The Wise Man's Fear, 2 Volume Set

Version: Unabridged
Author: Patrick Rothfuss
Narrator: Nick Podehl
Genres: Fantasy
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: March 2011
# of Units: 36 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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Overview

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.

Reviews (39)

Written by Diana R. on October 9th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I just discovered Patrick Rothfuss about a week and a half ago and have already read almost everything by him. I’m an instant fan! I LOVE his writing style. THIS is what I have been missing from other authors and I didn’t even know.

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Written by Ken C. on June 5th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 2/5

The story was slow and a bit convoluted for me

Written by Benjamin B. on March 26th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Beautifully written, and easy to get into. I feel a trope in fantasy is that many of the characters are without moral flaws, but here they are in abundance, which made me feel personally for the characters. Narrater did a great job as well.

Written by Michael E. on January 9th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Awesome book. Grips you from the start and leaves you thirsty for more.

Written by Kevin C. on October 22nd, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Second favorite book

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Written by Sandi S. on October 15th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved listening to every minute of this audio presentation!!

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Written by Christine S. on October 5th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I enjoyed this book more than Name of the Wind, it was not as overly descriptive and the character had more experiences. There was a lot more light hearted humor in it as well. I listen while I work, so I really like that it is a loooong book, and I was sad when it ended. I am even sadder to find out the third book has not been finished yet.

Written by Micah D. on August 4th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

If the second novel in a trilogy is supposed to be ‘the weakest,’ then book three of the Kingkiller Chronicle is going to knock me flat. I’m fully invested in Kvothe now, that is why the reported “slowness” of the plot compared to book one did not bother me at all. The narrator commits without being ridiculous and has a consistent hold on difficult fantasy words.

Written by Alexander R. on July 20th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This book build on interesting ideas but the story progression is to slow and tedious. It is built on single events where everything in between is a lot of repetitive descriptions and fluff to fill the 43 hours it takes to go through this fella

Written by Alberto P on February 28th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book definitely is worth a listen. It takes you on a journey that you'll be thinking about long after its over.

Author Details

Author Details

Rothfuss, Patrick

Patrick Rothfuss was born in Wisconsin where long winters and lack of cable television brought about a love of reading and writing. His mother read to him as a child, and his father taught him to build things. If you are looking for the roots of his storytelling, look there. He still lives in central Wisconsin, still lacks cable television, teaches at the college he grew to love as a student and the long winters force him to stay inside and write.