It's hard to find books written as an oral storytelling. Even harder to find one well executed. This one is both. A very clever, unique tale that avoids classic tropes and keeps you engaged in two narratives at once: the present world the storyteller is living in and the story of his past he is telling. It transitions easily between both.
The audio performance is done by a tenor male. Generally speaking, I dislike stories narrated by men with high-pitched voices. I feel like the have less range in character voices and certain dialogue comes off as childish. The love dialogue between the protagonist and his love interest in particular suffer from this. The text probably reads better on paper, more natural and mature banter. But the author's voice gives it child-like teen-movie feel that makes the lines feel cheesier than they really are. And during heavy exchanges, sometimes o got lost figuring out who was saying what since they sounded nearly the same in pitch and delivery.
Outside of that pairing specifically, however, the performer defied my expectations. He delivered a masterful delivery that really captures the storytelling vibe, variety of characters, and emotions. He also takes his time and doesn't ever rush through material. He lets the characters play out there conversations with full emotional spectrum and pauses, contemplations, and so on. The result is quite lengthy audiobook, but it never suffers for it. It's a long journey you will be happy to soak in!
The story hooked me in and then it seemed to take a massive detour to telling some of the life story of the main character. Which would have been fine if it didn't take the whole rest of the book, and didn't get into a crazy amount of detail that just seemed over the top for the him to tell to his biographer. It just didn't seem credible.
It was a disappointing story, but I'm glad it's over and I don't care what happens in the next books.
It took several chapters for me to get to a point where listening wasn't boring. I kept going because I read the summary and hadn't even gotten to the narration part. Then after the narration started I was at least not slogging through the book. it took several more chapters but finally I was engrossed. I'm getting the next one but am disappointed in how long it took to draw me in.
I love the lyricism and the complexity. I love the pace and the story. I love the characters and the morality. I love everything about this book. I have loved it more and more each of the 20+ times I have read it. I think it may have become an obsession.
Auri. Because she is broken and strong. Brave and afraid. Loving and lonely. Because she is sweetness and want and true.
Pegs! In fact, that part of the book is the example I play to folks of how "performance" enhances the experience of well-crafted words.
However, the mispronunciation of "magnanimous" in chapter 39 and the multiple instances of reading "Simmon" as "Simon" absolutely grate on my ears. Brilliance Audio would do a good thing if it were to release an edited version. Just because I hate to see a flaw in something otherwise so lovely.
Because it is the random quote in the signed copy I got for Christmas, "All stories are true."
Read this book now. Re-read it. Get copies in several formats so you can more easily go back to the parts you love. Your life will be better for it.
With masterful writing and a masterful performance this book is the most entertaining and satisfying book I've listened to in the past 10 years if not longer. I can not wait to download the next one, I hear it's even better! Is it possible???
Nick Podehl always gives it his all, you have to give him credit. Some of his accents are fantastic, but they don't always bring unique characters to life the way the best readers do. The book itself was unique, often in a good way. Rothfuss' creative be blend of magic with science took a while to materialize but was very thoughtful and it worked very well. He weaves together an increasingly complex and interesting universe though he takes a long time to put it together. He gets a little too hung up on money for my taste but I get that he was trying to show a certain realistic lifestyle you rarely see in fantasy. The plot is a little thin but I'll read the next one
I had a hard time following the story with all of the unnecessary flowery language. At one point he described a character's face with two separate similes or metaphors in one sentence. I could not finish the book. For comparison, this book came between Brandon Sanderson and R. A. Salvatore. Both of whom I enjoyed immensely.
I would put this book in the same league as A Song of Ice and Fire, the Stormlight Archives, and similar series. The kind of series you never want to end.