I've been reading fantasy for 25 years and this is one of the best books I've ever read. I struggle to find series that are believable, engrossing, well written and interesting. This ticks all the boxes!
As some reviewers have noted, the beginning is slow/difficult to get in to. However, once the true story of Kvothe begins, it's a great adventure. Please persevere - you won't regret it!
Patrick Rothfuss is a very talented story teller. He has an ability that very few authors have - to effortlessly create a detailed world without feeling stilted. The characters are believable and distinct, the story is well paced, and settings well described.
I can't remember the last time a book made me cry. This one did. And laugh a lot too!
Rupert Degas is a masterful narrator. The best I've ever listed to on Audible. He is easy to listen to and has likeable character voices. His range of accents is incredible - Scottish, Welsh, Dutch, and numerous English variants (northern, midlands, southern). He's brilliant!
I can't recommend this book (and series) enough! The only disappointing thing is that the final book hasn't been finished yet and we'll have to wait for it.
I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
I did enjoy this book. The narrator did a great job bringing it to life. Ms Catton has written a story that lingers in the memory after creating a vivid snap-shot of life on the 19th century New Zealand gold fields. It starts from small beginnings and gradually more and more characters and their stories (and perspectives/involvement) are added. It's really well written book and certainly has a poignancy to it.
Honestly, I had to stop listening! I did listen to the first story and got part way through the second, so feel it's enough to write a review on.
The story was quite good, though a little formulaic, with some decent characters and good action. It has the bones to go the distance over the next couple of books I would suggest.
There was just something about the narrator's intonations that was wrong and really off putting. His voice was quite easy to listen to - the problem was how he would say sentences and stress various words, particularly in dialog, which sounded unnatural and a jarring. In the end I had to stop listening.
I'd suggest you listen to the sample prior to buying.
I was disappointed in this book and really didn't enjoy it. Some of the core ideas were interesting but I just couldn't get into the story. There was little character development, so you didn't feel like you actually knew them and hence felt no empathy for them. There was very little description in the text (apart from the food and wine strangely!) and overly long dialog between characters. I found the writing particularly clunky.
The narration was OK but not great. I guess he did the best he could with the material.
I persisted with the story after reading some other reviews that said the last section was quite exciting. Unfortunately I didn't find it so and wish I hadn't wasted my time!
I won't be reading any more of the series. After just listening to Patrick Rothfuss's 'Name of the Wind' and 'The Wise Man's Fear' perhaps anything I listen to is going to be disappointing...
Epic certainly sums up this work. After almost reaching the end of this 45 hour book, I did some quick searching on the net and found Brandon Sanderson is planning this is a 10 book series! If you're after a fast-paced story, this probably isn't for you. If you loved the Wheel of Time series you'll probably love it. (Personally, I gave up after about 7 books....).
The character development in this story is excellent as you'd expect and I certainly enjoyed the book. However, given its length and lack of excitement in many places I'm not sure I'll be back for book Two onward.
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