This is a great book! though the storyline may not be the most original, this is more than compensated by the exceptional writing and character development. As the book progresses, you come to alternate love, despise and sympathize with the different characters. I highly recommend it as one of the best fantasy books I have read in years!
Book: decent world building, great scene build up. The bad: kind of a slow burn. Not the most interesting story, certainly could use some more action and less description of unimportant things
Narration: solid, does multiple voices well
As the title says, this book is easily among the cream at the top of the Audible system. Saying that the writing is witty, the characters are deep, or the plot is well thought out is to give crude disservice. This story is song in motion, a sculpted work of artistry. It will seize you from the first moments and hold you to the end.
As with any first of a series, it's very easy to skeptically wonder if it's a flash in the pan book with cash cow milk machine sequels. Let me just say two things about that. First, Wise Man's Fear is even better. Secondly, somebody needs to chain Patrick Rothfuss to a furnace in a basement somewhere until Day 3 is finished (just kidding, Patrick! We'd rather it was as polished as this, take your time!). Seriously, Patrick. Hurry up. We want to know how the story ends. We want to know if it's really a tragedy, or if it's something completely new. Seeing your work so far, I wouldn't doubt.
I really enjoyed listening to this book. It was kind of a slow start but as I continued to listen I enjoyed learning the characters and I'm anxious to continue the journey.
Definatly the best book i have listened since i got audible
I love the main character simply because he is great.
I was fortuanate enough to have listened to this book as the first book i listened since getting audible. Absolutely has ruined all other books for me. Nothing is as good. The voice actors aren't as good and the stories aren't as good either. Must read
As both a book lover & slow reader, I used to fantasize about books that would read themselves to me. My childhood dream came true!
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and the mechanics behind it. Though I was confused a little at first, the story soon made sense and it actually became enjoyable to jump back and forth in time from the narrator's present to the progression of the story within his narration. It definitely gave me a desire to go on to the next book.
I will give a warning, though. After I read this, I read Jonathan Renshaw's Dawn of Wonder. The two are very similar in story arc, though very different in the method of delivery. It would have been better not to read them too closely together. Of the two, I actually enjoyed Renshaw's a bit more. Of the two, Rothfuss' book is more pessimistic and grim. If you want a darker story with less hope for a happy conclusion, this is the one for you (no spoilers given here, it is labelled "Day 1" after all). Both books leave you anxious for the next one and are very enjoyable. I recommend them both, just don't read them too closely together.