This book is simply great storytelling. Descriptive and well-paced. The narration fits like a glove. Very well done in all aspects. Fans of Sanderson, Jordan and Martin will thoroughly enjoy this!
Top 5, probably number 1.
This story has EVERYTHING, an amazingly believable hero, gripping plot, and a story that unfolds like a fireside tale.
Kvothe is a compelling character, but the favorite is definitely Elodin.
Several. The description of Kvothe finding his family after the Chaendrian find them is a tear jerker for sure, and so wonderfully apt, Criminal Minds used a passage from it to end one of their shows. Pretty amazing.
If you haven't listened or read to The Name of the Wind, stop what your doing, whatever your doing, and do it now. You won't regret it.
I just finished my seventh time through this book. The writing by Patrick Rothfuss and the performance by Nick Podehl makes this by far the best audio book I have ever listened to.
Thorough, slow, detailed
As a handyman who fixes computers for a living, I would not presume to tell a real author how to tell a story
No complaints, clear articulation, enough variation to tell characters apart.
"Carrottop goes to school"
Yeah - I did a google search for "best fantasy story", after reading all of Tolkein except the Simarillion, all of the thoroughly disappointing Goodkind novels (Sword of Truth), and am tired of waiting for Martin to finish his work. For me, the world building is as key as the magic and the creatures. Rothfuss seems to go out of his way to frame magic (sympathy - although it's hinted that they aren't the same thing) as a part of the natural world that can be mastered through education, practice and experience. The writing was solid, don't get me wrong, I don't think there are any ridiculous plot holes, although there were some decisions that characters made that I felt were strange, and some coincidences I felt were too convenient. It was work getting though this book (took me about 6 months). I expected to enjoy it a lot more - just like other fantasy writers, Rothfuss makes withdrawls from my emotional piggy bank... it appears to me he's got 2 more novels to pay back the bank, with interest. Sometimes, an introductory work can be remembered more fondly provided the follow ups deliver on promises made by the first book. I'm 5 chapters in to the 2nd book. I'll be sure to review that one too.
I learned of Patrick Rothfuss through Acquisitions Incorporated and was struck by his ability to tell a tale. I then learned he was an author and sought h out here on Audible. I was not disappointed.
On the subject of Nick Podehl, I know nothing of him except that his oration of this book was able to light up my "mind movie" with great detail.