This book itself, the main character in fact, promises GREAT things about this book's story but fails to deliver. How can we be expected to continue investing time into reading this author when he doesn't deliver anything but repeated promises? I get board of salespersons who make promises they can't deliver and that is what reading this author feels like. I see this author can write English VERY WELL but he hasn't (can't?) delivered as a story teller. This book/author suffers from over promising and under delivering. I suggest this author read a book with real drama and climaxes The Wheel of Time and learn to scrap his ideas if they turn out poorly.
One thing I hate about this book is the first-person narrative style used in the majority of the book. That forces me to really like the narrator or I get bothered by the story.
In this case I don't like the selfish, cocky, main character who is somehow supposed to be brilliant but can't work himself out of the simplest of problems. Then the whole time he keeps telling you how brilliant he is. I would like too see him die and be replaced by a more noble character. I don't relate to his motivation and I'm unimpressed with his decisions. I have to assume that this is caused by character flaws of the author. I'm guessing selfish, cocky, and self imposed brilliance, but that is totally a guess I don't know anything about this author.
Another thing I hate is the main character looking back in his life telling his story. This style also forces me to always realize he isn't going to die or lose an arm or something.
I also hate how the main character somehow is brilliant but couldn't use his two greatest skills, music and magic, to get himself out of problems. We aren't talking undeveloped skills here, we are talking skills that were practiced and honed. Skills where we are forced to believe he can pull out when required but then he just doesn't use them. Sorry, this is a step beyond unbelievable. He didn't use magic on the streets because he wasn't in his right mind, yeah, right. Then he performs perfect magic flawlessly the first day of class. Got it. He doesn't get desperate and sing or offer to perform for his meals on the street or at school. Got it. He is able to produce piles of money whenever he wants by performing but he never chooses to do it unless he is desperate.
Probably the biggest thing I hate about this book is that I have spent so much time reading about the day-to-day life of a kid in school. Aarrg. If I was to tell a story about my life there wouldn't be much about day-to-day school because most of my life occurred after graduation. This book itself (the main character) promised much more. I didn't sign up to read Harry Potter here. Along those lines, at least Harry provided climaxes and characters like Dumbledore. Please don't force me to keep reading about this kid that really can't stand up to any of his claims.
FYI, I was to chapter 30 something before I really started liking it enough to finish it. Sadly in the second book is the same poor recipe.
Again, this author writes English very well, but he hasn't delivered on his promises of a story. He is just a salesman promising you stories in the future. I suggest he read a great story teller like Brandon Sanderson and get some drama and climax in his story.
The best book I have ever had the privilege to listen to. Masterful reading! Masterful writing! The story is the greatest epic this side of 1990!
Very good story, or more precisely story within a story. It starts with a simple tavern owner, who we find out is more than meets the eye. A traveling man known as Chronicler, who was famous as a recorder of history, recognizes Kvothe, the tavern owner, and strikes a deal to tell his story. And so begins the tales of Kvothe. Both stories are interesting in their own rite, but both together add more than their individual parts. The book ends with many unanswered questions in my mind, however luckily for me, there is a second book which I look forward to reading.
This is only my second audio book and I have to say I really enjoyed the experience. I'll be picking up the rest of this series and continuing with Kvothe's story.
With regards to sheer length, The Name of the Wind is like Song of Ice and Fire but lacking the sheer amount of characters and overall depth of George Martin's work. The Name of the Wind is a much simpler tale, but no less entertaining. More so in many ways.
Kvothe was probably my favorite character as read by Nick Podehl, however, I agree with some previous reviewers that Kvothe is often too good for his own good. I rolled my eyes quite a few times at Kvothe's prowess in all things, but later realized that's part of the charm and humor of the story. After all, it is Kvothe's story, as told by Kvothe, so of course he is going to come out smelling like daisies most of the time. There is sufficient conflict built in to the tale so as to keep things very interesting most of the time.
SPOILERS: The part where Kvothe comes home to find his family killed and traveling troupe destroyed moved me a great deal. It was done with such graceful detail that I wanted revenge for Kvothe and those wonderful travelers.
This book became my favorite book of all time very quickly. I never experienced the undying want to listen to an audio book, then read the book, then read the book again, and still be obsessed with it more than a year later. You want to live every day with these characters. I want everyone to know how resourceful Kvothe is, and how sweet Auri is. Or any of the characters! Right when you think you know them, we see another layer to their character.
This series is exquisitely intricate in its rich tapestry of characters, drama, adventure, heart, and prose. I can listen over and over even though I have read the paper copies three times each.
Listened to this twice and found it even more enjoyable the second time around. So many things that I didn't remember from the first time!
28 hours and literally nothing happens! The first 1/4 of the book was interesting. Setting up the main character's foundation I found myself intrigued...troupes, tutors, music. It was a slow downward spiral after that. After University begins, we are constantly reminded of how broke Kvothe is, how he is on the verge of being kicked out of University or he will have no place to live and yet magically every.single.time, he is able to come up with the money. It goes something like this. Childhood tragedy, poor, meet girl, go to school, broke again, make money, spend money, see girl again, broke, fire, girl, make some money, broke, girl, fight, borrow money. You get the picture. I knew about 3/4 through that there would be no big climax or exciting thrill scene in this book (even the dragon was painfully boring) yet I trudged on. This is a 28 hour prologue to a series I will not be continuing.