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.
Nick Podehl's performance is phenomenal, and I can't wait to hear him narrate the final book in the trilogy. However, it's obvious that there was a long gap between when he read The Name of the Wind, and The Wise Man's Fear. Some of the characters' names are pronounced differently, and some of the voices sound different. When going directly from one to the other, it's a bit jarring and took me out of the story.
Aside from that, his acting is excellent and I greatly enjoy his performances. He never holds back, which helps sell the story.
I really enjoyed the way the narrator wrote told the story, but the story it's self is very well written.
The voices and accents change to each character he gives it to so you can keep listening and know who's talking.
I would have, it it was possible.
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!
Its like some is telling me story. Better than TV or Movies.
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.
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.
Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
Now that I have finished and must wait for the next sequel. This is one of my best reads of the year and I have gone through quite a few books. This series is easily in my top five overall. Once I started I could not stop listening, and for a 43 hour long book that is impressive. I do admit to having a similar experience with the first novel in the series and I have been saving this sequel for a nice summer read.
The Wise Man's Fear Day 2 of the Kingkiller Chronicles is in line with the previous novel. It simply is the continuation of the story of Kvothe's life with some short interludes into his current timeline as a bartender. You get a better impression of how much things have changed for Kvothe in his life time. Kvothe is introduced to us in the university, but will leave for a time to travel and go on adventures with experiences of story book legend. Through song and sword we get an idea how he becomes a great hero and how rumors of his deeds spread through the land. There are so many different components to this story and each adventure he goes on was captivating for myself. Also, we see a darker Kvothe emerge.
My only complaints are that of a fan wanting more. A couple parts are quickly summarized over, such as Kvothe's trial and trip over seas. Still, it was cleverly done and we weren't short changed with the following stories. As adult as Kvothe may seem, he is still in his teenage years. There is still much more of his life to be told. But one thing is sure, this will undoubtably ruin my next read as any other book will have tough competition.
Lastly, the narration deserves praise as well. Nick Podehl does another excellent job with the voices and emotions of the characters, and helps bring life to the story.
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.