I'll surprise you
Categorically yes. I have both read and listened to this book, and I will do so again. Excellent writing, and the narration is the best that I've heard on Audible.com so far.
The swineherd :)
It's a great story and a unique one, but it is told in first person. This Isn't wrong, but it does get to be a little much after 20 some hours of one person's thoughts.
'I think hell’s a fable.' 'Ay,' says Mephistopheles, 'think so still, till experience change thy mind
Good little series. I would absolutely recommend. Still waiting on book three.
I haven't enjoyed a story like this is a very long time. I'm a Jim Butcher fan. His story's are fast, energetic and crazy paced. This book is in constant motion pulling you along, chapter by chapter until the last word is spoken. Then you want more. Thank goodness there is a second book and hopefully there will be a third.
It has been a long time since I found a new fantasy series that I enjoyed as much as some of my original favorites. The narrator of this book is awesome and did a great job of bringing an amazing story to life. While the story does start off a little slow, it is worth it in the end AND the slow start actually has a purpose. The audiobook was good that after listening to it once and I immediately listened to it one more time.
I was looking for a fun series to listen to that would suck me in and make me excited for the others of the series. I was excited to try the wheel of time because there is so many of them that loving them would keep me entertained for a long while. Unfortunately, I didn't like book 1 of that series, finding too similar for my liking to the lord of the rings, which I also didn't care much for . So when looking at reviews of this book, and seeing people compare it to that series and the lord of the rings I was weary. I gave it a try anyways, and wow, was I happy I did. It was nothing like the the other books. The author does a smart job of writing this book. It is intellectual, creative, funny and keeps you kinda on the edge of your seat. I am now on the second book and as much as I am loving it as well, I am bummed that I have to wait for the third book to come out, and very bummed there is only going to be 3 books. I just wanted to write this for those they may not have liked the series I mentioned above as I didn't and are considering this book. Side note, to me it seems like an Ender's Game/Harry Potter book, and I loved both of those.
When the second book in this series came out it received incredible reviews and they kept mentioning this book. Believe it or not, I had not heard of it. The 2nd book sounded good so I bought this one to see what was up. WOW! I am so glad I did! This book is incredible. Right up there with the "Song of Ice and Fire" Series. Unfortunately, like the "Game of Thrones" series, these books are so detailed it takes the author about 4 or 5 years to write one. This is, absolutely, an essential series if one enjoys Sci-Fi/fantasy books.
The new unique system used for magic. It's not the usual run of the mill merlinesque stuff. I don't mind that sort of thing but it was great to have a new perspective.
Elodin. He is the sort of character I would write. I love his offbeat way of thinking and his irreverent attitude toward the status quo.
He is a good reader. Plenty of emotion, and makes a real effort to separate the characters for you.
Really liked the scene where arliden sang part of his song for the troupe.
I bought a hard copy of this some time ago on a recommendation, but never ended up reading it because the way it was described on the back did not entice me, it sat in my room for a year. I was hounded relentlessly by a friend to read this, and having little time to sit and read at home I saw this was on sale and bought it so I could listen while I worked.
I was absolutely floored. I can't believe I let this jem of a book sit under my bed collecting dust for so long. This book is beyond any other epic fantasy I have read before, and I have read many. As soon as I finished the first I was scrabbling for the second.
The characters are fleshed out wonderfully and at a comfortable pace, the narrator brings them to life with an engaging and rich voice. The characters are believable and easy to relate with, and they're human. When I say human I mean they're people, they act like people, they're not over the top, or too overly extravagant, and that's really nice. The 'hero' of the story isn't perfect either, he makes mistakes, he experiences great loss, he does not always triumph. Though there are times where he rises he also falls. He is a tangible hero, not so far above everyone else that he is lost. The cast of characters is just lovely, you not only come to love the hero of the story, but those surrounding him. They are each unique, vibrant, and engaging.
The magic system in this book is different than any other, and it's believable. Instead of the usual 'it's just magic' explanation, this is calculated, thought out, and intricate. If magic did exist i'm pretty sure this would be the way it would work in our world.
The plot is fast paced and brilliantly narrarated. I can't recall a time where I was ever feeling stuck or dreadfully bored in this book. Something is always happening. What's even nicer is the way the author tells the story, it flows with a smoothness some books seem to have a hard time achieving. The author does not dawdle with trivial details and will summarize certain things that don't need to be explained at great length. In essence the author cuts out the wordiness that can lull poor unsuspecting readers to sleep.
I could endlessly talk of this book. I'm sure I've bored more than a few of my friend with all the fuss I make about it. In short if there's one book you want to immerse yourself in it's this one. After reading these first two I'm scared to have the third come out, I don't want this to end!
I love to listen to audiobooks. My favorite genre's would be Sci-fi and Fantasy.
yes, Patrick Rothfuss had so many interesting concepts and well developed characters that I feel I will have to listen to it at least one more time, probably many more just to understand what it's like to be such a great writer.
That's a tough one. This book has elements of adventure and suspense along with a solid dose of mystery. Very well written but to my knowledge this is a uniquely written book.
I find that he can play a young adult well while still being able to capture the accents of adult men which can be difficult. I tend to not think about the accents that different people might have in the stories as I read them.
I would have listened to this book in one sitting if I had the time but due to time restraints I had to listen in multiple sittings.
I believe this will be a timeless book that will be read by many throughout time. This is a rare book. The book appropriately uses third person limited and first person point of view and at first the first person point of view was a little difficult because I have not listened or read a lot from that pov but once I adjusted it was very refreshing and pulled me more into the story than I have ever been.