Nick Podehl is one of the best Narrators I've heard, the only one I find superior is Jim Dale.
The brilliance and patience this story is told is AMAZING!
When Kvothe meets the Chandrian took my breathe away... one of the saddest moments I've ever heard in a story.
I was looking for a book that was long and had a great story, I've never been as engrossed in a book as I am with this book. Absolutely perfectly written!
Rothfuss has the gift of story telling. His story of Kvothe and how his escapades build a legendary character in his own time is both attention grabbing and an emotional roller coaster. It has action, one of the most scientific magic systems I have ever seen, romance, and humor in all of the right places.
It would be hard to read this series and not love Kvothe, but Rothfuss excels in making each character memorable and polarizing.
I must admit that I was not a fan of Nick Podehl's narrative at first, but as the story continued I could not imagine another narrator that could have done better. He especially gave a realism to the different cultures by the accents he used.
I would not say that it made me cry, but I will say that the story did make me sad or angry for the characters depending on what hardships they were going through. As far as laughing, the unexpected follies and quick quips are genius and made me burst into laughter many times.
This is a must read for any fantasy lover.
I loved listening to this book, both because of the masterful storytelling and the amazing Narrator.
Patrick Rothuss wove an awesome tale out of three stories: the ancient past, the recent past, and the present. each time the story returned to present, I must have felt like Chronicler and Bast, ripped out of an enchanted dream for mundane things like dinner, yearning to sink back into Kvoth's Story.
Nick Podehl really makes the divers regional accents come alive, making me feel like I was actually listening to a group of people from various walks of life, various countries, much better than i could have managed reading from a print book.
The story is interesting. Richly written, descriptive without (generally) being too wordy.
Random pauses during narration make it hard to follow. He reads with little, often no, differentiation in tone or speech patterns, which makes it difficult to follow some conversations. The overall impact is monotonous.
Listen to Mark Thompson (I'm not sure of the spelling, perhaps Marc) reading various Star Wars books. Much better style for the narration.
This is the kind of Book you can enjoy again and again. The hardest part now is waiting for book 3 this was a really enjoyable journey can't wait for the next one
... I should have savoured the story by reading it first and listening to it the second time around ! A wonderfully spun and captivating tale that merits a comfortable chair and enough time to dream ...
can be compared to Philip Pullman's "Dark Materials" or Roger Zelanzy's " Amber Chronicles" which are both just a bit more fantastic/ modern than CS Lewis' "Narnia Chronicles"
I think "Name of the Wind " has become my favourite.
Avid reader/listener of just about anything.
Patrick Rothfuss has revived an entire genre in my eyes. The exploits of Kvothe have contributed to a large amount of insomnia in our household and almost beg to be explored more than once. As a matter of fact, I appreciated this fantastic and sprawling book even more after the second time through, something I've only ever done with a handful of other books over the years.
Adding to an incredible story is the equally fantastic performance of Nick Podehl. Every character stands out on their own, and it doesn't take long to begin identifying characters based on their voice.
Along with telling Kvothe's story, an entire new world is being laid before our feet and I feel all the detail only helps paint a more complete picture. The prose is gripping in its detail without being dry and at the end of the day you can really imagine traveling the King's Road through The Commonwealth or encountering The University (ie. the Stacks) for the first time.
If you want to be completely immersed in a fantastic world done in a way that is both new and fresh and get every bit of value for your credit or dollar, listen to this book. I promise you'll be buying the second book in the series real soon.
Well, I made a mistake and reviewed the second book like it was the first, so let me just say that I really liked this story a lot and I hate that the 3rd Day has not been written yet... I looked every where in case it was just not offered on Audible. If you like this genre you'll love the series!
Easily, one of the top five fantasy series I've, personally, listened to. I've also listened to book 2, and it is even better.
Kvothe, it should seem pretty obvious.
Probably Master Kilvin, or Master Elodin.
The man who can do anything.
Easily, without a doubt, one of the best fantasy novels ever written. I loved this book, and I loved the 2nd even more. So good, it's ridiculous. I almost with I would have found it after the 3rd book, now I have to wait.