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The Name of the Wind Audiobook

The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

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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)

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    Ani Campbell, CA, US 01-30-16
    Ani Campbell, CA, US 01-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic narration for an awesome book!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Name of the Wind the most enjoyable?

    Nick Podehl does an amazing job narrated this story. The story is wonderful and elicits great imagery with the detailed descriptions and adventures. Love the characters and can't wait for more in this series.


    Have you listened to any of Nick Podehl’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First time hearing him and can't wait for more!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wish I could but I value sleep.


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    jake 01-28-16
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    "great book"

    loved it. looking forward to the next book. highly recommended for those who seek a great adventure

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    Philip 01-24-16
    Philip 01-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Narrator ruins the book..."

    So bad narrator. Every charactet sounds childish. Do not ruin this great story by letting the narrator ruin it for you. Sorry Podehl but this was not good work.

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    Teo 01-23-16
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    "A Pleasure"

    This was an excellent coming of age story with tons of exciting and tender moments. An instant classic whose performance had me constantly wanting to hear one more chapter. I highly recommend it.

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    Anie 01-21-16
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    "one of the best performances I have heard"

    the story was good the performance was excellent. looking forward to hearing both the author and narrator again.

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    Speedy 01-20-16
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    I couldn't stop listening! I expected it to take at least 2 weeks to listen in my spare time, but I kept right on listening when I don't normally listen to books, and I finished in just a few days. Thank goodness there's the sequel already out!

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    Erin Cunningham 01-20-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Wonderfully woven words"

    Never have I wanted to live in a place as horrible and then wonderful followed by perspectively terrifying. I can only suggest you go there.

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    Rikki 01-19-16
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    "Book crack"

    This book series is my personal book crack, when I become entangled in another story clone fantasy novel and the disgust of unimaginative writer consumes me I come back to this book.

    This book is a story within a story 3 times. Kvothe is a character to crawl inside of and love, he is not a traditional hero, perhaps not a hero at all. Kvothe is fire and ice.

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    C 01-18-16
    C 01-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Better than I expected"

    I loved this book! It is meandering, and there are moments when I wished it would hurry along. But, in the end, I appreciate how the author built this entire universe and filled it with details. I have read many high fantasy novels, but this is the only one that really tried to explain how the hero became a hero. I cried when he described his years as a street urchin. I felt myself shaking my head at his university misadventures. I enjoyed the humor present all throughout the story. As I finished the novel, I marveled that I had gone through so much with the protagonist, and it was only the first book! I can't wait to get the next one.

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    D. Cook 01-16-16
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    "Good but missing end of chapter"

    I really like the book but One of the chapters(87) is missing the end of it. It just ends mid sentence.

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