If you love magic, myths, legends and Heros then this is your story, it's a little slow at first so if your mind tends to wander I suggest the printed version and then revisit the audiobook after. Spoiler Alert! This is a story within a story that tells stories. I've read books and tried to listen to books that have done this before but this is the first time I feel the author has been successful in accomplishing something so complicated. I can't wait to continue this story in the next book! I am an avid audiobook listener and I feel that a story is only as good as the storyteller who brings it to life. This is a wonderful example of what can happen when an amazing author and narrator connect. I look forward to the rest of this story and new collaborations from this author and narrator!
Poor pacing, boring, artless. Very little happens in this over-long, puerile book. Might be good for a patient 12 year old.
The Name of the Wind is an engrossing story spun with elements of fantasy, not a fantasy framework decorated with a few plot details. I have strayed from the young boy grows up hard and alone and develops into a great hero type stories because so many of them are painfully cliche. This feels different because you actually care about the characters. And for the curious, and aren't all fantasy fans deeply curious at heart, Rothfuss goes into just enough detail describing the unique science, technology and magic that you get the detailed descriptions you're craving while avoiding getting buried in minutiae. I'm looking forward to continuing Kvothe's story.
I'm not sure how much I liked the expositional flashback narrative, but all in all it wasn't distracting enough to detract from the engaging story and likable characters.
This is a very rambling life story. I kept wondering what the point was and where this was going, but yet I was engaged the whole time. It is all believable and interesting and engrossing. I just can't grasp the author's point. Novels are usually ABOUT something, be it struggle, enduring, the quest, good will triumph, friendship, revenge..... But I don't see that here. I love the people and the rules of magic here. I love the narration. Where are we going?
Nick Podehl's narration is fantastic! Such voices! He made it so good that I didn't care where we were going, just take me along!
We can forget the sound of our own voice. This story reminds us to rekindle the spark of the person deep inside and perhaps long forgotten.