It was slow to start like many novels until I got to some of the story, and then I could not put it down. My next book is the sequel and I already started it, the same day I finished this one.
ive had a thirst for a book just like this my whole life. i can listen to this series over and over. each time i glean something new. its soooo entertaining! the only bad part of it is that no other book compares. so waiting for book 3 is my only hope. oh and reading twilight for my "romance" fix. there is barely any romance in this book but thats the best part. you wont get beat down by love-y dove-y stuff.
I'm all for "legendary figures" but it seems as though the author is pretty well living a fantasy life through Kvothe. I kinda figured when I read the blurb but it doesn't stop! Everything turns out slightly tragic but beneficial. Not to say it isn't well written. I may end up reading the second one...
If you want a slightly more grown up and/or gritty Harry Potter, this is for you.
One of the best I have listened to in a long time. Thank you for the story
The author's big package
The way he loves you with his mouth
I love a good science fiction or fantasy book and a whole series is great. However this first book just didn't do it for me. Maybe I'm just too well read, maybe I'm too old, maybe I just like stories that capture my imagination and have well developed characters. At any rate I thought the story was mildly interesting, the plot mildly imaginative, and the characters pretty boring. Plus, of course, if there aren't any female leads of any worth, the story dries up quickly for me. Why three stars if not sold on the story or characters? Because the author tried to tell a good tale, and for those without a solid background in science fiction/fantasy, this might be a good beginning. However, I won't be buying or reading the other books of the series...
I normally wouldn't read a book like this, but I am so glad I got it! The book is well written with well developed characters. There is depth to the The Name of the Wind while enough mystery to keep me listening. As soon as I finished the first book I had to purchase the second one. I feel like there is so much in the first book I am going to have to listen to it again to make sure I got every detail.
More actual story, less back ground story.
I like fantasy in all formats, but this was like listening to a 500-page background story for somebody's D&D character. The narrative device, that of an old adventurer telling his story, was very interesting, however, it was a very humdrum back ground story--boy raised in a circus family, family gets murdered, learns about life on the street--with very little tension in the main story. Just a long, this happened, then this happened, then this happened.
Podehl has a good voice and is able to change it enough to accommodate the characters. However, it gets a little pitch-y at times.
I wouldn't cut any characters. I don't think any of this stuff is bad for the author to know, but I don't think the readers/listeners need to have all this non-essential background information.
I listened to this book on a 25 hour (there and back) road trip. I ended up knowing I wouldn't be able to finish the book, so I skipped about 3 hours in the middle, and missed absolutely nothing. The problem with this narrative style: this happened, then this happened, then this happened, all the while knowing the character comes out of it okay--and in some instances knowing the circumstances of portions of the background from elements released in the main narrative--means you can put the chunks in any order or skip large chunks and they end up not mattering. Other than Kvothe's parents being killed by the Chandrian is the only information necessary to the main story.
Immersive, Dynamic, Riveting
The scene which Kvothe throws himself from the roof at the behest of Master Elodin.
This is very difficult as Mr. Podehl is very gifted. Every character has his own unique voice. If I had to pick though, I would have to say Bast.
very much so.
I want to say that I love this book. I have read it myself on three occasions. I am an avid reader and consume books like nourishment. I usually prefer to read a book. In this case, however, Mr. Podehl's performance is so masterful, I actually preferred hearing this amazing story to reading it. I cannot imagine a better combination of writing and performance. In fact, the performance was so engaging that am now seeking out more books narrated by Mr. Podehl.
I squeezed this book into every free minute. I enjoyed the story and Nick Podehl made this such a pleasure to listen to. I've already got the second book.