I really like the setting of the story and the descriptions as Kvothe grew up. I especially like when he earned his pipes.
Great story but long. Took us two 10+ hour car trips to finish the story. Needs some editing.
Nick did a great job reading the story. I had no trouble imagining the story as he read.
Shorten the story.
Needs less down time with the supporting characters and more danger and excitement with the Chandrian.
Great plot, wonderful character development, inventive world. Over 24 hours of listening in which the writing remains so tightly packed that at any moment could describe it as poetry. Hats off to the reader as well for his voices and accents.
I just don???t like 1 sided stories. This book has no depth it is told from the point of view of the Hero and no other.
The book's good, too, if you like fantasy at all, but Nick Podehl's reading is a stand-out -- the best I've listened to in three years of audible books. Podehl fits his voice into Rothfuss's ensemble of characters with their differen tages, genders, and fictitious ethnicities without ever coming off whiny or cliched. A gem.
This is a fresh, funny, wonderful book. The protagonist is likeable but imperfect (in a good way), the characters (except perhaps for Denna, our hero's love interest) are believable and fun, and the plot turns are interesting and non-formulaic. I really like that neither the book nor Kvoth, our protagonsit, take themselves too seriously. The narrator is excellent, too. Highly recommended.
Patrick Rothfuss puts together an epic tale that explores the meaning behind myths and the truth behind stories. His main character, Kvothe, has led a complex life full of various adventure from which many tales are based. The tales have been embellished and altered with each telling however. The bulk of Rothfuss' tale revolves around Kvothe telling his story in his own words - a sort of memoir - and revealing the kernel of truth behind the unlikely and impossible acts attributed to him.
A subplot revolves around the younger Kvothe of the story. He learns early in life that legendary creatures long since banished to myth and children's stories really exist and he makes it his quest to find the truth behind their myth.
Rothfuss has some minor continuity errors, and character consistency sometimes drifts, but this is rare and more than made up for by the depth of his characters, excellent intricate attention to description and detail, and the epic nature of his theme.
I never heard of patrick Rothfuss till i listended to this audio book. I wish Nick Podehl could read EVERY book I absoultely love him. he is not a monotone reader at all. The ranges of voice he does is stunning . He makes you think there is a woman also reading with him! he is the first reader i know of that can make a reader feel what each character is going through abnd bring out the essence of this book. congrats to Patric Rothfuss for thinking out each character and giving each substance
After reading 'Name of the Wind', I waited impatiently and breathlessly for the second book. Rothfuss wrote with passion, poetry, exquisite prose and a style that is comparable to only two other authors I can think of: George R.R. Martin and Tolkein. I saved up my pennies (quite literally since audible books are expensive) and bought both of Rothfuss' books. I re-read them several times before I could afford the audibles and then again before buying the audilbes. Sadly, I was terribly disappointed. The narrator was dull and lifeless and almost monotone. He took poetry and turned it into something so boring that I actually put the audible down and couldn't finish either one of them. Rothfuss is one of the great writers of our time and Audible (Amazon) should take a moment to think these things through--common sense alone dictates that authors should choose, review and make sure that the narrator knows how unfamiliar words should be pronounced. Narrators should never be changed from one book to the next especially in a multiple book series and for God's sake--if you can't see the sense in giving artistic license to authors as regards the choosing of narrators then you will soon be out of business! I for one would like my money back for the two audibles by Patrick Rothfuss. I will cherish the two written books but the audibles are trash and it isn't the first time this has happened.
Rothfuss does a fantastic job of world building, his characters leap off the page and run through my imagination. His writing is beautiful and funny and heartbreaking and breathtaking and I never know what will happen when I turn the next page. He truly is one of the great writers or our time. Please don't let his work be narrated by someone, for whom, the joy of reading is obviously not his strength or talent. This is no reflection on Rothfuss, it's my understanding that almost no writers are allowed to have any choice as to the production and choice of narrators. Change your policy!
I'm sorry to say that this book does not give you much of a good story, I bought it after reading the good reviews even though I was skeptical because of some bad ones. I'm a fan of both Robert Jordan, Tolkien, and Brandon Sanderson's work.... this book was unfortunately not up to that standard. It was boring and the conflicts were often predictable and trivial. Every time kvoth get's to where he is going to be fine with money there is of course something that will make him poor again...one time fine... but come on there must be other story plots than that. I felt like I wasted the money I spent buying this book.. this is my first review. Take my advice buy something else. something that leaves you with a feeling of wonder. To finish up I did not manage to finish the book, when I had 4-5 hours left, I decided to stop the torture ..