A convincing new world, lightly intertwining legend, yet standing alone as a unique world.
At first,actually, the first few hours, I began to have buyers remorse. Later I was engrossed completely. Very much worth wading through the initial hours. I assume we expect a third book as the second ended almost as a chapter ending. Having listened to other books in the mean time, I am still tied into the story and anxious for more.
Okay, first off, I read this book before I listened to it... So, I had a better chance to listen to the narrator than I normally would.
SO, that being said, I believe the the thing that I most enjoyed about LISTENING to this book is how the narrator added even MORE character to Kvothe, the best written protagonist I have yet to read. Perfect narrator + perfectly written character + a perfect story = highly enjoyable.
While this is a high fantasy novel, it is very unique. I can't think of any books to compare this to one on one. Actually, I not compare OTHER books to this one as a comparison...
I'd say it's 1 part Song of Ice & Fire, 1 part Harry Potter, 1 part Oliver Twist, and 1 part Wheel of time...
To my knowledge I have not listened to Nick's other work. But his reading here is superb.
I can not narrow down 1 momen that narrowed me, because there are dozens of moments. Kvothe on the street, Kvothe getting whipped, Kvothe meeting Denna, Kvothe trying to find Denna, Ambrose's many encounters with Kvothe (this book made me angrier at a character than any other book I've ever read), Kvothe taking care of Denna after she accidently eats the ressin, Kvothe saving Fela, the list goes on.
This book is the real deal. Want moved? Read it.
WOW, I have hundreds. No character has ever resonated with me more than Kvothe. I want to know his entire life. The story is superb. The situations interesting. The plot, spectacular. Above all of that, however, is Kvothe. I have read this book twice, and listened ot it once. I've also read a whole lot of fantasy. This book takes the cake and doesn't leave a crumb behind.
All I can say is, despite the length, you will not regret the time spent with Kvothe in his world. It will resonate with you for a VERY long time.
One of the most enjoyable books I have listened to this year. The character development and story line is flawless. Truly a wonderful new fantasy author. I look forward to more books from him.
Captivating and exciting
I thought the entire story was well put together and an enjoyable read. A classic new setting for a coming of age series.
The narration is okay. It wont prevent you from enjoying the story. But you have to get through the first chapter or two. Some of Nick Podehl's voices are a little too cartoon network for my taste.
Separately, scenarios in this book would never sound plausible. But the characters, timeline, and interweaving intricacies of the book make it irresistible to pause the book for any length of time.
The narrator of the story being a changed Kvothe, with such memories to live with, conjures regret and hopes as if he were a close friend.
I'm frustrated Patrick Rothfuss has taken a break before writing the third book, but understandable he needs time for other things.
This is the first book I've listened to from Patrick Rothfuss, and I defenitely will listen to more. The story is very entertaining, and well written, I could see the the whole plot unfolding in front of my eyes.
The characters are deep, well drawn, without any cliches. For me the most important about characters, that their acts are based on their emotions, thoughts, earlier experiences. So nothing sudden an unexpected happens, nor they have attributions only for the sake of the story. Rothfuss did it well.
I enjoyed the world building. It is so detailed, that I had the feeling like listening to a real story, not a fiction. The places were well described. I was not overwhelmed by the history, but always got enough information to be able to place what was happening. The magic, mithology and arkana is worked out well, make sense, not overdone.
At the beginning I thought it flowed slowly for my taste, but then I realised that every event had its importance, and was referred to later. I was sorry when I arrived at the end, and decided to buy the next book in the series.
I found the audio version added to the enjoyment of what is a truly long read.
I cannot think of a book that comes close to the world of this book or even the many varied characters of this story. The closest would be Wizards First Rule.
There are many through this whole book, but the scene with the fathers lute when he first arrives in the new town after the wilderness is heartbreaking.
gripping, engaging, entertaining
When Kvothe beat the Draccus and saved the town
His voice is melodious and grips you, I didn't want it to end
I loved this story and cant wait to listen to the sequels. It's long but you dont realize it because you want to keep listening to see what kind of trouble Kvothe will get himself into next.
He paints with words. The narration is excellent.It's been a long time since I've completely enjoyed a book as much as I did this one.I've purchased Day two and not listened yet...I've been basking in the afterglow of this one; not wanting to rush ahead.