Have you ever met someone you're just not sure of at first? Perhaps it's their body posture, the intonation of their voice, their sense of humor. You're not exactly sure what rubs you the wrong way, but it's not enough to dismiss them all together. Then, then more you're around them, the more your won over.
Well that's how this book comes to me. I wasn't sure I knew where this story was going at first. After so many medieval set fantasy stories, it's hard to know if you're going to be placed in another cliche set of characters or if you're going to be treated to a refreshing world with just enough of a difference to put you in a different frame of mind. It's hard not to enjoy this book the deeper you get. There's enough of an unknown plot to really keep me interested, while also leaving me hungry to learn more about the world this story is set in.
Nick, was one of those voices that you're not sure about at first, but the more characters in the story he brings to life, the more I can't help but listen with ease.
There's a few scenes in here where our hero is bullied. Each of those times, I cringe with anticipation of how wrong things could go or cheer with his stubborn determination to push back.
I can't wait to dive deeper into this series.
I'm a forensic psychologist living in Portsmouth NH.
Pretty good contemporary fantasy, but it didn't need to be as long as it is. Decent character development but the plot gets repetitive.
The story has everything! love, magic, intelligence, humor and thrill.
I really liked this story!
Started a bit skeptical because it was so (damn) long and I usually only listen to books when I am at home knitting or whatnot (so I like them fast, good and short), but this one I could not put down once I got into it! (I even listen to it on the sub-way!)
I was a little slow in the beginning, but just wait until he begins telling his life story it's really a magic and lovely tale!
I like the main character the best, and also Bast.
I liked all the scenes from when he was traveling with his family, my favorite part of almost every story is the beginning.
..In the beginning it was all new to Kvothe, and he is just starting to learn magic and thinking. Beautifully written. There is ALOT of great scenes in this book!
You need some breaks in this book to think and digest, but I always wanted to go back <3
Still do, that's why I got the second book as soon as I finished the first!
Do yourself a favor and get this book!
Nick Podehl is one of the best Narrators I've heard, the only one I find superior is Jim Dale.
The brilliance and patience this story is told is AMAZING!
When Kvothe meets the Chandrian took my breathe away... one of the saddest moments I've ever heard in a story.
I was looking for a book that was long and had a great story, I've never been as engrossed in a book as I am with this book. Absolutely perfectly written!
Rothfuss has the gift of story telling. His story of Kvothe and how his escapades build a legendary character in his own time is both attention grabbing and an emotional roller coaster. It has action, one of the most scientific magic systems I have ever seen, romance, and humor in all of the right places.
It would be hard to read this series and not love Kvothe, but Rothfuss excels in making each character memorable and polarizing.
I must admit that I was not a fan of Nick Podehl's narrative at first, but as the story continued I could not imagine another narrator that could have done better. He especially gave a realism to the different cultures by the accents he used.
I would not say that it made me cry, but I will say that the story did make me sad or angry for the characters depending on what hardships they were going through. As far as laughing, the unexpected follies and quick quips are genius and made me burst into laughter many times.
This is a must read for any fantasy lover.
I loved listening to this book, both because of the masterful storytelling and the amazing Narrator.
Patrick Rothuss wove an awesome tale out of three stories: the ancient past, the recent past, and the present. each time the story returned to present, I must have felt like Chronicler and Bast, ripped out of an enchanted dream for mundane things like dinner, yearning to sink back into Kvoth's Story.
Nick Podehl really makes the divers regional accents come alive, making me feel like I was actually listening to a group of people from various walks of life, various countries, much better than i could have managed reading from a print book.
The story is interesting. Richly written, descriptive without (generally) being too wordy.
Random pauses during narration make it hard to follow. He reads with little, often no, differentiation in tone or speech patterns, which makes it difficult to follow some conversations. The overall impact is monotonous.
Listen to Mark Thompson (I'm not sure of the spelling, perhaps Marc) reading various Star Wars books. Much better style for the narration.
This is the kind of Book you can enjoy again and again. The hardest part now is waiting for book 3 this was a really enjoyable journey can't wait for the next one
... I should have savoured the story by reading it first and listening to it the second time around ! A wonderfully spun and captivating tale that merits a comfortable chair and enough time to dream ...
can be compared to Philip Pullman's "Dark Materials" or Roger Zelanzy's " Amber Chronicles" which are both just a bit more fantastic/ modern than CS Lewis' "Narnia Chronicles"
I think "Name of the Wind " has become my favourite.