A good, entertaining read but don't expect more than genre fantasy. Sometimes that's enough. There's very little here that will get you thinking, which is a bit of a let down since it's ABOUT storytelling. It is much better written, word for word, than most fantasy pitched at young adults, even if it's conceptually at the same level. But it's a story about a boy wizard and who cares for more? It's fun.
As much as Name of the Wind irritates me, I've read it 3 times and am now listening to it in audiobook format. There are parts of the book that I find very appealing, particularly when music is involved. There Rothfuss shines and he writes with passion and tempo. His magical system is interesting, and the lore of the world begs for further revelations.
However it is also a story told by an immature narcissist who trains to be a wizard then a ninja, and who is better than anyone else, always, who also gets the hottest girl but is too nice of a guy to make a move.
Nick Podehl has a clear, easily understood narration that flows smoothly. Were he simply reading the book I would have enjoyed it far more. But instead he voices the characters which ranges from amusing like Master Kilvin, to the nails-on-chalkboard gratingly bad old-man voice he gives any character over 50. His voice for Kvothe is ironically perfect as it amplifies just how much of the book is wish fulfillment for a middle class, whiny nerd. Because that's what this sounds like; a d&d campaign voiced by a teenager.
Well… That was an epic book! Perhaps not the smartest book to listen to on audio just because it was MAMMOTH, and it took me a good few weeks to listen to it. I love a good fantasy book and Rothfuss has written the first of what is already an extremely popular trilogy (or eventual trilogy as only the first 2 books and a novella have been released so far, and the next one is over a year away according to goodreads).
There is no way to sum this book up briefly, but I will give a quick run down… It is the story of the life of Kvothe, who is a legendary fighter and magician of sorts. An older man now, Kvothe tells his story to a writer to record. His story begins when he was a young boy performing in a travelling troop with his parents. When they are killed by a mysterious evil known as the Chandrian, Kvothe makes it his lifes mission to get revenge. And thats all I will really give away about this book or I will be going on and on and on.
I don’t feel that I am an audiobook novice anymore. The audiobook version of this novel is over 28 hours long! But I can’t complain. Nick Podehl was extremely enjoyable to listen to. I seem to have a problem at the start with all audiobooks. Because I am so used to the previous book I listened to, any change in narration leaves me a little weirded out. I find it difficult at least for the first half an hour to get used to the new voice. Their tone and energy. I wonder if any of my audiobook junkie friends would agree that this is a common problem? And I’m not sure if the audible version I listened to was recorded differently than other audiobooks I have listened to, but the narrator’s voice seemed almost a bit far away. However I did get used to it fairly quickly and once I did. I settled in for the 27+ hours ahead…
The story… I think it would be pretty hard not to like this book. It is extremely well written and Rothfuss is a great storyteller. I’m not sure if it was the “absolutely best fantasy book I’ve ever read” as I have seen other passionate reviewers say it was… But I absolutely enjoyed it a lot.
I loved most of the characters in The Name of the Wind, and there were a lot of them. However one big problem is that I really didn’t like the young Kvothe. He was reckless and arrogant, and I just didn’t like him. Although I didn’t mind the older version of him at all so I am imagining that his character transforms and grows throughout the next two books and I am very much looking forward to that. Denna… What a pain in the bum! Didn’t like her character AT ALL. I didn’t like the way she was written and I really didn’t like the way the narrator portrayed her voice for some reason. But having said that, you cant love every character you read about, and she is pivotal to the story as much as she annoys me. I am wondering what she has done that is so bad to betray him in the next few books. I LOVED the hate match with Kvothe and Ambrose. Fabulous!
I absolutely recommend the audio version. There were some parts that I know I wouldn’t have enjoyed so much if I hadn’t listened to it. Especially the part with the man travelling with the pigs and the accent. I laughed all the way home from work listening to that part in the car!
I don’t know what else to say really, I think it would be hard NOT to at least enjoy this book. The ratings alone speak for how loved this book is. Of course epic fantasy isn’t for everyone… But if you don’t mind dabbling in a bit of it – I would ABSOLUTELY recommend this book!
On his blog Rothfuss mentioned that there may be a movie or TV deal in discussions, and that would be really great! Not sure if it will be better off staying just in my memory though, and not a screen.
And for my audiobook junkie friends… Should I go straight for number 2 now that I am used to the narrator? Or should I give my brain a break from the 42 hour long sequel??
An Excellent Story!
Character building, format and the story itself!
Most were very well done, favorite is obviously the main....
Reading Fantasy and SCI-FI on audible.
This was recommended by a friend and turned out to be a great book. I really liked this book. kind of a recitation of an auto biography while keeping links to the present. the characters are interesting, the villains irritating, and the plot refreshing. great read and a great audiobook presentation.
As in many cases, the book had somewhat of a slow start and I questioned whether not it was going to be worth the price I paid for it. The story came together, was performed excellently by the narrator, and captured my interest in completing the series.
I was hesitant to listen to this book for a long time. It remained on my wish list for who knows how long. However, I now wish I had read this book earlier.
I'm a big modern fantasy fan. The Dresden files, the iron druid chronicles, and regular fantasy Harry Potter books. This book was nothing like those books but it was still fantastic in its own style.
It's stated early that the story will be told in three days, this is day one. That being said, the story was amazing. There was magic involved but not as much as you would expect. The characters are believable and their story leave you eager to to finish to the end.
This book was amazing and I will recommend it repeatedly. I can't wait to finish the series.
If you are looking for a good epic fantasy, you've found it. Colorful cultures, believable magic, memorable characters. It's less gritty than GoT, but happier. It's more magical than The First Law, and more mature than Harry Potter. It fits nicely into any shelf containing these books. My only negative review is of the narrator. And I do not criticize his performance, as much as the choice of narrator in general. Nick is too young. I feel like his voice removes some of the sinister quality I felt while reading the paperback.
well from the moment I finished the first chapter I did not want to put this down chapter after chapter he poured out wonderful words it really was the best book I've ever read also the first book. lol jk