We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
The Name of the Wind Audiobook

The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

Regular Price:$31.49
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.7 (34601 )
5 star
 (26224)
4 star
 (5986)
3 star
 (1477)
2 star
 (505)
1 star
 (409)
Overall
4.7 (30795 )
5 star
 (23710)
4 star
 (4918)
3 star
 (1356)
2 star
 (462)
1 star
 (349)
Story
4.7 (30673 )
5 star
 (22970)
4 star
 (5649)
3 star
 (1460)
2 star
 (340)
1 star
 (254)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    George 04-22-16
    George 04-22-16 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    11
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    57
    17
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Most Excellent"

    I am so happy I've come across this author and narrator combination.

    The story within the story is masterful.

    If you are a audible listener please share this book with others.

    it will be a wonderful gift

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jason R. 04-22-16
    Jason R. 04-22-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    0
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    12
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "phenomenal book"

    A great book for fantasy lovers. if you like Sanderson. or Jordan you will like this book. best book since the mistborn series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Leslie 04-21-16
    Leslie 04-21-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "great style"

    I liked how he weaved in and out from one story to the next. A tapestry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Henry 04-21-16
    Henry 04-21-16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    15
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Begins well, but second half is high school drama"

    If you want an interestimg adventure, look elsewhere, this book is a lot of boring highschool drama.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 04-20-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "review"

    My biggest disappointment is I now have to buy the next book. It's not the book I expected it to be. It's better!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 04-20-16 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "great listen"

    great book, love the build up of the main character. really looking forward to the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Meghan C. Miller 04-19-16 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    5
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Well written meta story, though quite plotless."

    This is an intriguing story about how story's real life is never like stories. Beautiful setting and rich characters are the focus of this long yarn. There is not much of a plot unless it resolves in a subsequent volume. It has a raw and academic treatment of magic which builds credible suspension of disbelief. I enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sara Wilcox 04-18-16
    Sara Wilcox 04-18-16 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Un-name able"

    A truly wonderful bit of story suggested to me by a friend. Best suggestion I've received in quite some time. Purchased for a long road trip, before long even my husband who "hates audio books" was hooked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Justin Moore 04-18-16 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    16
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Slow beginning, but..."

    While it took me about 8 chapters to finally get into the book, once I did I found it hard to put down. Great story line...I did find the ending lacking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    mtc Little Rock, Ar 04-18-16
    mtc Little Rock, Ar 04-18-16 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    103
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The first 6 hours are painful."
    Any additional comments?

    This audio book is fantastic, assuming you can make it through the painfully boring first 6 hours or so. I can understand why a few people gave this book a horrible review. If I hadn't pushed through those hours, I would have given it a horrible review too. However, after listening to the whole thing, it is an incredible book. I will be continuing the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.