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The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1 | [Patrick Rothfuss]

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)

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    Lisa Middleton, MA, United States 06-01-12
    Lisa Middleton, MA, United States 06-01-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Poetry"
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    I've been an Audible member for 5 years. This book is so good it prompted me to write my first review.

    I'm always a little nervous when I use my credits on a fantasy book because the line between good and cheesy is so very fine. This book/series is well worth the credits! On a par with Tolkein in my humble opinion. Not only are the story line and characters interesting, but the quality of the writing is so beautiful it's like listening to poetry. My only grouse is the frequent use of the word "groused".

    Nick Podehl is an excellent narrator. His voice is... comfortable. He's not narrating - the characters are speaking through him.

    Truly a great book. I can't wait for the next one!

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    Keith Arlington, TN, United States 05-30-12
    Keith Arlington, TN, United States 05-30-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellant"
    Where does The Name of the Wind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks at the top with my personal favorites Dragonlance and Eye of the World.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The mix of the past and present


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

    No I did not have an extreme reaction to this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Unfortunately the book has somewhat been ruined by the wait. This is a series and we have been waiting for around 2 years for the last part. If I had it to do over again I would wait to read until I knew the final version was out.

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    John Guiney Kanturk, Ireland 05-29-12
    John Guiney Kanturk, Ireland 05-29-12 Member Since 2011

    I am A recovering Dyslexic. I read my first book when i was 21 and since then i have read or listlen to a book or more, every two weeks.

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    "A brilliant listen and read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, i already have, why because it is a great story that just bends your thought to new ideas.


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

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

    True emotions


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

    And you thought, you knew everything there was to know, about a great story?


    Any additional comments?

    Cant wait for the third book.

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    JSH 05-28-12
    JSH 05-28-12

    Clinical treatment and research awareness. Sci-fi to Science to Maximim PC/parenting. How to best network HDMA? 70% SciFi-thrillers-30% science

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    "Fantastic, above rating."

    This whole series threw me on my head. I could not wait to get back into it, and worried how close I was coming to the end. More Please!!!!

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    David corpus christi, TX, United States 05-27-12
    David corpus christi, TX, United States 05-27-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Best written series of the Decade"
    What did you love best about The Name of the Wind?

    Characters with DEPTH great storyline and plot.


    What did you like best about this story?

    You find yourself wishing you had friends like the Characters in this book.


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

    My Lute My Lute where is my Lute !!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Easy prediction Mr Ruthfuss will be known as one of the greats.

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    Rose Troy BRIDGEPORT, AL, US 05-26-12
    Rose Troy BRIDGEPORT, AL, US 05-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story!!!!!"
    Where does The Name of the Wind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In my top 10.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The intriguing main character and all the interesting trials and tribulations that he goes through.


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

    Clothe


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    Melanie WICHITA, KS, United States 05-22-12
    Melanie WICHITA, KS, United States 05-22-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't miss this one! I am a big fan!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Name of the Wind the most enjoyable?

    Nick Podehl is just so interesting to listen to. One of the best!


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

    Getting acclimated to this world and life of Kvothe.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The whit and luck of Kvothe, how he used his upbringing to his advantage,


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

    Totally entertained, part of the crowd cheering him on...anticipation for what would happen next, elated that there was another book to look forward to and a search for the third book in his trilogy, it's so hard to wait!


    Any additional comments?

    It will suck you in, and stay with you, let's read it again with a friend!

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    Thomas 05-19-12
    Thomas 05-19-12
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    "It only gets better"
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    While part one is slow and the narration is a little difficult to get into, by the end of part 3 you can't believe you forgot to download part 4 and you are kicking yourself because you have to wait until you can get back home to listen.

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    B Rock Colorado Springs, CO 05-18-12
    B Rock Colorado Springs, CO 05-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Most Excellent"

    This is a completely fantastic read and/or listen. I began by reading this book on my Kindle and had to use an Audible credit to pick up the audio book. Nick Podehl performs flawlessly. The story begins in the stereotypical (for this genre of story) inn. However, it is quickly apparent that this story is anything but stereotypical. A scribe, known as "The Chronicler" appears in the night while the hero, Kvothe, is preparing to fight spider-like monsters. Chronicler has been searching for Kvothe the Bloodless. Kvothe agrees to tell his story to The Chronicler, un-filtered over the next three days. And the story begins.

    If you are looking for an excellent story that will have you staying up all night to continue reading, and are willing to stick through a slow start, this is the book for you.

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    Robert Saint Albans, WV, United States 05-16-12
    Robert Saint Albans, WV, United States 05-16-12 Member Since 2012
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    "One of a kind truly original a odyssey of a tale"
    Would you listen to The Name of the Wind again? Why?

    Yes I love a long story being told the way it should


    What did you like best about this story?

    That I felt like I was chronicler the scribe listening to a great legend an idol of sorts telling his story taking me through his life step by step some might call this slow starting or whatever they don't apreciate a great story each word is necesary


    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    Awsome Luke Daniels is my fave but this definitely gave for a tight second if I was to score them


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I tried but I was forced to tear myself away from it


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to experiance book 2

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