I felt that the end was abridged. This series brought me many hours of great listening.
Maybe I am dense but I would have liked as much detail put into the ending as was evident in the telling of the story. It is like the author just got tired of his characters and ended the book.
All the characters were developed beautifully.
Activity around the school was very clever.
I wanted another book to follow completing the characters to their resolution.
When a book goes from something to get me through my commute to something that I listen to at any spare moment, its something special. Thus has been the case with both The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear. I would venture to say that the second book in the King's Killer Chronicle is actually better then the first.
Kvothe is growing up and with that comes epic adventures, inner reflection, and a path that doesn't always go his way. Patrick Rothfuss is masterful with the pen. The rhythm to the book builds this world that is hard to put down. There is something beautiful about the writing style that both fit the world he creates and even Kvothe himself.
This is not only my favorite book of the year but quite easily one of the best books I've ever read. And bravo to Nick Podehl who brings Kvothe to life in amazing fashion.
I am a Audible lover! Its my morning coffee, mid day snack and evening dessert.
This book kept me captivated and entertained from the first page to the last. I have been in withdrawal while waiting for the third installment.
Yes, it is complex and engrossing
The originality of the ideas that form the basis of the hero's adventures.
Ha--I have to say Will, simply because when Podehl says, "Like bear", I had to go to the Audible listing for A Dirty Job to convince myself the two narrators were not the same, as they were identical in their performance of the same two words, though in wildly different stories. Hysterical. Sorry, I tend to fix on odd little details!
Yes, but I am capable of great discipline and limited it to gym and car time. A great motivator to do prolonged workouts!
Greatly looking forward to book three. Have sent these two books to a nephew of mine who loves fantasy, and who introduced me to the genre. I try to find new and interesting reads for him, and know he will enjoy these.
I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction
Toward the upper part of my list. Jane Austen, Sarah Eden, Georgette Heyer, and Julianne Donaldson are at the top, but in adult fantasy he is up there right near the top.
I love the way Patrick Rothfuss writes. I like Tolkien as much anyone, but he info dumps on you. You hear about a 5000 year old sword and then endure 5 paragraphs or 5 pages of info on its background and what it is called in 3 to 5 languages. Rothfuss sprinkles tidbits, tricks, and weaves the story in an amazing way. I know at least 2 people who don't like this story as much as I do, but I think it is amazing. I call him an Anti-Robert Jordan. With RJ you have thousands of characters. This story is completely around 1 main character. There are great supporting characters as well. They come and go and come again creating an interesting tapestry. Where RJ was all about the interpretation of myths and legends and prophecies, Rothfuss takes the angle of gleaning the truth from the myths and legends, and what happens when they get out of hand. Fascinating.
He is Kvothe. He does women's voices well. He is very nearly perfect for this. I almost expect him to be a red-haired lute player...
Wanted yes, Of course, I didn't. Too long.
There is only one caution. Kvothe meets a faerie who helps him become a man. You don't want to miss the entire portion of the story in this other world, but for those like me who would prefer their fantasy totally clean, you may want to skip a a few minutes of the story. He doesn't over do it and it doesn't get explicit again, and it isn't overly described but it definitely is adult and not for young children or tweens. I normally give books with this kind of thing an F or only 1 star. I did take off one star because of it. I don't even recommend these books to anyone. There are a few swear words sprinkled throughout the book. I still have mixed feelings about recommending this book; but after 3 listens of both books, I have realized more important points of the story. You can't find this kind of writing every day. My dad likes Rothfuss better than Jordan. I don't pretend to rank him. I just know that I really like his writing style. I love the characters and yearn for them to be in a happier place. I can hardly wait for the next book although it will have to be a bit like Star Wars episode 3. We aren't going to like where it ends up. Hopefully these 3 books will be the beginning of how Kvothe fixes himself and the world he lives in. I personally think this is epic fantasy at its best.
Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites.
Patrick Rothfuss is a master storyteller and Nick Poedehl brings his words to life.
Kote, aka Kvothe, continues day two of his narration to Chronicler (Devan) of his true life's story. In this installment Kvothe continues his education with a small break for adventure, lots of adventure. After all, what is life without a trial, lost & found love & lost & found & lost..., shipwreck, love songs & letters, politics, sucking up to the upper class, the fae & learning the art of love making, sword fighting & philosophy, alchemy, gambling, Sygaldry, naming, inventions, lots of music, continued learning, and tall tales. This book has it all.
Like so many others I cannot wait for day 3 of the story, though we all know perfection takes time and that is definitely worth waiting for.
This is truly one of the best conceived worlds and character stories out there.
If any of you can remember reading the Harry Potter Books as they were released (I started the day the 4th book was released, and had to wait for each next installment) you will know the pain of waiting for a series. The Kingkiller Chronicles remind me of that feeling. Kvothe is a very interesting character (though I find myself angry at his stubborn and conflict seeking personality). I'd say the two I have read so far are among my favorite fantasy works. I am anxiously awaiting the next. If you liked the first one, the second will probably be even more appealing, as some of the more exciting things happen in book 2.
Yes! I love this book, the way the author writes and just the detail you can tell he invested in the book makes you fall in love with everything about the story!
none, truly something amazing!
both! i fell in love with it and cried when i got to the end because it was ending!
THANK YOU! this book made me fall in love with reading for the first time ever in my life!
There's one thing, and one thing only that bugs me about the audio book; during the recording, they forgot to take out some of the silences, so there are, scattered throughout the book, a series of pauses that run on two, three, five seconds too long, breaking the flow and timing of Podehl's otherwise excellent narration. It's a small quibble, but it's the only one I got.
Well, okay, here's another. The book is well over 24 hours long. Even given the fantasy setting, it's tough to imagine a world where this story could be told between morning and evening with a few pauses for lunch and thugs.
I am curious as to how the series will wrap up with the next book, as Kvothe is still in school, and it seems there's a lot of territory to still cover, but that's part of the mystery of an unfinished series.
At least he isn't taking six years between volumes, unlike some other authors I could mention....
The Wise Man's Fear, along with The Name of the Wind, rank high in my favorites among the audiobooks I have read.
I love the fantasy and intrigue of this story. This story is not like any I've ever read. Its nice to jump into a new fantasy world that hasn't been done before.