Mocking the cliché of heroic fantasy without actually breaking it, the Kingkiller series is the story of an unreliable narrator talking to a biographer about how that narrator might just have screwed everything up.
The book has lots of great scenes. Its a complex story told with a very straightforward framing device.
With a huge cast and set in at least two distinctive time periods (and with a story-within-a-story-within-a-story moments), the performer manages to perfectly juggle accents and shifts in language and tone. It's one of the best audiobook performances I have ever heard.
The moments where it steps back into the present tend to have the moments with the most emotional impact. One of the fundamental tricks you have to remember is that the narrator is inherently unreliable, but the moments outside of that narration are the most honest.
Any fan of fantasy literature should get this book. Its a modern masterwork of the genre, and deserves to be experienced.
20. Fantasy Nut. College Student. Food. Books. What more could you need?
Everything. The story and the characters were so unbelievably solid and the world building was sound. I loved every moment.
I can't compare this book to anything else because I've never read anything like it. This book is in a group of it's own.
His voice brought these characters to life and I was able to imagine everyone clearly. Podehl's managed to only add character to these already wonderful characters.
Yes. I laughed, I cried, I would yell out loud in anger or happiness- this book literally has everything.
This is so worth it. Everyone should read it or give it a listen!!
Only if their main characters are not arrogant bastards.
More character development of main character. He just remained a know-it-all.
I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.
The Name of the Wind is an epic first novel by Patrick Rothfuss, and probably one of the best first novels I have ever read, (I have read a lot of books). The story is told from the point of view of Kvothe/Kote who is recounting his life to Chronicler at the inn he owns. It is just a great story and a story that will most likely continue for a few years yet before it is complete. It is well narrated by Nick Podehl.
The Name of the Wind, and its sequel, are two of the best fantasy work to come out in recent years. It takes the gritty reality of George R. R. Martin's fantasy works and mashes it into a story similar to Harry Potter, with surprisingly good results.
Rothfuss' ability to give a character who excels at everything realistic faults and failings.
Can't do women.
Any of the moments where Kvothe plays his lute. Rothfuss describes music wonderfully.
Many people have issues with the protagonist being too much of a "mary-sue" which I think is a reasonable complaint. That being said, Kvothe does have failings that humanize him somewhat, and all-in-all, I found him to be an interesting character.This was the first audio-book I have listened, and it made me fall in love with the medium. I recommend this book to anyone who grew up reading Harry Potter, loves fantasy and detailed magic, or simply wants to hear a good yarn.
The story is very unexpected.
He did a great job.
This was a book that stuck in my mind well enough to listen to it over time, and still thoroughly enjoy it.
A child in the 50's and 60's I shared the wonder of our national interest in space exploration and philosophy of love and me generations.
A must read! The best story of its type since Octavia E. Butler's, Wild Seed
The story is a tapestry of simplicity and complexity. A richly woven epic story.
The primary character's insights depicting throughout the entire story the interwoven tapestry of the natural and supernatural in human experience, demonstrating that suffering, love, success, personal loss and defeat are necessary keys to understanding the mysteries of human existence.
yes, but too long. Have listened to the entire book several times it is so enjoyable.
One of my favorite books!
The series started fine with The Name of the Wind, though I think it is overrated given the better books out there. The second book was a complete waste of time. It went nowhere - FAST. It will be the longest 3 days of your life! I kept hoping there was some kind of point to it but it's just a juvenile lovesick boy who constantly wandered the streets looking for a girl he fancied and an ongoing feud with a rich kid. I found I couldn't care less about what happened, gave up listening and asked for my credit back on The Wise Man's Fears. Thanks Audible for that! If you like books by Michael J. Sullivan, Anthony Ryan, Guy Gavriel Kay, Peter V. Brett, Jim Butcher, Brandon Sanderson then save your credits on this one.
I would! I have read the book about 4 times and Podehl's reading only adds so much more. I absolutely plan to re-listen to this as often as I can.
Quickly engaging story...most excellent performance...simply one of the best listens for me in 6 years of many novels...moving directly on to Day 2 in this series!