Overall I found the story very enjoyable. My biggest issues were with world building and the ending. Rorhfuss has created a fascinating and unique world but I finished the book wanting so much MORE. I want to explore the different people, the different regions, learn more of the lore and history... Maybe the 2nd and 3rd books will satisfy the hunger.
Regarding the ending, I generally expect some kind of epic climax ending from a fantasy novel and I found this one's to be a little bit lackluster. I'll leave it at that.
Unfortunately I was so unhappy with the audio performance that I'm afraid it ruined the book for me. I'll be going into Book 2 without audio to see if I end up finding the book more enjoyable.
The main character narration was mostly fine. No issues with the voice, pacing or pronunciations. My issues lie in Podehl's whispering and general voices for other characters.
Podehl seems to very strictly interpret characters' voice levels, so he'll go from normal voice, to VERY soft, then immediately VERY loud and it's a very aggravating listening experience. My favorite narrators, Kramer and Dotrice, stay between a 40% and 60% volume level which is much more pleasurable.
I mostly listen to audio in the car when I'm driving on the freeway, which more often than not is a bit noisy. So I'll be listening at my normal volume, then Podehl will start whispering, so I crank of the volume, then he starts yelling! After having just turned up my volume, this even louder yelling is very disorienting. Doing this for 10s of hours made me exhausted.
Otherwise, the voices for other characters seems to all fall in the range of, "angry old man with a craggy raspy voice." Which would be okay for a few characters, but it seems to be his go-to option. I happen to not like that voice so I end up with a natural dislike for many of the characters.
Podehl is not unique in either of these habits; I have experienced these issues with several other narrators as well, all of whom I cannot listen to.
If it were up to me, every single living thing and beyond... would have to read this stories at least once in their existence.
Speaking about the narrator, I must congratulate him he has achieved a great deal of credibility and immersion for the audience.
This is your final warning... once you read this book, nothing will seem to you as it was...
a boy from norway 23 years old. listen to audiobooks beacause i i hate reading, but i love the storys that are written down.
this is the best story you would ever find. it is so good i would recomend not reading it before you are almost dead, so it dont ruin the other books you will read in your life. it is simply epic. from now on, no other tales will come close to this one... its hauntingly perfect.
patrick rothfuss... you are my hero(exept for kvothe tough, he's freaking hero of hero's)
and i was in doubt about the narrater at first, but he is on my top 3 list of narraters now. he is a great narrater
This is just an interesting and compelling story within a story -
This compares a bit with the Furies of Calderon series by Jim Butcher as it begins with the adventures of a young talented and adventurous your man/boy. or perhaps Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind - And it is equally as good as both series - and a bit like George RR Martin's series in that it is a very detailed (but easier to follow series) and I am anxiously waiting book 3 from Rothfuss as much as I am eagerly awaiting book 6 from Martin!
Anytime Kvothe gets the better of professors and Ambrose is awesome.
"Step aside Harry Potter"
But seriously do not make a movie - this is a good series and I can't imagine someone mucking it up trying to make a movie about it
Where is book #3?!?! For the love of God please finish this series!
loved it, the narrator was the best part, his accents were so convincing at parts he was difficult to understand and I got a deep intricate and personal feeling from each of the characters. The story was also really good, if you read or listen to one book this year, make it this one.
I would have to say this is my favorite book/series of all time. With 100+ audio books under my belt it surprised me when I missed this one... I hadn't ever heard it or the Author.
I've read this & the 2nd book.... The only bad thing I can say is the wait for the 3rd book. Please just release it & make a 4th book ("4th day" in the story).
There is so much to tell & the story takes it time but so interesting and detailed. I have no clue how a 3rd book with wrap it all up unless it's huge !!!
Just get the book(s) and enjoy.
“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” –Dr. Seuss
I could read this book over and over! Rothfuss weaves a rich and complex world, his characters are interesting, multi-dimensional yet feel real. Despite being the author's debut, the story is masterfully woven, each word carefully chosen.
Rothfuss spins a coming of age story of Kvothe, full of action, comedy, suspense, love and loss, and triumph over adversity.
A favorite scene of mine is where Kvothe plays his lute at the Eolian. Kvothe is playing to not only earn his pipes, but also gambling everything on the outcome. The nervousness, the fear, the joy in the music, I can feel it even now writing this review. With so much on the line, Kvothe is sabotaged!
Rothfuss ties so much together in that scene, you realize how much of that book connects together and how much though was put into each chapter written.
Some books are just words on a page, you have to push to keep reading. Some books are like magic, a magic that pulls you into a new world. A world filled with characters that feel like old friends, they make you laugh with joy, you feel their pain and sorrow. Too too soon the last page turns and you have to return to the real world, realizing that hours have gone by unnoticed. Rothfuss has that magic.
Great narrating as well, highly recommended!