I am a serious fan of the fantasy genre and this book is among my favorites. This tale is drawn out in a storyteller fashion by a clever author using original concepts and creative dialog to keep the audience entertained from start to finish. This is just the beginning of an epic tale and I encourage all who enjoy a good fantasy or someone looking to try one for the first time to give this gem a try, top 5 series for sure and an author to keep an eye on in the future.
Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide)
I had been meaning to read THE NAME OF THE WIND for quite some time and the stars aligned when an Audible deal presented itself at the exact time that I had finished another audiobook. I was really excited to start the book because I’ve been on a fantasy binge lately, I’ve heard such great things, and I’ve heard that the audio is quite fantastic!
So how did the read go? In a nutshell… I loved it. Alyssa had told me once that this is one of the characters she’s become heavily invested in and I can easily see why! Kvothe is an outstanding character with a bright personality and a bright mind, and Patrick Rothfuss does an amazing job at bringing the reader into his story. I tend to go into books blind so I picked this one up on the recommendation of others and really hadn’t researched too much what the book was about other than the fact that it was fantasy but I really loved how the book took shape. The series isn’t the Kingkiller Chronicles but the Kingkiller Chronicle — one story told over a series of books with THE NAME OF THE WIND starting off in what would be present day for the characters and most of the book taking place in Kvothe’s past, as narrated to Chronicler. I’m not always a fan of the flashback but I really liked how the Kvothe’s youth was the focus of THE NAME OF THE WIND and I suspect we’ll get other portions of his life in subsequent books. I think it’s a great way to really get to know the character instead of just being filled in with bits about his past because his whole life really did shape him to be the person he is now.
That being said, THE NAME OF THE WIND still leaves quite a bit for the reader to guess. Yes, we have Kvothe’s history now… But how did he get to where he is now? How did he meet his current comrades? What happened to him to gain this outstanding reputation? We see bits and pieces in THE NAME OF THE WIND and — as agonizing as it is — I’m glad there are so many questions left open because it makes me that much more anxious to continue the series and it also gives the series a sense of continuity instead of being very separate parts. The past is tied into the future and the present hints at the past. It’s really very clever!
Really, the whole book is clever. Kvothe has a brilliant mind and sharp tongue and he constantly kept me wholly involved in the story at hand. It was so interesting learning about the magic system as well! There were so many things involved in what one could learn at the university and I’m sure that’s just a drop in the bucket compared to what future books will reveal. There are clever songs, carefully crafted plots, detailed settings, and really just an overall excellent layout to the overall story. I just really enjoyed how an idea was constantly used from start to finish and just when you forgot that it was also a main focus, it would pop back up again in the perfect place.
I’m so glad I read THE NAME OF THE WIND! I honestly didn’t want to stop reading and I didn’t want the book to end so I’m definitely planning on reading the next book soon! Since the book spans Kvothe’s youth and time in school, it’s also a really nice place for young adult fans to crossover into a little bit of adult fantasy as well!
this book caught me by surprise, lured me in and did not disappoint. have you ever read a book that when you finish, you feel alone because your new found friend have gone? that is what the end of this book was like for me, thank God I bought the next book in the series!
very good narration - it kept me engaged and i felt that he controlled his tone cum pace very aptly.
the story was magnificent in its description of the setting and etc. could be slow paced for some but a page turner for myself
Love the book but not a fan of Nick Podehl. One of the towns men has Bronx accent and throws you out of the story world when he speaks. All other character voices are ok and fit the storyline. Still 4 stars on performance.
While I love the tale that Rothfuss has weaved here, as we learn who Kvothe is and where he comes from, what really pulls you in is the incredible narration by Nick Podehl. His work here as the narrator, crafting multiple voices throughout the story, is so delightful to listen to. My mind wanders, which makes listening to audiobooks troubling at times, but Podehl's performance kept me on track. I'm looking forward to listening to more of Rothfuss' grand tales because Podehl is quite possibly the best person to be narrating this series.
this book was really something special. It felt like a very detailed autobiography, not just a fantasy book. the characters were clever, the magic system original, and overall it was just very believable, which is the most important part of a fantasy novels construction. I haven't even started on the performance, have I? I don't think I've ever heard such a well perfomed book. where most narrators struggle with exclamations and reactions, this one made it sound as though they were all coming to him completely naturally. it was very long, and admittedly there were stretches where very little of important interest or happening, but with a combination of clever wording and excellent voice acting, this book manage to make even the boring parts a pleasure to get through.