After listening to The Name of the Wind, I could not wait for this one and was not disappointed, except when it ended. Rothfuss' characters draw you in and make you see their world, while the author sets his traps to keep you engaged and coming back for more. Can't wait for the third installment.
I have the luxury of listening to audio books during my work as a landscape contractor, so.. longer is better assuming the author knows what he or she is doing...pun intended. This second book of the trilogy was satisfying due to the excellent ,performance of Nick Podehl, bravo, and no one can doubt Patrick's creative talent. Compared to Name of The Wind it simply comes up a little short (just one star but hey). Simply put I found it a bit tedious in some areas (his sexual awakening with the elfin queen, a loooooong period of training with a super fighting clan and a loooooooooooooong weekend with his girlfriend finding and killing a lizard) where the story seemed to just wander without really advancing the plot. In contrast some aspects were given a brief drive by reference but held so much more potential (i.e. the most powerful being in the universe gets a few minutes nod and the action sequences are far between and over a bit abruptly). After spending one week....or was it 2 weeks or was it a year learning everything there is to know from the queen of all that is sex, I expected him leave the girls back home with their toes curled and in a faint, but that didnt really seem to be the case. His continued coincidental run ins with the girl he loves became a bit boring and redundant...I get that he's young and stars in his eyes..point made already, the growth in his education at the university should be matched by at least a bit of growth in his maturity.Still the story is certainly creative and compelling and satisfying enough to recommend continuing the journey. I would sacrafice a couple of hours of listening for a tighter story line and perhaps a little more grace on our heros part
I have not read the print version, but the audio is spectacular and really hits home. I even teared up a few times.
So comfortable yet so original. Such a relief to not have bits of thinly-veiled Tolkien trotting around everywhere. Very funny, very witty and surprisingly deep. There were a few times I had to stop and write down a quote that struck me.
Never, but I would now.
If possible. Pretty long though. One night I stayed up until 5 a.m. saying
Buy it. You will thank me.
The characters are so well-developed and the writing so excellent. If you like the fantasy genre more than the sci-fi side of books, I can't think of one more highly recommended.
The Orator is amazing, and brings an appropriate character and voice to each person that is introduced.
I didn't want to put this down. I was completely enthralled.
I didn't know what this books was when I got it, but it is completely captivating, and I could stop. I listened to both books in about 3 weeks.
I am surprised at many of these reviews. While the story and characters are very good and compelling, the books are about 1/3 longer then necessary. Rothfuss seems to need to use 2-3 allusions for each major description he makes. And most of those allusions are to ephemeral things that do nothing to aid the understanding of what he is describing.
The Narrative is a bit wandering, but as I said, the style is sub par. The descriptions of everything from people to scenery makes Robert Jordan look brief, but adds nothing for all the extra text.
I find this to be a great distraction from an otherwise good story.
This is a great book to buy the audio version of. This is a book that has the main character telling his story out loud to another character. It is written as if it is being spoken out loud, and thus sounds fabulous being read. I have both read and listened to this book, and liked it more as an audio book.
Nick Podehl is a fine reader. He is clear and I agreed with most of his name pronunciation choices. He sounds young. This is both good and bad. The main character is a teenager, so when he is reading from his teenage point of view, his voice is great. At points in the book you here the story directly from the 30+ year old narrator, and the voice does not match the character. Over all I like him as a reader and will get other books he does.
This book is 40+ hours long. I loved almost every minute, but it is not a book you will do in one sitting.
Many other reviews have said that this book is not as good as the first book in the series. I disagree. I enjoyed it as much as the first. This is the story of how a great man becomes a great man, and not every second of even a great man’s story can be the main branch of the story. Sometimes little side stories are just as important. This book winds around the story a bit, but I never found the forked paths to be unimportant or detrimental to the main story.
Likes to listen while doing chores; likes to write reviews while he should be doing chores.
I enjoyed this book for the most part and will likely buy the next one, but for all I enjoyed reading a particular moment, Rothfuss could speed up the pieces that don't move the plot along. While I may enjoy a sunny day in summer, not every single one of them is going to be relevant to my biography. I am not afraid of music played largo; I don't need two guys to kick down the door bearing tommy guns every 10 pages (hey, I've made it through books 7 through 10 of the Wheel of Time; I can handle slow), but the slow pieces should move the plot along as well as the action. Rothfuss doesn't engage in gratuitous action to counteract this. His action is all very good for moving the plot along, but he does have this tendency to digress into cycles where it feels like the plot and the exposition are on hold while you, the reader, are given more than ample time to, I don't know, really experience the mood, I guess.
Also, and maybe this is just me, but I don't like the nature of the main love interest. Just the mechanics of it are beginning to bother me. She mysteriously enters and exits over and over again and it seems like their relationship resets to square one every time. Their relationship is still of the exact same nature as when it first began. It's as if they haven't known one another for years.
All the negative out of the way: the story is clever. The characters are far from off the stock shelves. The main character is sympathetic. He neither stumbles into every success accidentally, nor does he dominate all he surveys. He can stupidly win or cleverly fail which keeps you guessing on the outcomes of individual adventures. The book made me smile and even laugh out loud at one or two parts. Really, even the slow stuff isn't boring. They just draw out the time overlong before you get to a climax.
I'm being harsh with this 3 star rating. Mostly because the author writes so well from word to word and paragraph to paragraph that I expect him to have that same level of talent with the whole book's architecture. He's like a master tactician with no head for strategy. So the individual chapters are great, but the book has a haphazard tempo.
I rate this very good at 1.5x or 2x playback. The book really benefits from increasing the pace of the plot.
The story line is very linear, with many separate adventures that are each quite drawn out and slow moving. By the fourth hour of chasing bandits who no one really cares about and telling stories by firelight, I started to feel like the whole book was just pointless. I doubled the play-back speed and problem solved. Surprisingly, I lost none of the detail at that speed, but I started to see the over-arching plotline more clearly. Perhaps that's a sign that a 43 hour book could do with some editing.
Sped-up, I actually enjoyed it more than the Name of the Wind. The scope was wider, freer and more interesting when it moved outside the university. I don't really miss Kvothe's world, but I will be happy to go back into it when the third day is out.
Well written and performed. I was captured by the the main character. Cheering him on and hiding my face when he was doing something I knew would get him into trouble. The tital King killer must be what happens on the third day of story telling. Cant wait for the 3rd book to come out.