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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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    The reader brought the book to life looking forward to the next one. The author has a well thought out main character although some of his supporting characters have no real substance. still would reccommend.

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    Pamela Kincaid Houghton Lake, MI, US 07-05-16
    Pamela Kincaid Houghton Lake, MI, US 07-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    The name of the wind has a great storyline. it was filled with entertainment and suspense. i can't wait to read the next book in the series.

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    English teacher, Nerd, and recent tabletop RPG fan. just finished 2nd listen. have recommended to many friends, 100% of whom loved and now share inside jokes related to The Name of the Wind.

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    It took me a few chapters to feel engaged in the story. However it is well worth it.

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    Eric FRUITA, Colombia 07-03-16
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    "Excellent book. Harry Potter for adults."

    first book in a series about a young boy becoming the hero of Legend. very long but absolutely worth the time

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    Taylor 07-03-16
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    I hated every minute of it. I have no idea why there were so many good reviews.

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    I cannot listen to this .. Worst performance i have heard so far having 50 or so books .. Simply could not listen to him any longer!

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    "wasn't expecting to get so hooked!"

    my husband bought this and lost interest. I didn't want to waste an audiobook, so I started listening while I drove. I actually started looking for excuses to go on long trips just so I could listen!

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    Njoyingjourney peoria illinois 07-01-16
    Njoyingjourney peoria illinois 07-01-16 Listener Since 2004

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    Be ready to be enthralled! Better than Harry Potter. Little more linear than Game of Thrones but on par.

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    Stephany Kraft PB Gardens, FL USA 06-30-16
    Stephany Kraft PB Gardens, FL USA 06-30-16 Member Since 2002

    I was audible before it was cool. Love to listen to books as I have no time to read these days. Love all genres - just about the story.

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    better than Martin, Tolkien or any other epic fantasy I have ever read. get it

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