After listening to the first two books of this series, I have become one of the Patrick Rothfuss faithful, patiently (not!) waiting for him to finish the series. I have found very few books that I have enjoyed as much as this one to keep me occupied until the next one comes out.
The first thing I want to point out about The Name of the Wind is that it is very well written. I have listened to and read many books that have a good plot, likeable characters and could have been very good books except that the writing is sloppy. I don't like writing that is too elementary, uses poor grammar or that has too many obvious mistakes. Patrick Rothfuss writes at a level that I can enjoy without feeling like the author is writing for eighth graders, nor does he use phrases like 'a load of crock'. That sort of thing totally irks me. What exactly is a load of crock?
The actual story was fascinating, I loved the fact that it was a story within a story, and it is done very well. The characters are very real and Mr. Rothfuss has the ability to make you want to actually know these people and perhaps even be friends with them, or at least friends with some of them. The only thing I didn't like about this book is that it eventually ended.
The book started a little slow and the reader was a bit dry. More than once I almost pulled the plug to return it so I can get something else. I just couldn't identify and thought what did my friend see in this book and why are the reviews good? All I got to say is that I'm really glad I just kept listening. It is so good, the story lines kept me on the edge and the characters are more than likable, even the so called bad guys. I went from hating my 1.5 hour one way commute to and from work, to rushing into my car to start listening again. If i had 5 mins left for a chapter to end, I'd stay in my car to finish it. The reader is fantastic.
What a great discovery. Patrick Rothfuss found a creative way to tell a story. I was spellbound and could not predict any of it. It's the best book I've read/listen to in a long time. The character are rich in personality and it adds to the whole experience. I found myself grinning, laughing, cheering and frowning because I was so into the story. Nick Podehl is fantastic and adds to the whole experience. The voices are well balanced and well chosen, even for the ladies. I hope it will because a long saga and I'm already fan.
wouldn't even consider missing out on the audio version for such a book. just close your eyes, lean back in your seat and forget this world. the narrator does a wonderful job.
it flowed so easily.
I usually prefer print books to audio editions, but Nick Podehl does such a great job reading this book, I enjoyed listening to it more than I would have reading it!
The story is engaging and the reader really brings the story alive. Excellent work all around.
The story is incredible. It grabs you very quickly and holds you very tight. I listened to the entire book in 4 days. I could not stop.
One of the best stories I have listened to. Love the characters and the way the author draws you in and keeps you wanting more. I just wish the author would hurry up and get the next book out.
Absolutely. The narrator Nick Podehl did a masterful job. His voice was very easy to listen to and his character voices were true to the story and very appealing. His voices for Willem and Simmon were my favorite.
This story moved along at a perfect pace. I just finished the Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb and it too was an excellent series but had a lot of boring passages. This story while just as long kept my interest and moved at a perfect pace.
The Farseer Trilogy
1. Assassin's Apprentice
2. Royal Assassin
3. Assassin's Quest
Similar in the fact that it is a coming of age story of a boy told in the first person. You learn a lot about the inner struggles of the character as he tells his story.
No this is my first.
Kvothe the not so traditional hero.
First off, I’ve listened to hundreds of books trying to find one that even compares to Brandon Sanderson’s “Way of the King”. I’ve surfed the top 100 top fantasy lists everywhere and picked from the top 5 in every list and have been disappointed with every one of them. I soon find myself re-reading over and over the “Mistborn” series by Brandon Sanderson, or the “Wheel of Time” series by Robert Jordan. I was shocked when halfway through this book I realized I have finally found the book that I was looking for!
I can’t begin to describe how amazed I am at the brilliant writing of Patrick Rothfuss, this is the first I have ever heard of him. I am very impressed with the character development and the way the scene is so clearly painted out for the reader. I loved the concept of a story within a story. The narrator, Nick Podehl is amazing with all the different characters and accents. I simply could not stop listening. I would sit in my truck for an hour after arriving at my destination and realize I’m late for an appointment and consider it well worth it. It’s a book I could easily finish hearing, “audible hopes you’ve enjoyed this program…” to instantly hear, “audible presents, The Name of the Wind!” over and over.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves Brandon Sanderson, and just can’t find anyone to compare. I don’t want to rush Patrick Rothfuss in hurrying to finishing the series but at the same time let him know that all my friends, family and I especially will be waiting to finish this series and hope that everyone agrees that it will be one of the greatest 3 part series out there.