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The Wise Man's Fear Audiobook

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

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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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    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.

    27 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    Ceres 04-29-12
    Ceres 04-29-12
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    "Over 42 hours of uninteresting and silly events"
    What disappointed you about The Wise Man's Fear?

    Let me start by saying that I really enjoyed the first installment "The name of the Wind". I really liked Rothfuss writing style and although there were things that annoyed me about the first book I thought that was a good book overall. Now, the second installment "The Wise Man's Fear" is another matter. I find it hard to believe that an author can write so much about nothing and some how people like it. 42 hours (I think the book is about a 1000 pages) and the plot doesn't progress one bit..not one bit...How can that be possible? Book two and Kvothe is still 16? I think at this pace we'll see the conclusion to the KingKiller Chronicles in 20 years, if we are not bored to death before!!!This book has NO PLOT, there is no excitement or big mystery, it only contains side events in the life of Kvothe. Events that are mostly unimportant for the plot and at times silly or boring but still they go on, and on and on. For example, all the hours/pages wasted in Dena and the Felurian. Really, what a waste of time, ink and Megabytes. Or what about the ridiculous ketan fighting thing? Really??? But of course we get no insight in potentially more interesting events. I'm starting to think that Mr. Rothfuss likes to write just to show his writing skills, just like some people like to talk just to hear themselves talk.Also, Kvothe's character in my opinions is very inconsistent in this book. At times his a very sharp/smart, street savvy, even mature, the next minute he is as naive and stupid as it comes. I found him less likeable and real because of these inconsistencies. Lastly, during the course of this book I got a strong feeling that Kvothe never becomes all that powerful or even competent throughout his life but instead he gets lucky during certain events, which are then exaggerated by story tellers and that's why he is telling "his real story". Hopefully, I'm wrong and that is not the case!


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

    Have a plot for this book instead of writing about silly and inconsequential events.


    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    Great Performance. I think he is the reason why I continued listening.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was completely disappointed with this book. Not sure if I'll continue to waste time and money in this "trilogy".


    29 of 42 people found this review helpful
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    Steven C. Rushmore Washington, DC 02-02-17
    Steven C. Rushmore Washington, DC 02-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointing"

    The first book was a 5/5 this one seemed rushed, egotistic, and not well thought out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Salt Lake City, UT, United States 09-30-16
    Michael Salt Lake City, UT, United States 09-30-16 Member Since 2016

    I'm an avid science fiction and fantasy reader. I study Chemical Engineering at the UofU and do photography on the side.

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    "Terrible sequel"

    I loved the name of the wind (five stars for that book), but unfortunately this book just doesn't have the substance the first one did.

    Apart from wasting my time with his fantasy of adolescent sexuality, the book spent a huge amount of time focused a bland society that was in itself ridiculous.

    In the first book, it was easy to have an emotional connection with the main character; however, this story left me not liking him and quite honestly it's hard to believe that it's the same character from the first book. Towards the middle of the book, I found myself not caring what happens next and just wishing that all the filler material would go away so the story could go on.

    The while story could have been told with half the words and not lost much.

    Hopefully the third book will be truer to the roots of the story.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kingdork 08-07-16
    Kingdork 08-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Should be called "The Name of the Friend Zone"."

    i got sucked in, but just like Qvothe trying to throw one at Denna, I feel like it was all tease and no delivery. it's like a case of literary blue balls.

    1 of 1 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!

    3 of 4 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

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL 10-29-12
    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL 10-29-12 Member Since 2009

    Emergency physician and fantasy nerd in Chicago.

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    "I just don't care anymore"
    Would you try another book from Patrick Rothfuss and/or Nick Podehl?

    Nope. I did NOTW and then got about halfway through this, just don't care what happens to Kvothe.


    What was most disappointing about Patrick Rothfuss’s story?

    EVERYTHING!There just isn't much going on. Much like in NOTW huge sections of the story are about Kvothe trying to earn money. It drags on and on. The first half of this book is exactly like NOTW but less exciting if you can believe that.Oh no! Kvothe doesn't have any money! Oh sweet relief, Kvothe made some money! Oh no! Kvothe is in trouble! Oh boy, he got out of trouble!I got so tired of listening to Kvothe whine and bitch about things, and so tired of Rothfuss's overblown prose with respect to Kvothe's music. The great hero is completely unmanned and depressed if he can't play his lute? There is this ongoing tension between the fact that Kvothe is the best at everything he attempts (music, sympathy, artificery, medicine, naming, cards, etc) and the fact that he is a whiny little ponce who pouts if he can't play his tunes.You think there is going to be some excitement halfway through but you are disappointed. I "finished" the book by reading a plot synopsis on Wikipedia and it looks like it picks up a little bit after I quit but come on, it's just too much to slog through.Again I would say this is highly derivative of Harry Potter without being nearly as fun to read.The Denna story arc starts to drive you crazy. I got to where when she showed up I wanted to just stop reading altogether and it was actually this that made me quit. After her 20th appearance when Kvothe has to keep pretending he is just her friend I was done. It's so juvenile and doesn't seem to be going anywhere. When the thing driving your epic fantasy novel is a coy 16 year old girl, you have major problems.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Maer's illness.


    Was The Wise Man's Fear worth the listening time?

    Absolutely not.


    Any additional comments?

    I am still just stunned by these reviews that say this is the next LOTR. This series is like if the entirety of the Fellowship took place in the Shire with Frodo planning his trip and organizing Bag End and then by the middle of the Two Towers they had made it to Bree. Take the Nazgul out and replace them with a corrupt innkeeper, take the One Ring and replace it with Frodo's overdrawn checking account and you've got this series.

    5 of 7 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.

    17 of 25 people found this review helpful

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