I am a picky reader. I expect thorough character development, careful consideration of language, cultural development, dialects, and complex characters who don't live in a good vs evil universe.
This book more than delivered .
The stories within the story are wonderful and believable as a set of mythos apart of the world they circulate in. Rothfuss has a clear sense of people and how they act in differing situations. He understands the difference between rural and urban, class distinctions and how they behave toward each other. He understands how true trauma in a person's life can both drive and inhibit that person's actions. How the mind acts under such turmoil.
I could go on and on.
I also find the narration of this book wonderful. Nick Podehl uses inflection, pauses, accents and tone in such a way that I forget I'm listening to a single voice. I can hear the different characters and easily distinguish between them without needing introduction of "So and So says, "....."". It also doesn't sound like he is reading as much as just speaking.
I have been listening to this and the previous book in the series while doing studio art so my hands are free to work. This isn't uncommon for me, but I dare say that this particular novel put my brain in the right place for fluid creative thought (or lack thereof).
The word choice is lyrical in places which suits the story. I was sorry to reach the end and realize I had a long wait ahead of me before the third book is out.
So instead of trying to find something equally wonderful to listen to, I simply started listening to the series again. Its odd, but I think I'm actually enjoying the story more because I'm picking out small details I hadn't noticed before. And the writing style is such that I'm not faced with constant expectation of events to come (even though I know what will happen). Its such a good story that I'm content to hear it twice and not feel like I've heard it before.
Overall it's a great story, but I found parts of it a bit long winded. He could easily have cut a few of the detailed descriptions and ended up with something better. Don't let that stop you from "reading" it though.
Having listened to both stories in the trilogy so far, it's clear that Rothfuss has an outline and a plan. The story continues where it left off in The Name of the Wind and carries on with the thread of the plot--the hero's recounting of his life's story. The trilogy builds the mysteries: "What happened to Kvothe that he seemed to have lost all his knowledge and power?" and "Who is this fey fellow Bast anyway, and why does he care so much?" This story was just as entertaining as Day 1. The same kind of issues arise with suspending disbelief. But those are balanced out with real human stupidity and failings that are utterly believable--like his inexplicable idiocy when it comes to his obsession with Denna and his supposedly brilliant mind's inability to grasp fairly basic intuitive ideas. Fortunately, the same narrator continues, so the performance is outstanding. I look forward to the final book and even more, I look forward to reading and listening to future Patrick Rothfuss offerings.
The book was great. I found it better than the first. I don't care for the way the book ended. It just "stopped".abrubtly. It needed a better transition spot but it is still really good. I can't believe they are talking about 4 yrs for the next book!! If I realized that, I wouldn't have started it.
A rich world with such detail, depth and fluidity that it started to seem more real than reality (at least my version of it). Word play and satisfying texture. And the characters....ahhh. Lots of ritual epic fantasy stuff with a bright thread of self awareness and fun. I am distraught that there seems to be no third book yet.
The narration is consistently right on, with the various voices pitched and cadenced beautifully, marked by compelling accents to match the various lands. A particular joke told within the story was delivered with such perfection by the narrator that I was howling with uncontrolled, knee-slapping laughter (while keeping my eyes on the road, of course).
It is so rare to find a book so entirely wonderful. It entertains. The writer is so good that he just disappears. The ability and the art appear when one tries to read anyone else. The reader is perfection. The buzz about these books is wonderful to hear. People are excited about this genre again.
I really do like this Trilogy. Rothfuss is a great writer. However, there are some parts that really, really drag. I tend to get a little bit bored with some of the detailed conversations, descriptions, and plain boring subjects. There is just too much detail in the whole experience with the fairy creature that kills her victims with sex (can't think of her name), and the whole mercenary experience, and more.
There is a solid 4 star book in here if a good editor could just get their hands on it. 42 hours is pretty extreme, edited down to about 30 hours would have been perfect and the story would have been smoother.
Overall, I'm not sure if I'll continue with this series. It's tedious listening to such a long story about an underdog hero who, as soon as things get better for him, get's knocked down again and again. The "high's" just aren't so "high" when you know what's going to happen. There's some quality writing here, I'm just tired of the predictability especially considering the time investment that's required.
I've read all kinds of fantasy and sci-fi and up until I started reading The Kingkiller Chronicles, Wheel of Time was my favorite series. This ties it. I simply can't pick between the two because Kingkiller Chronicles has one, strongly developed character in an awesome story while Wheel of Time has three developed characters and a ton of underdeveloped ones in an awesome story. The two series' can't be compared. Therefore they tie.
The narrator does a great job. Nothing has compared to Kate Redding and Michael Kramer reading Wheel of Time, but Podehl still does a great job.
I can't wait for the next book!