Very cool. The hero is so human, with great talent, great tragedies, and lots of learning from his mistakes. Please don't make a movie of this one - it couldn't do it justice.
Loved this book from beginning to end. The Narrator has a pleasant feel to him and he does the voices very well. As some people have said, this book is like a adult version of Harry Potter. Can't wait till the next book!
A bit of a slow and wandering start, but once the hero starts telling the story of his life, I could not stop listening. The supporting characters are engaging and the action is great.
After reading and listening to hundreds and hundreds of books throughout my life, I would put this book in my top 5, maybe even my top 3. I loved it! I couldn't get enough of the story and had to listen to it outside of my commute to work and back. I have only done that for one other book (The Warded Man). The Narrator was excellent, but the story was done in such a unique way, that I couldn't stop listening to it!! I cannot wait for book 2.
I even went to the authors website to find out about book 2. It's nice to be able to listen to a whole series straight through, but in this case I found out I'd better not hold my breath. I would still recommend it though.
I'm in love with this book! It was original, well-written, and the narrator was FANTASTIC! It has replaced the Wheel of Time books as my new favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy read and narrator Nick Podehl has replaced my former favorite Michael Kramer! WOW! Loved it! Am anxiously awaiting book two... :)
I whole heartedly agree with many of the other reviews of the audio version of this book, if not for the childrens story like reading that Nick Podehl portrays during this book, I would have easily given it 5 STARS.
I hope that the next installment uses a narrator with a more of a refined voice and reading style. There are a number of narrators that would have lent a fuller/dramatic tone to this novel; thus, proving the depth that would have made the listening 1000-times better. A few that come to mind are: Michael Kramer, Scott Brick, Jack Garrett, Ron Perlman, etc.
If you like Jordan and Martin you will enjoy this book. I simply can not image a fan of epic fantasy giving this book less than a 4 or 5 star. The story is exciting and detailed. I enjoy the unique perspective Rothfuss has graced us with. He doesn't feel constrained with following a certain template. The story, so far, is great. I can't wait for the next book!
Don't let John stop you from getting this book. I would discribe the first half Oliver Twist and the second Harry Potter. Not a lot of Sword but some Sorcery. I cannot wait for the next book.