I started this book on the recommendation of friends at work and really didn't have any idea of the story line at all. Well, I've made it to chapter 62 and I have to say I still don't have a clue. After a flurry of interest and intrigue early on, the protagonist, Kvothe, has settled into giving a detailed description of his formative years, but this has gone on for chapter after chapter with no end in sight. I kept thinking I was surely missing something, that if I stuck with it a whisper of a plot would be revealed. But no such luck. With 60+ chapters down and 30+ chapters left to go I've lost interest and have to move on.
Before I picked this up on audible, I must of read The name of the wind at least two or three times. So hearing a professional actor read my favorite book was like a week long Christmas morning, when I was younger and still full of wonder.
The narrator was amazing, properly giving all my favorite characters the perfect tone, and tenor.
As I not so patiently wait for the third book ok the king killer chronicles, I'm sure I'll be listening to this and book two, many more times.
If you are a fan of fantasy, you owe it to yourself to try this feast of literature. If you are not sure about fantasy, but enjoy a good yarn, then you to owe it to yourself even more to take a bold new step in the direction of this fascinating fantasy story.
I want more
I have recently gone through many of the Dune books, and the first two books in the Kingkiller Chronicles (only two are available right now) share the same depth of culture and history. However, I find that the Dune series, in spite of being so much more than just a scifi series, becomes somewhat unvaried in it's scope of politics, family, and war. Those stories, while intriguing, tend to have the same feel to me.
The Name of the Wind is certainly much more than "just" a fantasy, just as Dune is more than "just" a scifi story. What Patrick Rothfuss gave with The Name of the Wind is intellectual and emotional breadth as well as depth. The action and mystery may drew me in, but I got fully invested in tales of familial love, tragic loss, despair, hope, renewal, growth, and so much more.
I recommend this book/audiobook to everyone that I know that reads.
Yes and no. No doubt that this is a "page-turner", but I feel like this is best ingested a bit slower, enjoying each tasty morsel.
I've talked to three other people that have listened to this audiobook, and we all had the same impression. At first, Nick Podehl's performance seemed an odd choice for this story. His voice is almost too young, generic, and bland. It felt amateurish. But man, oh man, how that impression changed after an hour or so. He was PERFECT! His tones and inflections perfectly served the story, and the nature of his voice enabled the story to come through with serene clarity.
I wanted to call this out in case anyone was unsure about the performance at first listen. Give it a little time, and I'm sure that you will change your mind.
At times, some of the "great" voices can become a distraction from the original work. For instance, I've listened to "The Alchemist" performed by Jeremy Irons. Let's be honest - who couldn't just sit and listen to Jeremy talk all day. The was a problem for me, though. I found that I was only listening to the sound of his voice, hearing the words but not the story.
To be sure, Nick does not have the seductive voice the like of Irons or Cumberbatch, but if anything, it might serve this work better.
It took me a few chapters to adjust to the Nick's voice, but in the end he was the perfect choice for this book. I have a few high fantasy series I love and this story joins the ranks. Rothfuss dispenses and withholds information in a way that heightens the storytelling value without ever seeming clunky or irritating--I never felt like info was withheld just to create suspense, suspense was built into the story as it should be.
It was so good, amazing story, amazing reader. Anyone should definitely get this book!! Read it!!
This is my favorite book series. I have read it several times. I have listened to it read several times. I anxiously wait for book 3, but with a reserved patience that it deserves. If you are trying to decide if this is the next book you should read then the answer is yes.