More cheese than depth. A main character who is overly persecuted for no real reason despite being ridiculously awesome at everything. The narration was a major detraction. Podehl's voice sounds too young and lacks the range to pull off the role demanded of the character's wise and worldly aspect.
Some author's works don't translate well from the eye (read) to the ear (heard) and I think that Rothfuss is one of those writers. I found the audiobook boring and unable to keep my attention. I felt no connection to the characters, no desire for them to succeed nor even a desire for them to survive. I listened through to the end, hoping in vain for some sort of climax.
After having read some of the reviews others wrote, I was really disappointed after I started listening. Comparing this offering to Mistborn, as one of the reviewers did, is difficult to understand.
I couldn't finish it. I made it through part of Part 2, and couldn't force myself to continue listening any longer.
The narrator, to me, sounded like a teen. The writing itself wasn't much better.
In short, it bored me to tears.
I don't often write bad reviews, but in this case I felt I owed to the other listeners who give of their time to provide reviews.
I wish I had something positive to say, but there it is.
This book doesn't follow the standard 'rules' in fantasy. It reads more like an autobiography than a normal novel.
Dialogue, pacing, action sequences. Everything is executed perfectly.
Simply the best book i have ever read.
I got snookered. I don't know how else to explain it. Either the 5-star ratings were submitted by employees or friends. I know grade-schoolers who could create more nuanced and clever characters, a more interesting plot line, more subtle prose. In over five years of listening to audio books, this will be the second that I have quit before I finished. Thankfully I can not remember the first. Even books I hate, I finish. But not this one. For me, it gets one star for being a non-finisher. For you, it should be a non-starter.
One of the better fresher pieces of fantasy I have consumed in the last 5 years. The book is a real page turner, I was putting of other tasks just to find more time to continue it.
I have read many fantasy novels throughout my life and I can say this one of the best. This is one of the few books that can compare to the Song of Ice and Fire series, I would not say it is as good as Song yet but I have only read the first book. I enjoyed the Audible production as well, it typically takes me 3 hours or so to start enjoying a new narrator but one Podehl gets a few hours into the story he does an excellent job. The way this story is written is uncommon to the fantasy genre and I am interested to jump into the 2nd book. If you are a fan of Martin, Jordan, Tolkien or Sanderson I would recommend this audiobook to you.
I have read/listened to 300+ sci fi books, Many amazing series including all jordan sanderson and martin. Its not as deep as jordan, martin work. I think the creativity and the freshness of the story make it worth the read (imop its more akin to sanderson from the creativity stand point). This is an amazing book if you have read the previous Authors then this need to be your next book. anyways just got day two gotta run.. later.
I believe that this is Rothfuss' first major novel. It can only get better. There were a couple of parts that I found hard to follow as he jumps from past to present. I enjoyed the university period and was disappointed with the way it was concluded. Maybe the 2nd book will shed some more light on the why's.
When I previewed the audio the narrators voice concerned me. This became a non issue for me and Nick Podehl did a fine job with the narration.
The second day/book should be out soon. I can't wait.
I'm an astronomer. Scifi is all I ever read/watch/listen to. (with the occasional epic fantasy here and there, for diversity :)
well, i thought it was a mediocre book. It is well-written in the sense that every now and then there are some fantastic lines delivered at the right time by the right character. But the female characters are all completely boring and wooden and unreal and did I mention boring?? And you can't have a great male character being madly in love with a boring female character because then there's something wrong with the male character. So, if they're in love they should be equally exciting and fabulous, even when they're on the opposite ends of good and evil. Exciting intoxicating people are attracted to exciting intoxicating people, it doesn't make sense otherwise. That's my biggest problem with this book. Dana was...I can't even remember what she was cause she was so bland and uninteresting.
I only bought this because somebody reviewed it as "the only other fantasy book this year I enjoyed more than Mistborn". But this book is lightyears away from the quality and depth of story and character development that you have in Mistborn. Maybe if I wasn't expecting Mistborn-quality book I would have enjoyed this more....but nah, not with it being full of boring uninteresting bland female characters.
Also, I don't know what makes it so, but after 14 hours of listening to this book one still has the feeling that nothing has happened yet. Weird. Many books can be summarized this way, that nothing of great import has really happened, but they are still enjoyable and fun to listen to. Not this book, for some reason. I don't care about it enough to analyze why that is.
I also had problems with the narrator. I don't understand why half of his voices have to sound Russian. ?? it threw me off, I found it not suitable for a fantasy setting.
I'm giving it 1 star. I would give it 2 stars if it wasn't for the weird and totally unmotivated presence of so many Russians in this narration.