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The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1 | [Patrick Rothfuss]

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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    Claidhmore 03-09-12
    Claidhmore 03-09-12 Member Since 2005

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    "Drew Me In"

    I'm usually hesitant to start a new series as even if they aren't particularly good I end up reading the entire series. It's just my natural curiosity to try to understand the "universe" the author is trying to create. In the case of The Name of the Wine: Kingkiller Chronicles I'm very happy I started.

    The opening of the book and the initial performance of the narrator actually turned me off a bit but that didn't last long. I soon found myself drawn into the story and the narrator's performance. I now understand how Nick Podehl was an excellent fit for this story. The approach the author took with telling story is fresh and I find myself caring about the characters. There are some clear influences and there may be some derivative (I.E. Harry Potter) aspects but the story is good enough that it stands on its own.

    I always know when I've found a great audio book when I can't wait to get to my workout so I can spend some time listening!

    Highly recommended!

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    david bakersfield, CA, United States 03-07-12
    david bakersfield, CA, United States 03-07-12 Member Since 2014
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    Where does The Name of the Wind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best one yet. No other comes close.


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

    Ergon or a wheel of time. Same background on the boy.


    Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

    Sam


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    All


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    Jonathan 03-04-12
    Jonathan 03-04-12

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    "Excellent book, excellent performance"

    Wow - this one hooked me - you have an engaging story within a story, and I can't wait to learn what happens next.

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    Jose A. Montero Sanchez Mexico DF 03-04-12
    Jose A. Montero Sanchez Mexico DF 03-04-12 Listener Since 2009

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    "Really good book"
    What did you love best about The Name of the Wind?

    Though I'd describe it as a college tale, it is enthralling, enjoyable and gets up your spirits.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Name of the Wind?

    The scene when he wins the silver pipes.


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    Debra North Bend, Oregon, United States 03-03-12
    Debra North Bend, Oregon, United States 03-03-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Amazing storytelling"
    If you could sum up The Name of the Wind in three words, what would they be?

    Rothfuss is an amazing storyteller, who draws characters with such depth they feel like old friends to the reader. He takes his time and gives the reader a feast of depth and detail, weaving stories within stories with such grace and skill that it is seamless and no word seems excessive or out of place.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Name of the Wind?

    The memorable moments in the book are those in which both the main character and the reader share an epiphany. And these are many.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The interweave of drama and humor, along with the foibles and victories of the hero make this a truly immersive reading experience. I could not get enough and, at the end of the book found myself extremely relieved to know there was a continuation. But, my reading will outpace Mr. Rothfuss delivery of book number three, and this realization distresses me.
    I fear I have become addicted.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Luckily, Mr. Rothfuss books are a long sumptuous banquet. One would like to eat until every scrap is gone, but there is too much...and it is far to delicious to rush.


    Any additional comments?

    I am so grateful that the publishers of this audiobook found the perfect reader. Mr. Podehl read the perfect story perfectly. This book deserves no less.

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    Cathleen CARY, NC, United States 03-01-12
    Cathleen CARY, NC, United States 03-01-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Enchanting!"
    Any additional comments?

    Each night for three weeks as dusk fell I walked through the woods and slipped into Patrick Rothfuss’s world. I stand here amazed by his creation and I can not begin to do this justice. There are currently over 200 reviews for The Name of the Wind but I feel I need to add mine too. I love this story. The narration is perfection. This is now one of my favorite books. The Name of the Wind is beautiful, it is poetic and I am mesmerized.

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    Robert Orlando, FL, United States 02-29-12
    Robert Orlando, FL, United States 02-29-12 Member Since 2013

    Avid reader through college now with no time to read. Audiobooks saved my life!

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    "This book just keeps getting better!"

    As in the past, I am writing this review before I am finished with this book. There are just some books that constantly deliver exactly the right things at exactly the right time. Call it formula writing or archetypes or whatever but this book does just that. I am sometimes put off by books that are too predictable, that go exactly where you know they will from the first few minutes listening. The rarest of all books is one that can do that, can go where you know it will and make you LOVE it.
    I can't say enough about the pure joy I have experienced in listening to this book so far. I'm not even 1/2 way in and it's got me hooked more than any book I can remember. It's the only book I've listened to in my 6+ years with Audible that I have sat in my car after arriving home, just to listen to the next few minutes. If it were a paper book I'd obviously say I couldn't put it down. In this case, I can't hit pause. Do yourself a favor; if you like this genre at all (or even if you don't), get this book and prepare to get lost in it for many, many hours.

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    Donga Monhegan, ME, USA 02-26-12
    Donga Monhegan, ME, USA 02-26-12

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    "Well Rooted Story for a Scrumtious Anti-Hero"
    If you could sum up The Name of the Wind in three words, what would they be?

    Mind Blowing Goodness


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kvothe is my favorite character because of his belief in doing the right thing and his ability to pick himself up when he's kicked down.


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

    This is my first book narration by Nick Podehl. I've stopped listening to good stories before because I didn't care for the narrator, and some I've warmed up to, but Podehl was a joy from the start, really fit the main character, and his many voices were a pleasure. It made me look up other books he's narrated.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Kvothe was accepted into University. It was an emotional blend of his intelligence and good character on display for the first time, and the end of the street living part of his life that you knew would never leave him.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my favorite kind of fantasy story - a strong yet fallible main character stumbling through a magical world that makes sense. The Name of the Wind wraps a superbly original plot around a solid, lovable character and the whole thing feels older than time.

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    Adam weehawken, NJ, United States 02-24-12
    Adam weehawken, NJ, United States 02-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "So engaging I canceled weekend plans"
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    I finished this 20+ hours listen in a weekend. There are few plots more intriguing to me than one that encompasses mysticism, love, music and otherworldly adventure.

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    Jesse Towson, MD, United States 02-21-12
    Jesse Towson, MD, United States 02-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Not Nearly What You Might Expect"
    Would you listen to The Name of the Wind again? Why?

    Would not only listen again but I intend to listen to it right away to try and catch anything I might have missed the first time.


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

    Mmmm interesting question. I was expecting some battles and much excitement. But in truth it was a exciting and mind gripping in the extreme without the need for many of the tricks used to grab a reader that is used by other authors


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

    I haven't listened to anything Mr. Podehl's work. I wasn't sure I would like him in the first 30 minutes or so but within an hour I was hooked I love him.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was and it didnt take me much longer than that..If work hadnt of gotten in the way...


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