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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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    ann marie dalton 05-26-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Wonderful world to fall under"

    A new world that is vivid and intersecting. About to listen again to make sure I didn't miss to much

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    Maya & Carmel 05-26-15
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    I was not particularly fond of the reader, but I did enjoy the story and plan to listen to the next one.

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    Tonks (Pea Kay) Washington DC 05-24-15
    Tonks (Pea Kay) Washington DC 05-24-15 Member Since 2016

    The Unhinged Knitter

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    "Excellent narrative - a fine trickster"

    Patrick Rothfuss weaves a compelling story of a picaresque rogue who triumphs through feats of quick wits rather than feats of arms. Marvelous!

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    M. Vinson 05-24-15
    M. Vinson 05-24-15
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    "A chore to listen to"
    What disappointed you about The Name of the Wind?

    This book is like the Harry Potter books where the main character goes to school to learn about magic and has an arch nemesis, but the story lacks the charm and intrigue.The characters are pretty boring and didn't inspire me to love them. There were times when the book was interesting, like when Kvothe learns about magic, but then the story rambles on in a different direction. In fact, the book really doesn't delve too much into magic at all. In other fantasy novels, the story makes you want to be there. With The Name of the Wind, I just wanted the story to get over with.


    Has The Name of the Wind turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I'll continue to listen to fantasy novels, as fantasy is my favorite genre.


    Have you listened to any of Nick Podehl’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have no problem with the reader.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Name of the Wind?

    When Kvothe is homeless. Those chapters didn't add much to the story.


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    Stacy Perry 05-23-15
    Stacy Perry 05-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "very good narrator"

    the narrator has an impressive knack for giving each character a distinct voice and is really great at accents.

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    Leek 05-20-15
    Leek 05-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Modern Day David Copperfield with a fantasy twist"

    Love the story. this is a must read for anyone who loves fantasy and characters who are forced to go against all odds.

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    Nicole Zordich 05-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The narrator ruins the story"
    Any additional comments?

    This is one of my favorite stories, I own it in print but wanted to listen to it at work. I am so disappointed by the narration. While the dialogue is fun to listen to, each sentence of the narrative sounds the same, with the same lilts in his voice - you'd think that he was just reading the same sentence over and over. If you had trouble enjoying this story and were bored when listening to it, believe me, read the book for yourself, the story is AMAZING

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    Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate Santa Monica, CA 05-18-15
    Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate Santa Monica, CA 05-18-15

    I like to read

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    "Enjoyable"

    I am enjoying this story, and will read the next. However, I am struggling to determine if it is the narration or the story itself that feels amateurish; perhaps it is both. The characters seem to move between moods without preamble and hold conversations that seem out of character. the story is strong and the plotting is well done, but the characters feel flat and lack depth - there is no sense of internal motivation. The narrator, through pacing and inflection is either accentuating this flatness or unable to mask what the text offers. The story is strong enough to keep me going, but I can't imagine reading this again, or even recommending it to others.

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    Merrell O'Brian 05-18-15 Member Since 2014

    I love to oil paint, have an interest in computer networks, and I may have written a time or two.

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    ""And I gave him a meaningful look""
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The injection of some imagination which evolves the genre would be refreshing. Instead, it's page after page of predictable, repetitive superlatives. "I gave him a serious look", "I gave him a meaningful look", "The look on his face was determined". It truly is poorly written, by the standards of the most basic storytelling.
    The hero in the story is the best at everything and the cliches fly like winged monkeys in Oz. "I could read at the age of 2 and learned mathematics at 4." Yeah, yeah! Oh for God's sake! Gimme a break! "How serious was I? I was this serious. No wait...not that serious but {insert something ridiculously over-the-top}. Yes. That's how serious I was." I venture to guess the only people who enjoy this type of template writing are male virgins who get their ass beat daily in school.


    Has The Name of the Wind turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. The genre will survive this writing and, I am grateful to have been exposed to it. When I go to write a scene, I will always chuckle and remember NOT to write them as the dialog exchanges here, where everyone looked "seriously", "meaningfully" or "determined" as a description of storytelling.


    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    Nick Podehl's performance is greatly enhanced by obvious research into the characters. The fact the writing is ridiculous didn't hinder this voice master at all. His voice acting reminds me of "Seventh Son" where the actors were excellent and the story sucked. It is probably better for Nick to be the shining star against the empty void.


    Was The Name of the Wind worth the listening time?

    Yes. The Name of the Wind is worth the listening time because there will be those, although I'm delighted I don't know them, who thoroughly enjoy this work. There will be others like me who find it comedic and instructional, like a sinking ship or The Hindenburg. Listening to the book as an observer is somewhat like listening to someone who can't shut up, whose flow of speech doesn't utilize periods and commas. One can't help be in awe of a person who can talk without seeming to refill their lungs with air. The quality and value of what's said becomes less important than the fact, the mechanics are amazing!


    Any additional comments?

    As I said, I'm very grateful to this work because it points me firmly away from doing anything like it. Had I not listened to this novel, I might not have realized how tired, used, over-done, repetitive, "Twilight" and 50 Shades of truly Gray this type of mundane fantasy has become. When you can't ever lose, when you are the natural best at everything, when you are the hero of 40 year of virgins everywhere, I guess you can learn the name of the wind. Everyone else calls it "farting" however.

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    Marie 05-16-15
    Marie 05-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Rollercoaster of emotions"

    it's been a long time since I have read a book that made me laugh, treat up, and find myself with a sinister grin.

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