After GoT I struggled to find something that could get my attention and keep it. and this is the first book to do that. It started a little slow, but at some point I realized I was completely sucked in. the main character is fantastic and I just want to hear more about his story... I feel like I'm at the Inn sitting at the table and having it told by Kvoth himself. Narration is excellent as well. Very happy and moving on to book two!
For those coming from GoT, it's a very differnt type of book in my opinion. this is more of a past story being told to you, while GoT makes you feel like you are part of a story unfolding. In GoT I constantly found myself formulating how the future would turn out. while this book I really don't think about where the story will go or how it ends, not in a bad way, it's just a very different experience. I find myself listening intently to the story vs being part of the story in GoT.
If you like Fantasy this one is excellent at all levels.
Game of Thrones - the gold standard in fantasy
I just follow the signs!
I love Game of Thrones. I thought this will be as interesting but sadly no. I just couldn't get myself excited listening to this book. But I see that many people love this. So sadly it looks like I am the one who is missing out on all the fun. But no thanks. I am not reading the rest of the series.
Ok, So I'm 10 min from finishing (listening to) The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chonicles, Day 1. I have to say I REALLY like this book and have already downloaded the sequel in anticipation. It has a pretty neat narrative style and I thoroughly enjoy the author's take on magic. It covers a lot of ground as it is a dictation from the main character, Kvothe to a scribe, about his life.
As far as audio-books go, the narrator is different, not just another monotone English baritone but an American tenor with a wide range of good accents and just the right amount of inflection. Overall I'd say he's pretty satisfactory, though awkward at moments.
I love this book so much. The reader was not my all time favorite at first but he got better as I got into the story. Enjoy these books. They are lots of fun.
I don't give 5s a lot. Throwing 5s around makes it harder for others to distinguish what was good from what was great. For me 5s = top 2%.
It was such a slow moving story and even at it's conclusion left you with too many unanswered questions. Reminds me of the Tv show lost- by the time you realize you've been had you already invested too much time to bail out.
The main character was not easy to like. He was young and a genius in his own words. He was the best at magic and music. With all that talent what was so amazing? Of course he should excel. There was no underdog to root for.
He was fine. In all fairness it was a tough task.
Anger that I invested 27 hours only to come to no real conclusion.
Can 7000 readers be wrong? Apparently so. It was difficult to go against the tide knowing thousands of people loved the story but I have to be honest. I wasn't impressed.
Could not stop listening. The narration is wonderful and I mourned the finish.
Honestly I rarely listen to this genre but might start listening to more. Really enjoyed this book.
His reading was smooth, flawless and the emotion put into the reading made me connect with the characters.
The first in the series builds up to something bigger, but still remains interesting. I liked Kvothe and the entire universe build around him.
I have both read it and listened to it, and I enjoyed it in its own way.
What is there not to like? It is a complete story, and it has all the elements of good vs. bad, friendship, growing up, hardships to overcome, bad decisions being made etc.
I like that it contains everything, and that the characters have depth. You feel with Kvothe when his family is killed, you laugh with/at him when he does something stupid. All those different aspects makes this a very good book.
I was surprised when I heard the start of the story. Did not feel that he could be Kvothe. I kept listening, and I am very glad I did. He does an amazing job.
he has a way of making you almost feel you are there besides Kvothe in his adventures. When I was thinking about it when I had finished listening to the book, I felt that if I closed my eyes I could imagine Kvothe with his red hair playing the lute - without giving too many spoilers both the lute and the red hair is important to the story.
A very convinving narrator, that I truly enjoed listening to.
I laughed at several parts in the book. Both with Kvothe and at Kvothe. I truly enjoy a story that has that aspect as well.
Yes. Great, interesting, detailed story and Nick Podehl does an amazing job with voices/accents to differentiate characters
No, too long for that. I did listen to this book every chance that I got.
This has so many great moments for me that narrowing them down is difficult. I would urge anyone to check this book out.
I loved it the first time around. It was gripping, exciting, a downright amazing story that had me laughing and weeping within minutes of each other. I didn't think a second listen would be as good. It was better.
The narrator was amazing. The story was extremely compelling. But it just kind of stops. I was waiting for some major struggle and climax of excitement. It didn't happen. Apparently this is the type of fantasy where developing intriguing characters and painting a detailed picture of another world is more important than exciting conflicts and climactic struggles. Leaves me with the feeling that I read a documentary instead of a fictional story, but an entertaining documentary nonetheless. I'll probably give the next one a try just to see if any real conflict will ever arise.