I'm going to reiderate the point that the first few levels are suppposed to go by quickly. It is very boring at level one, some classes don't even get their kits until level 3. When I'm running a game I rarely start my group at level one unless there is some story purpose for it. I however felt the progression was just about perfect, but I also spend a lot of time exploring and talking to people so I spent a lot of time between levels 2-3 (whereas if you went to the temple first you would probably get to 3 faster) It is all about what you choose to do. You could of course ignore all conversations and not explore and level really fast, but I just reached level 4 yesterday and I've spent 30+ hours playing.

Reality is Merely and Illusion, Albeit a very persistant one - Albert Einstein