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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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    Amazon Customer emporium, PA, United States 03-07-11
    Amazon Customer emporium, PA, United States 03-07-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book!!"

    I listened to this book for 8 straight hours today. I had to force myself to stop listening ........and i still want to put my headphone's back on.


    I was afraid it wouldn't be able to keep up with the last one, but thus far it has exceeded my expectations.

    37 of 49 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Nicholasville, KY, United States 03-14-11
    Charles Nicholasville, KY, United States 03-14-11 Member Since 2014
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    "My friends wondered where I was all weekend..."

    Amazing book. Amazing series. I basically haven't done anything for the past 3 days so I could listen to it all. Every time I read/listen to a story on this level, I feel empty when I have to wait for the next. I agree with the extra time spent on it. It was worth it.

    34 of 46 people found this review helpful
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    potsherds 10-14-16
    potsherds 10-14-16 Member Since 2016

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    "This could be cut down to a 20-25 hour book easy"
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    [contains SPOILERS]<br/><br/>As engaging as Rothfuss is able to make a conversation in a tavern that lasts some 20 minutes and goodness knows how many pages, his distinct inability to drive the plot forward at a pace exceeding a microbe's has worn my patience.<br/><br/>I've been listening to a diversion of the plot that has lasted many hours, and appears to be the sexual feverdream of Rothfuss himself, as it's importance to the book's plot is minimal and I can't for the life of me see the value of describing endless sex with fairies for 15 minutes or more, over and over again. I pity the narrator. The entire trip into the woods and subsequently into fairieland could have been summarized in a an hour or two at most. <br/><br/>Ugh. And of course, when the 'protagonist' returns to the human world, he comes close to sexually assaulting a young woman 'cos that's apparently what he learned in fairieland. Common decency has fled him, a character trait that was emphasized to an irritating degree (have a cookie Rothfuss/Kvothe!) prior to his sex escapade.<br/><br/>This book is irritating. Slow does not being to describe its pacing. The main character has gone from mildly interesting to contemptible when not miserably boring, from book 1 to book 2.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Isaac St. George, UT, United States 03-04-11
    Isaac St. George, UT, United States 03-04-11 Member Since 2017
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    "The long wait was worth it."

    Amazing book. I know its only march but this is definitely my favorite book of the year so far. Unlike many other authors I enjoy Patrick doesn't was a single word, but carefully chooses every syllable that goes into his master piece. The only negative thing I have to say is that I wish he would write faster. I just want to know how the story ends. Brandon Sanderson writes extremely fast and puts out books of almost the same quality.

    25 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Modesto, CA 03-09-11
    Joe Modesto, CA 03-09-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Cannot wait for Day 3!"

    If you enjoyed The Name of the Wind (Day 1), you will most likely enjoy The Wise Man???s Fear (Day 2). When I was listening to this book, I only hoped it would be the equal of the previous book. I can confidently report that, in my opinion, it is at least as enjoyable. I cannot wait for Day 3. I hope the ending doesn???t break my heart. I am beginning to fear it might.

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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.

    32 of 46 people found this review helpful
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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?

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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".


    35 of 51 people found this review helpful
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    Tommy Leopard 06-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "An amazing tale on the continuation of a epic."

    A magnificent story of the second half with amazing wording and even better sound. A rare book to find.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "amazing!"

    the narrator does an incredible job bring this story to life! the writing is superb.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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