This is a beautifully written novel. The middle gets a little long however, there is a lot to learn about the different ethnic groups and characters that Patrick Rothfuss has created. I believe one reviewer did become frustrated with the never resolved love story. However, if you listened to King Killer Chronicles Day One, the first day book in this series, you know our hero is only sixteen years old; a young boy still learning his way around love and life.
The narrator, Nick Podehl is awesome. This man should win an award for this narration. I cannot believe the expertise in which he interprets every character and believe you me there are many of them in this book; men, women, young old, different nationalities and species. Every one of these charaters is acted in a unique and different style. You can actually visualize each person as he or she talks. Although the book is long in places, again, I feel it's worth listening to. I loved it.
I didn't realize when I started this series that the 3rd book wasn't out yet. The world is completely enthralling. The nuance of everything really grabbed my imagination. The variety of cultures was fascinating and all fully fleshed out and radically different.
This book was incredibly engaging and almost everytime I listened to a piece of it I found myself laughing and having new ideas to play around with. I am going to listen to this again while I wait for the next one to come out (and get my girlfriend to listen to it too)
Nick Podehl has a wonderful speaking voice and can seemingly very easily slip into new characters' voices. It's quite fun to listen to.
None, really, this book and its prequel, The Name of the Wind, are above and beyond anything I have read or listened to. And that includes quite a few well-acclaimed books.
Too many to name, but I like all the scenes with Aury because Kvothe is so tender with her.
There are several that are sweet, smart, sexy, or brave, but there is a scene near the end that was horrific because it was so unexpected.
Adventure, Clever, Fun
Kvothe, He's the main character, he's clever, funny and mysterious. Sometimes he walks the line between good and bad, but you cant help but cheer him on.
Alot of Laughs! Although this book is Fantasy, the author makes the characters use clever word play and context for many funny moments even during the intense adventures.
Yes i would. Sometimes in fantasy this big reading this large of story can be to time consuming for a person like my self.
The way he moved the story around to differnt parts that really sucked you in. Espcially when he trains to be a fighter i found great.
I was so pulled in by the first book this was easy to get brought back into the story
The descriptions of the main characters troubles with his university enemy.
Hearing his voice I thought I was listening to the character
demand was disappointed when I had to put it down.
YES! to a friend, to a stranger, to anyone who might enjoy a fantasy book...
The Adem and Jax's story and... oh just read it!! you'll get it too... but the entire book is filled with memorable moments
I did read the book, but the flow of the narrative is completely different when Podehl reads... the story had new depth, more detail... it's a story meant to be heard! and he's great with the characters (and there are a lot of them!), so they all have distintc voices, it's really impressive and a joy to listen to
take a single perfect step...
You'll need to listed to The Name of The Wind first, this is the second book in a trilogy...
I enjoyed this book, not as much as the first one but it was worth listening to. Having almost immediately jumped into this book after the first wanting to find out what happens, I had come to accept that this series is more a large collection of short stories that tell an overarching epic novel. So in that aspect I have enjoyed it, even if the overall story is somewhat slow in being revealed. In this book Kvothe hits the road and has a series of adventures, meeting new people and cultures along the way. He learns some new skills along the way but doesn't really get much closer to his main goal. For the most part the author did a nice job of creating these new cultures.
However I did have one pet peeve. (mild spoiler) In one of these cultures the people are completely open with sex. I didn't have a problem with this, it was a bit of a juvenile fantasy but it didn't bother me. The problem was, in this totally free and always sexually active society they think women just spontaneously get pregnant and the men have nothing to do with it. When Kvothe tries to explain how women get pregnant, the women he is with just laugh. It really ruined that part of the book for me and left a little bit of a bad taste in my mouth. I completely lost my suspension of disbelief. Come on, does the author think we are stupid. Even cave men knew where babies came from. It's a very small part of the story, so don't let it stop you from listening to the book.
This novel is one of those rare pieces that makes you sit back and think "Wow". How is it possible to describe a setting, place, time, or event so perfectly that anyone who reads it relates perfectly. The story is exciting, yet not over the top inconceivable. The hero has many talents, but it is not as if he is some sort of "Action Hero" who always has the right answers or techniques for dealing with impossible odds. He tends to accidentally happen onto the proper or lucky way of dealing with seemingly insurmountable circumstances. This type of character generally appeals to me, but it has been done so well in this book that many others pale in comparison. I was absolutely addicted to this story after the first thirty minutes or so of listening. Part of my problem was that I started on Day 2 because I didn't realize it was a trilogy. I have subsequently purchased Day 1 and it is equally as enjoyable.
I can not recommend this book enough. If you are frustrated with the juvenile writing style that is so typical of our culture, you will love this book.
An unbelievably great writer with an unbelievably great story. Definitely worth your time.
I thought that the first book was good but this one is even better. My only criticism is that it is taking WAY TOO LONG for the next book in this series to be released.