Friday, January 25, 2019

#AudiobookReview: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Publisher: Brillance Audio
Release Date: May 9th, 2009
Format: Audiobook narrated by Nick Podehl
My Rating: 
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My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I have burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during the day. I have talked to God's, loved women and written songs that make the minstrels weep. You may have heard of me."

So begins a tale unequaled in fantasy literature - the story of a hero told in his own voice. It is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

A lot of people have been urging me to read this book, but I had heard some "eh" things, so I kept putting it off. Luckily it was an audible daily deal not that long ago, so I decided to finally take the plunge and see what all the fuss was about.

The story has an interesting setup, it's about the scribe finding the legendary Kvothe and wanting him to tell his story. Kvothe is now living a quiet life as an innkeeper and tries to deny who he is but ends up giving in to tell his guy his life story. Although, I liked the setup, I felt like it took a little too long to really get into the meat of the story. I was unsure if I wanted to continue listening, but I kept on because so many people said they enjoyed this book.

Once you really get into the story within a story is where I found the book the most interesting. This is where Kvothe tells you about all his trials and tribulations and kind of how he had come from nothing to become someone great. Although, it's not really clear who he becomes at the end of this book. What I like about this is that it really does use the unreliable narrator, because he is telling us the story, so we can't be sure that all his amazing feats are not a little bit exaggerated.

I've never listened to anything from the narrator Nick Podehl before, but I definitely want to be on the look out in the future. There are a whole host of characters in this book, and Nick does an amazing job at doing a ton of different accents for these characters. I do want to point out that I think there were a few production errors in the audio I listened to. I'm not sure if it was just my app being funky, or poor editing, but there were parts were the sound production was off and where it felt like the narrator got cut off. It wasn't too bad that it made the book unenjoyable, but it was definitely noticeable.

This book wasn't perfect to me, as I do think it was a touch too long, however, I am still interested in reading further. If you like high fantasy, I would definitely recommend it.

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