The book's good, too, if you like fantasy at all, but Nick Podehl's reading is a stand-out -- the best I've listened to in three years of audible books. Podehl fits his voice into Rothfuss's ensemble of characters with their differen tages, genders, and fictitious ethnicities without ever coming off whiny or cliched. A gem.
The book might have worked for me with a different reader. It interweaves threads from the lives of different people on different planets in different positions of society; you never quite know where the focus will end up, and that might have been interesting. But I couldn't get past hours and hours of having minute details narrated without irony, without much of an arc, and with too-long pauses between sentence fragments that acquired a seriousness the narrative doesn't always have. Women's voices came in a choice of breathy alto or whiny falsetto; in a book largely inhabited by female characters, none of them sounded like a real person when speaking.
I don't know whether this is just a personal preference or a true failing - so take the trouble of listening to the sample, imagine a few hours of that same tone of voice applied to things far less grave, and then decide.
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