The Wise Man's Fear constitutes a solid improvement in the Kingkiller Chronicles series, but is still plagued with some major issues that should be addressed before the next installment.
What's good about it?
* Nick Podehl has really come to shine. As the writing has gotten better, so have Mr. Podehl's opportunities to show off his rather impressive portfolio of voices.
* The story has come to incorporate more interesting characters, and has placed them in central roles. As such, the story has become more dynamic. This is particularly true when the philosophical-type characters are introduced.
What's not so good about it?
* The writing remains mediocre, at best. Characters speak unnaturally; their dialogue is simply not believable. Friends who are in their late teens and early 20s speak to one another like actors in a Shakespearean drama. Ugh.
* The main character has gotten even less likable. Here, I'm simply repeating what others have said. He's just too *good* at everything. He knows esoteric details about obscure texts that even "The Masters" get wrong. He excels in his fields of study, outranking students that have been at the University for half a decade longer than he. Despite his savant-like nature, he's a complete idiot with making basic financial or romantic decisions.
* The story has begun to repeat itself. Without spoiling anything, the main character essentially performs the same portfolio of actions/reactions over and over again. The same characters appear in a familiar set of interactions.
What's my conclusion?
TWMF is a pretty decent improvement upon its not-so-promising predecessor. Would I recommend the series? Eh - probably not.
I don't say this lightly the author has ported a character that is likable enigmatic unique wondrous has my story and yet knows where his life is taking him. I love this, the author is slow as he'll getting the book out but now that I'm writing my own book I understand the crap the hell you go through on editing. so I faithfully wait for the enext in the series.
The best series I've ever read. And the voice actor for the audiobook is so enjoyable that I keep listening to it over and over. He really helps the story come to life, but his voice doesn't get tiring.
Really enjoyed listening to the many voices and inflections of the reader, thank you! My 18hr drive went allot faster as a result. As for the story- too many songs, poems and lame stories told by the characters for my taste. They were easily 1/3 of the whole book. More main story please and less useless filler!