I am surprised at many of these reviews. While the story and characters are very good and compelling, the books are about 1/3 longer then necessary. Rothfuss seems to need to use 2-3 allusions for each major description he makes. And most of those allusions are to ephemeral things that do nothing to aid the understanding of what he is describing.
The Narrative is a bit wandering, but as I said, the style is sub par. The descriptions of everything from people to scenery makes Robert Jordan look brief, but adds nothing for all the extra text.
I find this to be a great distraction from an otherwise good story.
This is a great book to buy the audio version of. This is a book that has the main character telling his story out loud to another character. It is written as if it is being spoken out loud, and thus sounds fabulous being read. I have both read and listened to this book, and liked it more as an audio book.
Nick Podehl is a fine reader. He is clear and I agreed with most of his name pronunciation choices. He sounds young. This is both good and bad. The main character is a teenager, so when he is reading from his teenage point of view, his voice is great. At points in the book you here the story directly from the 30+ year old narrator, and the voice does not match the character. Over all I like him as a reader and will get other books he does.
This book is 40+ hours long. I loved almost every minute, but it is not a book you will do in one sitting.
Many other reviews have said that this book is not as good as the first book in the series. I disagree. I enjoyed it as much as the first. This is the story of how a great man becomes a great man, and not every second of even a great man’s story can be the main branch of the story. Sometimes little side stories are just as important. This book winds around the story a bit, but I never found the forked paths to be unimportant or detrimental to the main story.
I rate this very good at 1.5x or 2x playback. The book really benefits from increasing the pace of the plot.
The story line is very linear, with many separate adventures that are each quite drawn out and slow moving. By the fourth hour of chasing bandits who no one really cares about and telling stories by firelight, I started to feel like the whole book was just pointless. I doubled the play-back speed and problem solved. Surprisingly, I lost none of the detail at that speed, but I started to see the over-arching plotline more clearly. Perhaps that's a sign that a 43 hour book could do with some editing.
Sped-up, I actually enjoyed it more than the Name of the Wind. The scope was wider, freer and more interesting when it moved outside the university. I don't really miss Kvothe's world, but I will be happy to go back into it when the third day is out.
Well written and performed. I was captured by the the main character. Cheering him on and hiding my face when he was doing something I knew would get him into trouble. The tital King killer must be what happens on the third day of story telling. Cant wait for the 3rd book to come out.
I loved the first book so I had high hopes for this one. I was really disappointed. Honestly, it felt like overindulgent teenage wish fulfillment on the author's part.
The good - the author has a way with words that I enjoy. There are some parts where I was caught up in those words and the flow of the story and I felt like I was back in The Name of the Wind. Unfortunately, these are few and far between.
The bad - Where to begin... Let's start with the worst. Felurian. Seriously? The story arc itself was bad enough but then to drag it on and on and on and ON. There was not an ounce of believability in the entire arc. The world they are in doesn't even feel fleshed out or real. I felt insulted as a reader to be fed this part of the story.
I'll come back and add more to this review. After the arc I just mentioned, there were glimpses of greatness buried under contrived scenes that were so inconsistent with Kvothe's character, I had a hard time even caring about him by the end
QUESTION : DOES LISTENING TO AUDIO BOOKS MAKE YOU SMARTER? If so, I'm. Freakin Genius!
I love the world the author created.
When the main character is forced to tell the mayor (who is very powerful and rich), that is being poisoned.
I liked it when all the main character's friends help him get even with a mean bully. I also enjoyed it when the main character becomes aware that one of his friends is first falling in love with another friend of his.
Epic Fantasy at it's BEST!
This is the second book in a trilogy. I would recommend you read all the books in order. You'll Love Each Book.
"Name of the Wind" and "Wise Man’s Fear" is now in my “Favorite All Time Book” category. The story is great, the world he created is interesting, and you cannot help falling in love with the characters.
This book is so well written. It makes you realize how poorly so many modern books are written. It’s so obvious the author put a lot of time and love into this book. This was one audio book I never wanted to end.
After I finished these two audio books, I went out and bought hard back copies for my library.
Superb story. Memorable characters. A poignant telling of a life well-lived, and one who needs to live again.
Kvothe, of course. His tenacity and perseverance despite all he has lost is admirable. His predilection for finding trouble is a joy!
This is my first listen with Nick Podehl, and his voice matched the character I envisioned the first time I read Rothfuss' work. Excellent narrating, Nick!
Not looking forward to the long wait for book 3 and beyond....
In many ways this is beter than R.R. Martin and Jordan. This author actually cares what the reader experiences from a readers perspective. To hell with the publishers. The world that the characters is built well enough the grasp the essence of the scenes yet not get bogged down in minutia. The ending leaves you content but wanting so much more. There is resolution but still enough loose threads to make you curious.
Cluoth was the main character and the whole story revolves around him.
I read this book, back when it first came out and loved it. An excellent book and well worth reading. The narrator does a wonderful job of reading the story and giving voice to the various characters without distracting. Normally, I just listen to a book in the car going to and from work, but this book I've also been listening to during the day whenever I get a chance. Even though I've read the story and know how it turns out, the reader draws me in and captivates me.