This series is so enthralling that every minute of the books is worth listening to more than once. I have never said that about any other book. The pace of this story and the way in which it is told is amazing.
This story is like a cross between a Charles Dickens novel and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The darkness mixed with the genuine characters and a fascinating story make this series well worth the read.
It is difficult to pick one scene out of a book as your favorite. But I would have to equally tie all the scenes with Kvoth, Willam, and Simmons. They are really funny together, especially when drinking.
It really bothered me when Kvoth and Denna got in there argument over her song. It just felt like an amazing relationship was being lost. I actually found myself yelling at the radio for Kvoth to just stop talking. Haha
I have listened to over 500 audio books and this is the first series I have actually suggested others should read. I love books but most of my family and friends don't have the same passion for them as I do. So I have been looking for a series for years to try to get some of them hooked. This one will be it! It is great. Not just for a fantasy series but on its own against any book.
Not as good as The Name of the Wind (part 1) but still a great story. Impatiently waiting for part 3
Yes. It's not a cheesy fantasy but a fantastic piece of literature
Could not believe it was all him!
Learning lethani - not sure how you spell that.
Its Long but you'll be happy that it is
The second day of Kvothe's story is more interesting than the first! For one thing, we now have some understanding of who he is, so his recitation of his life means more. For another thing, more happens. The events that comprise the myth of Kvothe began in the first novel, and here we see more of what made Kvothe a legend in his own time. We also get the first inkling of how it was for Kvothe to be confronted with his reputation whilst going about his daily life.
We also get more of a juxtaposition between the younger, powerful Kvothe and present-day Kvothe, who seems greatly altered and reduced. The mystery of how he went from being the person in the stories to being the person telling the stories is a tantalizing one. His relationship with Bast is also rounded out here. Bast is an interesting character in his own right, and I am looking forward to hearing how he became Kvothe's student.
One thing that bothered me is that Mr. Podehl's narration wasn't consistent. He pronounced names such as Fela and Devi differently in this book than he did in the first, but then alternated between the two pronunciations of Fela throughout The Wise Man's Fear. This was initially confusing, but then just annoying.
Although the audio version of this book was 42 hours long, I listened to it in the span of several days, because it was just that interesting. I completely understand how Mr. Rothfuss isn't churning these books out every year, due to their length and awesomeness, but I am eagerly anticipating the third book in this series.
The hero, Kvothe, is now living a simple and anonymous life as an innkeeper, but his past catches up with him in the form of a biographer named Chronicler. This is book one of a trilogy as Kvothe relates his life story, warts and all, over the course of three days. It starts out slow, and becomes absolutely riveting. In this first volume, he tells how he began life as a child in a traveling troupe of performers who are slaughtered by the mysterious Chandrian, demons of legend. He survived as a street child until he was old enough to attempt entry to the University of Magic. There he learned many arcane skills and grew in power. Kvothe the 15 year old is smart, funny, arrogant, downright stupid, as should be expected for a talented teen struggling to find his place in the world. The magic makes sense in this world setting, as does the music, the social structure, and the enemies and friends he makes along the way. Jumping back and forth to the present in the rural inn, to the past where some of the legends about Kvothe began is handled seamlessley.
The biggest flaw is the lack of dept for secondary characters, especially female. But that could be because Kvothe, as an adult relating his lifestory, is really only interested in his own actions and motivations. It also could be that Kvothe is, as an adult man, still totally clueless about women. Or it could be that the author needs to work on deepening his female characters beyond stock madonna whore jealous cats.
The narrator is spot on for all the nuances from the various characters.
This is the second book and continues the tale of Kvothe. The characters are compelling and after reading the first book I found myself anticipating and feeling for them as they (not just the main character) try to live their lives. The author does a good job in telling his story employing a 1st person narrative for most of the book when Kvothe is telling the tale.
The story is not perfect, you may catch yourself wondering if the Kvothe is being perfectly honest or embellishing as the tale sometimes drifts towards a dramatic solution where simple responses, using abilities seen earlier would have helped. As with any 1st person narrative, it is good to remember the person telling the tale is not perfect. In this case quite passionate.
The plot is unfolding delightfully and is very enjoyable to follow along. This is a good thing given how long it is. The performer does a good job. Nick Podehl has a long list of characters to portray. His accents, for the most part, are enjoyable to hear and he conveys emotions well.
The best I can say about this book is I was sorry to see it come to an end. Every chapter is as enjoyable as the last and I wait eagerly for the next book in the series.
Yes, any fans of the 1st book will find even more to like here.
YES! Gladly, it's not a short book, but it will still leave you wanting more and waiting anxiously for book 3.
I have a 40 minute commute each way and with out Audible, I'd go crazy! My fav genre is fantasy and I love a great series!
Rothfuss is a great storyteller! Super details, consistant character development and an interesting world. Loved the story, length and the narration is excellent! Nick Podehl is at the top of his game with this one. Only one dissapointment: book 3 is not out yet! (as of Feb 2013) I'm sad that I can't finish the story yet... I want completion! Other than that small bit of having to wait, this is an excellent book!
Both of Pats books are amazing, transcending the genera to create something that has more than earned much praise. But if you are thinking about listening to this then you have already read Name of the Wind and know that.
It's not perfect, main issue is pacing. If it was a graph there would be big spikes of action with long troughs of slow meandering inbetween. Sometimes we get minute detail about long stretches of backstory, world building and training montage, other times huge events go by in a few pages or even happen off-screen. The good bits though, they are very very good.
I read the first book on paper and listened to the audiobook as well and found that the audiobook glossed over some of the the most choice turns of phrase. The speaker seems young, and so is Kvothe of course but this lends an unfortunate modern cadence to the speech. Someone old and gravely would lend it a more touching, heartfelt gravitas in keeping with the writing I think.
I love the series. Patrick Rothfuss is a great writer - I can see the story unfold as it is read. Can't wait for Day 3.