I reread / relisten to this book every few months and it's always as magical as if I were exploring it for the first time. Rothfuss has woven together a stunningly lavish world that is easy to fall into and terribly hard to leave. Do yourself a favor.
Reviews were great and I wanted a longer story for a credit so I gave it a shot. Not worth it. Not nearly enough interesting things happen for a 27 hour book. Too many fantasy stereotypes, too many fails of logic.
A boy's life story entertwined with fantastical embellishments. This is the book I reread over and over again. Anxiously awaiting book 3 that my favorite character may have closure in his adventurous life.
I loved this book the first time through, but only after returning to it a few years later and dozens of other fantasy series finished can I truly appreciate how wonderful this book is. There's something special here.
Native Californian, but lived in TX for 2.5 yrs where I joined a neighborhood book club and never looked back! I listen and read books! After 5 years of raving about audiobooks, I finally got my husband hooked!
I read this book with a small group of friends. I really had no grand expectations except it was highly recommended by many people I know and don't know. The "Kingkiller" Chronicles, in this book, doesn't mean anything at this point. We follow Kvothe from about 12 years of age to 17. He is an older man, telling his story to The Chronicler over a 3 day span. NotW is day 1. Now, Kvothe is very intelligent, bright, and had a great misfortune at age 12. But this event set him on his path, of which we are only barely seeing in NotW. There isn't a lot of "action" going on, merely daily events with friends, enemies, Instructors, and the like. Most of the real action occurs during the "Interludes" which are the present Kvothe/Kote breaking from the story being told to attend to matters at his Inn. So if you are expecting a lot of action, you will not find it here. But you will find a well written story. I did not LOVE the story, but it was better than okay, hence the 3.5 stars. I only reserve 5 stars for books I will reread. My reading group is on the fence whether to move on or not. Only 1 member has read both books that are out, and he says more action occurs in Wise Man's Fear. So maybe we will, but we decided to read a different book after this in the meantime.
I have read all of Pat's books, (waiting impatiently for the conclusion) and loved them all. I purchased the audio version so I could revisit this work during work and my commute. The story holds me from beginning to end, even though it is a second time through for me. I recommend it to anyone. The narrator is excellent.
I decided to listen to this book because my husband had read it. It isn't my "style" of book. After a chapter or two, however, I found myself lost in the story and mystery of an orphaned boy become hero, perhaps. Can't wait to listen to the next book in the series!