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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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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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    Tony 07-02-15
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    Could not put it down. Excellent story with a good reader. I highly recommend it.

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    Excellently told and read. Even after several times reading it, it has the grip and pull to bring back and enjoy just as much as the first time.

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    Andrei Pankov Royal Oak, MI, USA 07-01-15
    Andrei Pankov Royal Oak, MI, USA 07-01-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Good story, took a while to get into"

    I was looking for post Game of thrones reading. I liked the main character. Took me a while to get attached to him. Can't say that the other characters are intriguing. Definitely well performed.

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    I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!! And the audio made it even more amazing to sit through

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    Wonderful book! And the writing Oh the writing! Must read. Very well performed. Never does the book leave you wondering if something is ever going to happen. Character conversations are productive and a pleasure in each scene and chapter.

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    Joan 06-29-15
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    "Would have preferred an older reader"
    What made the experience of listening to The Name of the Wind the most enjoyable?

    The story is engaging.


    What didn’t you like about Nick Podehl’s performance?

    I realize that the majority of the story is told from a young man's perspective, but I would have preferred a more mature reader for this story. I opted to read the next book on my Nook rather than listen to it for this reason. I feel the reader detracted from the experience.


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    Van 06-28-15
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    "Great listening!"

    This is the best book I've listened to in a long time.
    I couldn't stop listening.
    Good narration

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    C. Petersen 06-27-15
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    "it started off slow"

    then I couldn't stop. I will def be getting the next book in the series

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    Josh 06-25-15
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    "Great story"

    This is a great story, there is so much in the story, all the different aspects of The Epic DND game.

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    Britt Osborne 06-25-15 Member Since 2016

    i love Sci-Fi, and i hate capitalizing the letter i. it should be done automatically in this day and age. i hate boring books.

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    "One of my favorites of all time"

    This was wonderful. Magnificent even. I can't wait for the sequel.
    Everything about this story was brilliant. The narration was masterful. A must listen.

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