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The Wise Man's Fear Audiobook

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

"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...."
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"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. You may have heard of me."

So begins the tale of a hero told from his own point of view — a story unequaled in fantasy literature. Now in The Wise Man's Fear, Day Two of The Kingkiller Chronicle, an escalating rivalry with a powerful member of the nobility forces Kvothe to leave the University and seek his fortune abroad. Adrift, penniless, and alone, he travels to Vintas, where he quickly becomes entangled in the politics of courtly society.

While attempting to curry favor with a powerful noble, Kvothe uncovers an assassination attempt, comes into conflict with a rival arcanist, and leads a group of mercenaries into the wild, in an attempt to solve the mystery of who (or what) is waylaying travelers on the King's Road. All the while, Kvothe searches for answers, attempting to uncover the truth about the mysterious Amyr, the Chandrian, and the death of his parents.

Along the way, Kvothe is put on trial by the legendary Adem mercenaries, is forced to reclaim the honor of the Edema Ruh, and travels into the Fae realm. There he meets Felurian, the faerie woman no man can resist, and who no man has ever survived... until Kvothe.

In The Wise Man's Fear, Kvothe takes his first steps on the path of the hero and learns how difficult life can be when a man becomes a legend in his own time.

Not just another day: listen to more in the Kingkiller Chronicles.

©2011 Patrick Rothfuss (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 04-07-11
    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 04-07-11 Member Since 2009
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    "44 hours are not enough"

    It is one of those books which you wont be able to put down. It has five sections, and I was dreading that book will come to an end at the start of 5th section. Like the first one, books just flows smoothly. The narrator does a great job as well and fits well for this style of book.

    The best way to provide a comparison for Pat's writing is that he writes like a great director makes a movie. Every dialog is deliver at the right time with right intensity. The affect is amazing even on small things that take place in the book.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone except for the people who have not read the first one : ) go read that one first.

    I hope Pat is working furiously to get us the next book soon : ) may be next month? We can hope cant we?

    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Niles Jacobsen Sumter, SC, United States 08-14-15
    Niles Jacobsen Sumter, SC, United States 08-14-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Kvothe Returns!!"

    Book 2 in the Kingkiller Chronicles, "Wise Man's Fear" is an exceptional journey into a fantasy world both strange and familiar. Patrick Rothfuss is an excellent writer who is masterful with the English language. His main characters are wonderfully composed and the secondary characters play their roles admirably.

    Picking up where "Name of the Wind" left off, this begins day 2 of Kvothe's life story, as told to the famous scribe Chronicler. Kvothe is seeking anonymity posing as Kote, humble owner of the Waystone Inn. His apprentice, Bast, is also there as Kvothe relates the details of his younger life - details which would make his name legend. While the past is the main emphasis of the story, there are also goings on at the Inn that play a role in this novel.

    As the story begins, Kvothe is still at the University learning the arcane arts, playing his lute in taverns and trying to earn enough money to pay his tuition. In search of a patron to sponsor his musical talent, he is given a promising lead and decides to take some time off of school and travel to a far land to meet a wealthy and powerful man. While there, he is sent out to capture or kill the bandits who have been terrorizing the main road into town. While in the forest looking for the bandits, he has a surreal encounter with the legendary faery of love. Upon leaving the forest, he travels to a new town where he is trained by a society of warriors known for their fighting prowess. He then returns to the University more experienced and wiser. All through his adventures, he pines for the beautiful Denna and continues to hope they might have a future together.

    If you read the first book and were looking to have some questions answered, you will be sadly disappointed. In fact, I think this book raises more questions than it answers. But that will just make the third book all the more compelling, and I can hardly wait until 2017.

    Nick Podehl does a masterful job reading this story. He captures the essence of the characters wonderfully and brings the beautiful world created by Patrick Rothfuss to life. If I closed my eyes, I could almost feel this magical world around me. I highly recommend this to any lover of fantasy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eve 04-28-15
    Eve 04-28-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Confusing and boring!"

    The story is confusing and doesn't seem to be going anywhere! I'm frustrated that I listened for days and days to a story without much substance First book in the series was a little better but don't think I will listen to any of this authors future books. And I thought the ending was awful!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Corey 03-20-15
    Corey 03-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Book one was good but damn book two is slow"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who enjoys a boring story.


    What could Patrick Rothfuss have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Book one was moderately exciting but this is a drop off the deep end. You have absolutely no idea where the plot is going except that it is his biography. All it is, is kvothe complaining about this chick that he is too much of a pussy to say what he feels. And she is a bitch on top of that. They have yet to really introduce the main villains and I am sick of him being continuously being in debt because he is a complete moron at one moment and a genius the very next. Plus, in the story it has been only one year, which is rediculous.


    Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

    Not really a fan of any of the characters but nick podehl did a respectable job narrating.


    What character would you cut from The Wise Man's Fear?

    Kvothe and Dena. Which is awful since they are the main characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Waste of my time. Also it sounds like book three is still a long ways away. Really disappointed considering all of the good reviews people gave it. Not meant for an adult reader looking for a mature novel

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 03-21-13
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    "How to Destroy a Five Star Book"

    I loved this book from the beginning all the way until the Sex Faery. But I thought I could push on past the stupid SEX FAERY part, seriously a sex faery. Little did I know that was only the hors d'oeuvres of the crap feast. The culture of the mercenaries was so terrible it was laughable. I listened in complete shock as all the fine writing and beautiful storytelling of the last many hours went down the drain never to return. Rothfuss has lost all my trust.

    I wish audible would refund my credit on this one, but for some reason they wouldn't. Boo.

    17 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    MW san jose, ca 11-08-11
    MW san jose, ca 11-08-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Looking for a new epic fantasy this is it!"

    I was completely surprised by this series and glad that I stumbled upon it. It's well written and keeps you involved as a reader the whole way. If you like wheel of time I think this is a series in the same class.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Canton, OH USA 05-28-11
    Craig Canton, OH USA 05-28-11 Listener Since 2006
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    "A great story nearly ruined"

    My expectations were extremely high after a terrific first book.The first half of this second book was excellent, but in the middle of the story, Kvothe gets sent on a man hunt with a small band of mercenaries and it started to drag. After that, the time with the Faye was ridiculous and felt like it would never end. I found myself fast-forwarding through parts. When that part of the story finally ended it then moved onto yet another irritating, somewhat boring part of the story. All the sex scenes from the middle of the story on felt out of place and out of character. And the backward, "enlightened" life of those in the mercenary town was just plain silly. After that, thankfully, the story turned back around and got very good again for the last 8 hours or so. It was also disappointing that this is an "R" rated book because I was hoping to be able to let my middle-school aged children listen to it.

    15 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 04-19-12
    Mark 04-19-12
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    "Tediuos - long, slow and tiresome"
    Any additional comments?

    I am a lover of fantasy and really wanted to love this book as it came so highly recommended. I read the first book and it had glimpses of a really good story, Kvothe’s tragic loss of his family his struggle to survive and his finally finding the relative security of the University with its friends and successes. I finished that first book feeling like there should have been more, more conflict, darker enemies, more life and death challenges and more magic. The second book is just difficult to even listen to. The story is not much more interesting than listening to the real life diary of a teenage boy. Kvothe has the added benefit of being a talented lute player and brilliant student knows some magic, but it’s really the story of a self-conscious geek who spends his time competing with his rival, pining for a girl and making one stupid choice after another. For me it’s just a long boring story…I regret buying it.

    12 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Noelle Campbell Houston, TX USA 05-17-11
    Noelle Campbell Houston, TX USA 05-17-11 Member Since 2016

    Saving the world, one person at a time, starting with me.

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    "Severely disappointed"

    This tale goes on and on without the joy and excitement that accompanied the first book. The adventures become quite unbelievably packed into a few seasons.

    12 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Robert K 02-12-12
    Robert K 02-12-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Skip it"

    This is a book that can and should be skipped. In terms of advancing the plot of a trilogy, nothing happens. 40 plus hours of nothing. A good writer, but a huge book of subplot and filler. I doubt someone who goes straight from book 1 to 3 would even notice. It was entertaining in parts, but did not fulfill a sequels purpose. This is a collection of stories about the main character, it has nothing to do with the plot laid out in the first book.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful

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