My expectations were extremely high after a terrific first book.The first half of this second book was excellent, but in the middle of the story, Kvothe gets sent on a man hunt with a small band of mercenaries and it started to drag. After that, the time with the Faye was ridiculous and felt like it would never end. I found myself fast-forwarding through parts. When that part of the story finally ended it then moved onto yet another irritating, somewhat boring part of the story. All the sex scenes from the middle of the story on felt out of place and out of character. And the backward, "enlightened" life of those in the mercenary town was just plain silly. After that, thankfully, the story turned back around and got very good again for the last 8 hours or so. It was also disappointing that this is an "R" rated book because I was hoping to be able to let my middle-school aged children listen to it.
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..
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 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....
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
THE TALLEST NAIL GETS HAMMERED DOWN FIRST.
I went 15 chapters and called it quits. I am sure it gets better and the writing is good. I just have a thing against writers who waste my time. One Credit equals One Book, so if you have lots of time, but little money or credits then this is the book for you. For one credit you get 44 hours of listening. You would have to spend four times that in most cases to listen to 44 hours of story from any other writer. In my case, I am thinking, I could listen to four times the entertaining good quality books. This is not terrible and my mind did not wonder that much, I just wanted something interesting to happen. My wife and I have a group of friends, we hang out with and we talk a lot. One of our friends is an interesting person and I want to hear what's going on in her life, but it takes her forever to tell a story. By the time she finishes her story I have lost interest. Rothfuss is that friend in most circles.
MY SLEEPING MIND
It is not that I can not listen to long books, I have listen to plenty, like from King Or McCammon and others, but I need something entertaining to be happening. This is one of the highest rated books at audible, so it is wherever your priorities lie.
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.
I would recommend this book to a friend, but with reservations. The story can be quite amusing and very engrossing, but by and large this book felt like an exercise in making a story unnecessarily long. I kept waiting for the other foot to drop in terms of serious plot twists, but things tended to plod along in an almost predictable fashion.
Day 1 of the Kingkiller Chronicles carried a much larger freshness to it, and the introduction to Kvothe's world suited me more so than this continuation in his saga. It almost seems like Kvothe is wearing on my nerves, a situation that is quite rare for protagonists.
Nothing sticks out very strongly, which is typically not a good sign.
This would not translate well to television. The story appears deep but rarely reaches beyond the mentality of the Hercules and Xena adventures of my youth.
A worthwhile continuation to Kvothe's tale, but one that left me with a bitter taste as it came to an end with little more understood about the boy or why he insists on making the worst choices whenever he gets the chance.
I loved this book from the beginning all the way until the Sex Faery. But I thought I could push on past the stupid SEX FAERY part, seriously a sex faery. Little did I know that was only the hors d'oeuvres of the crap feast. The culture of the mercenaries was so terrible it was laughable. I listened in complete shock as all the fine writing and beautiful storytelling of the last many hours went down the drain never to return. Rothfuss has lost all my trust.
I wish audible would refund my credit on this one, but for some reason they wouldn't. Boo.
Let me start by saying that I really enjoyed the first installment "The name of the Wind". I really liked Rothfuss writing style and although there were things that annoyed me about the first book I thought that was a good book overall. Now, the second installment "The Wise Man's Fear" is another matter. I find it hard to believe that an author can write so much about nothing and some how people like it. 42 hours (I think the book is about a 1000 pages) and the plot doesn't progress one bit..not one bit...How can that be possible? Book two and Kvothe is still 16? I think at this pace we'll see the conclusion to the KingKiller Chronicles in 20 years, if we are not bored to death before!!!This book has NO PLOT, there is no excitement or big mystery, it only contains side events in the life of Kvothe. Events that are mostly unimportant for the plot and at times silly or boring but still they go on, and on and on. For example, all the hours/pages wasted in Dena and the Felurian. Really, what a waste of time, ink and Megabytes. Or what about the ridiculous ketan fighting thing? Really??? But of course we get no insight in potentially more interesting events. I'm starting to think that Mr. Rothfuss likes to write just to show his writing skills, just like some people like to talk just to hear themselves talk.Also, Kvothe's character in my opinions is very inconsistent in this book. At times his a very sharp/smart, street savvy, even mature, the next minute he is as naive and stupid as it comes. I found him less likeable and real because of these inconsistencies. Lastly, during the course of this book I got a strong feeling that Kvothe never becomes all that powerful or even competent throughout his life but instead he gets lucky during certain events, which are then exaggerated by story tellers and that's why he is telling "his real story". Hopefully, I'm wrong and that is not the case!
Have a plot for this book instead of writing about silly and inconsequential events.
Great Performance. I think he is the reason why I continued listening.
I was completely disappointed with this book. Not sure if I'll continue to waste time and money in this "trilogy".