This series is my first from Rothfuss, and I really love him as an author. He presents a new way to having the main character narrate his own story and this allows for there to be an added storyline and mystery developing in the current time-line for the main character.
Like many books I would read to myself, I cannot "put it down". I am listening to this story constantly, much to the irritation of my husband who wants more of my attention. Nick Podehl is a fantastic reader/actor. His characters and voices, and so many accents, are more than just believable, they are REAL. He is gifted at bringing a character to life and he makes listening to the story very entertaining. Between Rothfuss's writing ability for character development and Podehl's reading skills, I feel totally immersed in this world and these people. I cannot wait to get more books in this series! I certainly hope the next one is coming soon! Rothfuss has created such a rich world, and there is so much potential for this story to really take off in "Jordan" style. I hope the stories just go on & on as rich as the first two!
Oh there are so many, but I love to hear about all the adventures that Kvothe finds himself in the middle of!
Aaah, the voices & accents! He reads much as I do, relaxed & not over acted. I began listening to books because I don't ever have the time to read, and I miss the stories. Now I can listen while I am working. Podehl really makes listening as pleasurable as if I were reading to myself.
I have laughed out loud, have been scared for the characters, and have felt such sadness for young Kvothe. Emotion comes easily because of the great writing of the author.
Once you begin, you will not put it down! A real "Page Turner"!
I have no idea people who are just really simple, like no negative connotation whatsoever and I bet the majority of people are smarter than me and I'm an idiot. But I just sit dumbfounded I don't know what to say this book was so boring so dumb so about nothing
Everything. This book sucks. If you like erikson rr martin Abercrombie steer clear
It's like Harry potter (which I loved) minus everything that makes Harry Potter good
Super annoying teenage voice
Extreme disappointment I thought it was going to be awesome
This is probably one of the worst books I've ever read, I sincerely mean this and have no reason to say so aside from the fact that it really was
This one had been on my "need to read someday" list for a long time and I finally took the opportunity to see what all the hype was about. The book takes on something of an interesting structure - most of it is a first person narrative of Kvothe essentially sharing his autobiography. This first book covers his story from early youth part way through him time studying at the "Arcanum" - a university like school where Kvothe has made his way to study both practical and arcane arts.
This book is a little different from the typical first person narrative in that it starts and frequently returns to being a third person story - set in the "present" from when Kvothe is recounting his history to a man who collects such stories and has sought him out. This first book, particularly towards the end, suggests that this series may eventually move beyond a focus on telling Kvothe's history and moving forward again in the present. Hopefully, this change comes soon.
While Kvothe is a somewhat interesting character so far, the story suffers as all first person narratives do. It feels more like following a character walking through a very linear video game. Kvothe recounts a string of episodes that he goes through. Because he is the only character we follow directly, the author is burdened with having him carry all the action. This leads to a string of extraordinarily good luck as, while Kvothe has the occasional setback, he mostly goes along outwitting one hapless adversary after another. Combined with the fact that Kvothe is never in any real danger - since he's the one telling of the events many years after the narrative takes place - Kvothe is ultimately a diminished character and it is hard to really care about him as much as I'd like to.
I'll probably check out the next book at some point, but this experience didn't really leave me with a strong desire to immediately seek out the next book.
As an audiobook, I do have to admit the narrator did make the story much more bearable. I don't think I would have finished the book if I were reading a hard copy. Nick Podehl does an excellent job with the material he's given and brings more life to Kvothe and the other characters than the written text itself manages on its own.
After having several avid readers recommend this series, I was a bit disappointed to find that it is ostensibly geared towards adolescent girls. It's like Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time interspersed with passages from feminine hygiene product ads.
On the positive side, the narration is well produced, the writing is clear and some of the characters are interesting at times. However, the plot presents very low hurdles, then clears each one with ease only a few pages later. Not wanting to give up too easily, I got the second book. The story improves, but the language becomes increasingly floral. I don't anticipate reading the third installment.
I might recommend this series to those who are into Twilight and the like. For those who enjoy Tolkien or (R. R.) Martin, I might suggest sitting this one out.
This is a long book and the second one is longer. From start to finish it was great. Only downside is the last book is not out yet. I have listened to J. R. R. Martin's books and these are every bit as good. More High Fantasy based than Game of Thrones and not sex laden like GoT. Great mix of magick and sword play. The Magick is very logical and well done. He goes into more detail in the second book. I normally listen to books on the way to and from work but i ended listing to them at home, and could not put them down. The narrator is great every bit as good a Roy Dutrice.
Need next book!
Denna, of course. She's the one who got away, who holds our hopes and dreams while we waste the days until we see her again... in this life or the next.
No. At first I really disliked the reading, having heard mostly British-accented readers, it was difficult to get into the flow. By the end of the book I not only didn't mind, but had come to like the narration.
The book was classic fantasy adventure, and it did a great job drawing me into the story (though it IS a little slow at the beginning, it gets better). Nick Podehl is an engaging narrator. My only complaint is that it was so painfully obvious the book was written by a male author. It was like he was trying so hard not to make the women all beauty, no brains, by talking about their intelligence and their skills, but then unconsiously lapses back into waxing poetic about their loooonng dark hair, their delicate features, their lilting laugh...he makes all of them mysterious and beautiful, but doesn't give them the right to have an ACTUAL complex narrative. In fairness, Rothfuss tries. But in one moment in the book, the main character, a male, has to rescue a beautiful classmate. Rothfuss counterbalances this by having the girl feel distraught at having to be rescued, like some damsel in distress. I appreciate him doing at least that. However, the fact is, in this fictional story the author had complete control over, it's still the hero who rescues the damsel. I find that insulting, the idea that women want to rescue themselves, but simply can't.
Besides this though, if I ignore my irritation, the story was class A escape fiction.
A traditional fantasy coming of age tale of a boy growing into the hero we're told he will be through harsh and romantic life lessons.
Most of the book is told in a narrative style from the perspective of a storyteller which allows foreshadowing to keep reader interest but means it's the journey not the final destination that counts. This will probably turn some readers off.
It has a Unique, interesting and carefully thought out magic system. The world is just as throughout, rich in history that the author takes his time revealing it to us. The characters are also believable allowing us to care and hate them appropriately.
It is a long book but I was surprised how fast I read through it. I often found myself not wanting to stop, however it does slow down near the end.
This is NOT a standalone book. It was written with the intention of being a trilogy and thus I found the ending not completely satisfying.
Nick Podehl does an excellent job narrating bringing unique voices and accents to every character.
I will definitely read the sequel, hopefully the third gets finished soon.
Top! This book has truly been the only book I've been dedicated to. Normally I will read two, even three books at once- not really sinking in the story or information. This book captures you and doesn't let go.
The story creates another world, however this world isn't so different from our own.
The very correct punctuation of the world Rothfuss has created. The vocal infection of the many different characters!
I don't care if this isn't your "type" of book. READ IT!
The book was ok, not so good that I was glued to my earphones, not sure why it got such stellar reviews. Never read Harry Potter books but I would think that this was similar. Just having finished Blood Song and the Red Knight by older authors this book was definitely lacking in life experience and also the system of magic and the interaction between professors and students, students and students did not bear and resemblance to reality. The author was only 20 when he wrote but likely his first 20 years were spent reading Harry Potter'sh books. Although I my not be going for the sequel unless I cant find anything else better, I would not say that this book was a waist of time. It should be classified as young adult fantasy.