Hello, my name is Hans and I am a critic. I know I know, I need help, it's just that when I read really crappy literature I just can't help but be appalled. This is some of the worst writing I have read since I threw down (figuratively, I threw it down in my mind) Way of Shadows after 30 minutes of torture. This book was recommended to me by someone who claimed to be my friend, but now I see that he was never what he claimed, just an enemy in disguise looking for a way to bring me to my knees. He was successful. I finished the book. Somehow I finished the book. Don't ask me how, I don't know, I don't think I could do it again either, but I did it. I did it so that YOU DON'T HAVE TO! Don't listen to all of these idiots saying how amazing the book is; it's NOT! It is some of the worst written literature of all time! Let me give you a quick overview now that I've used up half of my space on the intro.
The story is boring, at times predictable, at others not, but always told in a depressingly dull way. Rothfuss writes in the first person for most of the book, and pulls it off terribly. There are oh so many points in the book that are simply stupid and I'm not talking about characters acting stupid (although that does happen, and their stupidity is often smiled upon), but stupidity in plot, in story telling, in circumstance, in wording, in EVERYTHING! I will say one good thing for the book, the dialog is generally tolerable, but that's only when compared with the narration, which is beyond awful. I'm not talking about the reading, but the written narration. The reader does a fine job in my opinion, but he can't make something good out of this garbage. Seriously, don't listen to the good reviews that try to drag you down into the dirt, down to the lowest level that the fantasy genre has ever descended to, down even as far as Brent Weeks and that AWFUL Way of Shadows crap. Please, please, PLEASE do NOT purchase this book! Let my mistake be your good fortune.
This was the "big debut" fantasy novel a year or two ago. Ultimately, it's just alright--just interesting enough that you might want to listen to the sequel, when it comes out, because none of the mysteries or questions or plot threads are even close to being wrapped up here.
It is a very uneven novel, at points boring or too obvious or silly. Sometimes you can hear the author working too hard to make this a book about storytelling. At other times it is engaging and gripping. There are some good ideas here--but it is also very derivitive of Harry Potter and of A Wizard of Earthsea--the main action taking place at university for magic. It hooks you in enough that you then are frustrated with the parts of the book that seem amaeturish.
The narration is excellent, and makes the novel hang together much better than it might have.
I read reviews that touted this book for its depth and excitement. I didn't get that. An interesting premise turns into a shallow plot device, with the "greatest myth of all time" telling his Harry Potter-like story of school days. Why? Nothing but a disjointed collection of tales. It could've been so much more Tolkienesque - but not. Not sure if I'll finish the series or not.
I thought the reader was excellent, though. I could almost always tell which character had voice, not an easy job.
With reservations. I think Rothfuss is an excellent writer and I liked the world he has created. I like a good long listen but I feel that the book would be improved if it were whittled down a bit.
There were a few characters that pulled me out of the story.
The story in wonderfully told. The world is rich, and the characters are compelling. It feels like a living world, full of ancient lore and faerie tales.
The narrator was okay, his voice lent it self well to the writing. He did however, have the bad habit of lowering his voice to the point where, even with my Kindle Fire at full volume, it was hard to understand him. This was a very big detraction from the work, as he used this technique often.
At 27+ hours, no. It was a very engaging story however. I was always sad to quit my listening sessions, and glad to get back to them. Downloading the next volume as I type.
Sadly, not much has been enjoyable about it, I'm only 3 chapters in and so disappointing. Nick Podehl is horrible and should be banned from any narration except story hour at a local library.
The lead character, Kvothe, is awesome. A bit of a prodigy, but not a snot about it.
Nick Podehl absolutely slaughtered this book. It SOUNDED like a narrator, as in, it sounded as though he were reading and not telling me a story. All the voices kinda sounded the same, with absurd accents, one sounded as though he were from the New England area *eye roll*. The transitions between his character voices and his voice weren't smooth leaving awkward pauses in between the last words the character spoke and "Kvothe said". I was so excited to get this audiobook, and now I just want to cry because he is just so freaking terrible! I can't believe this dude has won awards, blows my mind.
Something good, hopefully.
Essentially he has very little range, and makes some poor choices. Some of the characters in this fantasy sound inexplicably like they're from New England. All old men sound the same, speaking in high, annoying, and quavering tones.
The whole book. I mean, it's not just the narrator, the whole book is really just awful.
This is the most haphazardly written, badly paced, terribly dialogued, horribly narrated audio book I have come across in my life. I will avoid this author and narrator from now on. A waste of my audible credit.
This book was so uninspiring that I was unable to get through it. Maybe one very boring day I will try to get to the end of it, but untill then this was a disappointment and not worth 1 credit.
I didn't find this book to be anything special but was still enjoyable. Very predictable for this genre. It was much too long and could have easily been edited down by about a quarter with no loss to the story. The lead character is unrealistic and not particularly likeable but the rest of the cast made up for it. Some stronger female characters would have been nice, especially ones who main valve was not their beauty but then that is predictable too. I plan to read the next book so I guess that is a recommendation.
I don't yet understand what people see in this book. The writing and descriptions are so derivative I can usually tell what book/author they were taken from. It seems like the author heard a passage in The Wheel of Time, for example, and thought, "Oh, I'd like to try that!" And didn't really pull it off.
So many people are raving about the book, I'm hoping the story will win me over as I get further into it. But for now the writing seems so forced and formulaic, I'm having a very hard time focusing on anything else.