As a follow on to the fantastic Name of the Wind - this is absolutely perfect. The story is wonderful, the characters detailed - the narration excellent. No idea when part 3 will be available but I hope that Rupert Degas is available to read it. A perfect combination.
If you want to get completely lost in another world - and enjoy the fantasy genre - listen to Name of the Wind and then The Wise Man's Fear. You will NOT regret it.
After "Name of the Wind" and "Wise Man's Fear" I thought I'd possibly heard the best I could in the Fantasy genre (so towards the end of WMF I started to get a little sad about what would come next.)
Having since listened to a lot of other good audiobooks - this trilogy (I am nearly at the end of the third book) is brilliant. The story (stories really) are involved and detailed, the characters flawed but engaging - and often very funny. It's such a pleasure to read (listen) to books where I don't find myself questioning the things that happen ("how would he manage that?" "she'd never say that" "how could that work") - the story just unfolds, the characters stay true to their short comings - even as they grow in places. Events are portrayed effortlessly.
All of this is made twice as good by a fantastic performance from Steven Pacey. His reading is such a pleasure to listen to. A large cast, each with distinctive (and similar where appropriate) voices that completely bring the characters to life.
As I come towards the end of the third book (Last Argument of Kings) I am starting to wonder what comes next in my "audiobook life"...
I enjoyed this story immensely. I love the huge detail, the links, the way people act and think - it's all portrayed with depth and style. Cultures are described (with interesting ideas and thoughts) the magic is difficult and can have a cost. Rupert Degas does a really fabulous job of reading the story. It really couldn't be better.
Listen to it - you (probably) won't be disappointed. If you enjoyed Book 1 (Name of the Wind) you definitely won't be.