The book is a good balance between character development, world development and plot. The characters are 3-D, not perfect or stereotypical. The world is rich with interesting nuances and magic is blended with science in a smooth way that allows both to be believable. The context is mostly consistent and cast somewhat in the Middle Earth modality, but is has unique quirks that make it refreshing. The plot is compelling, basically a coming of age journey, where action is not the driver as much as the narrative itself. I especially like structuring it into a frame story, so that you are drawn in and out of context, with hints presented in the frame and then fleshed out in the narrative. The narrator has very effective voicing that communicates character and emotion. The story is compelling and keeps you engaged, not predictable, pedantic or too weighted toward pointless action scenes. It is consistent and builds with threads that seem purposeful and meaningful to the overall flow of the plot.
I am interested in reading more from this author.
The structure of the world, along with it's science and magic, is fairly straight forward. However, the author's characters themselves are interesting and insightful.
Nothing. The narration adds to and does not impede the story. I do not think of the narrator often, and find the story flows from voice to voice without me being aware of the narration. That is my measure of an excellent narration.
This is probably the most beautifully written fantasy book I've ever read. Unfortunately, the narrator annoyed me so much I ended up reading book 2 on my kindle.
Excellent compelling story from start to finish. Characters feel like real people, not flat inhuman archetypes. The Narrator is great and really brings each character alive; his voices add a lot to the experience.
If you enjoy Fantasy you should probably read/hear this ASAP.
Yes. There is so much to absorb that the book is worth listening to again to see if anything was missed.
While no book is totally unique, this book was unique in several ways. It also wasn't a "fluff" book as I call it, where the author throws things in just to make the book seem longer. Another thing worth mentioning is the main character has to overcome brutal issues, which make it believeable even today in some aspects of our lives.
No. This was my only major issue. The characters are often hard to distinguish from each other. Also, the narrator at times flows his descriptive narration and character speaking in the same voice, making it hard to tell when a character is speaking. Mind you it isn't all the time but it was the number one thing keeping me from listening to the book in longer sittings. Too much energy was spent trying to catch character changes, description versus character speaking etc..
Yes, but if I list it here, it would spoil a major part for those who haven't read the book yet. I will say though it had to do with how the main character had to overcome things at an early age.
While there are many who think the narration was outstanding, I ask you to really listen to the book in comparison to other narrators out there before lashing out at my opinion of how this book was done. I've read close to a hundred audio books, and I believe it could have been done better.
The only reason I am so critical in how the book was performed is that this is an audio book site and if the person is not easy to listen to, it can affect the decision of purchasing other books done by the same narrator.
no because after waiting so long for book 3 even I have given up on an ending. I am very sorry I started this series because it is such a great read.
don't waste your time or money on starting this series, Patrick Rothfuss will probably never finish it..
Yes, this book would be recommended to all my friends. The reason for this is because the author's tone and words create an awesome world that is memorable and contains no world inconsistencies.
Since, this is written by the innkeeper's POV the times in the innkeeper's life that he found memorable is most memorable to me.
He distinctly shows the author's use of literature, but I would've enjoyed it more if all the elder folk didn't all sound the same.
Fantasy, Action, Adventure
The story does start slow, but once you get past the tavern things start to heat up.
I enjoy reading fantasy, science fiction, and horror the most. To improve, I read about language, psychology, spirituality, and art. I read about computer science and business for professional reasons.
Like many great fantasy novels and series, Patrick Rothfuss has created a distinct world with it's own fantasy systems, civilizations, and characters. The many talented hero is developed through both a biography style narrative of adventures, and as the actual story teller or narrator of the story within the story.
Sure, but I consider most reading/consuming books to be time well spent. If nothing else, you ought to learn something from it. For instance, I learned from this book that the standards for referring to someone as "Tolkienesque" are lower than they ought to be.
I've not read the end, since the third book is not yet released.
Its fairly straightforward. He's no Guidall, but I think Podehl does a decent job.
Sure, TV is full of crap way worse than this. It wouldn't make HBO, but it should make Bravo or Showtime.
The heart of the matter is this: the book does not follow its own logic. Its difficult to get into details without spoilers, but I will do my best to illustrate my point here. When you construct something as a story, you build a world and characters (obviously) from the bottom up (discounting "good writers borrow, great writers steal", etc). When you do that, you construct a certain logic that the reader plays along with, in order to suspend disbelief. This is especially important to fiction, and even more so with fantasy and sci-fi in particular, since they have the additional onus of overcoming trashy stereotypes. Rothfuss is a talented storyteller, as is Kvothe, but as he weaves the narrative, he seems to forget the constructs by which the reader navigates and maintains interest. This is especially problematic in the second book, which requires even more suspension of disbelief, not because the story gets more outrageous (its fantasy, after all), but because the characters start making less and less sense, Kvothe in particular.
I think one of the main problems here is that I was hoping, by the reviews and the press associated with this book, that something different might happen here. It does not. Its the same hero's journey we have been reading for a thousand years. Nothing wrong with that...but nothing particularly exciting about it either.
I gave this three stars because, despite my previous protests, Rothfuss obviously knows his craft, and the meta-story involved here is interesting in its construction and delivery. That, and I'm still hoping the third book does something brave and different (which there is still room to do), and turns a few million book nerds (me included) on their ear, a la George RR Martin. I'm not saying he should kill Kvothe, just that this series might still find redemption from the ordinary via bravery...and I hope it does.
Three stars. Above average. Worth it. Not spectacular.
After reading The Name of the Wind I thought I knew the story. After listening to the name of the wind, I realized I didn't know the half of it. This book is a story about stories and listening to it really highlighted the importance each story plays in the overall plot. The audiobook should be sold with the novel for the ultimate experience.
I don't think a single word in a single sentence is out of place. Beautifully orchestrated.
I love the characters. He moves between them flawlessly and isn't afraid to make the noises required. The scene in the Rookery is fantastic!
I wish there was only one, but I have to mention three (or I would be doing Rothfuss a disservice). Also, they moved me in different ways.
Without giving to much out the first moment that brought me to tears is when Kvothe breaks his lute strings while dealing with his loss.
The second moment I had moved me with excitement. It sounds something like:
“What does our story need? What vital element is it lacking?”
“Women Reshi.” Bast said immediately.
I smiled, “Not women Bast, a woman…the woman.
I looked at Chronicler, “You have heard bits and pieces I don’t doubt. I will tell you the truth of her though I fear I am not equal to the challenge.”
Chronicler picked up his pen, but before he could dip it, I held up a hand.
“Let me say one thing before I start. I’ve told stories in the past, painted pictures with words. I’ve told hard lies, and harder truths. Once, I sang colors to a blind man. Seven hours I played, but at the end, he said he saw them: green, and red, and gold.
"That, I think was easier than this. Trying to make you understand her with nothing more than words; you have never seen her, never heard her voice. You cannot know.
I motioned to Chronicler to pick up his pen, “but still, I will try...."
“She is in the wings now, waiting for her cue. Let us set the stage for her arrival.”
And Finally, I've never had a better sense of satisfaction, or huzzah'd out loud (HOL) as when Kvothe gets promoted to Re'lar.
I love a good story, especially one with a bit of a dark side.
This is seriously one of the best stories out there. I could sit around a fire on a never ending night and listen to Kvothe tell his story for days. I can't wait for the next book, and hope that after his life is told, and written, his legend will continue with his future.