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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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    Richard Overland, KS, United States 07-26-13
    Richard Overland, KS, United States 07-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "AWESOME!"
    Any additional comments?

    You have to get past the first two hours as they are a bit slow. I almost quit several times but I stayed with it and it was so worth it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Art San Diego, CA, United States 07-05-13
    Art San Diego, CA, United States 07-05-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Is it too derivative to call something derivative?"

    I don't yet understand what people see in this book. The writing and descriptions are so derivative I can usually tell what book/author they were taken from. It seems like the author heard a passage in The Wheel of Time, for example, and thought, "Oh, I'd like to try that!" And didn't really pull it off.

    So many people are raving about the book, I'm hoping the story will win me over as I get further into it. But for now the writing seems so forced and formulaic, I'm having a very hard time focusing on anything else.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ooopsie! WEST NEW YORK, NJ, United States 06-25-13
    Ooopsie! WEST NEW YORK, NJ, United States 06-25-13 Member Since 2011

    I just follow the signs!

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    "Not gonna read the rest of this series..:("

    I love Game of Thrones. I thought this will be as interesting but sadly no. I just couldn't get myself excited listening to this book. But I see that many people love this. So sadly it looks like I am the one who is missing out on all the fun. But no thanks. I am not reading the rest of the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Severna Park, MD, United States 06-23-13
    Amy Severna Park, MD, United States 06-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Long - very long and drawn out!"
    Was The Name of the Wind worth the listening time?

    No - not really. I have read many fantasy novels that have kept me enthralled and not able the put the book down; however, this book's endless dialogue on the main character's life at the university helped lose my interest. I have stopped reading this series.


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    Lana PHILLIPSBURG, NJ, United States 06-07-13
    Lana PHILLIPSBURG, NJ, United States 06-07-13 Member Since 2013

    Keeping a positive mind through books.

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    "Too long to get to the point"
    What disappointed you about The Name of the Wind?

    Reading was an undertaking, like a chore and I was hoping it would get better but it just did not hold my interest.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Patrick Rothfuss again?

    Not this series.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was good at voices. It was the subject matter and the story itself I did not keep interest in.


    What character would you cut from The Name of the Wind?

    Many except the young person.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. CARY, NC, United States 05-06-13
    Dr. CARY, NC, United States 05-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Half Story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I couldn't believe it! I listened to this book for over 20 hours, waiting for the story to come to some sort of conclusion. I know that this book is the first in a series, but there is usually a chapter close before continuing. Not so! This book does not answer any of the questions that it asks.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Terrible!! There was no ending.


    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    Perfect.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. It would be too long.


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    Trevor San Diego, CA, United States 04-25-13
    Trevor San Diego, CA, United States 04-25-13 Member Since 2013

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    "HORRIBLE audio performance, wonderful story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No, the performance was absolutely terrible. It was like listening to a bad thespian actor.

    I REALLY wanted to listen past the voice acting, but they had no idea how to read the story. The most irritating issue is that they would blend together narration with the characters speech (same tonality, hardly any break inbetween.) At times this author also attempted a elderly voice, which was so bad it actually gave me a serious case of second-hand embarrassment.

    I'll have to read this one the old fashioned way, or wait for a better voice actor. It really is that bad, I've learned my lesson now on listening to the preview first before buying a book.


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    Thorsten Tucson, AZ, United States 04-25-13
    Thorsten Tucson, AZ, United States 04-25-13
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    What disappointed you about The Name of the Wind?

    The reader was good, the story is tedious at best. I was thinking along the lines of Game of Thrones.


    What was most disappointing about Patrick Rothfuss’s story?

    the story


    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    it was a good performance, given the boring story


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

    most of it


    Any additional comments?

    the writing was good, the story boring

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jeffer Austin, Texas USA 04-20-13
    jeffer Austin, Texas USA 04-20-13 Member Since 2008
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    "good idea, good story but very slow moving book"
    What did you like best about The Name of the Wind? What did you like least?

    Good story, very entertaining in parts. Unfortunately it goes on and on and on with many long passages that are filler at best.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It would have been fine if half as long


    What does Nick Podehl bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Narrator was fine, voices well done.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Olympia, WA, United States 03-28-13
    Patricia Olympia, WA, United States 03-28-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Name of the Wind"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    More involvement with other characters. Was just basically a narrative.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Patrick Rothfuss again?

    Maybe


    How could the performance have been better?

    Performance was fine as far at it went.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was O.K. if you just want an easy listen narrative.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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