First you must warn this book starts off slow, but it pays off in the second half in a grand fashion . I was fearful that the author was going to be like Robert Jordan style with over describing, and wasting my time, but he doesn't. Yes I am one that cannot make it through the Wheel of Time.
Second, the narrator does an excellent job, and helps drive the story through its slow parts.
4-stars because of the slow start.
This book is meant to set the foundation, and is a character driven story of coming to age. Not many big twist in the book, until the end when one of the character's identity is left to reader to determine; find out in book 2. :)
I loved this story, and the narration was perfect! I love the little bits of comic relief in a truly dramatic tale. It ended far too abruptly for me, and I am grateful for a sequel ready to go!
I started a new job recently and with it I have a 2-3 hour commute round trip every day. This book takes an hour or so to get off the ground but once it is, oh my goodness does it make that trip fly by! I don't even get irritated by the traffic! I was so excited when I found out how long it is. It meant weeks of occupied commute! It's the sort of book that is so beautifully composed, but so long that I would never have had the patience to read it on my own. I don't get enough opportunities to read, so I would forget details between readings and it would be difficult to stay captured. Instead, I got to listen to the audiobook every day and I looked forward to it. The narrator was perfect and had the exact right amount of expression - as though he really was telling his life's story. His voice seeped into my impression of Kvothe to the point where it was a part of how I pictured our protagonist. Overall, a close to flawless combination of story and narrator.
I have no idea.
No! I love fantasy, just not this one.
I think the narrator did a good job. It is difficult to do so many male voices and try to make them sound different.
Nope. I couldn't spend any more time playing that lute.
I came to the Kingkiller Chronicles with high hopes, but have found myself disappointed. Many complain that the primary character is arrogant, and that the author is engaging in wish-fulfillment. Both are true, but what turned me off from the book was the writing.
Simply put, the writing is terrible. Rothfuss tries too hard to make everything sound epic and important. He uses and reuses lame expressions over and over again ("if you have never been poor, I doubt you could understand ...", "If you have never been a musician, I doubt you can understand ..."). The dialogue is clunky and overly formal - students at the university speak to one another as if they are rehearsing epic poetry. The descriptions are too poetic, with overly long and extravagant descriptions of the stunning beauty of a certain woman or the amazing impact of songs.
Stacked on top of this poor writing is an *okay* story. Yes, the main character is arrogant, and yes, he is clearly the result of serious wish-fulfillment. He's a great example of why writers should kill their darlings. He sings songs so beautifully that he brings entire taverns to tears. He is so talented that he can teach advanced level classes on his second day at the university.
Podehl's narration is ... okay. It's not bad, and I assume that much of what I dislike is actually caused by Rothfuss' clunky writing. Podehl has an okay portfolio of voices, though he cannot evoke the passion or excitement that someone like TGR can. He ends almost every sentence with an intonational down-turn that creates a sort of bland homogeneity across the performance. In short, he's decent, but boring.
You can't read just one of these books, as the story is quite broken up across the 3. I found it slow to get into as the story is told in a bar as a memoir. The performance is one of the best I've heard, however.
I first read the book on my phone when I bought it on the google play store. after buying it here on audible, it made the story that more gripping. The story is azing itself, but when paired with a good story teller, it leaps and bound from your imagination in a brilliant display of a movie or play in your mind. Buy this if you are looking into how to tell a story, listen to the narrator as his voice changes pitch and tone. Buy this if you are looking for a story to captivate you in fantasy. Lastly, buy this because I told you so, you will not regret it.
has an annoying voice. definitely liked the book although, the writing can be redundant/pompous at times. i.e. (not verbatim) - .... can be a beautiful song when sang in bravado, which I am quite good at. we are already rooting for Kvothe and understand that he is a child prodigy (and more) we don't need the little reassurances that he is great at a thing or all things.