As a lover of coming of age tales rooted in fantasy and magic I'm shocked and appalled that I had never heard of this novel until recently.
The author is a masterful story teller. Many times I found myself captivated, I couldn't stop listening even late into the night when I should be sleeping before a big exam.
I listen to a lot of books and am master level on the audible app, yet this is the first review I've ever written. That should be pretty telling as to the quality of this book.
The performance was perfect, I couldn't think of a better voice for the character. The writing is witty, deep, and engaging. The concept is quite interesting as the author is telling a story of a man telling his own story, very intriguing.
There is magic, science, love, action..I don't think anything is to be desired.
I only hope book 2 lives up to this one.
If you love coming of age tales or simply want a great fantasy/magic type book to listen to please get this one. You won't regret it.
I was completely addicted to this story. it is pure story-telling at its finest. It's not your standard epic of Kings and Wizards (though there are hints of that in the world's history) but a story of an exceptional hero coming from unexceptional means to become a mysterious legend.
The narrator also adds a lot of flavour to the story and because it is about a man telling a story, it seems only appropriate that one listens to the story being told. It is a mostly first-person narrative, so even though the book has accompanying maps, there is no loss of quality or detail listening and it is not difficult to follow by listening the way other fantasies can be.
If you are unsure about this purchase. Trust me. Do it.
I love the book. Love the story. Love Patrick Rothfuss.
The voice acting was awesome with the exception of some of the voices were confusing. Hard to keep straight who was talking sometimes. But impressed all in all by Nick podehls ability to vary his voice in such a way.
Yes! When I find a great book I will go back to it when nothing else pulls me in. When I find an audiobook with a talented reader, the immersion is all that much deeper. I've loved books but disliked the audiobook enough to not pick it up again. This book, read by Nick Podehl, is a great experience. I love his inflections, pauses, dramatic effects and character voices.
Kvothe, of course, is the most likely character to pick but as this book ended I wanted to learn more about Bast. The Chronicler is a close third.
Towards the end of the book, when Kvothe gets angry and as a result of his actions finds himself on the horns again.
this is the best boik/series ive ever read/listened to, and the books only get better. this is an absolute must read. it kinda started slow for me but it quickly picks up and doesnt slow down. my favorite author and series of all time. surpassed all others i have had the opportunity to read so far. Take my advice and get this book.....
This is a beautifully articulated look in to humanity disguised as an adventure story that is gripping as a tale but is truly an eye opening glimpse into the human experience. Everyone should see the world through the eyes of these brilliant characters.
My thanks to Mr Rothfus
If you have ever played d&d with a group of male nerds, then you will recognize the writing pattern used in this book. Full of dungeon crawls, lofty moral standards, saving the girl that no one seems to understand, and proving himself to be better over all than others... It is a fun tale to listen to and I'm excited for the next 43 hours of book 2! :)