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The Name of the Wind Audiobook

The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

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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.

©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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    Mathew Schwerbel 11-10-16
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    "I feel like a sweet eater waiting for the sequel"

    Spectacular story perfectly performed. about to binge on the sequel. I'll probably be desperately waiting for the 3rd when I'm finished with it.

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    Hawk 11-09-16
    Hawk 11-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wow!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Name of the Wind to be better than the print version?

    I wouldn't say better, but only because when I read a book I can envision the landscape and world better than hearing it. I think the Audiobook compares so evenly that it simply depends on user preference; whether they want to listen to the book or read it. In my opinion, that is an excellent job.


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

    Well... To be honest I haven't found anything that compares to The Name of the Wind correctly. The book moves along slowly but somehow you remain captivated and never want to let go of the story. I found myself even listening to this on smoke breaks at work because I hadn't wanted to pause the book.


    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    I thought Nick fell into character completely. He WAS Kvothe. His voice is exactly as I read the book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    of course. I actually stated that on numerous occasions. I'd end up laying in bed listening to the book until 3 am, not wanting to release that world.


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    Mary Lynden, WA, United States 11-09-16
    Mary Lynden, WA, United States 11-09-16 Member Since 2014
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    "The Unattainable Girl (and a little magic)"

    I was really enjoying this story in the beginning... until the female lead was introduced and then the listener is treated to unceasing moaning about how wild and beautiful and amazing she is- when she is merely unattainable. Hours are spent narrating how our lead is always looking, but never finding her. In those hours, he also lists her endless "qualities." There are several female characters in the story which were far more interesting and receive very little time. Then we are offered lines such as "I was so young... so foolish... and so wise."
    I threw up a little in my mouth.
    Honestly, if you think I'm hanging too much of this review on the "love story" it's only because it wastes about 80% of the story! Our protagonist is given an incredible back story but turns into a one-dimensional and furiously annoying brat who constantly espouses his own superiority and brilliance in all things.
    The reader did his very best and probably mitigated the more annoying turns of phrase, but ultimately I cannot say that I enjoyed this book or have any desire to listen to the next. I recognize that a bajillion people think these books are the best thing since sliced bread, but I think I'd prefer an interesting story to a popular one.

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    jake 11-08-16
    jake 11-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "slow start"

    it starts off slow, to slow. it wasn't what I expected but it gradually got better. the narrator is quite good. the writing reminds me of poetry. I will be reading the rest of the series.

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    Matt 11-07-16
    Matt 11-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing story telling but..."

    Incredibly written story. I now understand why everyone is talking about this book. However it is not my type of book. I bought it knowing this but I had to find out what all of the hype was about. It's just to slow for me. And it being slow is not a flaw! The book is meant to be a slow and detailed telling of a man's life story. Despite it not being my type of book I still strongly recommend it! With the caveat that it make take you awhile to get through it. Once more, it's a great story and is told beautifully. It's just a bit slow.

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    Alyssa 11-07-16
    Alyssa 11-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Nick..."

    He hands down was the breath of life given to this novel. Superbly done. I plan to follow Patrick's future novels

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    Alfred V. Garesche 11-07-16 Member Since 2005
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    "Just an excellent book!"

    I have listened to this book more than once and will again. the thing is i don't listen to books more than once. this one is just that good.

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    Russell Moser 11-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A Masterpiece!"

    Simply incredible. Nick Podehl's performance added to the already stunningly beautiful prose of Patrick Rothfuss to draw me in completely. 10 minutes into it and I bought a hardback copy, because I knew this would be a book I would read again and again. It did not disappoint.

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    Amazon Customer 11-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing!!"

    Love love love!!! It took me a bit to catch on with the style of the narration but once I did I was hooked!
    Only issue is that the end of chapter 87 is cut off and it jumps right to 88. I've tried deleting and downloading it again but the glitch is still there. :/

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    themikegeorge 11-06-16
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    "Surprised. Not sure I could have read it. Glad I listened though."

    A bit long. Details a a plenty. I could have done with a 'span' less. ;)

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