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The Wise Man's Fear (KingKiller Chronicles) Audio CD – CD, April 2, 2013
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"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)
"The best epic fantasy I read last year.... He's bloody good, this Rothfuss guy."
--George R. R. Martin, New York Times-bestselling author of A Song of Ice and Fire
"Rothfuss has real talent, and his tale of Kvothe is deep and intricate and wondrous."
--Terry Brooks, New York Times-bestselling author of Shannara
"It is a rare and great pleasure to find a fantasist writing...with true music in the words."
--Ursula K. Le Guin, award-winning author of Earthsea
"The characters are real and the magic is true."
--Robin Hobb, New York Times-bestselling author of Assassin's Apprentice
"Masterful.... There is a beauty to Pat's writing that defies description."
--Brandon Sanderson, New York Times-bestselling author of Mistborn
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- Publisher : Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (April 2, 2013)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1469259265
- ISBN-13 : 978-1469259260
- Item Weight : 1.95 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 3.33 x 5.33 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,285,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What really soured me on the series and has made me write it off is the behavior of the author. Once upon a time we were told the series was complete & editing was in works for the final book, now if anyone even mentions the final edition the author flips his lid- like seriously acts like the world’s biggest a-hole bc how dare we, the readers care about when he’s gonna get off his video game and give us the book we have been waiting for?
Never mind the fact that he has the leisure of sitting there, gaming on live stream for hours each day because we bought his books to begin with, without us readers he’d be working a 9-5.
So yeah, Patrick Rofuss & Patrick Rothfuss alone is the reason why I will never put a dime towards anything with his name on it.
I see and understand most of the 1 star reviews. This book wasn't as good as TNOTW. Its slow. There are a lot of side stories. I'm also sick of his unresolved and strange relationship with Whatever The Hell Her Name Is This Week. The Flurian side story drug on Way too long. This could have been covered in 1 chapter, 2 at the most instead of near a 1/4 of the book. I am also extremely frustrated with an author who seems to be either flat out lazy or who doesnt care at all about his readers. I agree with every bad review and scathing opinion of the author.
However... Its apparently been Years since I bought this book. The second time around I see amazing and subtle points I never noticed before, things you truly have to Think about (a sentence, a gesture, a story...might mean far more than realized). I think I --and others -- forget just how Young the protagonist really Is in this installment (16-17 at University?)...how young he might Still Be as the story teller/inn meeper Kote ... 20-21? 25? We don't know.
I couldn't put it down. I caught myself reading on my lunch break and staying up too late. I devoured this book in 2 days. I found myself thinking about Kvothe at work, wondering, picking apart seemingly subtle and unrelated points, questioning...
Maybe I am reading too much into this book. Maybe its all nonsense. Maybe it isn't. We'll have to wait until book 3 to find out. I'll probably be dead by then but I was highly entertained on my way to the grave (lol).
So 3 stars for now. I reserve the right to change my review based on book 3...if I'm not already dead before publication.
I loved these first two book but it's been many years since the author has put out anything else and it's not looking good that he'll finish the series.
This book is a solid 4 stars for me. But the fact that the story isn't likely to be finished, or at least finished anytime soon, really takes away from it's value.
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So.. If you don't mind unanswered questions. Or not knowing the end to the story, you'll probably like this. Otherwise, steer clear. You'll be plagued by thoughts of "what ever happened to..."
Disappointed by the author for not concluding the story.
However, I understand and share a lot of the frustration with this book. The story felt quite rambling. It’s definitely taking its time along Kvothe’s journey, and it feels like we’ve barely touched on the things Kvothe is famous for. He still feels a long way from the legendary character teased in the first book. It also feels like we’re circling around and ending up back where we started. This feels like an odd move for the middle book in the trilogy, which I would expect to be breaking away from the ‘origin story’ a little more. In addition to this, the secondary characters still feel underdeveloped and Denna is even more aggravating than before.
But despite all this, the tale and the telling of it are so exciting and compelling throughout, I raced through the book and couldn’t put it down, and I want more! I’m still very invested in Kvothe’s story, and now there are interesting new hints that Kvothe might not be the hero we think. I’ve read other people's suggestions that this could be a villain’s story in the end, and while I don’t think it will be quite that simple, I think this is a good observation.
Still a very enjoyable read, still both frustrating and awesome, and I still can’t wait for more.
That said, the last stage of the book was good and tied some of the bits together.
I’m not excited for another instalment if this is the kind of offering coming in the 3rd book. Given how long it’s taking to come out, I’ll probably not bother