That is how this guy writes. There are hundreds of cringe inducing pages for you to enjoy here. The most overrated fantasy novel period.
I was a little nervous about listening to someone else read my favorite book, a place I hold in high esteem, but at the same time I was curious about how it could alter my perspective on some things. I love the experience. This reader is great, not over dramatic, not over voicing, but able to change pitch and accent during conversation so you know the two or three different characters and it seems natural. I think I've picked up on some nuances of the story that I've missed before while listening to this reading, how exciting! A great experience overall.
Rothfuss has laid the groundwork for a world which, though resembling the bland quadi-medieval backdrop of stereotypical fantasy at first, soon evolves into a true alternate cosmos complete with a plausible metaphysics and unique society and ecology. The human interactions are a bit mundane, barely escaping the realm of navelgazing, but I have hope for the future development of the characters. The voices are performed with admirable creativity and drama.
Fantastic narration, a great tale of not traditional swords and sorcery, but more to do with words and wit. Outsmart or outinsult. The struggles of the protagonist are harrowing whicch make you all the happier when he gets some acts of kindness. I do like the philosophising though sometimes it drags. The narrator really does a great job with all the characters, he really transports you there.
The writing of the story feels like a high school student trying to impress his D&D friends with the latest SAT words that he has learned. The characters feel cut out of other classic fantasy novels and forced. After reading over a hundred pages I still didn't care about any character or the direction the story was going.
I don't necessarily think people should avoid this novel but I would recommend several other books before The Name of the Wind.
The narrator did a poor job in making the characters feel different from each other. It sounded like every character was young and slightly pretentious.