We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
The Name of the Wind Audiobook

The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

Regular Price:$31.49
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential - When you finish listening to The Name of Wind for the first time, you'll wonder where the hours went. When you listen again (and if you listen to it once, you will want to listen a second time) you'll marvel at the depth and intricacy of the fantasy world that Rothfuss has created. Details that initially seemed irrelevant will show themselves to be keystones of a greater story you didn't even notice the first time around. By the time your finger hovers over the Play button for a third time you'll realize that, to quote George R.R. Martin, "he's bloody good, this Rothfuss guy." —Michael

Publisher's Summary

"My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I have 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 the day. I have talked to God's, loved women and written songs that make the minstrels weep. You may have heard of me."

So begins a tale unequaled in fantasy literature - the story of a hero told in his own voice. It is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

©2009 DAW Trade; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“The originality of Rothfuss's outstanding debut fantasy, the first of a trilogy, lies less in its unnamed imaginary world than in its precise execution…As absorbing on a second reading as it is on the first, this is the type of assured, rich first novel most writers can only dream of producing. The fantasy world has a new star.” (Publishers Weekly, Starred Review)

“Fantasy readers-a notoriously discerning group-tend to dole out praise judiciously, which makes the reception of The Name of the Wind, the first volume in Patrick Rothfuss's The Kingkiller Chronicle, that much more remarkable. Critics are already throwing around comparisons to some of the biggest names in fantasy, including George R. R. Martin, Tad Williams, the recently deceased Robert Jordan, and even Tolkien. (Bookmarks Magazine)

“New fantasy authors are usually overhyped, and it's rare to find one who writes with such assurance and narrative skill right from the start. I was reminded of Ursula LeGuin, George R. R. Martin, and J. R. R. Tolkien, but never felt that Rothfuss was imitating anyone. Like the writers he clearly admires, he's an old-fashioned storyteller working with traditional elements, but his voice is his own. I haven't been so gripped by a new fantasy series in years. It's certain to become a classic." (Lisa Tuttle, The Times)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.7 (34626 )
5 star
 (26246)
4 star
 (5988)
3 star
 (1477)
2 star
 (506)
1 star
 (409)
Overall
4.7 (30816 )
5 star
 (23728)
4 star
 (4920)
3 star
 (1356)
2 star
 (462)
1 star
 (350)
Story
4.7 (30694 )
5 star
 (22987)
4 star
 (5653)
3 star
 (1460)
2 star
 (340)
1 star
 (254)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    anne way 07-26-16
    anne way 07-26-16 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great story, great story teller"

    I've found my new favorite series! Nick Podehl is an amazing performer. There are some annoyingly obvious cuts that can probably be chalked up to bad sound mixing/ editing, but this is minor. Must Listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jdobs 07-25-16
    Jdobs 07-25-16 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    15
    9
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "So good"

    Great book. So very detailed and just pulls you into the world. Personally, I prefer Rothfuss over Rowling writing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Martijn 07-25-16
    Martijn 07-25-16 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "easily in the top 5 audiobooks I've heard"

    The Name of the wind is awesome!! the story is great, with many twists and turns while still being easy to follow and enjoy. However the narator is what makes it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Pen Name 07-25-16
    Pen Name 07-25-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "loved it!"

    I truly loved this book and the story line, can't wait for the second one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Joshua Fisher Portland, OR 07-25-16
    Joshua Fisher Portland, OR 07-25-16 Member Since 2016

    Josh

    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    12
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Just waiting for book 3"

    Listened again and this book made me feel exactly as it did before. Hopefully he releases book 3 soon

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Dan 07-23-16
    Dan 07-23-16 Member Since 2013
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    89
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wow"

    What a terrific beginning to the story! Can't wait to read the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    S. J. Bice North Dakota 07-23-16
    S. J. Bice North Dakota 07-23-16 Member Since 2016

    Mrs.Bice

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great Story within a Story"

    Bought this book on a whim of the sample. I liked the brief description and the narrator was good. The story is complex at the beginning but the author does a great job tying up the loose ends and pulling it together. One of the best books I've listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer California 07-22-16
    Amazon Customer California 07-22-16 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    6
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "best series ever, seriously"

    This author is a true wordsmith and storyteller. Skillful writing, unique characters and world, intricate and intriguing plot. let me put it this way I burned through this bk and the second both around 40 hours each in two weeks. I couldn't stop. I haven't fan girled this hard in years lol. It has elements of all of the best fantasy tropes but in a unique and interesting way. I am not doing it justice. just do yourself a favor and read it. oh and the audio narrator is REALLY good!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    zachary mengel 07-22-16 Member Since 2016

    "Every day is a fight, I have scars. But through struggle I will endure and become a fearful foe."

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The best adult novel for grown up kid's."

    This book has such a dastardly tail that it swoops you up and keeps you wanting chances are you will look into his other writings for this is truly an addiction and we need our fix.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tanya White UKIAH, CA, US 07-22-16
    Tanya White UKIAH, CA, US 07-22-16 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    16
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Meet chronicler"

    My friend warned me it's a slow start. Wait until the inn keeper and the chronicler meet, if you stop listening before that you would have missed a great story. Patience is a virtue after all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.