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The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1 | [Patrick Rothfuss]

The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

This 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.
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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.

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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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    Loved it, great audio, great story. It turned me, a realistic fiction reader, on my more adventurous day, into an avid listener. I was sucked so deeply into the story that I would have to remind myself at times when I had set it down to attend to my children, that it wasn't real. I found myself with the names echoing through my mind until I would tuck away again and listen to as much as I could get away with.

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    my new favorite! just read (then listen to) it; you will not be sorry. the voice acting is among the best I have yet to hear.

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    "Fantastic. second time through; still my favorite."

    I run while listening to books, so the story has to be really good to keep my mind off my legs. This book has been the best by far , with a close second being The Stormlight Archives.

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    Thomas Mesa, AZ, United States 12-21-14
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    "Excellent beginning of an epic!"

    Rothfuss' framing of the story of Kothe really brings to life the fantastic world he is building in the Kingkiller Chronicles. I can't wait tio read what comes next!

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    Amadactyl 12-19-14
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    "Fabulous story, excellent reader + 1 wish"
    Would you listen to The Name of the Wind again? Why?

    This book was fantastic. I'd already read it before, but wanted to listen to it this time. The reader was fabulous and used many different voices and accents to differentiate between the characters so you felt like there were multiple people talking. The ONLY one I didn't like was the voice he used for Denna - which is a shame since she is such a pivotal character. My biggest wish would be a second reader to do the female voice, but that aside, I didn't like the way he made her sound. That said - it was still VERY enjoyable to listen to and I'd highly recommend it.


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    ChefVlad 12-18-14
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    "Best book of 2014 for me"
    Would you listen to The Name of the Wind again? Why?

    I would listen to it again: the language, the magic of the story and thrill of the plot. Just love it!


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    Adam D. Austin, TX 12-17-14
    Adam D. Austin, TX 12-17-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Great story and well read!"
    Would you listen to The Name of the Wind again? Why?

    Yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Auri. (Because you can't choose Kvothe)


    Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

    The Peg farmer near Torren.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It is a very emotional book. There are moments I chuckled to myself but it is mostly on the crying end. The beginning is particularly gut wrenching.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book for anyone looking to make a trip to a world of fantasy that doesn't want the same violence and terror you might find in Abercrombie or Martin.

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