I loved this book when I read it. While listening to the Audio book it seemed annoying. I couldn't even finish it. I have no idea what that means.
I have an english degree from the University of Wisconsin River-Falls (UWRF). I read, write, and listen to stories daily.
This book is impossible to review properly. Instead I'll say that this book makes my top five along with East of Eden, David Copperfield, Kidnapped, and A Wise Man's Fears. Nick Podehl does a nice job, but occasionally mispronounces a name.
One of my top audio books. Was recommended this book by a friend. LOVED it!!!! Pulls you in from begining. Very addective.
Was very clear, in what character what speacking and the flow.
this book was very long, but very good so found myself listening more than nomral to my ipod.
This wonderful fantasy always kept me guessing in the plot formation. I couldn't stop reading because I had to find out how a situation turned out, and the narrative would immediately develop another situation that kept me guessing.
The main character was Kvothe, but I was mesmerized by Denna, his love interest.
This is a very long book, but since I have a commute to work, it was the perfect thing to listen to daily.
I listened to this book because my son couldn't stop saying enough about it, so I sort of listened for his benefit. However as the plot developed, I couldn't stop and I am glad that he raved on this book. I will take a short break and read some other genres, but I am sure to read the second one in the series.
I have enjoyed a great many fantasy novels thanks to Audible, but this one has been among the very best. Mr. Rothfuss's characters are engaging and likable, but more importantly he offers his readers a somewhat unusual view of the hero's journey. While the novel gets off to slow a start, the story is worth the build up. In addition Mr. Podehl's narration is solid and enjoyable with each character sounding unique and believable. If you could only choose one fantasy novel to read in 2014 you would not regret choosing "The Name of the Wind".
The KingKiller Chronicles are sublime! I only stop to review books I feel strongly about one way or another and this is an amazing story! I think you will love it! Here is my most favorite thing about this book:
It is clear from the writing that the author has a deep love of storytelling. He uses a literary device of telling a story within a story, but he doesn't stop there. He pushes the boundaries and tells stories within a story within a story; many of them, and all with great artistry. I have seen this device used by other authors fairly mechanically and conspicuously to give context or clarification to the reader. This is NOT the way of Patrick Rothfuss. While these 3rd-story stories do convey this and more, they are truly wonderful in their own right. Such imagination and heart in them! Plus when you are in 3 stories deep, it is such FUN! Think of how your brain felt watching inception, except without all the confusion.
Again, the overall story of Kvothe is so delightful that I can't wait to start the journey over from the beginning and listen again, but an unexpected take away is this: Of course I love stories, but even though I am an Audible.com addict, I hadn't much thought on it. These books made me remember and appreciate how precious and wondrous a good story is! Well Done!
Absolutely. Great character definition, and the overall story is interesting and compelling. I loved this book ... but actually find I am liking the second book even better. Great dialogue and story-telling in both books.
Reminds me of some of the books by Brandon Sanderson.
He did a good job of making each person sound a little different. And what I really appreciated is that he could do a woman's voice without them all sounding like old guys in drag.
Not a chance, because it is too long. Definitely need a break at times.
Superb. (I am an ordinary reader ... not one of those shills hired by publishers, or members of the author's family!)
I recommend this book 100%. The characters are well developed and believable. The story is also really engaging and is told in a way that keeps you deeply involved. I found it hard to stop listening at night. The story is set up to be an epic story, but coming from Kvoth's point of view it is still kept pretty simple and straight forward.
Well worth your time.
Yes, This book was very hard to start with the first 2 chapters but from that point...AMAZING!! I love this book. not much of a reader but love it!!!
Patrick Rothfuss brings us an original and entertaining story which allows the reader/listener to enter the mind of the protagonist as he recounts the events of his life that shape him into the legend he becomes. The contrast of the rumors of the legendary Kvothe and his first person narrative illustrates how a reputation can grow from making the tales taller than they are. Yet, the truth behind the tales are as fantastic as the tales themselves. As Kvothe shares his journey with Chronicler, the reader/listener becomes Kvothe, sharing his sorrow, his anger, his desires, his motivation.
I would highly recommend this novel to anyone who loved other character driven series (Harry Potter, for example). You get to know Kvothe and you care about what happens to him. You root for him. Although it is very character driven, it is not without great action.
Nick Podehl does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life. I especially enjoyed the interactions between Auri and Kvothe. Mr. Podehl portrayal of the whimsical Auri gives her the fae-like quality that Kvothe's see in her.