My expectations were extremely high after a terrific first book.The first half of this second book was excellent, but in the middle of the story, Kvothe gets sent on a man hunt with a small band of mercenaries and it started to drag. After that, the time with the Faye was ridiculous and felt like it would never end. I found myself fast-forwarding through parts. When that part of the story finally ended it then moved onto yet another irritating, somewhat boring part of the story. All the sex scenes from the middle of the story on felt out of place and out of character. And the backward, "enlightened" life of those in the mercenary town was just plain silly. After that, thankfully, the story turned back around and got very good again for the last 8 hours or so. It was also disappointing that this is an "R" rated book because I was hoping to be able to let my middle-school aged children listen to it.
This is a book that can and should be skipped. In terms of advancing the plot of a trilogy, nothing happens. 40 plus hours of nothing. A good writer, but a huge book of subplot and filler. I doubt someone who goes straight from book 1 to 3 would even notice. It was entertaining in parts, but did not fulfill a sequels purpose. This is a collection of stories about the main character, it has nothing to do with the plot laid out in the first book.
I loved the world. Rothfuss built a beautiful, interesting world, but there were several events in the story that just made me wonder why I should care. I kept looking for the big motivator that tied in all of the events of Kvothe's life, but that key motivation had little or nothing to do with the storyline. In fact, at some points I thought I was reading about one man's D&D game. The only character who felt like he had any real depth to him was Kvothe, and the rest of the people on the page were just glorified NPC's.
That said, the world was awesome. The explanations of the magic system was great. I just wish there had been a clearer, tighter storyline that had a focused motivation for me to care about.
Editing, due to its overly long and mostly pointless side stories. Less focus on the lute. Way too many analogies
Better editing. I think he likes to draw things out just to show how good he is with analogies. Several useless side stores to the central plot, were far too long. Reduce the frequency and length of sections dealing with music. We get it already, Kvothe is greatest lute player to have ever drawn breath.
Simply a great narrator. He deserves recognition just for getting through the ridiculously long and mostly pointless sections dealing with Felurian.
Felurian. If this book is ever made into a movie this character will surely be greatly reduced if not cut completely. Maybe there is a role to play in the third book, but her teaching Kvothe to be master at pleasuring women serves no purpose in the core plot that I can see.
This was a dismal follow up to the
Let me start by saying that I really enjoyed the first installment "The name of the Wind". I really liked Rothfuss writing style and although there were things that annoyed me about the first book I thought that was a good book overall. Now, the second installment "The Wise Man's Fear" is another matter. I find it hard to believe that an author can write so much about nothing and some how people like it. 42 hours (I think the book is about a 1000 pages) and the plot doesn't progress one bit..not one bit...How can that be possible? Book two and Kvothe is still 16? I think at this pace we'll see the conclusion to the KingKiller Chronicles in 20 years, if we are not bored to death before!!!This book has NO PLOT, there is no excitement or big mystery, it only contains side events in the life of Kvothe. Events that are mostly unimportant for the plot and at times silly or boring but still they go on, and on and on. For example, all the hours/pages wasted in Dena and the Felurian. Really, what a waste of time, ink and Megabytes. Or what about the ridiculous ketan fighting thing? Really??? But of course we get no insight in potentially more interesting events. I'm starting to think that Mr. Rothfuss likes to write just to show his writing skills, just like some people like to talk just to hear themselves talk.Also, Kvothe's character in my opinions is very inconsistent in this book. At times his a very sharp/smart, street savvy, even mature, the next minute he is as naive and stupid as it comes. I found him less likeable and real because of these inconsistencies. Lastly, during the course of this book I got a strong feeling that Kvothe never becomes all that powerful or even competent throughout his life but instead he gets lucky during certain events, which are then exaggerated by story tellers and that's why he is telling "his real story". Hopefully, I'm wrong and that is not the case!
Have a plot for this book instead of writing about silly and inconsequential events.
Great Performance. I think he is the reason why I continued listening.
I was completely disappointed with this book. Not sure if I'll continue to waste time and money in this "trilogy".
I really thought the first book was great but reading Day 2 was an exercise in patience and stamina. Most of the book was exactly like the first one and where it wasn't it dragged on and on with Kvothe becoming so annoying in his own self love and descriptions of his colossal gifts that I kept listening just to get though it. I felt like the writer just needed to get a book out for the fans and really didn't try very hard. This is my own opinion and to each his own but I want my credit back....
I say 5 stars with a but because the first 5 or so hours and last 5 hours are very slow and hard to get through. During those first five hours hours I wanted to stop listening many times but kept with it and glad that I did. I loved the middle 30 hours of this book and they more then made up for the slow start and finish. As I was listening to last few hours I realized my one problem with the book which are chapters where Kvothe is trying to woo Dena. SMALL SPOILER! OK, I realize Dena has some serious issues and that she and her patron are going to be a major story line in book three, however all these chapters are essentially the same in this book and the first one. They meet, interact, and depart without coming together or moving apart. At the end of this book Kvothe basically knows as much about Dena as the first day he met her. Rothfuss keeps hammering us over head with Dena and i guess those chapters really started annoying me. As i wrote we're two books in and Kvothe hasn't gotten anywhere with Dena. At some point you have to $#!+ or get off the can. I don't mean to harp on that small issue, maybe it's just me. that said, I can't recommend this book enough though. Get it, you wont be disappointed. Rothfuss is as much a poet as writer and stands shoulder to shoulder with any writer out there. I really enjoyed listening to the words that he wrote. Listen and you'll understand. In my opinion Rothfuss, brent weeks, scott lynch, and of course george r.r. martin are the best fantasy writers right now. Yes, I even rate them over brandon sanderson, sacrolege, I know..
I've come to terms with the narration, which I didn't particularly like while listening to the first book in this series. But as with most narrators the familiarity has bred acceptance and some appreciation, and I would likely find it jarring if the character voices and narration style all suddenly changed, particularly this many hours in -- both books so far are very, very long. But the story is quite enjoyable, and at no point did I want the author to just hurry up and move along. Everything felt relevant, or at least interesting enough not to miss. But the approach is also a bit unusual -- these are perhaps the longest origin tales I'm familiar with, and there remains quite a lot which has been dangled or suggested but the story hasn't gotten to. I'm eager for more!
The story is confusing and doesn't seem to be going anywhere! I'm frustrated that I listened for days and days to a story without much substance First book in the series was a little better but don't think I will listen to any of this authors future books. And I thought the ending was awful!
Someone who enjoys a boring story.
Book one was moderately exciting but this is a drop off the deep end. You have absolutely no idea where the plot is going except that it is his biography. All it is, is kvothe complaining about this chick that he is too much of a pussy to say what he feels. And she is a bitch on top of that. They have yet to really introduce the main villains and I am sick of him being continuously being in debt because he is a complete moron at one moment and a genius the very next. Plus, in the story it has been only one year, which is rediculous.
Not really a fan of any of the characters but nick podehl did a respectable job narrating.
Kvothe and Dena. Which is awful since they are the main characters.
Waste of my time. Also it sounds like book three is still a long ways away. Really disappointed considering all of the good reviews people gave it. Not meant for an adult reader looking for a mature novel