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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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    Josh1776 06-09-14
    Josh1776 06-09-14
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    If you could sum up The Name of the Wind in three words, what would they be?

    Fantastic book. The narration is extremely well done as well. The accents used are consistent and add a beautiful flare throughout the book. The narrator is consistent even through book two. Bravo. I will say, the short clip given by Audible almost convinced me not to purchase this book. As I love the book series, I thought I would bare through the poor sounding narration. Happily I found this clip is slightly out of context, and the voice made sense once I heard his other interpretations. Well worth the purchase. Can't wait for book 3.


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    Sena 06-08-14
    Sena 06-08-14 Member Since 2010
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    "A Mary Sue for the ages"
    Would you listen to The Name of the Wind again? Why?

    Yes. I've listened to it several times already since it's very fun, even if you already know the plot.


    Would you recommend The Name of the Wind to your friends? Why or why not?

    Absolutely. Anyone who enjoys fantasy novels will likely love this as much as I did.


    Any additional comments?

    So, you know the concept of a Mary Sue? A self-insert character that is just too perfect that it's off putting? The main character in these novels is the most Mary Sue of any Mary Sue in any novel I've ever read, and I don't even care. I should care. I got the giggles sometimes, it was so ridiculous. Every time he stood up to bullies and was incorruptible and unrealistically perfect and picked up difficult skills in no time at all because he's *just that good,* I got the giggles, and still, I love these books. He's got a perfect singing voice! He's got so much musical talent he makes lifelong professionals gasp! He's a startlingly powerful magician! He's smarter than people who have studied for years! He's poor and goes hungry and his suffering just makes him even more noble! People hate him just because they're jealous, but he's never petty! He never even considers stooping to their level! He is noble and good and his eyes change colors with his moods!

    Normally, this kind of too-perfect main character would make me roll my eyes, put the book down, and tell all my friends not to bother, but I love these books. I'm not too fond of Kvothe himself because he's not so much a person as he is an ideal, but I love these books and have re-read and re-listened to them several times, recommended them to everyone I know who enjoys fantasy novels, and can't wait for the third book in the trilogy to come out.

    So why do I love it so much even though the main character makes me laugh? Because Patrick Rothfuss really is just that good. He's a fantastic writer and an amazing storyteller, has created an interesting world, and other than Kvothe, his characters are all interesting, too. The book is long, but it goes by in a flash because reading it (and listening to the audiobook) is just so much fun.

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    acasey Utah 06-07-14
    acasey Utah 06-07-14 Member Since 2015

    I enjoy entertaining books that are well written where the author can draw me in with stimulating words and with little or nor vulgarity.

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    "What a story!"
    If you could sum up The Name of the Wind in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant, Hopeful, Storied


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    With a story such as that of young Kvoth, how could you not cheer for him. He comes from a family of love, experiences tragedy, has to learn survival and gives all he has to learn. He is a perfect hero.


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

    Nick Podehl portrays each and every character well, he adds just the right amount of energy to make the story extremely enjoyable.


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

    Yes. I drive three hours a day and get to listen five days a week, but with this story I even listened on the weekends.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved Robert Jordan's Wheel of time series and through them I found out about the amazing writer Brandon Sanderson. Patrick Rothfuss is a writer like those two icons.

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    Jay SAUGUS, MA, United States 06-03-14
    Jay SAUGUS, MA, United States 06-03-14 Member Since 2005

    Warcraft Addict

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    "What if Harry Potter was written for adults?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The book is EXTREMELY tedious at the beginning. Stick with it and you will be reward with a rich story about a deeply troubled but brilliant man.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the main character, and his interactions with many of the supporting characters. I will not say more as I do not want to spoil it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This is going to sound bizarre, but I loved the narrator when he was doing voices. It was his speaking voice that was grating and seemed not to fit the narrative.


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

    Yes, all of the interactions with the antagonist were brilliantly done.


    Any additional comments?

    Hubris at its best.

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    Mike Olah 05-29-14
    Mike Olah 05-29-14
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    "Hate-listened just to see how dumb it would get"
    What would have made The Name of the Wind better?

    The Name of the Wind: Patrick Rothfuss' Wish Fulfillment Chronicles


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

    Rewrite it? I actively hated this book, to the point I couldn't stop listening because I wanted bad things to happen to the main character. Kvothe, the main character, is completely unrealistic, to the point he seems to merely be a form of wish fulfillment for the author. I can suspend disbelief for fantasy, but not for basic human reactions. Grown adults don't openly weep no matter how well you strum your lute; all the events of his first two days at the academy were laughably unrealistic; women do don't fall in love with/flirt with awkward teenage boys with inflated egos. Add this to the obnoxious way Kvothe narrates his own story and his overuse of cringe inducing hyperbole. Maybe this style would to highlight how pompous and self-absorbed the character is, but it's unbearable since the majority of the story is written from this perspective.


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

    First time listening to Nick Podehl's narration. I thought he did a decent enough job.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The author had some solid world building going on, but it was wasted on the characters he populated it with.


    Any additional comments?

    Would not recommend.

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    Amazon Customer United States 05-26-14
    Amazon Customer United States 05-26-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing..."

    By far my favorite over audible novel. I've listened to this one and it's sequel, Love them both. If you get the opportunity you won't be disappointed.

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    tyekim1 05-26-14
    tyekim1 05-26-14
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    "Normally not my genre...but Patrick R. ROCKS"
    Would you listen to The Name of the Wind again? Why?

    Yes! I read it, listened to it, and now I occasionally fall asleep listening to it. I forgot how much the child in me likes being read to sleep. PS: I am grateful that Audible had the foresight to include an auto timer that can be set so I don't listen half the night before turning it off.


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

    The first night I read until the sun came up.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not possible for me to pick just one....seriously.


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

    Pay attention and enjoy the ride.


    Any additional comments?

    In my opinion, there is a certain quality that few writers possess and I don't have a name for it. Patrick Rothfuss has it and you will be the richer for having enjoyed it.

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    Lauren 05-24-14
    Lauren 05-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Outstanding performance, enrapturing story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Name of the Wind the most enjoyable?

    The performance given by Nick Podehl puts to shame all other 5-star ratings I have given in the past. His fluidity between voices and accents is incredible and adds an extra dimension of enjoyment to the already masterfully written story.


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

    Rare for a fantasy story, I found myself laughing out loud at many subtle bits of humor and sarcasm. I found myself particularly satisfied and amused when Kvothe performed the song "Jackass Jackass."


    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    His distinguishing voices and accents were great. What I particularly enjoyed was how he did the female voices. Generally, I find that when male voice actors voice female characters, there is something patronizing in the high pitched tones that they give the characters. Nick Podehl gave unique voices to each of the female characters that seemed actually plausible.


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

    Yes. And with the exception of sleeping, I did not stop listening. Begin at your own peril :).


    Any additional comments?

    For those who are artists (not just musicians), Rothfuss's description of the heartache an artist feels when encountering one's craft but unable to participate really hits home. It is a beautiful story with a unique tone. There are many commentaries on/parallels to today's society that make the story relatable to the modern day.

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    Sherese Garland, TX, United States 05-18-14
    Sherese Garland, TX, United States 05-18-14 Member Since 2010

    I enjoy mysteries, wrapped with violence and sprinkled with romance.

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    "Harry Potter for Adults...TAKES OFF IN CHAPTER 8"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Once you get past chapter 7 the storytelling becomes engaging and you find yourself cheering the lead character on.


    What other book might you compare The Name of the Wind to and why?

    This book has elements similar to Harry Potter and The Wheel of Time and maybe some others.


    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    The narrator's performance is like the book in that his skill doesn't take off until Chapter 8. He is really good at performing unique voices for all of the characters and the acting is superb.


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

    Noooo....It's too long and I do need to sleep sometime.


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    August LA VERGNE, TN, United States 05-15-14
    August LA VERGNE, TN, United States 05-15-14
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    "One of the best books I've read in a while!"
    Any additional comments?

    It's hard to know where to begin. I was completely rapt with this book within the first chapter or two, and I was in the grips of the story until the last page, totally drawn in and hungry for more the entire time. The characters felt both like old friends and new ones from the moment I met them (with the possible exception of Ambrose, but you'll understand why he isn't a friend once you've met him yourself). Even in introducing the setting, the first moments of the characters, it's clear this is a world to play in, people to get to know, and that your time won't be wasted here.

    I don't know if I really have words to do this book justice. This is the work of a master, and just reading it is an enriching experience, even if fantasy isn't your cup of tea. The quality of storytelling, the characters, the reality that this is a life we're looking at, are amazing. I'm not a big biography reader, but if biographies read anything like The Name of the Wind, then I am missing out and must remedy this immediately. I'm not trying to make light of this or of history by any means, but if I lived in Kvothe's world, then I would be so unbelievably happy to be a historian, knowing that this is what goes on in the world.

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