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The Wise Man's Fear Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

"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.

What the Critics Say

"Narrator Nick Podehl arrives at the end of this long audiobook, the second in the Kingkiller series, as engaged and fresh as he was at the start.... Podehl adeptly presents the broad cast of characters - from moneylenders and courtesans to kings. One of the most fascinating portrayals by Podehl begins with a young mercenary from the Adem who says little. And when he does speak, he has a flat voice, mostly devoid of expression. Podehl builds on this when Kvothe returns with him to study among the Adem, where the mercenary develops a recognizable pattern of speech reflecting many of the culture's characteristics." (AudioFile)

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    "Tired of the story getting NOWHERE"

    Rothfuss doesn't understand the need to give your readers SOMETHING. I'm all for the unknown, but it gives absolutely nothing towards the big picture. His writing and phrases were beautiful in the first book. This book circles around sex the entire time and was a disappointment. Don't waste your time.

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    A Roberts Vancouver, WA United States 08-24-17
    A Roberts Vancouver, WA United States 08-24-17
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    "1000 more pages and it still doesn't end"

    This book, a continuation of The Name of the Wend, once again just stops in the middle of a story. This was published in 2011, and the next book has no expected completion date. This book drags. Somehow, the author was able to make sex with the most beautiful woman in the world drag! It is excessively long and only moderately interesting. Don't waste your money; there are a lot of good fantasy books out there.

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    Melissa Johnson 10-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent"

    Once again Nick Podehl knocked it out of the park with his narration of this book. He has me clinging to his every word. The story is also very enjoyable and we get the late teenage years of Kvothe and his growth through them. We get a bit more fleshing out of some of the minor characters, which sometimes can seem flat, and the development of a few of the relationships that were introduced to were wonderful additions, especially with Auri and Master Elodin. As a heads up, this is an adult fantasy novel. There are parts that are probably best listened to with headphones on. Although not overly graphic, they're still NSFW.

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    Pastor Temple West Virginia 10-21-17
    Pastor Temple West Virginia 10-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Part 2 Electric Boogaloo "

    The story of Kvoth contunues... more action than the first...epic fantasy with the familiar elements brought out in unfamiliar manner

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    Julie 10-21-17
    Julie 10-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Begynner å bli veldig glad i Kvothe..."

    ...og vennene hans. Pleier å høre på lydboken mens jeg er ute og handler eller gjør ærend, og oppdager plutselig at jeg smiler eller ler av deler av boka. Gleder meg veldig til å høre den siste boka.

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    Joss E California 10-20-17
    Joss E California 10-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointing sequel"

    I thoroughly enjoyed the first book and was really looking forward to this second installment. It was way, waayyy too long. Though the first book was long, it never felt unnecessary, but that is not the case here. Many of these chapters felt like they rambled forever and moved the story forward very little. In fact, I ended up skipping several in the middle and end! Though Kvothe is older and is exploring his manhood (or whatever), the amount of sex in this book seemed unnecessary as well, and almost made me dislike him more as a protagonist... like really? We get it!!! Book 2 just seems like he is taking steps backward instead of forward and has left me wondering how he is ever going to grow up into the man he is in present time... when he seemed closer to that character when he was running the streets. Big kudos to Podehl though - another fantastic narration!

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    Amazon Customer 10-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "This writer is amazing. "

    I must start with I wish there was more action but as I can tell there building this character up to be Great. With that said this writer makes every chapter every situation enjoyable and wanting more! I will buy every book and most likely read all his other work just cause I have never found a writer of this caliber.

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    Anonymous 10-18-17
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    "Worth your time"

    This is a good series to follow anything from Sanderson or Wheel of Time. it builds differently than those books but still worth the read.

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    "Great story"

    Enjoyed the hell out of it. Moved quickly despite the story being filled to the brim with plot.

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    doppleron 10-15-17
    doppleron 10-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    "excellent story!"

    I had are time shutting it off to sleep or work! Very long and very good story.

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