I thought it was a rough start. I almost gave up it. I am so glad I did not. The reading was really good.
I love that the author doesn't give up the details right away, there are subtleties and hints to the things you should know. There are questions I, as the reader, had to keep in the back of my mind. When they were answered subtly and satisfyingly. I enjoyed the fact that I didn't love the main character the whole time, there were times I felt he deserved a good slap across the face, and that made the story filling and complete.
Bast! I can't tell you why, I have my suspicions of things!
Can't say one or another. My favorites were the smaller characters, and the odd townsfolk or pig herder. He portrayed a rainbow of accents and difficult languages as if he were a native speaker.
It is a big story, with even bigger secrets. It was a story inside a story (and sometimes a third or fourth level). It was enveloping.
The story is so rich, deep, an intriguing. Deep rich back story and world, and so many details layered upon itself that I finished listen to the two books, realized the third was not out yet, and then went back and immediately re-listened to the books again and loved them just as much the second time around. The world Ruthfuss creates is incredibly deep only comparable to JRR Tolkien and RR Martin. I'd HUGE fantasy fan, and this has blown my mind. Action, love, mystery, magic that feels more like science. Simply superb.
Podehl is the most talented voice actor I have ever experienced. One would think this book would be impossible for one person to voice, there are countless characters, but he has so many different (and well done) accents for each person, and even his manner of speaking and cadence are so nuanced you can tell young Kvothe from current day Kvothe (the main character) if you skipped anywhere in the book.
It was at times disconcerting to have Patrick read both in Kvothe's voice and Denna's. A whimsical criticism but I would have loved a female voice to do her lines to do the budding relationship justice. Fantastic stuff all the same!
This is simply one of the best books I've read in years. Rothfuss has created something great. I haven't read a book from a single point of view in quite awhile and it was very refreshing. Kvothe's story draws you in and keeps you on the edge of your seat nearly the entire time. I've made it through book 2 as well and am anxiously awaiting the next one. The structure of the books is interesting in that, in my opinion, it feels like the three books are going to feel like one massive book instead of three distinct ones. The ending just kinda comes. It feels like you are supposed to keep reading.
If you have any interest in fantasy novels, you are sure to like this one.
The story kept me engaged and I wanted to know what happens next.
The main characters boldness to asking for what he wants and challenging the system to get to the truth of his journey.
Kvothe - the main character
When he stood his ground about being admitted to the university and when despite his punishment he is promoted.
For some reason, some of the chapters got cut off midway and the narration would jump to the next chapter.
I look forward to Day 2!