Masterful performance by Nick Podhel! I did enjoy the start of the adventure with Kvothe; however, after the "pipes", where was the story headed? Kvothe is very full of himself and the reader of this epic will, with any reading skills, pull out a plethora of similarities from many novels prior to this work. It reads as a hodge podge of a scarred little boy meeting up with hooded old master, and slaying Draccus, losing the girl... ...again, loan sharks with a sense of humor, more? And what about Denna? where's the character build up, the back story, the development? not to mention Auri, where's Rothfuss going with this? hard to make headway through all of the minutiae.
I look forward to finishing the series when it is released! The voice actor used similar voices for multiple characters, which could be confusing at times, and changed pronunciations of in-universe names/labels. It was a little distracting but overall the excellent language, suspense, and humor made me keep listening.
Although still fairly new in the realm of Audible, I've finally found a book that has captured my attention. I originally enrolled in the program to relieve some of the boredom of a long commute, but this publication has enthralled me. It's not a complex read, the lore and history aren't as complex as a GRRMartin piece, but the invincibility of boyhood and the modest naive greatness of the hero are traditional recipes for a wonderful, easy-to-listen biography of Kvolth. I can't wait for the next book in the series.
Kvolth is undoubtedly a stereotypical protagonist, but his naive, yet assured demeanor make him easy to root for as he surprises the reader, and ultimately, himself.
I've never heard this performer before; he is fair. While he lacks the several inflections some of the other readers possess, he does do well in accenting certain characters to give you an impression of their backgrounds.
The romantic banter was a bit much and, while it may have been noble and romantic for a pre-teen me, the adult version blanched several times at some of the responses the hero or heroine made in an attempt at poetic romance.
It's a book of a boy who is better at everything, but gets a rough start in life. He has an unusual upbringing, learning from several different teachers, and finding himself in odd situations. It's very fun to listen to his clever and quick mind come up with solutions in tight spots.
I'm an audio-addict, but can't listen to the same books twice. EXCEPT Patrick Rothfuss! The story, the characters and dialogue brings me back. At least until his next book is released!
loved the story and the world creation. I lived it so much that I was willing to listen to about 5 hours of facial descriptions. The writing was god awful and the narrator did help.
Also, just a heads up, it takes a long long long time for the story within the story to start (also side note, there are also stories with in the story within the story). And that is the interesting part. Until about chapter 86 or 87 of 92, when the main story also becomes compelling. You may even just want to skip the first couple of chapters. The editor for for this book clearly had less power then the pompous author.
I've listened to this book probably a dozen times. never gets old and I always notice a new clue