I downloaded this book on the recommendation of my husband, and I have been amazed at how much I enjoyed it. As a story within a story, it translates very well into an audio book, and the narrator does a great job with the reading. This first book of a larger series is beautiful and intriguing, woven with magic, adventure, sorrow, love, and humor all in equal parts. I found myself so wrapped up in the story and connected to the main character that I was actually sad to reach the end of a 10 hour drive! I cannot wait to download the next part of the story. This is without a doubt my new favorite book!
If you haven't read this book, you NEED to. I cannot put into words how absolutely beautiful it is written, and how it captured my imagination from beginning to end. You care for its characters, especially Kvothe, who narrates his adventure from epic encounters to depressing life moments. This is, and always should be, the standard for writing fantasy novels.
I have heard good things about this book, the dead tree version, and though I have never listened to anything from the narrator of this audio edition, I decided to try. Unfortunately, the narrator has completely turned me off of this edition. As I tried to listen I was constantly reminded of all the many bad James T. Kirk impressions I've ever heard, a performance that will ensure I will never listen to anything else he reads.
The timing and pacing was horrendous, making the narrative flow like, well, a bad Kirk monologue.
I may eventually decide to pick up the deadtree version of "The Name of the Wind", but I will certainly never listen to anything else read by this narrator.
Good elements but unsatisfying thread. After 25 hours we know....very little. If you don't have anything else to listen to them go ahead.
With that being said.... This is my third time through one & two.... Patiently waiting for the third... I very much feel I can say this... It's more than a book... More than a fantastic tale.... It's a work of art...
I originally got this title because I had finished everything Game of Thrones and George RR Martin recommend Patrick as an author. It started a little slow for me, but man after two hours I found myself completely sucked in.
The audio is done brilliantly, hats off to the narrator. The content itself, sublime. I cant get enough 11/10 stars