Aussie truckie, on the long haul!
Well.... to think i nearly gave up listening to this book after about an hour! i found it hard at the start to really get into it, but WOW!!! this is a book that you'll have trouble pressing the stop button (after the 1st hour). Rupert degas is the key to this book coming alive, his performance is absolutely outstanding. Patrick rothfus, you sir, are a genius!
Those not too concerned with character depth.
The lead character in this book has no flaws or intricacies; his challenges are as superficial as the supporting characters, who seem to have no existence of their own. This is meant to be a bildungsroman but the protagonist is basically infallible throughout with little or no growth – he is essentially blandly fully formed from the start. If you want low fantasy/genre breaking writing rather go for Joe Abercrombie. I don't understand how this book is so popular because I couldn't get through the whole thing, but maybe it's just not my cup of tea?
When I started listening to 'The Name of The Wind', I realised that I had started reading it a few years ago (in book form), and stopped after a few chapters in as it felt laboured, cheesy and cliched.
Whilst 'The Name of The Wind' book does take itself a little too seriously, and is unashamedly a member of the greater fantasy genre, it is a thoroughly enjoyable, and well constructed tale. It isn't, however, the elf / dwarf great quest archetype, that I was sure it would degenerate into, when I rejected it in the past, rather it has the feel a sophisticated fairy tale.
The protagonist, Kvoth, is a ridiculously able young man (think Aragon mixed with Harry Potter) making his mark on the world, a world apparently determined to punish him for his talents at every conceivable juncture.
Keep in mind, however, it is book one of a trilogy of three, with book two split into 2 separate purchases, though this is nothing peculiar for readers of fantasy.
This is the first book by Patrick Rothfuss I have read. Rupert Degas made this story an absolute joy to listen to.
Without giving to much away, the story is split into two, with Kvothe the mighty hero recounting his story of his path to becoming a hero to listeners in the present day. The action that happens in the present day is just as interesting, if not more so than the main bulk of the book - which is the tale of Kvothe growing up, discovering 'sympathy' (magic), becoming orphaned, living rough as a street kid before going to a university for arcanists and then having a short adventure with his love interest.
Rothfuss writes this typical hero story in an unusual way. Kvothe our hero, seems very mysterious in the present day - full of darkness and brooding. In recounting his tale he turns our mysterious hero into a very human character. One full of flaws and common worries and concerns. Half the book seems to be made up of Kvothe worrying about where he will find money to pay for his tuition and trying to impress a girl.
While there is a part of me that appreciates this honesty, I feel that this book could easily have been edited to half it's length and been just as interesting. Also, while you can easily anticipate things building up to future adventures and climaxes, nothing much really happens in the book. Seriously. And the little adventure that happens at the end seems kind of thrown in just to try and round off the first book.
Having said all this, Degas's performance made me not want to stop listening. Seriously one of the best audiobook performances ever. The substance he gave to all the characters was just amazing. I will definitely buy the next book and as I am the kind of person who listens to books more than once will probably give it another listen, but I am hoping that the story picks up in pacing and gets better in the next two books.
Love this series. The story turns the unbelievable fantasy tale into the believable with relatable characters. Beautifully written and the narration is perfection.
Long distance interstate driver. I need my books to be interesting to keep me going at 4am. I'm biassed towards action, scifi, fantasy but also entertaining non fiction/educational
The way the author describes the main characters feelings about his passions. Like music
The amazing yet believable world created. I kept wanting to know more about its mysteries.
Yes if I had the time. I have actually listened to it twice. Very rare with any of my audible books.
The best book I have ever read/listened to. Hands down my all time favourite Just wish the third was out already.
Rothfuss narrative style takes a little getting used to, but once you latch onto it, you'll be treated well. The dual timeline narrative, structured as characters in the present recalling the past, seems gimmicky and the author himself almost drops it completely about halfway through the novel. But the actual story itself is unique and compelling and I look forward to reading the second book.
Degas' narration is astounding! I can think of no narrator who comes even close to him for raw skill with character voices. Sometimes I had trouble believing it was the same man doing the reading!
Great story, wonderful characters - brought me back tot he fantsay genre
When the main character talks about his favourite moment with Dana.
Great performance with lots of varied characters
When the main character leaves Tarbeen and says his final farewell to the carer in the basement
We live in the information age, yet the biggest challenge facing humanity is communication. - Self.
Great author, great style and a great book ( in that order).
Patrick Rothfuss has a gorgeous writing style and an interesting story. The story is set where a a man considered to be a legend is eking out his life in a remote town. He seems to have given up being a hero, and the chronicler comes through to get his story. Thus starts a prologue detailing the early life and exploits of Kvothe. In the current time setting as well, there are troubling signs, as something isnt right and more is about to happen.
Which means double the intrigue as you want to know what happened in the past as well as what's coming!
Definitely recommend the book. My very small criticism of the book is the obsession with Denna (Kvothe's kind of crush). Not much happens at times but just Kvothe's pining for her. But that's a very small criticism - overall, the book is great. It doesn't have a lot of fireworks, e.g. dragons, secret caverns, etc. but still very interesting.
Yes. This is how books should be. A real adventure.
Got completely lost in the story.
Kept finding things to do so l could keep listening.
Can't wait for the third book:)