Worth every penny
This is one of those Epic Stories that pulls in, then keeps you immersed from cover to cover. More than a coming of age, more than hollywood heroics, this story takes the tragic hero narrative to a pinnacle beyond where I ever imagined. I've enjoyed many, many books intellectually, the talent of the writer, the creativity of the story, etc.. This one pulled me in emotionally as well. You want the protagonist to succeed, you want his friends to enjoy happiness, you want the antagonist to be destroyed and to wring the neck of the annoying twits who interfere (as so often in life!) I laughed out loud, much to the amusement of my family, and had to excuse myself outside for privacy during the dark moments ... and I don't consider myself an overly emotional guy.
Rothfuss hints at a larger "epic" story, while never losing the threads of the story that make each character real. There's no obvious plot devices, no "mechanics of literature 101" sub-structure that display slavish adherence to what has been done thousands of times before. (though admittedly there are parallels) -- the real genius is that the story moves smoothly. The thread travels from the stories "present" to its "past" so well, you forget that you are reading a "Story inside a story" concept. The net effect is entertainment so well sewn together its incredibly easy to forget to sleep, or eat, or go to work as you excuse yourself just five more minutes to see whats around the next corner.
If you've ever lost yourself in a story, written, in music, or around a campfire -- you'll enjoy the talent of the author, the narration, and at least in my case, the creativity of an inspired concept.
Easy to listen to without jarring mistakes that pull you out of the story.
Yes -- then when I got to the end, I wanted to hear it again (I've listened to the series 3x now)
There are 3 books I've purchased over and over again for friends and family. I've purchased at least 6 copies of this one. The 3rd in the series can't get to Audible fast enough for my taste.
Give this book a chance. I promise you won't be disappointed.
I think the perfrormance of the reading brings a great deal to the story that would be missed in just reading it yourself.
The vivid reading which helps you visualize the story. This is a made for movie story!
The battle with the dragon.
The story starts a bit slow and quickly gets into a great adventure novel. The interesting way of writing a story within a story is brilliant.
Engaging, spellbinding, finely crafted.
Can't say that's I've read another book like this. The storyline is unique- there is an ongoing story that the main characters are involved in, but much of the story is a retrospective narrative of the main character (Kvothe) dictating his biography at what he believes to be the end of his life. The back and forth of the timeline between past recollection and "current" timeline is seamlessly done and easy to follow, while keeping you engaged with the entire story arc. The character 's account of his actions are honest, tragic and engaging. You come to really care about Kvothe- at times he's a real S.O.B., but usually not without reason. The author really explores the way that myth evolves, how a person goes from being just another person (although exceptionally gifted) to becoming a legend that grows far beyond the person itself.
There were several instances where I found myself physically reacting to the story through laughing or speaking expletives out loud- I just found myself that wrapped up in what was going on. Very hard to put down.
Rothfuss is an artist with words. He doesn't just work out a good set of words and put them together- he uses the PERFECT words to describe the scenes and lay the story out for you- the fact that he labors over this is evident. His descriptions of events, scenery, motives and emotions are done with such skill.... this is the real magic of the story here.
This book ranks among the top books I've read/listened to in years. It is one of the most comprehensive worlds ever built for narration. As someone with both a background in chemistry, sociology, and acrobatics, I found Rothfuss' world to be rich and resoundingly realistic. I simply cannot say enough about this book - I would recommend it highly to anyone with a taste for rich and compelling fantasy fiction eager to step away from the empty, yet action packed stories that tend to fill the shelves.
Lover of great stories. Books, movies, tv, oral- From classics to contemporary, fantasy to historical. If I'm not out trying to live my own adventure, I'm enjoying another's.
Yes, and I have! Rothfuss' creativity is magnificent. The story has such richness and the characters are some of the best ever written. The interactions between characters seem almost flawless and the happenings of Kvothe's story never leave you bored, but they aren't so fantastical that you can't relate.
In all honestly, my favorite character is not always the main, but in case of Kvothe, none can surpass him. His struggles allow you to connect to his humanity, but his story let's you wonder at him in awe. He is quick witted and charming. He is confident and arrogant but not egotistical. You want to be his friend; you want to hear his story.
Nick's voicing is simply superb. I have both read and listened to this book, and I actually do prefer Nick's narration because of his acculmation of effort: he gives each geographical culture their own accent that I never would have thought of, let alone accomplished in such a satisfying degree, along with a great range of intonation for each character. It's magical.
Definitely! Difficult to do seeing as it would take an entire day with no sleep, but at home, in the car, at work, any time I could hit play I did.
I was recommended this book by a couple of friends. When I first started the book I had a little trouble getting into it. However, once it got going I couldn't put it down. The world that he creates is really interesting and I was captivated by the way everything from magic, to music, to wildlife is covered and mentioned. I ended up completing this book withing a week of starting it and that is not normal for me. However, once I finished this book, I felt like nothing was accomplished this whole book. Even the couple things that were suppose to be the big events of the book just felt trivial. This is why I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars overall. I still recommend it as a read. It is a wonderfully spun world of magic and mystery. I just really hope something actually happens in the next two books. Which I will read as soon as I get a chance.
The headline says it all. I have already purchased this book on itunes, and just bought it again (since it went on sale) in the hopes that I might convince even one new person to read it with this review. I also have a sign hard cover in my personal library even though I never read print. If you have not yet had the pleasure....I envy you.
"It's like honey one warm bread."
so I made it about 2 hours into this monster and just couldn't take it anymore. Once the narration bogs down in telling a story about storytelling and acting, it just exhausted my patience.
I think the reader also is not right for this story. His rendering just left me even more tired.
Disappointed after downloading this based on Audible's recommendation. Maybe if I was 15 it would have appealed to me.
This story is great, the characters are well developed, and the reader really pulls you into the story. I am dying to read book 3. Please hurry
I would recommend this book and I have recommended this book. It is such an enjoyable experience. It did take me about 30 minutes to really start enjoying this book but after the initial 30 minutes I have not been able to stop. It brings you into another world. It is one of the best books I have read or listened to. It is a book for all ages.
I imagine this book takes place during similar times of Game of Thrones or The Hobbit. If you have enjoyed those books, this book will be on the top of your favorites list.
Don't hesitate. Order the book, you won't regret it.