The book is very good. It's typical of Hobb with complex plot lines and well developed characters. Some of the secondary characters seem a little... I don't know maybe just "on the nose" or one dimensional. Perhaps they will be further developed in subsequent installments.
The narrator for this series is someone to be lived with, not someone I enjoy. After listening or a half hour or so I can get into the book well enough to kind of ignore her and that's the best I can say.
I've listened to a lot of audio books (at least 50) and this is probably among the top 10.
I think these specific scene/moment questions tend to lend themselves to spoilers, so I don't love answering them.
The scene where the professors evaluate Kvothe for entrance into the academy.
The scene where Kvothe first meets the Chandrian (forgive me if I spell that wrong I've only heard it in the audio-book and never seen it in print), the major protagonist in the story.
When you read a ton of fantasy (and I do) you start to feel like there are only so many basic story lines in the genre. I mean, at it's heart it would be easy to describe this book as one of your basic hero coming of age, character building pieces. The big difference is how that story is told or handled.
Rothfuss is an excellent writer. The words and phrases used in this work are often beautiful in their own right and I think it's that talent that raises this book up to the next level. I'd happily look for more works from this author. Rothfuss also builds good mystery by flashing back and forth a little bit from the character in a current timeline vs. descriptions of the characters history. It makes me interested in how that main character got from point A to his current state.
Also, hats off to the narrator of this book, Nick Podehl. This is the first book I've listened to read by this narrator and I liked his performance very much.
I think it was having to wait for this book for SO LONG that made listening to it so wonderful! It was like a cupcake to a starving man and I think I devoured it with about as much lust.
I was amazed at how Sanderson treated the story that began with Jordan. I went into this book as a major skeptic. In fact I read Sanderson's
Kate Reading also did the Codex of Alera series that I've also listened to. Her performances are consistently good so I it makes it hard to measure this vs. the others. The Codex series has several books so there are probably more opportunities throughout that whole series to demonstrate stellar work than in this one single installment of the Wheel of Time series. This is probably why I feel more strongly about her narration in the Codex series than in this book. Anyway, she's an excellent narrator and I'd never hesitate to buy a book that she narrates.
Yes, but I don't think I can describe it without a spoiler, so I won't :-)
I'm looking forward to more of the Wheel of Time series and anything else that Brandon Sanderson wants to write for me.
Having multiple narrators is an interesting study in how a different reader in an audio book can really change your perceptions of the characters and the story. In some cases I found the switch from on narrator to another jarring to my perceptions of the characters that the narrator was reading. It was interesting but did not take away from the book too much since each narrator was talented.
The book itself is a treasure. It's strange and unique and I love it.
There were several mysteries that the reader is left completely ignorant on as this series ends and I'd have liked more information on them. A fair portion of this book does lag, I find that more tolerable in an audio book format than a print one or perhaps I'd have only given three stars. I wouldn't tell anyone NOT to download this book because of that though, it's still a worthy ending to the story.
The Discworld novels are great fun. They are light fare and not too deep or thought provoking, yet if you look closely they often have a point or two to make. This one is no exception. I was trained in classical Opera when studying vocal music so I really enjoyed the gentle skewering the art form received here. The witches are in fine form in this installment!
I liked this book and I enjoy this narrator too. Hobb has complex plots and it makes for a very engaging story.
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