If you have enjoyed the Name of the Wind, I don't doubt that you will listen to Wise Man's Fear. So far, this series has been my favorite fantasy story, period. The writing is fluid and the world is rich with detail without becoming bogged down by details or vocabulary. You never feel as if the writer is taking too much time describing a tree or a wall, the writing stays with the story. The thoughts of different characters are also portrayed naturally through their statements and actions and not through dry description. In all the writing is very fresh and witty.
The only complaint I had with Name of the Wind, a lack of dynamic female characters, is alleviated in Wise Man's Fear. Women now take on tropes other than Damsel in Distress and have more subtle motivations.
I have only listened to Nich Podehl's performances in this series, but the performance is outstanding. After listening to the books 4 times, I am reading them in print and can still hear the performance clearly in my mind. At this point in the story, he has discovered the voice for each of the main characters (in early segments of Name of the Wind, Will and Simmon don't have their 'distinctive' voice). This book is really well written, and the performance by Nick only adds to the experience. It is enough to make me look into other books based solely on his performance.
I only hope that Rothfuss will put as much detail and thought into all of his stories, even if it takes years to complete, the final experience will be much more valuable.
not likely. Although interesting, as a story Leviathan is not particularly detailed or nuanced. It is a straight forward story and there is little reason to listen to it twice. However, the performance is outstanding and might be enough to merit a second listen.
It compares to many coming of age books, but set in a steam-punk alt reality
The details woven into the two factions' beasts and machinery was very interesting and involving.
Once again, the performance by Alan Cumming is very good, it made the book and characters for me. If this book is for a younger listener or someone who enjoys steam-punk then I would rate it a 4.5 that you would enjoy it. More mature audiences will likely find it less enjoyable, but can still appreciate what the author is doing - rate as a 3.5.
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