Together with The Wise Man's Fear (Book 2) Patrick Rothfuss and Rupert Degas have created a masterpiece of listening. It's long, but not long enough. There promises to be a book 3 (I've checked on Patrick Rothfuss' website) and I only wish I'd discovered these books after all 3 had been "audibled" as the wait for the next installment is tantalisingly difficult. In fact, all subsequent listening has felt disappointing both in depth of story and narration. I'm still checking out further listening of all genres but, although much of it is OK, none of it has come up to scratch.
An unsocial freak living his life around audiobooks, the next best thing to under water blowdryers.
I think the narrator was the wrong reader for this book. He has talent but for some reason the story telling part is so boring that i have a sore face from yawning and forcing my eyes open. The narration are extremely soft as well.
The story starts off good but it is starting to become a chore to listen now. There is nothing driving this story. I really wanted this story to be good. I will read the book and see if i can find some magic in it. Those expecting something great, be warned you may fall asleep at the steering.
It is a brilliant book I think, however I gave it a 4 as I have read better books. Not that it makes it a 'lesser' read, I just don't think my ratings would be worth much if I gave everything I enjoyed a 5!
It's read mostly in first person, Kvothe is telling his story, which I found I was unused to, however quickly became accustomed.
The scraile stick in my mind, as to the lessons Ben gave Kvothe while travelling, yet I haven't quite finished the book, so the book could have more.
He does the voices fantastically and sticks to the accent he gives each character, unlike some other narrators.
I did laugh a few times, it can be quite funny. The sad parts haven't made me cry yet, like I did during the Black Magician trilogy by Trudi Canavan.
maybe... if you are a fan of the genre, perhaps you would enjoy it but.... its a very long winded story that doesn't seem to go anywhere or have a real end point or climax.
I sped it up just to finnish it but still didn't really get into it.
The story is so compelling. Once you start you can't stop
How completely the world Patrick builds.
This was a great book. Patrick Rothfuss has obviously drawn from the reservoir of fantasy literature to create the new and exciting tale of Kvothe. The story was only a little slow to start and really picked up. By the first hour I was totally hooked and struggled to put it down.
The performance of Rupert Degas is outstanding. It really sets this audiobook apart. He convincingly portrays other characters' thoughts using a distinctive range of voices.
I'm very much looking forward to continuing the series.
at the top of my list for long deep stories.
The caller of the wind
gives it shape
Yes and No
Where is book 3 I want to know how he got where he is now Please !
I loved this book in hardcopy, so I thought I'd take a chance on the audio book. I loved the narration and the whole experience of listening to the story rather than reading it. I've reviewed the book in Goodreads, where I talk about how clever and savvy the writing is. Of course that holds good for the audio version too. I did not always agree with the voices chosen for characters - for example, the evil characters are given a spanish accent (?) by the narrator, some of the characters are given scottish or irish accents. Perhaps I just didn't pick up the same hints in the text. Anyway, this is quite a trivial quibble.
I have read reviews of the book that really take issue with Kvothe's uncanny ability at everything he turns his hand to. I mean everything. I think this would be grating in some books, but it never jars me with this book. Maybe that's because it is set up from the beginning that he is a hero's hero. Also, we are shown major character flaws - his impatience, his inability to trust others, his arrogance - so he does not seem perfect at all.
Also he is the classic unreliable narrator, and this is lampshaded quite a lot throughout. The form of first person narrative is enfolded in the structure in a way that continually points out that the story is told by Kvothe and only from his perspective. I love that narrative structure. I think it isl really clever and it works for me.
If you haven't read this book or heard of it, I would recommend it as a great story. If you are a fantasy reader, the pleasure of it will be in watching all those standard tropes and devices being both used and gently mocked.