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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.

©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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    JT GA 03-24-15
    JT GA 03-24-15 Member Since 2014

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    Too amazing not to go back to. This is my second time through. Now to book two again and the wait for the third

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    Dragon&Fox 03-24-15
    Dragon&Fox 03-24-15 Member Since 2015

    We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life, is rounded with a sleep.

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    Narrator is great. Story is good. I kept waiting for a passionate feeling to be evoked. It was pleasant enough. I hope to learn more about Denna in the following books because otherwise what exactly was her purpose other than filler.

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    RPGillespie 03-24-15
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    "Outstanding"

    Kept me captivated the entire time. If you like Brandon Sanderson, you should definitely give rothfuss a try.

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    Larry Mell 03-23-15
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    love everything about this series except the authors lack of motivation to continue the story in a timely manner. may have to just write it off as no longer interested like game of thrones.

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    Mats 03-22-15
    Mats 03-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    Liker very much, good voice and nice content I did very much enjoy stir telling on gugh level also el moche grazu app

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    faceless 03-21-15
    faceless 03-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "slow slow start after that was great"

    didn't really pick up until well into the book. I am not sure if this made the book better in the end but it was definitely worth hanging in there early on. The emotions came across strong and left me wanting more.

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    Daniel 03-21-15
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    "Brilliant!!!"

    This is a literary masterpiece. If you have read it you know. If you have not read it. Read it.

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    Cameron S. 03-20-15
    Cameron S. 03-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent in every way"

    This is one of the best books I've enjoyed in a long time. Fantastic story telling and character development. The narrative flows perfectly and the world Rothfuss creates is mysterious and wonderful. Highly recommended.

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    Shane 03-20-15
    Shane 03-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Greay story."

    The stroy is well written, and the narrator does a wonderful job. Worth a listen if you like a good fantasy novel.

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    Julia 03-19-15
    Julia 03-19-15 Member Since 2013

    I listen to a lot of audiobooks.

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    "Great Start but fizzles out"
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    I could only make it about 3/4 of the way through. The voice actor was flat and unconvincing. He has a good tone to his voice and reads clearly but his ability to express emotion is nill. As for the book itself, I purchased it because of the many good reviews from friends and online which made it sound worth my while. I was enthralled all the way up until Kvothe attended University, at which point the book fizzled out into boring predictability. Since the book takes place mostly as a flashback as told by the narrator about himself, we are set up with an expectation of how this man became such an amazing and powerful magician/wizard Kvothe with a dubious reputation, which, sadly, does not seem to follow through. A story about a guy who possesses amazing abilities who can do no wrong - wows everyone all the time, even the ladies, is a recipe for a yawn.

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