which can drag down the story a bit.
Narrator: The narrator overall does very well. However, some of the voices he chooses can be a bit grating. More specifically his voice for older men is a bit too stereotypical. Also, when his character get upset and start screaming he makes them sound like 8 year old boys. Thankfully, this is usually only for a few lines.
Finally, a story that is comparable to Mistborn. Incredible. As is the second of this series, and as will be his third.
This is the type of book that reminds me why I love sci fi sooo much - completely imaginative, excellent writing, creative and just addictive. I think I have listened to this and the sequel about 4 or 5 times now. I CAN'T WAIT for the next one!
I could not stop listening. I get audio books for while I'm at work but with one I found myself listening till I got home and fell asleep. I even got in trouble at work for zoning out just cause I was so into it.
Some like to read and some like to listen - I am a listener so this was wonderful for me. My family is full of readers and audio would not work for them. This way we all get to share together.
The Authors imagination -
Arrie and Klos
No film could do this book justice! It is simply amazing!
I listened to this twice - the first time I struggled in the beginning and people told me to stay with it!!! the second time I loved every - every - word. Cannot wait for book three but with this Author patience is a vertue.
After reading the Wheel of Time series, i have been reading like crazy to find a series or book that can compare and not leave me thinking i should have just reread the WOT. Every time i finish a book though, its the same. I would just like to name drop "A game of Thrones," and say it sucked something terrible. I'd started thinking that maybe i should just stop reading.....then i read this. This book blew me away. My hope in great stories being out there has been renewed.
How the book starts isn't terribly new. Super talented young kid is happy go lucky and terrible event strikes close to home. Where Patrick takes the story from there is what separates it from the rest. Also HOW he does it. The large majority of the story is the main character retelling his tale. Seems odd at first, but it just ends up adding that much more depth and mystery to the story. The witty banter between characters is nothing short of brilliant, and the numerous parables that inhabit the story start to make me think Patrick is a genius story teller subtly foreshadowing everything that will happen, only you don't know it.
The 2nd book, "A Wise Mans Fear" carries on the level of excellence expected after the first.
A lot of people do reviews and say this and that are "MUST READS." After reading them i end up thinking that, though not terrible, not a must in any form of the meaning. To use this cliche though....this one is.
yes, i plan to listen to it again before the third book comes out. so the precious two are fresh in my head
honestly, i have no comparison. it is a unique book wrote so perfectly.
this is the first from this narrator. but he is very good. if he continues to read epic fantasy style then yes i will listen.
it made me want more. it pulls you in and keeps you listening. i lost many hours of sleep not willing to stop it in fear i was comming to anouther great part in the book. and i was not dissapointed.
I haven't seen the print version
Cvothe, really exciting and dramatic. I laughed and cried while listening to this book. Such a great story!
He did a wonderful job! He changed his voice for different characters and overall was fabulous.
No way to long. great for a road trip.
I really really great book. Kind of a mix of harry potter, game of thrones, and other fanciful adventure books. I enjoyed every second!
I really enjoyed this book, it was for the most part really well done. The reader gives a great performace. I like the main character and many of his friends. It may not be the most origianl universe, but its well developed. I thought the "magic" in the book was handled well, the author establishes rules and sticks to them. If there are exceptions to the rules he does a pretty good job of explaining them. There were a few minor things the main protagonist did that seemed out of character. The rivalry with one of his fellow students just seemed petty and didn't seem to add to the overall story.
My biggest problem is the book just stops in mid story. This book is day 1 and the author plainly says it will be a three day tale. Day 2 is twice as long as the first book and the third book is not done yet so you may have to wait a while to hear the end. There are many, many stories along the way that you can enjoy, it just seems it will be really long time before the overarching story is complete.
These two books have already put this series in my top three with Song of Fire and Ice and Harry Potter. It is like either of these, but it entertains as well if not better. Rothfuss is a master of his art and takes language and story telling to a new level. Simply brilliant and almost beyond words!