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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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    Nicholas Cranberry TWP, PA, United States 10-05-12
    Nicholas Cranberry TWP, PA, United States 10-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I wish I could get sucked into this world..."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There are some interesting concepts in this book. I enjoyed some of the rules surrounding use of magic, but overall this reminds me of Al Bundy recalling his touchdowns at Polk High.

    The characters are forgettable and the world is not very well defined. You really don't get a sense of the landscape of the world or it's boundaries. You do understand there is a university. Overall this is a pretty thin world with some OK character development.

    Slow moving story with annoying characters in a poorly defined world.

    I just don't care for the characters that were developed and will be moving on to find another fantasy series that can hopefully suck me in. Maybe I need to finally bight the bullet and read Robert Jordan.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Patrick Rothfuss again?

    No


    Have you listened to any of Nick Podehl’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not. The narrator carried the story, providing some good character voice work.


    Was The Name of the Wind worth the listening time?

    It passed the time. It wasn't completely terrible. I would say "maybe"


    Any additional comments?

    It's a pass for me. Didn't suck me in but I did get to the end. I think I need to start reading every fantasy book that get's one star. I am feeling pretty out of sync with the visitors of this site and the fantasy books that they enjoy.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    rpglegal Cincinnati, OH USA 08-08-12
    rpglegal Cincinnati, OH USA 08-08-12 Member Since 2010

    Lisa

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    "Well written but frustrating"
    Would you listen to The Name of the Wind again? Why?

    No.. I found myself fast forwarding through some sections, which I never do.. There were sections of minutiae that dragged the book down and that I couldn't figure out why it was there.. And I got tired of hearing over and over about how poor Kvothe was... I got it the first time... I didn't need to be reminded over and over.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The magic concept and the general idea of this book is good... but it was frustrating that after that many hours.. the story felt like it had hardly progressed.


    Have you listened to any of Nick Podehl’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nick Podehl does a terrific job reading the book and that was it's one redeeming quality. His ability to read different accents was so well done that I immediately jumped online to see what else he has read.


    Any additional comments?

    Went online to Wikipedia to read the plot synopsis of book 2... to confirm I don't care enough to continue.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Arnau Manresa, Spain 02-22-11
    Arnau Manresa, Spain 02-22-11
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    "Saved by the narrator"

    It is really the only thing I can save from this book: the argument is simple, unnecessary long, some parts can be directly skipped as they have nothing to do with the story, the main character is tiring...

    Maybe if you are sixteen it is your book, but if not, it is definitely not worth nor your money neither your time

    Have I pointed out that the narration is good...

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Yieshan Charlotte, NC, USA 06-23-10
    Yieshan Charlotte, NC, USA 06-23-10
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    "Listened while working out"

    It is difficult for me to concentrate on an audiobook while exercising, but this book was different. The story was well-paced and so engrossing that it actually distracted me while I'm on the treadmill. The characters and the plot was sufficiently complicated to keep my interest but not so convoluted where I must stay keenly focused.
    My husband loved it as well; however, he read it entirely on paperback. I couldn't wait for the ending, so I actually finished the last 10% on paperback. The audio version painted a more vivid picture for me. I liked the narrator. We can't wait for the sequels.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marcelo Sao Paulo, Brazil 03-31-10
    Marcelo Sao Paulo, Brazil 03-31-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent!"

    The book is indeed very, very good! Very interesting characters and sceneries, and I am sure that I've only seen the tip of the iceberg so far! Can't wait for the next title to be published!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    CJ 03-11-10
    CJ 03-11-10 Member Since 2009
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    "worth it"

    This is one of the best listens that I've had in a while - fantastic. I was a bit cautious about buying a fantasy book from a new author, and one where the second in the series has not been completed (because of course,if it's good, as this is, you want instant gratification by listening to the next in the series). I am so glad that I did go for this one now - loved it.

    The book starts out with a lot of familiar plot pieces / characters as other fantasy books, but quickly starts building its own momentum and unique twists. The narrator did good work, so much so that I forgot about him and listened to the story.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    S. Weller 03-05-10
    S. Weller 03-05-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Good!"

    The first half of the book was stellar. I was completely engrossed. I love the practical magic angle. Things were not predictable. Then the plot wanders around a bit and I found things near end a little unsatisfying. I look forward tot he next book, however.

    Nick Podehl's narration was spot on. I have no idea why some reviewers disliked him, I'm going to look for other books read by him.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    lisa lacrosse, WI, United States 02-23-10
    lisa lacrosse, WI, United States 02-23-10
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    "Epic"

    I read this book when it first came out, I have been patiently waiting for the next book to come out. I decided to listen to the audio version to refresh my memory for the next book. I was not disappointed, the reader did a great job bringing the story to life. The only part that made me cringe was when he did the voice of the sick kid saying what, what....I had to mute through that. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story. An excellent writer!!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Damian Portland, OR, United States 09-15-09
    Damian Portland, OR, United States 09-15-09
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    "A little overhyped"

    This was the "big debut" fantasy novel a year or two ago. Ultimately, it's just alright--just interesting enough that you might want to listen to the sequel, when it comes out, because none of the mysteries or questions or plot threads are even close to being wrapped up here.

    It is a very uneven novel, at points boring or too obvious or silly. Sometimes you can hear the author working too hard to make this a book about storytelling. At other times it is engaging and gripping. There are some good ideas here--but it is also very derivitive of Harry Potter and of A Wizard of Earthsea--the main action taking place at university for magic. It hooks you in enough that you then are frustrated with the parts of the book that seem amaeturish.

    The narration is excellent, and makes the novel hang together much better than it might have.

    5 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Hans Bellevue, NE, United States 09-27-10
    Hans Bellevue, NE, United States 09-27-10
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    "Piece of Crap!"

    Hello, my name is Hans and I am a critic. I know I know, I need help, it's just that when I read really crappy literature I just can't help but be appalled. This is some of the worst writing I have read since I threw down (figuratively, I threw it down in my mind) Way of Shadows after 30 minutes of torture. This book was recommended to me by someone who claimed to be my friend, but now I see that he was never what he claimed, just an enemy in disguise looking for a way to bring me to my knees. He was successful. I finished the book. Somehow I finished the book. Don't ask me how, I don't know, I don't think I could do it again either, but I did it. I did it so that YOU DON'T HAVE TO! Don't listen to all of these idiots saying how amazing the book is; it's NOT! It is some of the worst written literature of all time! Let me give you a quick overview now that I've used up half of my space on the intro.

    The story is boring, at times predictable, at others not, but always told in a depressingly dull way. Rothfuss writes in the first person for most of the book, and pulls it off terribly. There are oh so many points in the book that are simply stupid and I'm not talking about characters acting stupid (although that does happen, and their stupidity is often smiled upon), but stupidity in plot, in story telling, in circumstance, in wording, in EVERYTHING! I will say one good thing for the book, the dialog is generally tolerable, but that's only when compared with the narration, which is beyond awful. I'm not talking about the reading, but the written narration. The reader does a fine job in my opinion, but he can't make something good out of this garbage. Seriously, don't listen to the good reviews that try to drag you down into the dirt, down to the lowest level that the fantasy genre has ever descended to, down even as far as Brent Weeks and that AWFUL Way of Shadows crap. Please, please, PLEASE do NOT purchase this book! Let my mistake be your good fortune.

    STAY AWAY!!!

    4 of 12 people found this review helpful
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