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Long time Fantasy fan.

Chattanooga, TN, United States | Member Since 2014

  • 2 reviews
  • 17 ratings
  • 170 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Joe says: "Excellent, Imaginative, Beautiful, Page Turning!!!"
    "I've listened through 4 times"

    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.

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Leviathan

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Scott Westerfeld
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. The Leviathan is a living airship, the most formidable airbeast in the skies of Europe.

    Tahlia Merrill says: "Wonderful, but don't forget to buy the book"
    "Exciting Alternative History for younger audience"
    Would you listen to Leviathan again? Why?

    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.

    What other book might you compare Leviathan to and why?

    It compares to many coming of age books, but set in a steam-punk alt reality

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The details woven into the two factions' beasts and machinery was very interesting and involving.

    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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