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The Wise Man's Fear (Part One) | [Patrick Rothfuss]

The Wise Man's Fear (Part One)

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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. Picking up the tale of Kvothe Kingkiller once again, we follow him into exile, into political intrigue, courtship, adventure, love and magic . . . and further along the path that has turned Kvothe, the mightiest magician of his age, a legend in his own time, into Kote, the unassuming pub landlord. Packed with as much magic, adventure and home-grown drama as The Name of the Wind, this is a sequel in every way the equal to its predecessor and a must for all fantasy fans.

Engaging and gripping, The Wise Man’s Fear is the biggest and the best new fantasy novel out there.

©2011 Patrick Rothfuss (P)2012 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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    Thorz Tromso, Norway 05-01-12
    Thorz Tromso, Norway 05-01-12
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    "Part two of the masterpiece"
    If you could sum up The Wise Man's Fear (Part One) in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing story, period!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The diversity of the situations Kvothe gets involved with.


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

    He give amazing life to all the characters. He is hands down the best performer of the once you'll find in audible


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me laugh several times.


    Any additional comments?

    This story is going to have you on the edge all the time. All the parts have a meaning so be patient when it appears to drive away from the main plot. The Felurian part is wonderful!My only complain is why it was decided to divide the book in 2 parts? The other version found here is just one audiobook of forty-something hours so why not Degas' one? I could not help to feel that they want to leech more money from the consumers. It is still worth to pay for this version that is divided in two because Degas really injects something that the other performer cannot match. This is the only reason because I did not give it 5 starts on the overall category.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-09-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Why different narrator?"

    Loved the book, but would have liked to have the same narrator as the first, and all in one book. This guy was good, but the shift was jarring. Am very annoied at what I assume are some weird licencing rules.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eili 10-26-14
    Eili 10-26-14
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    "Just flawless."
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    Flawless part one of book two of the series, capturing me just as much as the first book did. There is just too many good things to say about this book. I couldn't have asked for more and I loved every bit of it. A must read for any fantasy lover.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CLARE HANWOOD, Australia 06-18-14
    CLARE HANWOOD, Australia 06-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A Must for Fantasy Lovers!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Wise Man's Fear (Part One) the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is fantastic and you can really imagine all of the characters through his interpretation, also the story flows so well from the first book making it hard to stop listening.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wise Man's Fear (Part One)?

    Loved when they went out hunting the bandits.


    Have you listened to any of Rupert Degas’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


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

    When Kvothe realised how much he had missed his friends also when he finds out whats happening to his friend Denna.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fantastic series for fantasy fans, I love that it really keeps you guessing as to whats going on and the narration by Rupert Degas is second to none, if you love Jim Butcher and Kevin Hearne than this should be your next listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Emma Blackburn, Australia 05-26-14
    Emma Blackburn, Australia 05-26-14 Listener Since 2010
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    "Awesome Series"
    What does Rupert Degas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I honestly don't think there are words to express what richness and depth Rupert Degas' character voices brought to this audio book. Such amazing range and authenticity, I was totally and utterly lost in his narration.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next in the series to be turned into an audio book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vira Pretoria, South Africa 10-04-13
    Vira Pretoria, South Africa 10-04-13 Member Since 2015
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    "2nd in Series, still Excellent"

    Much of what I said in my review of the first book of the Kingkiller Chronicles still applies. There are sections here that tend to be rather long-winded, but all is forgiven in writing which is this good.

    I'm afraid the talented Rothfuss/Degas duo may have spoilt me for any other fantasy novels, but I'll keep hoping for an equal. (Or at least close).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carlos Mission, TX 08-15-13
    Carlos Mission, TX 08-15-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Can't wait for day 3"

    This is an example of how a good story can develop a sequel that captures the same intriguing mysteries and colorful characters as the original. Can't wait for part 3.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Liz 07-09-13
    Liz 07-09-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "A Unique Fantasy Tale"

    What a breath of fresh air. Extraordinary beings are made believable and relatable. Love the series and I'm eagerly anticipating the next book.

    Thankyou to Patrick Rothfuss for retiring from being a professional student and becoming a talented author. Please keep it up.

    Thankyou to Rupert Degas for turning the words into a magical experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anna Roma, Australia 05-01-14
    Anna Roma, Australia 05-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Hard to start but sucked me in, in the end"
    Would you listen to The Wise Man's Fear (Part One) again? Why?

    yes, it's the kind of story that you could pick more things up on the 2nd go around after completing the whole series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The connection between the hero and heroin, and wondering how he winds up where he is without her.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Theresia 01-06-14
    Theresia 01-06-14
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    "Rupert Degas does it again!"
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    A fantastic second book. Now an eager wait for the third... Having tried the versions with both Nick Pohdl and Degas I can warmly recommend Rupert Degas for his deep and wide range of voices, and somehow the British accent lend itself better to epic story telling. For some reason the Degas version is split in 2 parts but it is really worth the extra credit.

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  • Ken
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    4/7/13
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    "Jealousy is a terrible thing!"

    There is only one problem with this book or series. Patrick Rothfuss cannot and never could write the third and final book quick enough. My nails are to the nub. It is an unpleasant sight. To add to this, the book is beautifully delivered by Rupert Dragus the narrator. His tones, pace and voices are sensational as he evokes this outstanding story. For those who have not read this or the first book, well I am incredibly jealous that you are about to embark on such a wonderful tale. Go discover!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anne R Hamilton
    4/7/13
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    "Fascinating"

    I was fascinated by this story. The characters are well developed and the storyline is interesting and original. There seems to be much that is still to happen and I eagerly await the next book.

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  • Philip
    Artane, Ireland
    4/7/13
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    "Fun with old friends"

    I would recommend this for both those already familiar with the series and newcomers, alongside The Name of the Wind it makes an excellent listening experience. In particular the narrator Rupert Degas does an excellent job and his numerous character voices completely immerse you in the world of Patrick Rothfuss.



    I had already had the pleasure of reading this series and for me it was like visiting again with old friends, a thoroughly enjoyable audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frantisek
    Wallingford, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Brilliant!"

    I love fantasy and this book is one of its top ends. Every book of this trilogy is better than the one before and I just hope that the wait for the third one is not going to be long. There are some complains about the individual books being split into two parts for sale purposes. Of course I would appreciate to get it cheaper but in this case you get what you pay for and this book is well worth the price!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    Randers NV, Denmark
    4/7/13
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    "one of my all time favorites"

    A very original story. Not at all like the "common" fantasy novel that it might resemble at first glance. An excellent listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matt
    Hucclecote, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Finishing off an excellent"

    Rothfuss and Degas ably finish off the book.

    With an epic day one completed it is difficult not to immediately move to The Wise Man's Fear.

    Definitely essential reading for all Fantasy fans!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barry
    Coventry, United Kingdom
    3/20/13
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    "Rupert Degas is a genius"

    It is a long time since I enjoyed a fantasy book. I overdosed about 30 years ago and got sick and tired of elves, dwarves, magical maguffins and the wizard/prince/fighter/god not being recognised until they complete their hero's journey. I bought the Name of the WInd on a recommendation. I bought it from Itunes because it was half the price of Audible who split it in two as with this one and charged twice. This one is not available on Itunes but I was hooked. Yes, hooked like a fish on a line. The fact that Rothfuss studies chemical engineering and clinical psychology shows in this book. It has all the hero's journey trappings but it is internally consistant and has many interesting things to say about people, skill and the destructive power of ego. I am only half way through but enjoying this one as much as the first book.

    Now to business, The real magic in this book is the narration of Rupert Degas. I will be looking through his back catalogue. This book is a masterclass in the best of audiobook recording. His characterisation, timing, diction, tone, speed, accents and acting are pure genius. I am left wondering how good the book is because I get the impression that Degas could make the telephone book sound fascinating and witty. Not to take away from Rothfuss's creation, which as you can see from above I think is great, but Degas makes it shine. It is almost impossible to remember there is only one person reading. Where do I nominate him for an Audie Award?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Graham
    Maidenhead, United Kingdom
    2/9/13
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    "Brilliant"

    Excellent second work in a trilogy. Superbly written and very well read. Highly recommended if you can accept the exorbitant cost resulting from having to make two purchases to get the full single book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • janette
    United Kingdom
    2/9/13
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    "Continuing delight"

    Patrick Rothfuss coninues to write a compelling and intricate story excellently performed by Rupert Degas. I felt totally bereft when the last words were sounded and can only look forward to the final (I do hope not) book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gareth
    oxford, oxfordshire, United Kingdom
    1/31/13
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    "Great book, big enough to split in two?"

    A nicely read book, the narrator brings the characters to life well and



    The book itself is a pleasure. although some may criticise its pacing. It certainly seems to have had some editing already, since several key events are deliberately skipped over. In addition the book within a book format works well, providing structure, relief and a knowing narration: "What can I say, I was young".



    My main criticism is that this book follows a worrying trend of large books that are split into two parts. whilst the purchase price of each part is often lower, they are priced for members at a whole credit each. a realistic argument Whilst some massive books (such as Memory of light) remain single credit purchases. as the length of sci-fi and fantasy books continues to grow it will be interesting to see how this trend continues.



    You do have to wonder though how Rothfuss will wrap up all the many threads and events yet to happen in the promised final book of the trilogy. big enough to split into three parts?



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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