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..
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.
Excellently narrated! The narrator has a knack for bringing easyily identifiable voices to the different characters. The author has a good sense of humor which helps bring the book along.
I could have done without kvothe's time in fae. That dragged on for me but I loved when he was learning to fight.
This is the first book of Nick 'S I've listened to. Probably the best narrator I've heard yet.
Couldn't stop listening /reading this book!
Love the story. The characters are engaging, and interesting. The story flows, and even the "intermissions" add to the story and enrich it.
The main characters humanity, his fallibility.
Kvothe in his room going about his chores like an old man waiting to die.
Patrick Rothfuss absolutely needs to finish the story.
I think that this series is wonderful..get it. I cannot wait for the third book.
Notes from the first book in the series. These also apply to the second volume...
This book is completely engrossing! I bought it on the strength of the reviews and am truly glad I did. It has a richer and more varied story line than one usually finds in these epic fantasy series and the complexity of the story line keeps it from being a boring read. I can't wait for the final volume. It should be noted that this series should be treated as a single story that takes three books to tell. The second book is a true continuation of the story begun in the first book, not a separate entity and there will be much that does not make sense if you don't read the series from the beginning.
I must also comment on the narrator, Nick Podehl. He gives an EXCELLENT performance in these books. One of the best I have ever heard in the 700+ audiobooks in my collection. I would now be willing to buy a book just because he is reading it.
W/o having read it I can't speak to the differences. However, while I typically enjoy long tomes, there were descriptive parts and dialogues in the audio that I imagine I would have skimmed quickly through, had I book in hand. Nick kept me engaged throughout.
Tempe intrigued me.
Only in the first volume. His inflection, accents, tone etc contributed greatly to my continued interest in the characters and storyline. His reading is remarkable. Flawless. Entirely conversational. How is that possible: and for 49 HOURS???
Just as an aside, I was glad the spider-things did not interfere with the more 'believable' fantasy elements of this volume's storyline. In addition, I'm not sure what reasons were behind the change I noticed with Bast's voice from the first book. In that volume he was edgy, older, and threateningly dark towards Chronicler. And I wasn't sure who he was; Kvoth's partner/lover? 'groupie'? Eventually some details described 'student'. In this volume, Nick pitches Bast's voice higher, whiny, and obviously young. The book also repeatedly describes him as Kvoth's student. Not sure I like the change. Minor points and literary tweaks in a book I truly enjoyed Finally, while all characters are wonderfully realistic and diverse, I think there is a female character who's missing. Except for (.... hmmm after listening for 49 hours, all names should be imprintedI) Penna? Fenna? (Sims gf) who seems like a bit character, the flaws of the women are equal to their strengths leaving me on the fence about them all. Ready to move onto different genre for now, but will purchase the third of this trilogy when it is published.