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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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    this book is great! the story is interesting and the characters are great! it's well - presented too.

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    Jesse G. 05-27-16
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    "excellent!"

    I love the readers voice for all the different characters. Really helped paint a picture!

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    Jason 05-27-16
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    "Really great. On par with Butcher and Weeks"

    Finally another author worth looking forward to. A great combination of world building, character development, and storyline

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    "very descriptive novel"

    very descriptive novel, I could see in my mind's eye everything he described. well written

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    "great book"

    Patrick Rothfuss is one of the best story tellers I have ever had the joy of reading. I cannot wait for the rest of this series to come out

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    Luke 05-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    World-building is dense but fun, the main character is deplorabley too perfect in all things.

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    "One if the best books in Fantasy right now!"

    Nick Podehl is the voice of Kvothe. He gives an amazing performance. The real credit has to go to Patrick Rothfuss though. I've read this book several times and just can't express enough how it gets better every time. There is always something new that you hear some piece of foreshadowing or hint dropped that you missed all the other times. Can't wait for book 3!

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    Leesa 05-21-16
    Leesa 05-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome fantasy novel"

    great narrator and excellent story. This will be a book I will listen too again.

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    "Extremely fun story with great narration"
    Would you listen to The Name of the Wind again? Why?

    This is actually the third (I think) time I've read Name of the Wind, though the first audiobook. I enjoy Rothfuss's work a lot, and I certainly loved Podehl's performance.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Auri will always be my favorite -- strange and fey and absolutely compelling.


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

    I think it has to be Willem. The narration made me crack up in the happiest way.


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

    All of the scenes where Kvothe's parents interacted made me want to laugh and cry at the same time -- what a lovely couple, and just. spoilers. hnnnngh.


    Any additional comments?

    Be prepared: Kvothe is a Gary Stu in many ways. Nonetheless, he is compelling in the way that well-drawn Gary Stus are frequently compelling.

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    Elizabeth Simon 05-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Drags on a bit"

    A good story with clever and in depth explanation of magic, however it could have been about five or six hours shorter. Certain bits about his childhood stretched for no reason, and when he blabbers on about Denna, it's borderline insufferable. Not entirely sure I will continue with the second book (40 something hours iirc), despite a solid story.

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