I recommend this book 100%. The characters are well developed and believable. The story is also really engaging and is told in a way that keeps you deeply involved. I found it hard to stop listening at night. The story is set up to be an epic story, but coming from Kvoth's point of view it is still kept pretty simple and straight forward.
Well worth your time.
Yes, This book was very hard to start with the first 2 chapters but from that point...AMAZING!! I love this book. not much of a reader but love it!!!
Patrick Rothfuss brings us an original and entertaining story which allows the reader/listener to enter the mind of the protagonist as he recounts the events of his life that shape him into the legend he becomes. The contrast of the rumors of the legendary Kvothe and his first person narrative illustrates how a reputation can grow from making the tales taller than they are. Yet, the truth behind the tales are as fantastic as the tales themselves. As Kvothe shares his journey with Chronicler, the reader/listener becomes Kvothe, sharing his sorrow, his anger, his desires, his motivation.
I would highly recommend this novel to anyone who loved other character driven series (Harry Potter, for example). You get to know Kvothe and you care about what happens to him. You root for him. Although it is very character driven, it is not without great action.
Nick Podehl does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life. I especially enjoyed the interactions between Auri and Kvothe. Mr. Podehl portrayal of the whimsical Auri gives her the fae-like quality that Kvothe's see in her.
I'm no pro.. but..
I thought this book was extraordinary. Both books were. I actually feel I could give the same reactionary review for this, and the second book, The Wise Man's Fear. They felt equally wonderful and didn't feel detached, one from the other.
I love fantasy and read a lot of it. I would liiiike to think that I have fairly discerning taste...(i hope) but I never apply rigid rules or tick a checklist in order to determine if a book is good or bad. I simply rely on where it takes me. There is always a sense of texture and tone that leave an imprint on your real life, in the wake of a story. The imprint of this book and even more from the second, was beautiful.
It was the type of story that became an experience. Although it follows a typical fantasy structure- hero discovers unknown skill/power, finds others like him, faces challenges and hard lessons as those skills are honed and realized; a tale complete with adventure, friendship, love, etc- It was full bodied, intelligent and magical in such a resonant way.
They have not only become two of my fave fantasy novels, they also have a secure place on my 'all time favorite books' shelf.
I am in love with James Alexander Malcom Mackenze Frazer.
Its slow to start but if you can wait it out you will get into the story line. This is not a stand alone book you will have to get book 2 to complete the plot
This is by far in my top 3 favorite series. Rothfuss is an incredible writer and this story is read beautifully.
all of them
"A legend in the making"
If you like adventure, fantasy, quests, love stories, or just a great tale you must read this book.
The story just pulls you in and makes you care. Patrick Rothfuss really makes you care about the main character and it's just amazing. Suffice to say, he's so much better with words than I am.
Kvothe of course!!! Seeing the trials and tribulations of this young boy and seeing where he is now. So many questions and so much mystery. Just a very detailed and complicated person.
Great story teller. I'd love to hear more performed by him. He has great pacing and speaks clearly. Great job!
The man who killed an angel.
I've listened to it twice already and loved it both times. As I was listening I became completely entranced by the whole story without even realizing it. I think what works the most is that the characters personalities and reactions are so relatable and sequence of events are told in such an understandable way that it makes it so much easier to get lost in it all.
The only series I've read that I think can compare is the Demon Cycle series by Peter V. Brett. I make the comparison because both books managed to really bring me into the world that the authors created.I like that in both series it feels like the worlds could possibly exist. Both have a really interesting way of using majic and both take you on this sort of evolutionary journey of the main character, to see how the events of their lives affect their future decisions and behaviors.
I was unsure within the first hour of listening wether or not he was the right choice for the series but my opinion changed and the performance went on. He's got great energy when reading and every voice seems to suit every character so well. The reading is a little slow, I will admit but it's nothing to distracting or unforgivable. He's definetly one of the better readers here, so much so that I've looked up other books that he's narrated.
I didn't want it to end! There's something very powerful about the journey that Patrick Rothruss leads you through throughout this book. The only consolation I had to the book ending (when I was in the last hour of listening) was that I knew there was the second book to listen to!
Definitely definetly worth listening to!
This is one of the best audio books I've listened too.
It was a small bit like Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer, because of the voice of the main character as well as his relationship with his mentor, however it was much more adult, not in lewd content but rather in the nature of the story itself. Finds a nice balance of fantastical wonder and practicality into the story, as well as a distinct air of mystery.
Most of the book was in the voice of Kvothe, who was very easily to listen to, but the mix of many different accents and voices, especially from Cealdish characters like Willem, as well as the female voice of Denna, and the hick accent of a farmer, definitely made you forget there was only one man reading you the book.
Yes. Well, if I could stay awake. I listened to it as much as I could, and finished the whole 20 something hours in 3 days.
Exactly what I was hoping for, but I do wish it moved along more into his life, but there is two books to go!
yes and i did listen to the series back to back two times great books
easy listen very entertaining
yes very compareable