I admit that I did not read the print version and went right for the unabridged audio book. I can't imagine the print being better thou, Nick Podehl did a fantastic job narrating the story and providing unique accents for all Rothfuss' characters. My own narrative voice inside my head could not of done a better job.
While keeping spoiler free it's hard to be so specific but the overall circumstances of the main character were so engaged that I literally hung on every word as to hope the next sentences would a way out of his situation and it was never black & white like some traditional fantasy novels, everything was greyed and blurred lines nothing as clear cut as you hoped, yet it kept you engaged all the same.
Nick did an amazing job and was consistent with the accents used so you could identify the characters speaking even without having thier names mentioned. His voice was consistent and pronunciations exact.
Read the book/listen to the audiobook and make sure you have enjoyed this book proper before giving any false notion on its quality due to film interpretation.
A different performer (he's fine, he just doesn't sound right) and the rest is just the writing and plotting. I realize a lot of people absolutely love it, and that's great. It just doesn't work for me. Characters and dialog seem arbitrary. It's hard to see how a particular reaction is organic to a character, or the dialog feels forced. Some of the names just grate on me: The Creation War/Edema Ruh/The Chandrian/Bast/Chronicler (he has a name and Rothfuss should just use that). Kvothe, at 15, seems to know everything about everything just when the time comes (his purchase of a horse comes to mind; almost nothing about horses at all, and suddenly he's an expert). Things like "a silence in three parts" is overly precious. An ambitious picture to paint with words, and he doesn't quite make it.
Ultimately, very few of these characters feel real to me, and adding tics to them accomplishes little ("what what"). But I'm clearly in the minority here.
Meh. Book's over. Wait for the next one. At the ending, the book stopped.
Someone more like Rob Inglis or Roy Dotrice. Nothing against Nick but he doesn't help me, personally, feel like I'm listening to a fantasy novel.
Kvothe. Ambrose. Since those are the two main characters, that would be difficult. I'd also cut out Chronicler and Bast.
His handling of the University is good. His explanation and use of "sympathy" as magic was very good. Creating the rules of magic in his world is probably the best thing about the book. I actually enjoyed Kvothe's exploration of the Underthing (but, again, it makes absolutely no sense to me as to why he hadn't done it long before; ostensibly because he needed a guide, but that seems arbitrary—one of many cases where the story seems to move arbitrarily rather than organically). Motivation and characterization is weak, to me, but I can't deny the book series is very popular. I listened mostly because it is so popular, and perhaps my expectations were too high. The often lauded prose doesn't work for me, as it often seems forced and overly-poetic. That is, he's trying very hard to paint a picture with words and the picture just doesn't gel. Sometimes it would have been better if he had just moved forward with the story and not tried so hard to craft poetic metaphors and similes. A little too much world building. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but there are too many references to things to demonstrate there are many songs and plays in this world. A little of that goes a long way, in my opinion, unless the song or play is going to be truly revenant to the story.That being said, he's excellent at composing verse, and the songs sound like they could easily be legitimate songs. So that's a plus. I'm about to start on the second book, and hopefully I can engage more fully with it than I did this one.
I didn't know what I was getting into when I started the book, only that two friends had told me for almost a decade to read this.
The comparison to Harry Potter falls short. This is a cruel story, that digs through a man's past and reveals the secrets behind a legend.
As a fan of The Dresden Files, the humanity that we can all relate to is mixed with the fantastic and magical world of Kvothe in a way that lets you forget that it is a story.
I didn't want the book to end and will now have to pace myself through the sequel.
Rothfuss has imagined a new fantasy world that is fun to explore because it is not some cheap copy or lightly disguised ripoff of something done before. The system of magic is very subtle and blends well with the mundane. The main character is complex and flawed, though not in an off-putting way as so many authors fall prey to. There are plenty of mysteries and twists to keep a reader guessing.
Having read a ton of SF/Fantasy, I would rank this first book high on my list...top 20 for sure. For me the jury is out as I am a fan of epic series (LOTR, WOT, Dark Tower, etc.) and I have not yet read the other books. They come highly recommended to me so I look forward to them and hope they deliver.
This book was stunningly written. When I first looked at the description I thought that I wouldn’t like it, but someone recommended it to me, so I decided to read it.
At first I almost turned away from The Name of the Wind, thinking it was just about someone discovering he was a wizard and killing a bunch of monsters, but as soon as Kvothe's tale started and he began traveling alone, I was hooked. I realised this wasn’t your generic fantasy, but something much better. This was an amazing book full of plot twists, failures, and successes, all of which took place in a very expansive world. I’m looking forward to reading the second book in the trilogy!
My friend recommended this book to me. If you are a fan of fantasy book, this book is one you must read. Once you start, you can never stop listening as you feel you are right there alongside Kvothe (main character) going through his ordeals. Can't stop saying great things about this book. Must read.
The story for the main character is interesting, peculiar feeling, and neat. It has dark moments, but is also quite lovely. I liked this a lot, enough to get the second book in the series. Narration was good also.
You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. —Wayne Gretzky
The book is terribly long and detailed, especially with things that do not concern the main plot. There are many inconsistencies within the plot itself, that could be prevented with a simple prood reading. On the top of that the main character is unusually similar to another main character, made very popular in recent years. It could easily last less than 6 hours with no important losses to the storyline.
Below are some examples of inconsistencies that I mentioned before
* They have germ theory but no one ever heard about a microscope
* Some heroic acts of the main character became urban myths although those same acts were never witnessed by anyone.
* The book is basically a recollection, but the speaker can remember not only the exact words people said over a span of five or more years, but what they were wearing and the weather and everything else.
About the eerie similarities with another fictional character, I'm not going to say which character is but both of them had:
* Their parents killed by their arch-enemies
* Both were marked by that experience and the main plot revolves around it.
* Both went to a school of magic
* Both were prodigies with their skills
* Both had a minor enemy which was a petulant rich kid.
Any ideas of who this character might be?