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've read the book twice before I bought this version. This was my first experience with audio book in English and I'm amazed. The quality for the recording, and Nick Podehl's performance is great!
Sure I would recommend it. The story is amazing and the recording is fantastic!
I like Nick's creation of accents! It gave me a more deep perspective of the environment where the story passes.
Jon Jonez, Manhunter
No one has ever made a giant flashback interesting until Rothfuss..this makes Camus' The Fall look clumsy and wooden...o it was! Well leave it to Rothfuss. If he can make a giant flashback work next Book is a one-sided conversation on existentialism lol...
When the protagonist turned out to be such a wimp and got pounded in his own Inn by a couple of soldiers...what was Rothfuss thinking? Don't go all G.Martin on us cause you kill off the protag in this one... end of flashback!
The fact that his performance was so seamless that I never thought about him once!
When you give up sleep three nights I guess that means you like the book?
I have long had a sneaking suspicion that he drinks his advances and then takes up writing only when completely broke thus the exorbitant times between books...someone get him a Dragon SRS so he can get all Steven King, unedited, stream of consciousness on us.
I love a good story, especially one with a bit of a dark side.
This is seriously one of the best stories out there. I could sit around a fire on a never ending night and listen to Kvothe tell his story for days. I can't wait for the next book, and hope that after his life is told, and written, his legend will continue with his future.
I have an english degree from the University of Wisconsin River-Falls (UWRF). I read, write, and listen to stories daily.
This book is impossible to review properly. Instead I'll say that this book makes my top five along with East of Eden, David Copperfield, Kidnapped, and Name of the Wind. Nick Podehl does a nice job, but occasionally mispronounces a name.
This series is so fun and funny at times.We're listening to Games of Thrones, but we find the this series to be so much more interesting and creative. Lighter too. The Author does an excellent job with the many many characters, but the listeners don't get confused.
I have yet to write my review of the first of these two books, but I will soon. This second book is just as good as the first only extended. In fact I was quite surprised to find out that it is about twice to three times longer than the first. Despite that though, it is a marvelous read and really holds your attention. Am going to have to research as I'm sure there is more coming just likely not published yet? Am eager to find out what happens to young Kvothe and his Denna and even Bast and Chronicller. Loved the character Tempe as well. :) A must read!
This tale snares you in the beginning and just won't let you go.
This series is now in my top two for favorite listens, only possibly edged out by Jordans wheel of time, but that may change with the coming of book three.
Absolutely. A fascinating 2nd book that really kept me wanting more. Definitely read "The Name of the Wind" first. The story moved in new interesting directions beyond the University. It's been a long wait (and continues to be) for the third installment and I'm concerned it can only be a let down after this.
I'm generally not a huge fantasy fan, but I like fantasy books like this. The setting and characters are not too far removed from our own world. The names are unique but not unnecisarily bizarre. The characters are relatable and I found the story fascinating.
I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction
Toward the upper part of my list. Jane Austen, Sarah Eden, Georgette Heyer, and Julianne Donaldson are at the top, but in adult fantasy he is up there right near the top.
I love the way Patrick Rothfuss writes. I like Tolkien as much anyone, but he info dumps on you. You hear about a 5000 year old sword and then endure 5 paragraphs or 5 pages of info on its background and what it is called in 3 to 5 languages. Rothfuss sprinkles tidbits, tricks, and weaves the story in an amazing way. I know at least 2 people who don't like this story as much as I do, but I think it is amazing. I call him an Anti-Robert Jordan. With RJ you have thousands of characters. This story is completely around 1 main character. There are great supporting characters as well. They come and go and come again creating an interesting tapestry. Where RJ was all about the interpretation of myths and legends and prophecies, Rothfuss takes the angle of gleaning the truth from the myths and legends, and what happens when they get out of hand. Fascinating.
He is Kvothe. He does women's voices well. He is very nearly perfect for this. I almost expect him to be a red-haired lute player...
Wanted yes, Of course, I didn't. Too long.
There is only one caution. Kvothe meets a faerie who helps him become a man. You don't want to miss the entire portion of the story in this other world, but for those like me who would prefer their fantasy totally clean, you may want to skip a a few minutes of the story. He doesn't over do it and it doesn't get explicit again, and it isn't overly described but it definitely is adult and not for young children or tweens. I normally give books with this kind of thing an F or only 1 star. I did take off one star because of it. I don't even recommend these books to anyone. There are a few swear words sprinkled throughout the book. I still have mixed feelings about recommending this book; but after 3 listens of both books, I have realized more important points of the story. You can't find this kind of writing every day. My dad likes Rothfuss better than Jordan. I don't pretend to rank him. I just know that I really like his writing style. I love the characters and yearn for them to be in a happier place. I can hardly wait for the next book although it will have to be a bit like Star Wars episode 3. We aren't going to like where it ends up. Hopefully these 3 books will be the beginning of how Kvothe fixes himself and the world he lives in. I personally think this is epic fantasy at its best.