Impressive Series Begining
I would have to compare it to The Lord of the Rings series 1) because of the element of recounting and dramatizing adventures past, 2) the high fantasy nature of the world, 3) and because of the quality of the work.
I was most impressed by how much time and effort obviously went in to devising this work of art. And it is definitely art, creative and beautiful. New languages, sciences, geographies, cultures, and new takes on familiar fantasy themes that at the same time seem new, yet not contrived. Mr. Rothfuss, thank you for writing this.
This book is a great example of rich world building, without a lot of exposition. The magic system is fresh and interesting. The world has several different nations, each with unique cultures. However, the author doesn't spend ages telling you the history of all of them, instead allowing the characters' interactions to tell the reader the backstory and hint at deeper details.
The main character is interesting and well-developed. He's a storyteller and bard, and the way he talks about the little flourishes and drama he adds to the story gives us a more intimate understanding of the story. It's a nice touch, and it holds up well throughout the book.
This gives the reader a huge challenge- not only does he have to manage many different characters with distinct accents, but he also has to lend the narrative a storyteller's flair. The reader manages it all, which I found incredibly impressive.
Pretty high - I have a very hard time listening to most audiobooks, but once in awhile I find one that's well read & compelling enough to suck me in. The Golem & The Djini was one and this was another, where I found myself spending the day sitting around the house trying to not miss what was next. There were parts that reminded me of Harry Potter with the elaborate build of this particular universe & how different seemingly innocuous pieces would come back later in the story. One caution - this is very much the setup for at least 3 volumes and ends before anything is resolved. Part 2 is out and next in my queue, but Part 3 isn't, so I expect I'll be chomping at the bit for a couple years while Rothfuss finishes up.
I'm a fan of fantasy both epic and contemporary, I cant get enough of it!
I don't know about better but it is fantastic!
When Kvoth breaks Ambrose's arm.
He knows how to play emotions like an instrument.
When Kvoths family is Murdered.
Its so deap. There are stories within stories within stories.
I laughed multiple times.
I really enjoyed this story. It's another excellent fantasy in the tradition of Tolkien and George R. R. Martin, full of magic and wonder with memories of Dicken's coming of age stories. The narration by Nick Podehl is truely amazing. His character voices are varied and distinct, creating reality through voice and words.
The depth and breadth of the story.
I enjoyed Podehl's narration, especially in some of the more colorful characters. Truely a joy to hear.
Does it count that I couldn't stop listening to sleep?
I usually don't read or listen to a book twice. There have only been a few books I have read twice. I don't know if I would yet.
Without giving anything away. I like how the book starts out and sets the story up. Where I am at now makes me think the writer had Harry Potter in the back of his mind. That being said it could become something else.
Some of the languages used in the book are fun to hear how he says them.
Yeah there are a number of times you are sad or feel terrible for the character. Other times you are laughing.
Great book, lots of fun. I really want to know where the book is going. The beginning of the book has quite a few epic moments. Then those moments stop and the book becomes about the character being the under dog, the runt, the odd one in the group, but he is super gifted and keeps doing amazing things for people, while working towards proving himself.
They all had depth and were brought to life, each one done well.
Must read for any sci-fi fan.
The best thing about this book is the use of both first person and second person styles in one book. It simply drags you in. I have read this book twice and the audio version adds depth to the of the book.
There is not one particular part that is most memorable.
Nick Podehl's reading of the story is excellent! His voice alone is enough but he the way he is able through is minor changes in pitch and tone he truly make you believe your are hearing the words of male and female characters.
A movie you will have to see again and again!!
No Nonsense Review:
"The Name of the Wind" is a tale well worth reading. Rothfuss knows his craft beyond any dispute, as many have said long before me.
Podehl's performance for me started off weak, many of the characters fizzled together. Though, later in the book he excelled beyond my expectations, and I found myself searching for other books narrated by him. This was regardless of the author he was narrating for.
My advice in reading, or listening to this book. Give it the time it needs to complete the read or listen, I do not think you will be disappointed .
The Details, No Spoilers:
First a piece of advice, do not go into this book expecting the fervent pacing and unforgiving brutality of Martin. Do not search for the sweeping journey of a Tolkien or Brooks.
Instead focus on the mundane. This story is not "epic" (to use a buzzword), it is personal, it is boring, it is a late night with a warm cup of tea in a comfortable chair. Focus on the flavor, the wisps of steam rising from the deep hue of the water, as it warms your hand through the porcelain. This is how you will get the most out of "The Name of the Wind".
I have rated the story only 3 stars, despite the overall being 5. I hope I can adequately explain why, though I fear it will be much like when our hero attempts to describe Denna.
Much like Kvothe, the Rothfuss legend has grown in the telling to proportions far beyond "The Name of the Wind". This is indeed a great credit to the man behind the words, as is stated more than a few times in the book, an opportunity to boost ones reputation should never be missed. Yet, all of the hullabaloo begged me to question; "Is it true? Is Rothfuss the most incredible author to come along in the last '100 years', as some reviews ardently claim?"
As I stated before, his writing prowess leaves many other's in the dust, including myself, who might claim (in vain hope) now and again to be a writer. There was just something about "The Name of the Wind" I couldn't put my finger on. I realized the problem I had about halfway through. It was screaming Harry Potter at me. This is not to say that that I think Rothfuss copied Rowling or anything of the sort. Neither am I saying that Harry Potter is a bad book. Rather I'm saying that the setting he ultimately created just felt very similar, if not obviously more adult. I find that perhaps this is at least a subconscious part of where the fervor around this book comes from. More likely it's just where my own attachment fizzled out, and I found myself wanting more.
While Kvothe claimed to be telling the truth of things, the "real" story felt as if it sat on the fringes of yet another play our Edema Ruh is putting on. He is as disconnected from his own legend as this story sometimes feels with it's own. I found myself decidedly uncaring about young Kvothe more times than I dare to say. The moments passed, but I desperately wished to come back to the present, to the bartender, the chronicler, and the faerie. Something large is happening, that the book itself seems to be hiding from. The most unique and mind boggling aspects dulled by it's own unwillingness to explore them.
This is why with a heavy hand, and clear conscience, I can say 3 for story, despite giving a 5 overall to "The Name of the Wind". Which in more ways than one paints an endearing picture that so many have enjoyed so thoroughly. An accomplishment that I both revel at and envy.