It is one of those books which you wont be able to put down. It has five sections, and I was dreading that book will come to an end at the start of 5th section. Like the first one, books just flows smoothly. The narrator does a great job as well and fits well for this style of book.
The best way to provide a comparison for Pat's writing is that he writes like a great director makes a movie. Every dialog is deliver at the right time with right intensity. The affect is amazing even on small things that take place in the book.
I highly recommend this book to anyone except for the people who have not read the first one : ) go read that one first.
I hope Pat is working furiously to get us the next book soon : ) may be next month? We can hope cant we?
I am a lover of fantasy and really wanted to love this book as it came so highly recommended. I read the first book and it had glimpses of a really good story, Kvothe’s tragic loss of his family his struggle to survive and his finally finding the relative security of the University with its friends and successes. I finished that first book feeling like there should have been more, more conflict, darker enemies, more life and death challenges and more magic. The second book is just difficult to even listen to. The story is not much more interesting than listening to the real life diary of a teenage boy. Kvothe has the added benefit of being a talented lute player and brilliant student knows some magic, but it’s really the story of a self-conscious geek who spends his time competing with his rival, pining for a girl and making one stupid choice after another. For me it’s just a long boring story…I regret buying 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 have been waiting for this book for a while. Even reread the original recently so things would be fresh.
The first half is definitely good but I think he might have been pressured to finish during the second half. In some parts it felt to me as if they were just filler, and no it wasnt like R. Jordan, where he would flesh out the characters and the places, it felt like actual filler. Many things that did not add to the story or the characters.
Another complaint I have is that some of the actions and choices he made were down right dumb and went against the character, one time in particular seemed like it was done just to fit the story. Sadly i cant say which is it, because i'll spoil it.
It was so blatant that I actually said out loud "wow that was dumb", and no it had nothing to do with the girl.
I for one am disappointed, the book could have been so much more.
Dont get me wrong, I like the book, but he could have done much better by dropping a lot of the superfluous stuff.
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....
Different relationship? His obsessive with Denna is hard to understand or sympathize with, and his experience with the Adem is too stupid to put in to words. More magic? because there is practically none. More movement in the story? He just goes from one place to another and in each place the story drags on forever to the point of being painful to listen to. Extremely boring. Perhaps if he was doing something really exciting in each place, it would be one thing. But mostly he just walks around and talks. and talk and talks and talks. not much else.
Less similes and metaphors would be great. Everything is equated to something else, dragging on descriptions of every little things until I find myself fast forwarding through the book. The author must think he is Hemingway. I think he was going for wise and poetic, but it's just irritating after the 500the time. Yet another way that the story drags on without going anywhere.
Not from this genre, but from this series. I would not read the next book, if one exists.
Anger, annoyance, boredom.
Unlike the first book, there is very little magic in this book. The authors use of magic is rather unique and one of the best things about his books. Unfortunately, he uses it so sparing, it might as well not be there at all. The most interesting things that were brought up in the first book are never addressed nor continued in the 2nd book, except for a few small conversations that are quickly forgotten. Disappointed. I would not recommend this book to anyone. Don't waste your money buying this 2nd book in the series. Find something new to read.
1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)
IF YOU THINK 43 HOURS IS LONG THEN YOU ARE MISTAKEN!!!!
THE TIME FLIES BY WITHOUT NOTICE THANKS TO IDEAL NARRATION OF NICK PODEHL.
WHEN I FINISHED THIS BOOK I HAD ONLY ONE REGRET:
THAT I WILL HAVE TO WAIT AT LEAST FOR A FEW YEARS FOR THE NEXT BOOK!!!!
AS OF OCTOBER 2012 THE 3RD BOOK IS MORE OR LESS WRITTEN, ACCORDING TO THE AUTHOR THE BOOK AT THE MOMENT IS 3-3.5* AND HE WON'T RELEASE IT UNTIL HE MAKES IT SOLID FIVE STARS.
LETS HOPE THERE WILL BE NOT ONLY ONE BOOK BUT MANY MORE, AS CONTINUATION OF KVOTHE'S STORY.
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..
Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.
Although The Wise Man's Fear is entertaining and the continuing story of Kvothe's youth is a lot of fun, it is disappointing to be left with the story hanging and no indication when the sequel will be published. You might want to wait to start this series until the whole thing is published since Patrick Rothfuss let four years go by between the first two and there is no date announced yet for the 3rd book. Although I found this fantasy series very enjoyable and Nick Podehl's narration has either grown on me or improved from the first book, I think TWMF would have benefited from some tighter editing. No one would expect an epic fantasy series to be written tersely, but parts of the TWMF get downright boring from the excess of detail. I found the section about Felurian to be exceptionally dull - how many times do you have to tell me how fabulous this fairy woman looks naked before you think I got it already??? I also had a bit of a struggle to understand how Kvothe who is trained to be such a brilliant fighter (without magic) is reduced to useless near the end of the book just because his magical powers are failing - did he totally forget all that training that took about about 3 hours of narration? I don't think this series will reach of the heights of classic fantasy unless the third (final?) book moves farther, faster than the first two books have.
I listened to the first book, and enjoyed it. This book I found myself actually fast forwarding just to get to something interesting. I have over 400 books in my Audible account, and I love long reads, but there were sections of this book that just dragged endlessly.
Narrator handled the book well, and even the slow sections were read well.