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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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    A. Alcozer Houston, Tx United States 03-12-16
    A. Alcozer Houston, Tx United States 03-12-16 Member Since 2016

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    "ehhh"

    not a fan of a character telling of his past for the whole book. you kinda know he will overcome all obstacles to get to the present. very detailed. sometimes too much. I struggled but finished it and will give the sequel a chance.

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    Demos Belmont 03-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "intriguing, addictive, and artful "

    the kingkiller series is a new addiction and a powerful one at that patrick rothfuss has built characters that you can't help but be emotionally invested once you complete this book pick up wise man's fear the next in the collection.

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    Terri Yang 03-11-16
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    "Excellent Epic Fantasy"

    Perhaps more aptly named "the daily life of young Kwothe", a lot actually doesn't happen in this book and yet, it is full of adventure. Kwothe, the son of a traveling troupe leader, tells his story of how he went from a life of telling tales to being the hero tales are told of. This book focuses mostly on his youth and is more like a recount of his life story, some details seemingly unnecessary but told in such a way that you simply sit back and enjoy the picture it paints. I can't tell if the story's excellence is because of the artfully crafted writing of Rothfuss or the performance of Nick Podehl. It's likely both. The world is wonderfully painted through the eyes of Kwothe as he encounters new cultures, new stories, and grows in his education as a magic wielder. As a story where characters often tell their own stories or sit and listen to tales of others, it is easy to feel as if you too were one of the audience members listening to a bard with this audiobook.

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    Forest 03-11-16
    Forest 03-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Can't wait to read the next"

    Very good imagery and original story. The writing is very poetic and detailed. Looking forward to reading the next one in text to get a physical feel of the writers style.

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    Haley 03-10-16
    Haley 03-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    fantastical and just what I was hoping with no vampires and other bs things like Lycans and what have you

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    Ryan 03-09-16
    Ryan 03-09-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing author!"

    I absolutely loved this book. An aunthentic experience from page one. Recommending everyone to pick up.

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    Robert 03-08-16
    Robert 03-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "outstanding!!"

    Loved it. outstanding story. well performed. looking forward to the next one. highly recommended it.

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    NaTaya 03-08-16
    NaTaya 03-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "oh yea."

    This book speaks truth. Brain numbing fact weaved among brilliantly crafted fiction. I will buy every sequel of this story. I love love love it.

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    Jack 03-08-16
    Jack 03-08-16
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    "stories within stories within stories"

    layers of stories, well performed and engaging. I'll be starting book two right away and I hope book 3 isn't far behind.

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    Tommy 03-08-16
    Tommy 03-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing imagery! "

    The book does all the work for you as it is easy to listen to. Listen with an empty mind and prepare for an epic journey.

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