In the top 10% easily. It was really engaging. I love the characters, the stories within stories, and the feeling of really being there. The writing is smooth and gives enough detail to enjoy and build the world in a solid way, without being tedious and plodding.
The female characters are great too. They aren't cookie cutter types, and more like real people, they have good and bad qualities. You can't just peg them immediately as "the good girl" or "the mean one."
Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card is a similar book - a boy on a journey, fantasy, magic, but in a more-or-less believable presentation.
He makes you forget he's doing all the voices. His voice is very easy to listen to, and he doesn't rush it along, or pause too long between sentences. It's very genuine. I felt like I was being read to by a good friend.
Yes. I couldn't turn it off.
I was eager to go to the next in the series right away, and I was glad it was also narrated by Nick Podehl. I'll look for more of his work, and can't wait for the next in this excellently written series.
I almost dont even know where to start. I was so pleasantly surprised by this book. I had read in someone else's review that it was slow starting, but paid off in the end. Thats's exactly what happened, except the reward was so much greater than I expected.
The publishers summary didn't properly describe this book. I was hesitant to listen to it despite all the rave reviews because I thought it was just going to be stories of a fantasy heroes conquests. In a very small way that's what it was, but there is so much more to it. It is about the journey of a legendary person and how he became a legend whether through factual or fictional means. It is about a young boy as he grows to manhood just trying to survive.
This first book of the trilogy is really only a backdrop to the story that will begin in day 2 and day 3 of the story. But, It is so richly packed and intricately weaved that I feel the best is yet to come. Considering that this is already my favorite book, my anticipation for the next book (which I will be starting in like 5 minutes) is incalculable.
As a person that enjoys fantasy fiction, but prefers other kinds, I implore anyone interested enough in this book to read this review to take this ride with us.
Not really. I loved them both.
There were many. This is just an amazing book.
Everything. He is one of the best narrators I've ever heard. I can't help comparing others to him.
Yes, but it is far too long.
I'm at a bit of a loss for words in this review. This is one of my favorite books ever, both in print and audio. I've listened to it 3 times, and love it every time. Buy it.
I read A LOT. I'm now approaching 500 audiobooks in my collection. I also read 30-60 additional books a year on my Kindle.
Let me put it this way: I loved this book soooooo much while I was I reading it on my Kindle, that I used a credit so I could listen to it while I drive (which I do a lot for work). That is how compelling this story is. Throw it in the category of books that are under-appreciated, under-read and under-the-radar. I even found myself reading little insights to my fiancé as I read it.
Bottom line: this book a well-written, great story, with interesting characters. I have recommended this book to more friends, who like different kinds of books, than any other book I read in the last two years. To me, it has mass appeal.
If you like good characters, get this book. If you like great, well-written stories, get this book. If you like fantasy stories, get this book. If you like books when the characters seem to have super-human powers, get this book. If you like books that are not predictable but are compelling page-turners, get this book. You WON’T regret it.
Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.
This review covers the first books of the series Kingkiller Chronicles. Some fantasy can be exhausting: Dan Simmons, Brandon Sanderson, George R. R. Martin, Robert Jordan, even sometimes Neil Gaiman. Their stories can take your breath away but sometimes, also, knock the wind out of you with a force. Patrick Rothfuss is not about that. He is more about an easy-going kind of entertainment. These books do not knock you over with amazement, epic wars or adventure. They are more subtle and a great richness comes through in that subtlety. While usually light, do not be fooled; they contain a depth and richness that is just easy to read and easier to appreciate. This is nothing short of outstanding fantasy prose and character development.
These stories are long but not too long. Rothfuss does not ramble. The continuity of the protagonist Kvothe’s stories is there but not so complex or convoluted that one can get lost over the span. While there are many characters there is a core of them that are easy to know and become invested in. The stories are more about people and their relationships than about what the wizard-in-training is actually learning and practicing.
At least the first two books do not contain that much magic but they do not leave you wanting either. They only leave you in great anticipation of the next book to come in the series.
Nick Podehl’s reading is impeccable. I am loathe to say this is a great book for YA’s for fear it might deter older readers from venturing here. That would be a mistake. These are great books for readers of all age or gender.
Patrick Rothfuss has some very unique and interesting ideas on this genre. I was trapped in this story from start to finish. It was a stupendous escape. His play on words and description are some of the best I've ever come across. If you enjoy a deep slow and original story with a refreshing introduction to the genre of myth, magic, adventure, and legend then this is a book for you.
On a side note the Narrator, Nick Podehl, was hands down the best I've come across. This says a lot for someone who listens to 40+ audio books a year. He was on top of his game for this story. Very easy on the ears.
And I can't help but toss in this review: BOOK TWO PLEASE ;-)
Professional truck driver. Avid reader. I love series. I love long books.
New favorite book/ series! Can't wait for the 3rd. Smartly written with characters you care about and want to know more about. The author developed an entire mythos and theology for this world that one can easily fall into. This is not just a straight linear tale, it has layers and layers and many stories are told that could easily be books of their own, told seemlessly by the lead character. Nick Podehl does an excellent job bringing the characters to life. Each with his/her distinct personality and delivery. He makes it easy to tell which character is speaking at any given time. I will definitely add Nick Podehl to my favorite narrators list, as well as Patrick Rothfuss as a new favorite author.
The story has the right mix of mystery, action, and explanation. It draws you in quickly, gets you attached to the characters and then brings them in and out throughout the story keeping everything flowing.
I really enjoyed the 1st person aspect of this story...being inside the head of a "wizard/musician" as he goes through his training, trials and tribulations is fascinating. The tie-in with science is well done. Just enough humor without being over-the-top...
In the first hour or so of the book I did not care for the narrator- his voice did not seem to fit the main character. I almost scrapped the audiobook for the print version. However, over the next 40 hours he really won me over and now I'm not sure what I was thinking-5 stars Mr. Podehl! Sorry I doubted you!
The writing is exactly what I look for in a novel and since this is told as a narrative there isn't an unnecessary amount of time spent on describing environments or clothing, which to me is more like filler than it is substance. It's pure story progression and nothing on the page is wasted. The characters are so human in this story that you forget this is fiction and begin to think it's an autobiography. Nothing is too over the top as far as the magical aspects of the story are concerned in that you could see this being the way the real world would view "magic" if it were a somewhat normal occurrence. I will say that book one/day one starts ever so slightly at a walking pace and then explodes to a sprint, so give it a couple chapters and you will be glad you did. Book two/day two (this book) is fantastic as well. For the performance of the narrator, I couldn't give a better rating. Nick Podehl developed over 100 individual characters to give this audiobook the performance it deserves and his accents blend into the story without drawing attention to themselves. I have started looking for new books by searching for Nick Podehl at this point.
Harry Potter books maybe? Nothing is similar as far as I have found, but people who like the Harry Potter books would certainly enjoy this series as well.
If not Kvothe, the main character then it would be Ari. This is a female character, but Nick Podehl handles this daunting task with such delicacy and sincerity that you begin to hear his voice as hers without any trepidation. She is a very shy and complicated character and this must have been one of the hardest throughout the story to develop, but I can't think of any way that Podehl or anyone else could have taken this performance to a higher level.
Yes and no. I say no, because I wanted to savor every chapter and I did not want it to end, but if I had the time, I could easily listen all the way through.
I couldn't come up with any reason why anyone with a variety of tastes wouldn't enjoy these books from Patrick Rothfuss. Just read some of the other reviews by some of today's popular author's and publications and you won't have to take my word for it.