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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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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.

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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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    D. Oaks 07-18-14
    D. Oaks 07-18-14
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    "Excellent book, superb narrator!"

    I've read The Name of the Wind and its an excellent book I definitely recommend it. Its something so outside of the usual fantasy. Yes, a lot of people complain about the main character but this and the second book clearly are building up to something - I can't wait to get my hands on the third book to find out what.

    I'm exceedingly picky when it comes to listening to narration and I'm easily turned off by any sort of bad narration, mouth noises, poor breathing, etc. The Name of the Wind has none of these problems. Nick Podehl does an amazing job of bringing the book's many characters to life with his excellent narration! He imbues his characters with more than just pitch and accent, wherever he can, he imbues them with vivid emotion - laughter, sadness, fear, violent anger, etc. Its almost surreal how fantastic the narration is. I will happily listen to anything by this narrator.

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    Jeff Tipling 07-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "good start but fades fast."
    What would have made The Name of the Wind better?

    move it along more.


    What could Patrick Rothfuss have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    keep it moving. the story get long and envoled


    How could the performance have been better?

    was better than some.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tricia Bushnell Madison, WI 07-13-14
    Tricia Bushnell Madison, WI 07-13-14 Member Since 2015

    I am a justice crusader, celiac, crossfitter, mma enthusiast, and derby girl. Lawyer by day, easy reads by night.

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    "I actually wished it was longer"
    Would you listen to The Name of the Wind again? Why?

    I have! Once I finished it, I made my boyfriend give it a listen. You catch so much more in the story on a second listen-foreshadowing, nuanced storytelling. Give it a go!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kvothe, definitely. You can't help but want to watch him succeed, but completely understand when he doesn't. He's the relatable hero--failures and bad habits and all--and you love him so much more for it.


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

    Elodin, Mannet, Kvothe, Abenathy--it's hard to say who is my favorite. Nick Podehl is a master with his voice and brings to life so many lovely new accents.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were many moments that made me laugh, and often cringe. We've all been there, in that moment where we've tried so hard we've made a fool of ourselves. Clearly, Patrick Rothfuss has as well.


    Any additional comments?

    While I have a number of favorite characters, Podehl's breathy portrayal of Denna absolutely grated on me. She's smart, fierce, and makes the best of her lot. It's hard to believe she'd speak so ridiculously.

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    Amazon Customer 07-11-14 Member Since 2014

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    "I couldn't stop listening"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kvothe
    He is a survivor and fighter. Sometimes he could be a little dense, but he has a good heart and tries to do the right thing. He's funny and likeable, things that I look for in a novel's protagonist.


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

    He was just fabulous! Every character was unique, it was like listening to a movie. If I had just read the book, I think I would've come up with vague images of the characters, but his performance took them from grayscale to color.


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

    When Kvothe thought the Master was giving him a test and he jumped out the window only to find out that it was no test. Because I was thinking the same thing as he was, that it was surely a test.


    Any additional comments?

    Great characters and wonderful world-building.

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    Phil 07-09-14
    Phil 07-09-14
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    "Starts off slow but stick with it, very good book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Would recommend to friends and family who like Fantasy/Adventure books. Wonderful story! First few chapters start off slow, but keep reading/listening, it's very good.


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    Teresa 07-09-14
    Teresa 07-09-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Exciting & Entertaining"
    Would you listen to The Name of the Wind again? Why?

    This series is my first from Rothfuss, and I really love him as an author. He presents a new way to having the main character narrate his own story and this allows for there to be an added storyline and mystery developing in the current time-line for the main character.
    Like many books I would read to myself, I cannot "put it down". I am listening to this story constantly, much to the irritation of my husband who wants more of my attention. Nick Podehl is a fantastic reader/actor. His characters and voices, and so many accents, are more than just believable, they are REAL. He is gifted at bringing a character to life and he makes listening to the story very entertaining. Between Rothfuss's writing ability for character development and Podehl's reading skills, I feel totally immersed in this world and these people. I cannot wait to get more books in this series! I certainly hope the next one is coming soon! Rothfuss has created such a rich world, and there is so much potential for this story to really take off in "Jordan" style. I hope the stories just go on & on as rich as the first two!


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

    Oh there are so many, but I love to hear about all the adventures that Kvothe finds himself in the middle of!


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

    Aaah, the voices & accents! He reads much as I do, relaxed & not over acted. I began listening to books because I don't ever have the time to read, and I miss the stories. Now I can listen while I am working. Podehl really makes listening as pleasurable as if I were reading to myself.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I have laughed out loud, have been scared for the characters, and have felt such sadness for young Kvothe. Emotion comes easily because of the great writing of the author.


    Any additional comments?

    Once you begin, you will not put it down! A real "Page Turner"!

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    Konstantine 07-08-14
    Konstantine 07-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "And see you don't get it"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have no idea people who are just really simple, like no negative connotation whatsoever and I bet the majority of people are smarter than me and I'm an idiot. But I just sit dumbfounded I don't know what to say this book was so boring so dumb so about nothing


    What was most disappointing about Patrick Rothfuss’s story?

    Everything. This book sucks. If you like erikson rr martin Abercrombie steer clear
    It's like Harry potter (which I loved) minus everything that makes Harry Potter good


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Super annoying teenage voice


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Extreme disappointment I thought it was going to be awesome


    Any additional comments?

    This is probably one of the worst books I've ever read, I sincerely mean this and have no reason to say so aside from the fact that it really was

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    Edward Pearland, TX, United States 07-04-14
    Edward Pearland, TX, United States 07-04-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Still suffers from the 1st person POV"

    This one had been on my "need to read someday" list for a long time and I finally took the opportunity to see what all the hype was about. The book takes on something of an interesting structure - most of it is a first person narrative of Kvothe essentially sharing his autobiography. This first book covers his story from early youth part way through him time studying at the "Arcanum" - a university like school where Kvothe has made his way to study both practical and arcane arts.

    This book is a little different from the typical first person narrative in that it starts and frequently returns to being a third person story - set in the "present" from when Kvothe is recounting his history to a man who collects such stories and has sought him out. This first book, particularly towards the end, suggests that this series may eventually move beyond a focus on telling Kvothe's history and moving forward again in the present. Hopefully, this change comes soon.

    While Kvothe is a somewhat interesting character so far, the story suffers as all first person narratives do. It feels more like following a character walking through a very linear video game. Kvothe recounts a string of episodes that he goes through. Because he is the only character we follow directly, the author is burdened with having him carry all the action. This leads to a string of extraordinarily good luck as, while Kvothe has the occasional setback, he mostly goes along outwitting one hapless adversary after another. Combined with the fact that Kvothe is never in any real danger - since he's the one telling of the events many years after the narrative takes place - Kvothe is ultimately a diminished character and it is hard to really care about him as much as I'd like to.

    I'll probably check out the next book at some point, but this experience didn't really leave me with a strong desire to immediately seek out the next book.

    As an audiobook, I do have to admit the narrator did make the story much more bearable. I don't think I would have finished the book if I were reading a hard copy. Nick Podehl does an excellent job with the material he's given and brings more life to Kvothe and the other characters than the written text itself manages on its own.

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    Llawrednav Birmingham, AL United States 06-27-14
    Llawrednav Birmingham, AL United States 06-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Wrong Audience?"

    After having several avid readers recommend this series, I was a bit disappointed to find that it is ostensibly geared towards adolescent girls. It's like Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time interspersed with passages from feminine hygiene product ads.

    On the positive side, the narration is well produced, the writing is clear and some of the characters are interesting at times. However, the plot presents very low hurdles, then clears each one with ease only a few pages later. Not wanting to give up too easily, I got the second book. The story improves, but the language becomes increasingly floral. I don't anticipate reading the third installment.

    I might recommend this series to those who are into Twilight and the like. For those who enjoy Tolkien or (R. R.) Martin, I might suggest sitting this one out.

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    Todd Peterson 06-26-14
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    "All i can say is wow."
    Any additional comments?

    This is a long book and the second one is longer. From start to finish it was great. Only downside is the last book is not out yet. I have listened to J. R. R. Martin's books and these are every bit as good. More High Fantasy based than Game of Thrones and not sex laden like GoT. Great mix of magick and sword play. The Magick is very logical and well done. He goes into more detail in the second book. I normally listen to books on the way to and from work but i ended listing to them at home, and could not put them down. The narrator is great every bit as good a Roy Dutrice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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