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The Name of the Wind Audiobook

The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

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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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    I drove hundreds of extra miles, I took 2 hour baths, I cooked elaborate dinners, I cleaned the stove, I used any and all excuses to listen to this incredible piece of narrative and written work.

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    Read this book 2 years ago... loved it then. Listened to it this year and it is just as great. incredibly well written. Beautiful descriptions, characters were interesting and had depth. the story and characters are so engaging... can't wait for the third book! highly recommend.

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    I read the books and loved them, I'm happy that these are done well too.

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    This is one of thise stories that is so good and so enveloping that I was sad to finish it. The second book of the trilogy is just as good. (The third is yet to come)

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    "this is one of my top three favorite books"

    this is one of my top three favorite books, the others are a Wiseman's Fear and A Slow Regard Of Silent Things also by Pat Rothfuss 😊

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    "enter another world"

    The story holds multiple facets and layers several mysteries within. i am eager to start The sequel. The narrator uses multiple voices to help carry the story and track the identities that bring soul much color to the story. well done!

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    "Best read(listen) in a long time!"

    Enthralling! Kept my interest, and I tend to lose my interest easily. Eager to listen to the next book in the series!

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    this is an incredible read, I highly recommend it. I'm excited to see what's next!

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    "well worth getting through the awkward start"

    well worth getting through the awkward start, gets gradually better until your hooked, getting the next in the series immediately

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story keeps you captivated the whole way through. The story masterfully weaves between past and present.


    What does Nick Podehl bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He was able to bring the characters to life


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