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The Wise Man's Fear

(Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2)
Lu par : Nick Podehl
Série : Kingkiller Chronicle, Volume 2
Durée : 42 h et 55 min
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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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"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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  • Cayce
  • 22/04/2013

Parts were great, parts were long and annoying

I enjoyed the first book quite a lot and had high hopes for this one, but the story really bogged down a couple of times. Felurian, the sexy fairy section, went on forever. I felt like I was reading someone's fantasy. I don't like romance novels and the endless descriptions of their encounters really slopped over into that genre.

The Adem mercenaries chapters were also long and tedious by the end of them. And their world just seemed contrived. I'm no prude, but again I found the "you can have sex with anyone and there is no emotional consequences or pregnancy" aspect of their culture a little too much like every man's fantasy. I don't like to be taken out of a story by the voice of the author and I felt like that was what was happening.

All that said, I will probably listen to the last one when it comes out. There's enough interesting going on that I want to know what happens, but I was a bit disappointed and felt the book could have been better with a judicious edit.

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  • Robert
  • 08/09/2011

Well worth your time

This review covers the first books of the series Kingkiller Chronicles. Some fantasy can be exhausting: Dan Simmons, Brandon Sanderson, George R. R. Martin, Robert Jordan, even sometimes Neil Gaiman. Their stories can take your breath away but sometimes, also, knock the wind out of you with a force. Patrick Rothfuss is not about that. He is more about an easy-going kind of entertainment. These books do not knock you over with amazement, epic wars or adventure. They are more subtle and a great richness comes through in that subtlety. While usually light, do not be fooled; they contain a depth and richness that is just easy to read and easier to appreciate. This is nothing short of outstanding fantasy prose and character development. These stories are long but not too long. Rothfuss does not ramble. The continuity of the protagonist Kvothe’s stories is there but not so complex or convoluted that one can get lost over the span. While there are many characters there is a core of them that are easy to know and become invested in. The stories are more about people and their relationships than about what the wizard-in-training is actually learning and practicing. At least the first two books do not contain that much magic but they do not leave you wanting either. They only leave you in great anticipation of the next book to come in the series. Nick Podehl’s reading is impeccable. I am loathe to say this is a great book for YA’s for fear it might deter older readers from venturing here. That would be a mistake. These are great books for readers of all age or gender.

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  • Michael
  • 20/09/2011

engrossing tale, good reader, loss of moral compas

Very well read. Some parts of this tale were extremely good on character development, suspense, sense of journey, etc. I would have liked to actually sense the wind and the sea on his ocean voyage, but this was skipped over. On the downside: SEX. "The Name of the Wind" was a book that I could recommend for my older children and I appreciated the main character in his relationship with the opposite sex-- kind, considerate and becomes a good friend! But, suddenly at the end of this book, the issue is that Kvothe seems to be a total chameleon in this area of his life. He just goes ahead and does it with one goddess and then several females--no holds barred. While at the same time, he has certain strong values from his mother and father (who seemed to be faithfully married) and the honorableness of being Idema-Rue. If he is willing to stand up and defend girls were being used and exploited in this way, what gives? Somehow you have this unexplained phenomenon in Imre where nobody has any emotional problems resulting from this lifestyle. Way too much of a stretch in my estimation.

Now this series is going to only mature audiences, that is unless you assume that "mature" means teenagers. Sorry for the bias, but I could have skipped those parts and had an otherwise great read which I could have enjoyed with older children.

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  • Joe
  • 18/04/2011

Excellent, Imaginative, Beautiful, Page Turning!!!

Those in fear of a "sophomore slump" should look elsewhere. This is the stunningly excellent follow-up and second part of a proposed trilogy to "The Name of the Wind". I devoured this book. I am going to listen to it again with my wife, and that is a rare thing. After finishing this wonderful tale of old evil, love, loss, mischief, grief, song, cleverness, jocularity, beauty, and fantasy. I turned to my wife and said "you have to read these, they are wonderful". Our literary tastes never cross paths, but this is a tale I don't think anyone should miss. To not pass these along to others is neglect.

There are passages in this book that are achingly beautiful and so well written that I dispare for all others who attempt to write epic fantasy. There is a good deal of action too and it's never far from the main narrative of this installment. It's just that Rotfuss crossed the line with this book. There is passable fantasy, good, and even excellent fantasy. This, this is pantheon fantasy, this is why I read the genre, dare I say "tolkienesque". It really is that good. What a great time to be a fantasy fan.

The narration continues flawlessly from the first book and Mr. Podehl gives an outstanding performance. I am rapidly becoming a fan of his work, I certainly will look for him in future listens.

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  • Tanya
  • 01/09/2011

YEARS for the next book?

The book was great. I found it better than the first. I don't care for the way the book ended. It just "stopped".abrubtly. It needed a better transition spot but it is still really good. I can't believe they are talking about 4 yrs for the next book!! If I realized that, I wouldn't have started it.

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  • Bryce
  • 14/09/2016

Disappointing

The plot dragged on. There didn't seem to be as much happening as in the first book. The long story arch with Felurian lasted three times longer than I felt it should have. I'll read the next book, but I won't have the same level of expectation that the first book gave me.

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  • Lore
  • 23/11/2014

Kvothe's story continues away from the University

The quote that opens the book summary here on Audible reveals many events that are still yet to unfold as Kvothe's tells his story. Based on that quote, and the events of book one, I started listening to this audiobook with some clear expectations about what would come next. Kvothe's rivalry with Ambrose was at a fever pitch and I was really enjoying his life at the University, so when Kvothe took a break to pursue other endeavors I found myself instantly disappointed.

It took a while for Patrick Rothfuss to win me back but he did so in fine fashion. Vintas society is quite interesting and the Adem mercenaries are doubly so. Although it takes time for Kvothe to get his bearings in each new location it always pays off in the end as they are all presented in exquisite detail.

The structure of this book matches that of the first book with Kvothe narrating his story to Chronicler at the Waystone Inn. There are brief interludes back at the inn where events continue to unfold that don't align with Kvothe's narration at all. This keeps you pondering what must have happened in the time between the two and makes for an interesting dynamic. When this book ends there is still a lot of Kvothe's story left to tell so don't expect this book to wrap anything up for you. This is all about the journey and not the destination.

If you weren't a fan of book one then steer clear of this as it is pretty much more of the same only in a lot more diverse locations. Rothfuss and Podehl are both very solid again and they have me looking forward to the third book. (Based on the reviews I plan to skip book 2.5 which is a short story narrated by Rothfuss himself.)

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  • Mark
  • 18/03/2013

Great Story, but gets bogged down every so often.

I am enjoying the series, the first book was well paced and very entertaining. Although, I am thoroughly enjoying the second book of the Kingkiller Chronicles and would recommend it to a friend, but Patrick Rothfusses step into light erotica has been a bit boorish and does not seem to move the story forward.

Again, well worth the time it just seems like he gets stuck in several sections of the story, which honestly tempted me to skip forward.

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  • Craig
  • 28/05/2011

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28/04/2017

It's hard not to fall in love with Nick Podehl.

Also, the author writes excellent characters. It's rare that I cringe when characters so things, and this happened quite a bit. I respect that. Great story, it's fun seeing the stories within the story.

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  • Freesienfee
  • 22/04/2011

es hat sich gelohnt zu warten

Wie der erste Teil der KKC ist auch dieser Teil äußerst gelungen. Rothfuss hat viele ausgezeichnete Ideen, der enthüllt in kleinen Schritten mehr und mehr Geheimisse um die agierenden Figuren. Die Entwicklung der Geschichte ist an keinem Punkt vorhersehbar. Ich bin begeistert!

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  • Sophie Schreiber
  • Stuttgart, Deutschland
  • 29/09/2011

Storytelling at it's best

Great Story, fantastically read by Mr. Podehl. Now comes the long wait for part 3.

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  • Kai
  • 23/08/2011

Immer noch sehr gut, aber nicht mehr ganz so gut wie Teil 1

Auch hier macht Patrick Rothfuss deutlich dass er ein fähiger Author und Geschichtenerzähler ist. Kvothe ist so interessant wie immer und die Geschehnisse strafen die Erwartungen die man vorher in den Protagonisten gesetzt hat auf herrliche Art und Weise Lügen. Jedoch geht in dem Erzählfluss im letzten Drittel der Geschichte etwas der rote Faden unter, manche Geschehnisse mögen sich einfach nicht sauber in die Story einfügen so wie das im ersten Teil noch der Fall war.

Nichts desto weniger, ein grandios geschriebener Roman, wiedermals sehr gut vorgetragen!

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  • Carolin Bernhardt
  • 23/06/2016

Best Book ever! Love it so much!

Schon viele Bücher gelesen, Kingkiller Chronicles stehen ungeschlagen an der Spitze! Nicht das klassische Heldenepos, sondern ein überaus sympathischer Charakter, der beim Versuch durchs Leben zu kommen, auch mal Fehlentscheidungen trifft und trotzdem immer wieder fast ungewollt Heldentaten vollbringt. Die Charaktere sind allesamt etwas besonderes und die ganze Story ist einfach in einem grandiosen Stil geschrieben.
Ich kann dieses Buch jedem empfehlen, dem 0815 Fantasy Stories langweilig werden! Lest euch den englischen Klappentext durch, wer sich da noch nicht in das Buch verliebt, für den ist es vielleicht tatsächlich nichts...

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  • G. Horeis
  • 13/05/2016

Wo bleibt Teil 3?

Unglaublich, wie sehr einen diese Geschichte gefangen nimmt. Ich habe Teil 1 und Teil 2 nun schon 2x gehört, die Bücher haben aber nichts von ihrer Faszination eingebüßt. Hoffentlich erscheint bald das Ende der Trilogie!

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  • David
  • Uetikon am See, Schweiz
  • 16/03/2014

Fiction in perfektion

Absolut umwerfendes Buch. Vielschichtig, fantastisch Beschrieben und unglaublich gut gesprochen. Jeder einzelne Charakter egal ob wichtig oder unbedeutende Nebenperson hat ihre eigene wiedererkennbare Stimme. Absolutes Top Buch und für Ficion Fans ein absolutes MUSS!

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  • MrsD
  • 22/11/2012

Brillantly told and highly addictive!

As great as the first part of the story. Even though you have almost 43 hours of listening joy, you just DON'T want it to end. Nick Podehl definitely knows how to read a story. Can't wait for the next part.

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  • Monopod
  • 22/08/2012

super 2. Teil

Einfach eine gelungene Fortsetzung von "Der Name des Windes". Eigentlich ganz logisch, da die Erzählung als Triologie angelegt ist.
Erzälstränge, die im ersten Buch schon angelegt wurden werden hier fortgeführt. Allerdings gibt es noch einige offene Punkte die hoffentlich im 3. Band beantwortet/ aufgelöst werden. Ich freue mich auf jeden Fall auf den 3. Band!

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  • SV
  • 12/03/2012

Sehr zu empfehlen!

Es handelt sich um den zweiten Band einer Triologie. Es ist eine weitergehende Geschichte. Die Geschichte hört dementsprechend mitten drinnen auf.

Das Buch ist durchgehend interessant geschrieben und sehr gut gelesen. Ich würde es nicht unbedingt als "spannend" bezeichnen aber es ist so interessant, dass man gerne weiterhört. Die 45 Stunden werden dabei nicht zu lang, was man wirklich nicht von vielen Büchern sagen kann.

Ich freue mich schon auf den dritten Band.

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  • AH
  • 19/02/2012

Fantastic

While waiting for Robert Jordan's WOT series, I picked up the Kingkiller Chronicles more on a whim than anything else.

As I said on my book 1 review (The Name of the Wind), Patrick Rothfuss manages to create fantastic, multilayered characters and a world full of complexity without the reader needing to keep notes on the side to remember who is who and what is what. Complex yes, convoluted no.

The story as it continues in this book adds greater details about Kvothe's life at the University and his journey when he's more or less forced to leave. The world is greatly expanded on, more characters are introduced, not just as page fillers but actual interesting characters, who, even if they do not appear again in the 3rd book, hold their own and are not just fodder for the Kvothe's story.

I don't want to get to detailed on the story but suffice to say, if you enjoyed the first book, chances are high you will enjoy this one as well. Rothfuss' writing is lush and creative, the reader again does an excellent job with the characters and accents without going overboard.

I personally can't wait for the 3rd book to come out, because even if it takes longer than usual, if it is anything like the first two books of the series, if it can hang on to that charm and those brilliant characters, it will be well worth the wait.