This is a truly beautiful story that easily transcends the boundaries of genre. It's so much more than a fairy tale meant only to appeal to the Fantasy/Sci-Fi crowd. It's an elegantly spun and masterfully written examination of the human condition. The characters are complex and relatable. The events the author puts them through are heartbreaking, inspiring, and, more often than not, strangely familiar, despite taking place in a far far away place and time. Paired with Nick Podehl's expert ability to bring the story to life, this became an immersive experience unlike any other. It's an experience that's left both my heart and mind fuller than it found them. Thank you, Pat and Nick and everyone else who had a hand in making this happen. Book number two, here I come!
My advice with this book is to wait until the series is finished before listening to it. This is not a stand alone novel with a beginning, middle, and end...this is literally just the beginning. I listened to the first two books back to back and still there is no resolution to ANYTHING...which in and of itself doesn't bother me and wouldn't bother me at all if the series was complete and I could just go onto the next book...but I can't do that because the series isn't finished. I really enjoyed listening to both books...but I cannot in good conscience recommend them until the series is complete because as individual novels they only tell a tiny piece of the story. I don't know how long until the next book comes out...but I am glad I didn't listen to these books 2 years ago when I first downloaded them because then I would already have been waiting 2 years to find out how the story ends with still no answers. Very good story...but just leaves me empty after the second book because I can't just go right into the third one since it's not out yet.
Patrick Rothfuss leads you along the unpredictable path of a young man's life after he has already become a legend and settled down.
The female characters in the story were severely lacking in any sort of personality. Rothfuss puts them on a pedestal or treats yhem like a Manic Pixie dream girl and does not give them any sort of substance. Otherwise, I enjoyed the story and found it to be interesting.
Loved the story. At least I liked as much as I listened to.
The main character.
I kept listening hoping I'd learn to like his reading but I just didn't. I've got hundreds of audio books in my library and this is only the 2nd time I've given up on a book because I just couldn't listen to the reader. I tried and tried to like him but my mind kept wandering off and thinking "I wish George Guidell" was reading...or another of the many other readers I adore. I just could not get into the story under this readers guidance. Just my opinion. Maybe I'll buy the Kindle version and finish reading it myself.
I would be willing, but I would hope to find the book gets off to a more advanced start.
I enjoyed the scenes that read about the main character (qwoath? sp?) in school. The discussion and adventure of his sympathy teachings were very entertaining.
Yes, I would recommend cutting down the length of this book and putting in a movie for theatrical release. I believe followers of the Lord of The Rings series might enjoy a movie such as this. If I were to select actors, I would use actors Jeff Bridges, as Master Lauren, young actor, Jet Good to play a young Qwoath, and Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe to play the adult Qwoath.
I liked the story overall, but felt that it dragged in between the guts of the story as it progressed. I wish the author would have spent less time building some of the scenes and characters. I admit, I am somewhat new to the fantasy reading realm. It is possible that all fantasy novels read like this. However, I am willing to continue to read these types of books because they have a lot of heart and adventure in them.
This was a great story and loved how there were moments that you got lost between the here and then. I do wish they had used more than one person for voices though to add more dramics and imagery for the listener.
The magic and world is interesting, but the romance parts where ehh and narration less than stellar. When the narrator did effeminate voices for the female characters is was a little creepy. Our main character uses the word "like" to excess in describing things. Descriptions get fairly annoying in the middle as he spends to much time talking like a poet to or about a girl, unfortunately he isn't very good at this. The magic and exceptionalism of our main character makes it an interesting world to explore.