I say 5 stars with a but because the first 5 or so hours and last 5 hours are very slow and hard to get through. During those first five hours hours I wanted to stop listening many times but kept with it and glad that I did. I loved the middle 30 hours of this book and they more then made up for the slow start and finish. As I was listening to last few hours I realized my one problem with the book which are chapters where Kvothe is trying to woo Dena. SMALL SPOILER! OK, I realize Dena has some serious issues and that she and her patron are going to be a major story line in book three, however all these chapters are essentially the same in this book and the first one. They meet, interact, and depart without coming together or moving apart. At the end of this book Kvothe basically knows as much about Dena as the first day he met her. Rothfuss keeps hammering us over head with Dena and i guess those chapters really started annoying me. As i wrote we're two books in and Kvothe hasn't gotten anywhere with Dena. At some point you have to $#!+ or get off the can. I don't mean to harp on that small issue, maybe it's just me. that said, I can't recommend this book enough though. Get it, you wont be disappointed. Rothfuss is as much a poet as writer and stands shoulder to shoulder with any writer out there. I really enjoyed listening to the words that he wrote. Listen and you'll understand. In my opinion Rothfuss, brent weeks, scott lynch, and of course george r.r. martin are the best fantasy writers right now. Yes, I even rate them over brandon sanderson, sacrolege, I know..
What a joke this book and Glen Beck are, all this book consists of is Glen Beck whining about problems that anyone who follows the current political state of the country is already aware of. It might as well be called "average joe's common sense" because it presents the same complaints that millions of Americans do without giving any solution to the problems facing America. I could do that, you could that, hell anyone can do that. Except we're not tv personalities. What are his solutions to the problems? They're not to be found in this book. just whining and whining and more whining. I could have recorded any number of conversations with my friends and have gotten the same result. Thomas Payne's Common Sense presented his political theories and backed them up with logic and fact. Beck gives you the problems and then nothing. The only saving grace is that you get Thomas Payne's Common Sense along with Glen Beck's, which is the only reason I gave one star. I haven't read it since my school days and now years later I found it so incredibly powerful, profound, and inspiring. It is the book that started a revolution. Glen Beck's just made him allot of money.
It is a good story. What bothers me is that to make captain greary look like great leader he creates a command structure in which subordinate captains can question or ignore his orders as they see fit. Then after combat captain greary can say,
"look if you did it my way things would have been so much better." I can't think of any military in history that allows undisciplined insubordination. I wont read the rest of the series
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