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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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    Wesley New York, USA 09-19-15
    Wesley New York, USA 09-19-15 Member Since 2014

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    "one of the more fantastic novels I've listened to"

    this book was really something special. It felt like a very detailed autobiography, not just a fantasy book. the characters were clever, the magic system original, and overall it was just very believable, which is the most important part of a fantasy novels construction. I haven't even started on the performance, have I? I don't think I've ever heard such a well perfomed book. where most narrators struggle with exclamations and reactions, this one made it sound as though they were all coming to him completely naturally. it was very long, and admittedly there were stretches where very little of important interest or happening, but with a combination of clever wording and excellent voice acting, this book manage to make even the boring parts a pleasure to get through.

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    Daniel 09-18-15
    Daniel 09-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Unbelievable in Excellence"

    This is by far the best fantasy work I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. No words can describe the author's scope, scape, and depth.

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    Adam 09-17-15
    Adam 09-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "an exceptionally terrible story"

    this book has some wonderful concepts and element to it that would jave made for an excellent story, but none of it was pulled together or focussed on properly. instead of prioritizing some of the interesting characters or magic system, you have to slog through chapter after chapter about how poor and destitute the character is, or read about his failed love life. did you think you would read an interesting book involving the magic of the name of the wind? youll be sorely disappointed. thanks Rothfuss. i now know to never read your books.

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    Lonex Louisdor 09-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Both the narration and story are amazing"
    Would you listen to The Name of the Wind again? Why?

    I honestly would listen to this again but not for a long time as this is 27 hours long.


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

    I don't think I can honestly compare it to anything, it was a very unique 'read.'


    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    His voice acting for different characters was fantastic, I believed I was in a room with that character almost every time.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but it did fill me with a sense of wonder.


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    Elizabeth R. 09-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Absolutely Enthralling!"

    I downloaded this book on the recommendation of my husband, and I have been amazed at how much I enjoyed it. As a story within a story, it translates very well into an audio book, and the narrator does a great job with the reading. This first book of a larger series is beautiful and intriguing, woven with magic, adventure, sorrow, love, and humor all in equal parts. I found myself so wrapped up in the story and connected to the main character that I was actually sad to reach the end of a 10 hour drive! I cannot wait to download the next part of the story. This is without a doubt my new favorite book!

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    Amazon Customer 09-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic listening experience!"

    both the reader and the story were phenomenal, I could not recommend a better book!

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    Red Badge 09-14-15
    Red Badge 09-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Gripping story and excellent narration!"

    My friend introduced me to this series and I breezed through all 27 hours in a matter of weeks. Looking forward to book #2!

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    Alex 09-13-15
    Alex 09-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The Standard"

    If you haven't read this book, you NEED to. I cannot put into words how absolutely beautiful it is written, and how it captured my imagination from beginning to end. You care for its characters, especially Kvothe, who narrates his adventure from epic encounters to depressing life moments. This is, and always should be, the standard for writing fantasy novels.

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    Amadar 09-08-15
    Amadar 09-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Truly awesome"

    awesome story the best I heard for many years.

    I recommend this for anyone who love hard fantasy.

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    a short madscientist 09-08-15
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    "brilliant"

    The most enthralling book I've read in awhile. couldn't put it down if I tried.

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