The best thing about this book is the use of both first person and second person styles in one book. It simply drags you in. I have read this book twice and the audio version adds depth to the of the book.
There is not one particular part that is most memorable.
Nick Podehl's reading of the story is excellent! His voice alone is enough but he the way he is able through is minor changes in pitch and tone he truly make you believe your are hearing the words of male and female characters.
A movie you will have to see again and again!!
No Nonsense Review:
"The Name of the Wind" is a tale well worth reading. Rothfuss knows his craft beyond any dispute, as many have said long before me.
Podehl's performance for me started off weak, many of the characters fizzled together. Though, later in the book he excelled beyond my expectations, and I found myself searching for other books narrated by him. This was regardless of the author he was narrating for.
My advice in reading, or listening to this book. Give it the time it needs to complete the read or listen, I do not think you will be disappointed .
The Details, No Spoilers:
First a piece of advice, do not go into this book expecting the fervent pacing and unforgiving brutality of Martin. Do not search for the sweeping journey of a Tolkien or Brooks.
Instead focus on the mundane. This story is not "epic" (to use a buzzword), it is personal, it is boring, it is a late night with a warm cup of tea in a comfortable chair. Focus on the flavor, the wisps of steam rising from the deep hue of the water, as it warms your hand through the porcelain. This is how you will get the most out of "The Name of the Wind".
I have rated the story only 3 stars, despite the overall being 5. I hope I can adequately explain why, though I fear it will be much like when our hero attempts to describe Denna.
Much like Kvothe, the Rothfuss legend has grown in the telling to proportions far beyond "The Name of the Wind". This is indeed a great credit to the man behind the words, as is stated more than a few times in the book, an opportunity to boost ones reputation should never be missed. Yet, all of the hullabaloo begged me to question; "Is it true? Is Rothfuss the most incredible author to come along in the last '100 years', as some reviews ardently claim?"
As I stated before, his writing prowess leaves many other's in the dust, including myself, who might claim (in vain hope) now and again to be a writer. There was just something about "The Name of the Wind" I couldn't put my finger on. I realized the problem I had about halfway through. It was screaming Harry Potter at me. This is not to say that that I think Rothfuss copied Rowling or anything of the sort. Neither am I saying that Harry Potter is a bad book. Rather I'm saying that the setting he ultimately created just felt very similar, if not obviously more adult. I find that perhaps this is at least a subconscious part of where the fervor around this book comes from. More likely it's just where my own attachment fizzled out, and I found myself wanting more.
While Kvothe claimed to be telling the truth of things, the "real" story felt as if it sat on the fringes of yet another play our Edema Ruh is putting on. He is as disconnected from his own legend as this story sometimes feels with it's own. I found myself decidedly uncaring about young Kvothe more times than I dare to say. The moments passed, but I desperately wished to come back to the present, to the bartender, the chronicler, and the faerie. Something large is happening, that the book itself seems to be hiding from. The most unique and mind boggling aspects dulled by it's own unwillingness to explore them.
This is why with a heavy hand, and clear conscience, I can say 3 for story, despite giving a 5 overall to "The Name of the Wind". Which in more ways than one paints an endearing picture that so many have enjoyed so thoroughly. An accomplishment that I both revel at and envy.
After being drawn in by all the ecstatically positive reviews, I'm over 6 hours into this book, and I'm still a little pissed off at the writer. He doesn't like action. There is a lot of extraneous description. *Spoilers* He's big on describing cleaning a bar, polishing, and cleaning bottles, sweeping. Names, of people and places and things that you will never hear again. And he loves 'story'. No direct action. I should have been tipped off when a story is being told at the beginning of the book, by some characters that you will never hear from again. And then the conceit that a character is brought in, who is all about chronicling stories, so the book can move on, as nothing can really take place in this book in 'real time'. The first real action sequence, can't really be described, as the author has the narrator black out, so we only find out the result of the encounter, but not an action packed blow by blow of the encounter itself. A lot of filler, with characters that are uninteresting.
Too many of the main characters sound the same, so I became confused as to who was speaking.
I felt duped by all the positive reviews. Creeping anger, then disappointment, and finally sadness.
I came across Rothfuss because I had finished the Game of thrones books and was looking for something new when I read that Martin thinks highly of Rothfuss. So I gave it a go.
At first, the narrator, Podehl, threw me off balance because he sounded like the youngest narrator I've heard and wasnt sure I'd like it. Turns out, he was great, and, was perfect for the story.
To remain simple and succinct, this is a great story, performed very well by the narrator, by a talented author and you should absolutely (audio)read it if you like the genre.
Passionate teacher and lifetime learner. I loved books from before Kindergarten. Read the elem library... yep, all of them.
I bought the print version so I could share with others, but I didn't read it myself yet. I might. I want to see some of the words I heard. I like the audio so I didn't have to figure out how to pronounce difficult things.
I love the story of now... the control of the lead character when he tells Chronicler that he can't tell his story in 1 day... it will take 3. I also love the end when you see that things aren't exactly as you thought. I'm thrilled to move to book 2.
Not heard Nick before but his voice reminded me a bit of the narrator of Joyland by Steven King. Great young men readers... I was impressed.
No way to listen in "1 sitting"... this is a long book and took me months to listen to, but it was ALL I wanted to do in my car. No radio for 2 months. I found myself taking reasons to drive or take the long way just to hear a bit more... Writing this makes me want to start book 2 NOW!
My son was right... great book. Great series and I could see this produced on film in the future... an epic tale of the past in a way just familiar enough to understand and different enough to hunger for more.
an excellent story that keeps you going. the language is more modern than any other fantasy book I have read or listened to, and frankly is a huge bonus making the narrative enthralling and easy to follow.
I will confess that at first I did not especially enjoy or dislike the reader's performance, I went into this book with nearly no foreknowledge of any of the contents, so the reader seemed a bit too youthful.However after a bit of preamble and the first chapter or so it made sense, and Nick Podehl does a great job at moving the book along.
the story follows the life of Kvothe, his unusual questions, talents, and the effects of having more than his fair share of just about everything as told by himself to a famous Chronicler.
The writing is among the best I've seen.
Nick Podehl sets himself apart by portraying the written emotion during spoken sentences. With other narrators you often need the ", he said excitedly" at the end of a phrase to understand how the character felt. Nick just gets really excited when he says the sentence. It made me laugh at several occasions as it felt like he was really acting out the part of the character, rather than narratinng the book.
This is an amazingly well written book, and as I was looking for other books from the same author I was rather shocked to learn this is his first one. The writing is very clever and the main character, Kvothe, is witty, intelligent and very interesting. The book is written in first person which may turn some people off, and the first few chapters are a bit slow, but once it got going, I wanted to listen through the whole thing in a single sitting. While the story is fine, the way it is written outperforms many other well known authors and I hope Rothfuss keeps writing for a long time.
My main disappointment comes mainly from the fact that it's a trilogy, and the book feels incomplete at the end. With other trilogies you can often stop after book 1 and feel like it could just as well have been a standalone book with a cliffhanger. Here, the story just kinda of ends, as Kvothe describes his life in 3 days, and this book is the first day. I know the idea is to read the whole trilogy, but I would still prefer an ending to at least part of a story. The book teases so many things to come and then just ends that it almost feels unfair.
I had not heard Nick Podehl narrate before, and his younger voice sets him apart from others. I thought his range was perfect and it felt like he had a great time reading the book. Because the book is written in first person, it ends up feeling like he IS Kvothe, which shows his skill as a narrator.
Hello, My name is Levi Brousseau. I'm on a life long mission to find stories that blow my mind.
i would compare this to Harry Potter. in a different paradigm
Nick Podehl does a wonderful job bringing this story to life.
Blowing threw the past.
This story starts kind of slow, yet well worth the wait. the story ends strong, leaving you wanting more.
Time management, on the road a lot and I am able to listen to books and drive.
Character working to achieve success no matter what gets in his way.
Characters survival instinct
Everything. Really, there is nothing about this book I don't love. The storyline, the characters, the twists, the narrator - it's all great.
Kvothe, of course!
He fit the character nicely, narrates it perfectly. Well, ok, his "old man" voice was a little awful, but the rest was great! I *loved* how he did the accents for the characters. It hadn't even occurred to me when reading it in print, so that really brought them to life.