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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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    Linda Lindsten 08-30-15 Member Since 2016
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    "This is one of my most favorite books."

    The story is amazing. You must give this a listen. The narration is great as well. You really owe it to yourself to listen to this one. Enjoy!!

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    ramon 08-30-15
    ramon 08-30-15 Member Since 2012
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    "By far the best book I ever read!!"
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    There aren't any words to describe how much I loved this book, well, there is but trust they will not do the book justice. Buy it read and enjoy!

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    Emjay 08-30-15
    Emjay 08-30-15
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    "Coming of Age MEETS Grumpy old man..."
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    I wanted to love this story, and while it was beautifully written and read, I couldn't help but feeling like this was some "coming of age" story mixed with a depressed old man's tale. Neither is particularly fun to sit with for an extended period of time.

    Don't misunderstand, the author tells a great story in an entertaining fashion, but I found myself wishing for some more... I don't know... mature material when it came to how situations were handled or where one's mindset was. I feel perhaps if one continued with the series, perhaps this may develop more pleasantly, but I personally am having a hard time taking the leap of faith for fear of more of the same.

    A fun listen, good writing style, excellent performance, just for younger adults in my mind.

    Thank you.

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    J Livingston, TX, United States 08-27-15
    J Livingston, TX, United States 08-27-15 Member Since 2011
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    "I finally got through this one the second time."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes. To start with, I'd cut out half the words and introduce a plotline.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last one in the book.


    Did The Name of the Wind inspire you to do anything?

    Yes. I will not buy another Rothfuss book.


    Any additional comments?

    I tend to like these sorts of quest books. Unfortunately, this one read like the author tried to stitch together parts of several similar books into a sort of Frankenstein's monster of a quest book. For people who like quest books, I recommend Robert Silverberg's Lord Valentine series.

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    Richard Cape Town, South Africa 08-27-15
    Richard Cape Town, South Africa 08-27-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Much better than the other version. "

    If you want to listen to this title this is the version to choose. It is done in one whole part rather than bits and pieces. Great sorry! Love you work Patrick!

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    tamingchaos Coralville, IA USA 08-27-15
    tamingchaos Coralville, IA USA 08-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "good, but great?"
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    This was a really good story but it felt drawn out at points and I've got to wonder at some of the high praise this story gets. It could have been more condensed and told just as much as it did. I'm hopeful for the series. There are some lively characters and an interesting world but I really felt like this story went nowhere. I know it is suppose to be a series but when did we forget that each individual book should still be a story unto itself?

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    Amazon Customer 08-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining"

    An entertaining story. Not the most original, but one of the better books I've read lately.

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    Jeffrey Ping 08-25-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Good story when it's not tedious"

    I was tired of reading over and over how poor the characters finances are. The dialogue with his love interest was too schmaltzy. It made me want to vomit. It was like that Seinfeld episode. "No your the schmoopy"

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    Rachel 08-25-15
    Rachel 08-25-15
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    "love this book!"

    captivating story and very original characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the second installment.

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    Bigrinner 08-23-15
    Bigrinner 08-23-15
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    "Very fun fantasy"

    Expertly performed. Incredible character acting. I felt like I was listening to multiple performers.
    The story had great characters with incredible wit. Very fun.

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