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The Name of the Wind Audiobook

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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    Andy F Richmond, VA, USA 03-30-15
    Andy F Richmond, VA, USA 03-30-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Entertaining ready from early on"

    After an odd start this book teaches out and grasps you hard. It takes you to another world and follows the life of a hero exploring and explaining how he came to be where he is today... As a simple innkeeper.

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    K. Alexandra 03-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great to keep interest while on a long drive"

    My husband and I are truckers, so a captivating book is a must! This was true of this book for the both of us. We have gone on to the sequels and plan on continuing.

    GREAT narration, which an audible book depends on, regardless of how good the plot or writing style.

    The writer is awesome. His talent with words plays through the main characters own quick wit.

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    Preston Bodine 03-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The mystery of modern symbolism"

    Rothfuss makes you ache for the characters and hooked on every little detail! At first, I thought I would listen to this audio book just on my way to work and back; however, I was slowly sucked into such an immersive and detailed narrative that I found myself listening to it whenever I could get a moment!

    This is such an amazing hero sorry. There is so much more I want to know because there are so many mysteries throughout.

    I am already jittering for the next one.

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    Tapiwa 03-29-15
    Tapiwa 03-29-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book!"

    Immediately made me buy the follow up now I am in limbo waiting for the third installment. This was an incredibly solid entry into the genre and look forward to more from Mr. Rothfuss.

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    John Wood 03-28-15
    John Wood 03-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "This isn't a Song of Fire and Ice, it's better."
    Where does The Name of the Wind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best, It's kind of in it's own league. Happier than most the books I listen too. I felt like I was actually allowed to fall in love with the characters, and the story. I wasn't constantly afraid they were going to die horribly.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Simon. Gotta love the happless rich guy trying to hit on every bar wench. Arguably he was more funny than Kvothe, who just exudes broken soul.


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

    Nope, no experience here.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The Silence of Three Parts, really sets the tone.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're looking for a good book, go no further.

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    Todd Young 03-27-15
    Todd Young 03-27-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Captivating"

    Great narrator who captured the essence of the story.

    Character development is impressive.

    Overall captivating book I would recommend reading

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    Daniel Olson 03-27-15 Member Since 2012
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    "A bit of a Gary Stu but still enjoyable"
    What made the experience of listening to The Name of the Wind the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was engaging, and he made it very easy to distinguish between the characters. I was never left confused about who was "talking". Mr. Podehl reads with an excellent rhythm, not too slow, not too fast, which holds attention and entertains.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mr. Rothfuss always left me wondering what could happen next. The dialogue was quite clever.


    Any additional comments?

    Kvothe was an interesting character; however, he seemed almost too perfect. He could do nothing wrong. Even his mistakes ended in his benefit.

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    Tanya 03-27-15
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    "ENTHRALLING, EXCELLENT! COULDN'T GET ENOUGH!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Name of the Wind to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version, but this story is soooo, so very, very good that I can imagine the print would be a page-turner. I could not get enough! Nick Podehl is a skilled narrator, bringing the story and characters to life - you want to LIVE in this book.


    What other book might you compare The Name of the Wind to and why?

    In it's epic-ness, I compare this book/series to the "Song of Ice and Fire" (Game of Thrones) series in that there are well-developed characters, the action spans over time and across many lands, there are intriguing nuances that appear and reappear connecting the story in intelligent and curious ways... It is a scintillating tale that keeps the reader's mind engaged throughout!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    SO many...


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

    I laughed a lot, I empathized quite a lot as well. My most extreme reaction is that I just LOVE the book, and the sequel, and am all too eagerly awaiting the release of the third. It's the first time I've ever felt so put out that a book was not at my avail. It's been hard to find a book to listen to following this one. It leaves me wanting more...


    Any additional comments?

    Get it. Read it. Listen to it. Listen and read it again. You will enjoy it all the way through.

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    kaking 03-27-15
    kaking 03-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Addictive"

    I couldn't wait to put everyone to bed so that I could be alone to read this.

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    Amazon Customer 03-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "excellent book"

    My first time listening to an audio book and I couldn't have picked a better one!

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