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The Name of the Wind Audiobook

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)

What Members Say

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    Angela C Southern CA 03-18-15
    Angela C Southern CA 03-18-15

    Love to listen to my favorite genres.

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    "best book I have heard in two years"

    I will be updating this review, but this is one of the best books I have heard.

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    vampfan 03-17-15
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    "fades in and out at some points"

    during some parts the audio fades in and out and it's quite annoying but other than that it is a wonderful performance.

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    Jeff Kulinsky Northbrook, IL United States 03-16-15
    Jeff Kulinsky Northbrook, IL United States 03-16-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Hard to put down."

    This is the type of audio book that makes you want to listen every hour of the day.

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    Larren 03-14-15
    Larren 03-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A great story, though not what I was expecting."

    An interesting interpretation of magic, and a character that is relatable, make this a must read for anyone interested in a fantasy type genre.

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    M. Sowers 03-13-15
    M. Sowers 03-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good stuff"

    Enjoyed it

    Narrator's voice was a little 'small' for the main character, but other dialects and voices were strong and helpful.

    Good story.

    Ending is clearly a 'sequel ending'.

    Every fantasy novel has its type of power. This one ('sympathy')
    is a little complicated, which makes it difficult to foresee solutions right before they happen, and sometimes requires explanation after the use of the magic.

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    Jade Lee Illinois 03-12-15
    Jade Lee Illinois 03-12-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Great fantasy in the leisurely epic style."

    It's a slow book filled with lovely language and delightful bits. Epic and grand. I loved it and am on to the second book.

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    Erin&Merilee DeSpain 03-11-15

    Family on the move.

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    "Excellent Story"

    The author did an outstanding job weaving the story together. The story within a story concept started a bit slow but gradually the author found his rhythm and it all came together. I'm hooked.

    Action, adventure, romance, magic, music, practical jokes...

    Reader started a little rough too but pulled things together as the story moved forward. Well done!

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    Omoses 03-11-15
    Omoses 03-11-15 Member Since 2011

    'the sunshine state diva

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    "Could not get through 5 chapters!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    not sure who could gain an interest in this story. I thought it would be me but it was boring and by no means engaged my interest.


    What was most disappointing about Patrick Rothfuss’s story?

    I expected to get pulled in to an adventure but this didn't happen quick enough. I could not bear to think of listening to 27 hours worth of this story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Nick Podehl’s performances?

    I was in no way engaged in this story for the short time I listened. The narrator didn't make it any easier. It was all boring.


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

    I didn't get anywhere near finishing so I could not say.


    Any additional comments?

    Will trade in for a different book

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    LoDawn twin lake, MI, United States 03-09-15
    LoDawn twin lake, MI, United States 03-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautifully engaging story."

    Well written, and wonderfully performed. The story is so easy to follow, and keeps the listener engaged. It is rare to find a book that both my husband and myself throughly enjoy, and this definitely one of them.

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    Amazon Customer 03-08-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Still warming up to the story"

    I am probably in the minority here, but it took me a really long time to warm up to even liking this book. I wonder if I would feel different if I were reading it instead of listening to it. Perhaps I would. I find Kvothe irritating, which is perhaps related to the narration, I can't tell. I want to like it, and am going to give the second book in the series a try. If it's more of the same, I'll look elsewhere.

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