this series is great but the story moves pretty slow in my opinion. not that it is a horrible thing. I really enjoy the series and cannot wait for the next installment. the issue I think I had was the pace of the story coupled with the pace at which the narrator read. I had to increase speed to 1.25x to get a narration pace that worked for me.
It's terrible to listen to someone read you a story where the dialogue is a steady stream of he said, she saids. It grates on the nerves.
My only complaint is that narrator sometimes is inconsistent with names. Granted some of that is intentionally done, but sometimes I'm not so certain.
That aside, I really enjoyed the story and the performance!!!
This is a great book. Some 46 hours of listening doesn't feel long at all. But after 2 gigantic books out of three finished. I feel as if nothing has really happened. The main storyline might be the driving force behind the story, but it takes up perhaps 2% of the books so far...
This book wandered all over the place without any real direction. If you're going to let your hero get beat up by two soldiers who would be "Soldier #1 and #2" in a movie you should make him a hero. I hate heroes getting beat up by "henchman #1 and #2". Ridiculous in my opinion. You can have them lose a fight but for God sakes let it make sense instead of a head shaker. Ugh.
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Yet another massive tomb that I finished this month.
This book was very, very well written and at many points poetic. However it just went on way too long. I feel that if 1/3 of this book was edited out, it would have really been much better. I found loved it up to the point he went to fairly land and started to loose interest as it went on. It felt especially tedious when he was learning martial arts. It is OK to not have the main character do everything that has ever taken place in another story.
I do want to see how this series ends, but I hope that editing is more liberally applied to the 3rd book
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.
If I was a 12-18 year old buy, I would probably enjoy this, but unfortunately I'm not. This is a wish-fulfillment novel for the author. He wishes he was as cool as Kvothe, and he thinks it's really cool to be able to write about someone as cool as Kvothe. Unfortunately, for the (mature, or maybe snobby) reader, the product is an unbelievably tedious, sprawling and unrealistic (even for a fantasy novel) narrative, that culminates in a lot of love making with a faerie, and then more lovemaking with a bunch of amazons. Pointless. I do see, however, why a 14 year old boy would drink this stuff up.
Rothfuss's one redeeming quality is his ability (not always used) to turn a phrase. At times, the writing borders on being brilliant, while at other times, it is inane and clumsy. In fact, sometimes it seems like he is trying to tell us, "Look!! I can write really well if I put my mind to it." And then he goes off on a hundred pages of faerie lovemaking. Unfortunate.
So, now I'm in the dilemma of whether to bother with the third book, having hated (maybe hated is too strong a word, because these books are not really serious enough to hate), the first two. I probably will because I like to finish things I start, but I'm pretty sure the next installment will be more of the same.
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.
Saving the world, one person at a time, starting with me.
This tale goes on and on without the joy and excitement that accompanied the first book. The adventures become quite unbelievably packed into a few seasons.