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  • The Wise Man's Fear (Part One)

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas

    Sequel to the extraordinary The Name of The Wind, The Wise Man’s Fear is the second instalment of this superb fantasy trilogy from Patrick Rothfuss. This is the most exciting fantasy series since George R. R. Martin's A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, and a must for all fans of HBO's GAME OF THRONES.

    Thorz says: "Part two of the masterpiece"
    "Another Tale that won't end!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I began the book in a cynical frame of mind, as I recgnized the now familiar trend in fantasy fiction to drag out a story with meaningless meanderings,and thereby reduce the picture frame to a blotch of too many characters and no dimensions. I am afraid I was right. The landscape while beautifully afixed, has too many flitting two dimensional charcters who do not develop depth and personality,much in the sad tradition of George RR Martin. It is a crowded tale that does not bring anticipation for the future of the main character.Qvoth is a classic narcissist who manipulates all circumstances to suit himself and does not inspire my sympathy. His relationships appear to only serve his ego.

    What other book might you compare The Wise Man's Fear (Part One) to and why?

    Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny.

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator did a splendid job given the matter.

    Do you think The Wise Man's Fear (Part One) needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I think Patrick Rothfuss need not trouble himself to continue this series as it is evident the story has nowhere further to go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel of North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Adam Johnson
    • Narrated By Tim Kang, Josiah D. Lee, James Kyson Lee, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother - a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang - and an influential father who runs Long Tomorrows, a work camp for orphans. There the boy is given his first taste of power, picking which orphans eat first and which will be lent out for manual labor. Recognized for his loyalty and keen instincts, Jun Do comes to the attention of superiors in the state, rises in the ranks, and starts on a road from which there will be no return.

    Lisa says: "The most compelling listen I've ever owned"
    "Dark, deep and disturbing."
    Would you listen to The Orphan Master's Son again? Why?

    Yes, it has images and pictoids in words that I would like to savour time after time.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The authenticity is unparalleled, the author captured the spirit and hearts of the people he wrote about.Ringing true and incredibly heart breaking , I found myself looking inwards to the deep reaches of my soul, throughout this book.

    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    If I had just read this book, the words would not have flowed in the cascading stream they became when I listened.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, I was deeply disturbed by the character of the young interrogator, who himself is searching for his own soul.

    Any additional comments?

    This book is a classic work of fiction that will become the authoritative simile of North Korea, The book itself defies description, as a work of art, the story told is the life that One feels is the truth about the cultural psychology of a true dictatorship.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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