While you might not find out exactly what the name is, you will certainly experience one of the greatest fantasy novels of all time. The main antagonist is witty, very smart, street wise thanks to his early childhood and a very formidable fighter later in the story thanks to training both at home in the Commonwealth and Abroad. The story definitely has a main plot point, but most of the time Kvothe is off doing his own individual thing all by himself or with a few companions. You will find hilarious characters, brilliant dialogue, a heart-wrenching love interest and a very interesting man.
You might not be able to listen to it in one sitting, but whether you read it over time or close together, you will most certainly remember where you were because this book is just unforgettable.
I'm fairly certain the author has no idea where the story is taking our characters but like many things in life: the journey is more interesting than the ending. Kvothe is the Harry Dresden or Dirk Pitt of his world. Fortunately for us our "hero" has enough flaws to keep things interesting and allow for meaningful character development.
Many of side characters are equally enthralling. The character Auri is perhaps the most fascinating and, thankfully, the author penned a short story staring her. That side story was one of the most brilliant pieces of fiction I have ever read so it's worth a look if you liked this book (I believe it's called "A Slow Regard for Silent Things" or some such jazz). Kvothe's love interest is enigmatic and difficult to understand but realistically done. Nothing in this world comes easy.
The Name of the Wind should be targeted at any audience that wants a hero journey but wants "real" struggles, sometimes poetic dialogue, character driven story and a bit of fantasy. The magic system is complicated enough to be interesting but simple enough to follow. A bonus: we don't have to follow politics in this book since the plot isn't the most important item.
This book is clearly on my top three fantasy books list. Similar quality is difficult to find but that's not surprising: the author dedicated a good chunk of his soul to this first book and it shows. Lower your expectations for book two and cross your fingers for book three.
My first trip into what I call true fantasy and away from young adult fantasy. It started slow but after I while I found myself being pulled back in again and again.
The reader brought the book to life looking forward to the next one. The author has a well thought out main character although some of his supporting characters have no real substance. still would reccommend.
The name of the wind has a great storyline. it was filled with entertainment and suspense. i can't wait to read the next book in the series.
English teacher, Nerd, and recent tabletop RPG fan. just finished 2nd listen. have recommended to many friends, 100% of whom loved and now share inside jokes related to The Name of the Wind.