For some reason the author keeps re-explaining plot lines, almost as if he doesn't have faith we readers can follow or remember events and their details. Super annoying. If you took all the rehashing of what we already know it might literally reduce one quarter.
The prophet Nathan. He's very multi-layered and so much of him is a mystery.
Yes, I read complaints of this narrator but I found him entertaining, well paced, and he did a nice job acting out different voices.
I would cut all the re-hashing of plot lines. You don't have to tell me over and over how Richard's father was Darken Rahl, why Richard and Kahlan can be a couple but can't tell anyone why, and why Richard doesn't know how to use his magic. We get it.
I would also cut the repetition when a character is making a strong point. They tend to repeat themselves two or three times in dialogue, and in audible format it comes across as ridiculous.
I like the original plot and strong lead characters. Sometimes the author gets high minded and preachy.
I thought Wizard's First Rule (book 1) had a bad narrator but I liked it better as time went by. This narrator is simply awful, robotic sounding.
There's too much explaining of what happened in the last book. Its as if the author doesn't think we can remember. Removing those pages of rehashing narrative of the last book would be an improvement.
The plot of this series is intricate and exciting. The writing is lacking. So many times female characters are described as "folding their arms under their breasts". Over and over this is described. Also, Kahlan "aches for Richard" over and over. And every time someone has an important dialogue they repeat their point over and over.
I enjoy character driven fantasy and this book delivers with two likable main characters, Richard and Kahlan, struggling to save their world. Somewhat preachy and a tad goody-goody at times, fantastically original world with complex, intertwined scenarios, its worth reading despite average writing ability of the author and dragging on of certain parts.
I don't like the narrater, sorry, he was too excited almost all the time, even during calm scenes, and out loud a lot of the dialogue and description sounded hokey and unconvincing. It self reads better so I'm going that route.
I would recommend reading the book rather than listening to the audio because this particular writing sounds hokey out loud and I don't like the over excited narration.
No, I didn't care for his narration style.
It was made into a TV series. I like some of the actors they chose but the plot did not stay true to the books enough for my liking.
I'd like to see a new narration of this book done, maybe a younger voice and one that acts out scenes with multiple characters better, like Nick Podehl.
Without revealing any plot: I give credit for an unpredictable ending, but it lacked payoff. It didn't commit to either an emotional or political stance. It just kind of wimped out, which made me reluctant to read the next book.
Her voice randomly emphasized words in sentences that didn't make sense to me, and distracted me from the plot. I disliked this narrator compared to others I've heard in audiobooks but this could just be my personal taste. I think I dislike female narrators which seems personal and unfair.
I went in knowing there were two more books published.
I went into this book knowing it was very popular, had two sequels published and a movie coming out soon. I didn't like the narrator but the plot held me and was original enough to keep me interested. The female lead character impressed me. The book touched on political and emotional topics worth pursuing, but didn't commit, and this disappointed me especially in a young adult book. I'm interested to see if the movie changes improve on this.
Mind Blowing Goodness
Kvothe is my favorite character because of his belief in doing the right thing and his ability to pick himself up when he's kicked down.
This is my first book narration by Nick Podehl. I've stopped listening to good stories before because I didn't care for the narrator, and some I've warmed up to, but Podehl was a joy from the start, really fit the main character, and his many voices were a pleasure. It made me look up other books he's narrated.
When Kvothe was accepted into University. It was an emotional blend of his intelligence and good character on display for the first time, and the end of the street living part of his life that you knew would never leave him.
This is my favorite kind of fantasy story - a strong yet fallible main character stumbling through a magical world that makes sense. The Name of the Wind wraps a superbly original plot around a solid, lovable character and the whole thing feels older than time.
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