Patrick Rothfuss is a master story-weaver! I love the imagery, character development and dialogue. The audio book narration is fantastic. The Name of the Wind has moved quickly to the top of my favorites short-list.
The performance by Nick Podehl really makes this story extra special. It was brilliant on it's own but he really brought something extra to the book. It is difficult to imagine Kvothe having any other voice. I really enjoyed this!
It shouldn't work. Do you hear me? It shouldn't work. But it does. Without a doubt, the most original epic fantasy novel I've ever experienced. If you love story- if you love character, you'll adore it.
Give it a few chapters and you won't be disappointed.
A fast paced fantasy story brilliantly narrated by Nick Podehl. He manages to play the different characters with different voices and it helps a lot to distinguish them. My only regret is that I'm unable to find the second book narrated by him. I'll have to get used to the other narrator...
I have no read the printed version, but I LOVED the audiobook! The reading of it makes the story come alive in a way that it may not have, had I read it on paper.
There are more detailed reviews that give great highs and lows to the book that I will let you read. Overall, a bit of a slow story. Don't read if you want a fast pasted novel. But the detail in the book is incredible. Took me about 10 chapters to really get into it because of all the details and back stories. But it's SO good. Loved it! On to the second one!
Best fantasy audio book ever. As a Tolkein and Game of Thrones fanatic, that pains me to say. Written in a spoken story telling style without losing us in a flashback puzzle. At first, I thought the narrator too young, and too bland, but I soon realized that he is perfect. While I truly appreciate a narrator that can change their voice to sound like a fully dramatized reading (eg The Blade Itself), this story is so good, and so well told that it is best read simply, and extremely effectively, which this book is. First book in over 100 books that I found myself sneaking away to listen too while being tortured by the fact that I wanted it to last forever. Trust me, I am not a wide eyed fantasy nerd that loves anything with swords and magic. This book is groundbreaking.