I would recommend reading the physical copy.
His voice didn't lend itself to the story well. His voice is too soft, and lacking the authority needed. His accents were lacking and I often couldn't tell characters apart. Overall, the narration is why I didn't finish this audiobook.
I was so distracted by Nick Podehl's performance that I stopped listening to the story. I don't think Nick is a bad reader, he was just the wrong choice for this book.
The books was great, every bad review for this book that I've read was either filled with lies, or just plain wrong. Having said that, Michael Kramer would have made this audiobook 100x better, and the narrator they chose doesn't do the main character justice, but he's not bad.
The narrator! Nick Podehl gives an outstanding performance! You can easily tell which character is speaking because of the accents he gives to each. The right pitches and tones are on cue remarkably well.
He has a perfect voice, one I never tire of, even after MANY listens. The accents he uses positively identify which character is speaking. Emotions are superbly conveyed with just the right pitches and tones.
Definitely! Every time I had to stop listening, I couldn't wait to get back to it.
I love Patrick Rothfuss' word craft. I love when authors make occasional statements that are directed AT the reader...such as ..."if you've never had such n such ale, you don't know what you're missing out on..." or mentioning something that seemingly EVERY one already knows of but that is actually a fictional thing.
This book is a great junior level book for young readers interested in fantasy. I love Sci-fi fantasy and there are many great authors who write for young adults who produce great series even adults want to read. I bought this book because I had a credit and it was a suggested recommendation. I listen to many books on audible and this book became grating on the ears after a few hours. The writing was sophomoric and not up to the lyrical or classic story telling I like in good writers. I prefer books that create a believable world with characters that are compelling or interesting. Even an engaging narrator can make a mediocre work compelling on some level but this book was a disappointment. I will spend more time listening to samples in the future. Not all sic-fantasy books are equal and this one failed to measure up.
Yes since I already bought the second book in this series. I hope the narrator has been replaced.
the long pining relationship the protagonist has with the woman he "loves' is so boring and unintersting it pained me to have to listen to it. Okay, the main character is supposed to be 15 as he recollects his past for the chronicler who is recording his story but it suspends belief to think he didn't focus on someone more interesting.
This writer has some good ideas but when his editor doesn't remove words such as "lawn" in a passage it defies logic. Contemporary notions or language can take you out of story so fast it makes going along with an author difficult. There were several other instances that were similar changing a few words here and there would have made a difference. It makes me wonder whether or not the editor read the words on the page or understood how integral creating a separate world is to building a believable world different from ours.
"The name of the wind" will now rank among the best fantasy stories I have ever enjoyed. Love, desire, loss and longing.
I will savour this bitter sweet moment of having heard the ending of the first book and look forward to further adventures in the future.
not a fan of a character telling of his past for the whole book. you kinda know he will overcome all obstacles to get to the present. very detailed. sometimes too much. I struggled but finished it and will give the sequel a chance.