Patrick Rothfuss wasn't kidding when he said in his introduction that he learned to take his time, and The Name of the Wind is a delight for it.
His tale of the mythic hero Kvothe feels at times the dark fantasy we have all come to expect in the genre lately before diving into a mix of classic adventure and coming of age in medieval times.
Young Kvothe is a cleverer, less depressing, Harry Potter wielding a magic best described as a combination of Alchemy and High Magick.
By the end The Name of the Wind will feel like you'd been reading forever and it was still so terribly short.
I couldn't handle the wait for the next in the series. Lucky for me, I don't have to.
The story in this evolves slowly, achingly so sometimes. It's not that the charger lacks engagement, but rather I find the narrator to be flat. There's little inflection or emphasis, despite accent. The richness of the setting, drawn with subtle tells, one building upon another, redeems the audio. I adore that Rothfuss layers commentary about the history of the world and the interactions if it's inhabitants without any great introspection, leaving it to the reader to mentally complete the image for themselves.
If you like fantasy, it will be hard to find better than this series. Rothfuss moves to the top of the pack with this book. If you don't like fantasy, it won't matter because the writing is superb and engaging, surpassing any genre.
Good story, just not exciting or suspenseful enough for my liking. I feel like this whole book was just laying the groundwork for the next book. Which is fine, but it meant that this story was just a leisurely one without much excitement or suspense. I've enjoyed a lot of other fantasy books, but this one has not been my favorite. The narration was really good.
I will definitely have to read (Lizten)' to the next book in the series .
This is the first book I've listened to more than once. the world is immersive, yet there's still am air of mystery about how things work as the protagonist learns the way of the world.
This book is my absolute favorite audio book. If you like books such as Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings you will love this series.
The author did an amazing job bringing to world within his book to life. You can tell from his writing that he spent a lot of time thinking every little detail through.
The narrator was the perfect choice, he gave so much depth to the story with all his difference voices and the cadence at which he read.
I tell everyone to read/listen to this book and it's sequel. I can't wait for the first one to come out!
Full-fleshed, Poetic, and Wondrous
As the story is framed, the favorite character must be our hero here. But aside from him, my favorite character moments are either Master Elodin's enigmatic zen ridiculousness, Kilvin's brutish, Hagrid-like charm, or his witty wordplay with Denna.
A special note on the hero's love interest in this story. She is MADDENING. The longer our hero spends with her, the more I fall for her by proxy, understand her unexplainable magnetism on him, feel his ache in pining for her, even more pain when he is put in a position to tend to her, and then smoldering anguish at the truth of a dynamic like that. It haunts me with several faces of my own flames past, their characters told truer in Rothfuss' fiction than reality could describe. All that is to say his writing gripped my heart.
I'd give him a 4.5. He clearly gave this performance his full effort and creativity and overall I love it. However it is sometimes difficult to follow his cadence when he is not voicing character dialog.
This moved me literally: I haven't touched a musical instrument in years, but the way Rothfuss describes the process of music spurred me to play again. His descriptions tell me music has played a large part of his life too.
The first two-ish hours of story told in third person were difficult for me to get into, putting the book off for an extra month before trying again. However it turns out the bulk of the story is actually told in first person, and the instant that shift happens, prepare to be hooked.