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The Name of the Wind Audiobook

The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

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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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    "EPIC!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this book to everyone who's read Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings or anything by Sanderson.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kvothe is an amazing character. He's brilliant, resourceful, a hero and all together broken.


    Any additional comments?

    Truly a well written staple in anyone's book collection.

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    Brian Gray Pittsburgh, PA United States 07-30-15
    Brian Gray Pittsburgh, PA United States 07-30-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Captivating from cover to cover"

    great story that kept me wanting more, interesting characters, interesting universe. can't wait to read the other 2 in the series.

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    Amazon Customer 07-29-15
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    "very well done and good voice that fits "

    he fits the main characters very well and the story is simular to Harry potter in that he is a young man attending a sort of special school with magic but this story is far better that Harry potter. loved it

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    Nathan Grove 07-28-15
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    "perfect in every way"

    this is the best audio book I have ever listened to. the writing is perfect. the characters sound distinct, down to their accents.

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    P. Mauk 07-27-15
    P. Mauk 07-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "An original story that draws you in"

    I wasn't sure about the narration at first, but it turned out to be some of the best I've heard. Podehl makes the story come alive; there are times I can still hear him telling the story after I've stopped listening. I also enjoyed the way the protagonist tells his own sorry. Before you decide whether you like the book or not, wait until the characters sit down to write about Kvothe's life. That is when I was drawn in. In addition, the dark side of the book is well done. It's refreshing that the author is not willing to pull punches, and it makes the story gritty-real at times. You'll love, hate or feel a certain real-life familiarity with some of the characters, a testament to Rothfuss' writing and imagination. I don't want to spoil anything, so I'll simply recommend this book. If you like fantasy, mystery or adventure, you will enjoy The Name of the Wind. It is, without a doubt, one of my favorites now.

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    Linda Anderson 07-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent story - beautiful wordsmith"

    Looking forward to reading the next book. The settings are so clear, the descriptions - e.g., "a painful lesson in anatomy"- clever and evocative.

    The anxiety over debt was real, the threat of vulnerability inescapable. Plot dragged a bit as Kvoth obsessed about Denna, but mostly illustrated how each aspect of his life impinged upon the others. Satisfying conclusion with promise of more in sequel.

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    Rancher203 07-25-15
    Rancher203 07-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great fantasy story"

    Amazing book! The story is well written very unique and very much so worth the read. The vocal performance is also good with great tone and is believable. It is difficult to do so many characters, but the vocal actor does a good job.

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    Kevin T Bryant 07-25-15
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    "Love this .... Just adore it"

    I have read all the books. I found that I missed the story after it was over so I downloaded the audiobooks. While the story remains remarkable I read the book a bit different than the narrator. He did a wonderful job, but I'm so in love with this book that it's like hearing someone doing an "ok" impression of someone you idolize. For anyone who is experiencing this book for the first time I'm sure you'll really adore the book and the narrator. I recommend this book and its series to anyone who loves fantasy, escaping, amazing characters and a deeply complex story. The story of kvothe is right up their with lotr, the wheel of time ...etc.

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    DMac 07-25-15
    DMac 07-25-15
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    "simply awesome - EPIC"
    Where does The Name of the Wind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    simply awesome - EPIC


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

    simply awesome - EPIC


    Which scene was your favorite?

    simply awesome - EPIC


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    simply awesome - EPIC


    Any additional comments?

    simply awesome - EPIC

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    Joshua Escobar 07-24-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantasy and Narration at its best!"

    Pat is a Poet, and Nick's Narration would make a trouper proud. One of my favorite books, right next to my heart with Guards Guards, and Hitchhikers Guide.

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