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Author: Patrick Rothfuss Narrator: Nick Podehl Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Kingkiller Chronicles Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781423389422
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “The best epic fantasy I read last year…I gulped it down in a day, staying up almost to dawn reading…He’s bloody good, this Rothfuss guy.”

    George R. R. Martin, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • The Wise Man’s Fear fairly leaps off the page, whatever the setting and circumstances.”


  • “This masterpiece of storytelling will appeal to lovers of fantasy on a grand scale.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A towering work of fantasy…This breathtakingly epic story is heartrending in its intimacy and masterful in its narrative essence.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A USA Today bestseller
  • A 2012 Locus Award Nominee for Best Fantasy
  • AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

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About the Author

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. 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.

About the Narrator

Nick Podehl is a professional voice actor. He has narrated numerous audiobooks, many of which have won prestigious awards, including fourteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. He currently lives and works around Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his wife.