Story builds up slow. Often the character does something nonsensical which would leave the audience frustrated. It is only after the fact or much later that the author reasons out why the character did what he did. The narration was poor in the first hour or became progressively better and turned into one of the best I've heard.
I love fantasy (Jordan, Sanderson, RA Salvatore) so I was surprised when I tried twice to get into this book and failed. However, the third time I stuck with it and what a book it is!! The story telling is great and the characters are very interesting. it's not your typical story but its got me hooked!
Patrick Rothfuss is a master story-weaver! I love the imagery, character development and dialogue. The audio book narration is fantastic. The Name of the Wind has moved quickly to the top of my favorites short-list.
The performance by Nick Podehl really makes this story extra special. It was brilliant on it's own but he really brought something extra to the book. It is difficult to imagine Kvothe having any other voice. I really enjoyed this!
It shouldn't work. Do you hear me? It shouldn't work. But it does. Without a doubt, the most original epic fantasy novel I've ever experienced. If you love story- if you love character, you'll adore it.
Give it a few chapters and you won't be disappointed.
A fast paced fantasy story brilliantly narrated by Nick Podehl. He manages to play the different characters with different voices and it helps a lot to distinguish them. My only regret is that I'm unable to find the second book narrated by him. I'll have to get used to the other narrator...