First and foremost I have to comment that the performance that Rupert Degas gave in this book was absolutely stunning. He truly gave life to the characters. Even though I read the accents as different when reading the paper version, Rupert takes his impression of the characters to hights and actually fills the characters with more life than my imagination did. Nice One Mate
This story was truly new and distinct for me. As one that has been mired in classic Tolkien style fantasy since childhood Patrick Rothfuss has given me a vivid new world to lose myself in.
Though the story in the first book doesn't try to paint a huge amount of detail about the world you do get a clear indication of the time and technology of the setting. What Patrick does do is give a wonderful interplay between characters that are both believable and unique. The book is very character centric ,as you would expect from a book written mainly in the first person, but it is the quality that the characters are realised that makes this book truly a work of art. I can't wait for the next book. (*looks sternly at the publishing company for not releasing it sooner >8 | )
The only problem I had with the book (and let me say this is the moan of a person that wants more than is good for him) is that it finished too soon. Like one of those batman tv shows that stops just as things get really intense. I know its not a good reason to give the story 4 stars instead of 5, but since the next book in the series is not available in australia we can all just blame the publisher ;)
I had almost given up on the series after the previous 3 slow plodding novels. I only purchased this book because I needed something long to accompany some monotonous work I was doing.
Book 11 is the first WoT audio book I've listened too and has reaffirmed my love of the series. Not only did I love the movement in the story, which has been too long in coming, but also the medium with which it is presented.
Though the readers pronunciation of some names and nuances in speech and stresses are different than my own, they paint a wonderful picture. I also love the voice acting as it brings a consistency to the myriad of characters and assists me in remembering just who is in the scene.
Because of this I have decided to start the series again using only audio books and I'm really excited.
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