If you are looking for a good epic fantasy, you've found it. Colorful cultures, believable magic, memorable characters. It's less gritty than GoT, but happier. It's more magical than The First Law, and more mature than Harry Potter. It fits nicely into any shelf containing these books. My only negative review is of the narrator. And I do not criticize his performance, as much as the choice of narrator in general. Nick is too young. I feel like his voice removes some of the sinister quality I felt while reading the paperback.
well from the moment I finished the first chapter I did not want to put this down chapter after chapter he poured out wonderful words it really was the best book I've ever read also the first book. lol jk
Not as expected
It just ended, as if the author was writing the book and decided to publish what he had.
The story was moving along and it just ended. When I say ended, it was as if the author was writing a story, had enough chapters to publish a "book", and just decided to to write an epilog. No climax, no hero getting the girl, no failure, just 2 characters who were mentioned occasionally in the book arguing in a room. I'm reluctant to buy the next book in the series because of this. Very disappointed.
Kvothe saving the girl in the fire, then awkwardly not knowing what to think about himself or how to behave as a new "hero".
Kvothe, mostly the contrast between his brilliance and wit and moments of borderline absurd incompetence, where neither conflict with his character
The story borrows many common tropes and thoughts from other fantasy genera books, and some elements of the story seem childishly simplistic. In other words, it doesn't read like serious literature, but what did you expect? The story is compelling despite these shortcoming and the author fleshes out the world so that it feels developed and consistent. The performance is incredible and adds a lot to the characters. I plan to continue the series.
As a lover of coming of age tales rooted in fantasy and magic I'm shocked and appalled that I had never heard of this novel until recently.
The author is a masterful story teller. Many times I found myself captivated, I couldn't stop listening even late into the night when I should be sleeping before a big exam.
I listen to a lot of books and am master level on the audible app, yet this is the first review I've ever written. That should be pretty telling as to the quality of this book.
The performance was perfect, I couldn't think of a better voice for the character. The writing is witty, deep, and engaging. The concept is quite interesting as the author is telling a story of a man telling his own story, very intriguing.
There is magic, science, love, action..I don't think anything is to be desired.
I only hope book 2 lives up to this one.
If you love coming of age tales or simply want a great fantasy/magic type book to listen to please get this one. You won't regret it.
I was completely addicted to this story. it is pure story-telling at its finest. It's not your standard epic of Kings and Wizards (though there are hints of that in the world's history) but a story of an exceptional hero coming from unexceptional means to become a mysterious legend.
The narrator also adds a lot of flavour to the story and because it is about a man telling a story, it seems only appropriate that one listens to the story being told. It is a mostly first-person narrative, so even though the book has accompanying maps, there is no loss of quality or detail listening and it is not difficult to follow by listening the way other fantasies can be.
If you are unsure about this purchase. Trust me. Do it.
I love the book. Love the story. Love Patrick Rothfuss.
The voice acting was awesome with the exception of some of the voices were confusing. Hard to keep straight who was talking sometimes. But impressed all in all by Nick podehls ability to vary his voice in such a way.
easily one of my favorite books, and the narrator, although I've never heard of him, did an outstanding job.
Yes! When I find a great book I will go back to it when nothing else pulls me in. When I find an audiobook with a talented reader, the immersion is all that much deeper. I've loved books but disliked the audiobook enough to not pick it up again. This book, read by Nick Podehl, is a great experience. I love his inflections, pauses, dramatic effects and character voices.
Kvothe, of course, is the most likely character to pick but as this book ended I wanted to learn more about Bast. The Chronicler is a close third.
Towards the end of the book, when Kvothe gets angry and as a result of his actions finds himself on the horns again.