It's a dry topic. I don't blame either the author or the narrator, but it's definitely hard to digest in audio format. Maybe it would be easier read.
The book was classic fantasy adventure, and it did a great job drawing me into the story (though it IS a little slow at the beginning, it gets better). Nick Podehl is an engaging narrator. My only complaint is that it was so painfully obvious the book was written by a male author. It was like he was trying so hard not to make the women all beauty, no brains, by talking about their intelligence and their skills, but then unconsiously lapses back into waxing poetic about their loooonng dark hair, their delicate features, their lilting laugh...he makes all of them mysterious and beautiful, but doesn't give them the right to have an ACTUAL complex narrative. In fairness, Rothfuss tries. But in one moment in the book, the main character, a male, has to rescue a beautiful classmate. Rothfuss counterbalances this by having the girl feel distraught at having to be rescued, like some damsel in distress. I appreciate him doing at least that. However, the fact is, in this fictional story the author had complete control over, it's still the hero who rescues the damsel. I find that insulting, the idea that women want to rescue themselves, but simply can't.
Besides this though, if I ignore my irritation, the story was class A escape fiction.
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