I have read a lot of bad fantasy, but this may be the worst of it. The reader is god-awful, and that doesn't help a plot where the character development and interaction seem like something fathomed by a very socially awkward 11 year old.
I felt like I was listening to an uncredited mash up of much better books
I also felt like the author crow barred in his marginal knowledge of science.
and the book could have used alot of editing
I'm not sure I can do this review justice, because I'm confused by this story. I liked the characters but didn't love them. I liked the writing style but a little too long winded for me and the narration was first rate but the voice type doesn't match the main character. I constantly wanted more. The main character is brilliant but always broke? Saw true love between his parents but didn't know how to woo a girl? Had friends that never did anything with him and what the heck is he doing with/to Diane? I just don't know if I'm going to read the second book!
I was unable to put this book down for almost an entire weekend. I had never heard of the book or author, I just downloaded it because I like the genre, had a free account credit, and saw the book had other good reviews. The authors choice of writing mostly from a 1st person perspective made the story all the more engrossing for me.
Not only was this a great story, Patrick Rothfuss tells it in a way that captivates you. It pulls you in and makes you feel like you are one of the characters.
Great book, can't wait to read the next in the series.
This book was incredibly good. Kvothe is the kind of character you grow to love. Rothfuss makes him at once accessible and incredible for the reader. The writing is so smooth that anyone could have narrated it, but Nick Podehl enhances the already top-notch experience. I have listened to an audiobook narrated by him before, and I love the way he differentiates his voice for characters in such a way that dialog is super easy to follow.
This great story read by a talented narrator makes for one of the best purchases you'll make. The worst experience I had listening to this book was having to turn it off to go to work.
Orson Scott Card AND Terry Brooks liked it? I'm in, right?! Maybe all the rave reviews on the first page raised my expectations too much, but I just couldn't get into this one. I love epic stories and usually the longer the better. This was just looooong.
Normally sagas have some over-arching plot, such as Frodo must get evil ring to Mount Doom asap, and that adds a sense of urgency and purpose to the slower parts of individual books in the series. The main storyline in The Name of the Wind: young Kvothe is so incredibly talented and freakin' amazing, let's see how he'll use all this potential for awesomeness.
Other, lesser gripes: the magic was piddly and almost scientific, and the sole role of women (who are all beautiful, natch) is to be dated and rescued.
Poo-pooing aside, I listened to it while doing chores and it kept me mildly entertained. The reader was decent.
slow story, poor character development, two dementional, monatone naration, painful to listen to. How can you have this amount of content with no depth. I would not recomend this title and will not purchase Day 2.
Masters in Fiction from Johns Hopkins, aspiring science fiction/humor writer. Give me the unexpected with a bit of grit and humor, please.
I'm 14 chapters in and there has been no character development, the POV keeps shifting, every five minutes something "seems" to be a certain way (weak writing), and no character "says" anything, they say it with an adverb (enthusiastically, quietly, etc). The reader pauses for no reason. At one point, a character speaks to another character, and then the narrator says "he said TO HIMSELF." How is that even possible? My pet peave: explaining what a character looks like 13 chapters after introducing him!!! We, as readers, get pictures in our minds. After watching a character for several chapters, I don't want to suddenly know he's tall, dark haired, and has strange-colored eyes!!!
The main character is reciting his story, but the language is that of a child when he is a child, which I have a hard time reconciling. Is the main character acting like a child while he recites? Or, more probable, the author wrote the tale without any thought as to how the source was relating it.
The action is slow. I've left the room and come back to realize I didn't miss a thing. The author explains things that need no explanation, really spoon-feeds his readers. The story is completely un-noteworthy. He has his gems along the way, but I guess this is bound to happen when you spend hundreds of pages saying very little.
The world is non-descript and written in a very modern-day manner. (The author uses the term "debunk," a term coined in the US in 1923)
Essentially, if you're a fantasy snob like me, and enjoy such stuff as Joe Abercrombe, Scott Lynch, George RR Martin, and Guy Gavriel Kay, then this is kid's stuff.
I wish I had my credit back, I'm bored.
More cheese than depth. A main character who is overly persecuted for no real reason despite being ridiculously awesome at everything. The narration was a major detraction. Podehl's voice sounds too young and lacks the range to pull off the role demanded of the character's wise and worldly aspect.