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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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    Johnny Hayes 08-11-15
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    "Awesome!"

    Love this book. It is well worth your time. Story and audio are both good.

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    Matt Ranlett Atlanta Georgia 08-10-15
    Matt Ranlett Atlanta Georgia 08-10-15 Member Since 2014

    Husband, father of 2, and a software developer moving slowly and unsteadily into management. I love reading, especially fiction & history

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    "Great intro story in a new fantasy world"

    I really enjoyed this book. The story is fantastic and the narrator did an excellent job bringing the characters to life. The ending is somewhat abrupt, you really need to think about getting the next one too...

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    Josh 08-10-15
    Josh 08-10-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Guilty Pleasure"
    What did you love best about The Name of the Wind?

    It scratched that fantasy itch I was craving.


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

    The section about his adventures on the road are the best.


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

    Kvothe. In regards to his performance. As a character he is too perfect.. He is unquestionably the best at everything, literally. He comes across like a little boy's writing himself into a story.


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

    No. I needed breaks.


    Any additional comments?

    Guilty pleasure. This series seems to be rather well reviewed, also I did enjoy this book. I also intend to read the rest of Mr. Rothfuss' series as it is written... but I wouldn't recommend this to my friends. A little campy and cheesy, the above mentioned character problems and a story that only feels set up after two full novels.. But god dammit I liked it.

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    CJ California 08-09-15
    CJ California 08-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the best"

    I had already read the book, but, itching for a good audiobook and impatient for part 3 of the series, I decided to download the audio version and re-"read" it. Nick Podehl did a good job although his voice lacks a bit of the seriousness I would have preferred at parts. None the less a definite 5 stars overall.

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    John 08-08-15
    John 08-08-15
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    "Worthy of Greatness"
    Would you listen to The Name of the Wind again? Why?

    I thoroughly enjoyed the narration of this book. The cadence and the enunciation make for a terrific time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story itself was amazing reminded me of the Tolkien and Lewis. Was amazing to read and to listen to. Owning it on both formats is a plus.


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

    I have not listened to any of Nick Podehl's other performances, but having enjoyed this one so much I would definitely look forward to any of his other work


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

    The moment Kvothe gets admitted to the University. The whole scene was well written and narrated, leaving me feel like I was in the room with him.


    Any additional comments?

    A good book isn't hard to find, this is one of the greats

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    Pen Name 08-08-15
    Pen Name 08-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Favorite book of all time!"

    This was my 5th time through this book. 2nd on audio. Everything Rothfuss writes is amazing, even forwards to other books. I love it all. My boss and I have a joke that he can make us cry laugh and quicken a heartbeat in a short page about another authors work and his own work is even more intense. I recommend this book to everyone lucky enough to get a copy.

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    John 08-08-15
    John 08-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Enraptured Enthralling Engelhardt"

    Fantastic narration.
    Mysterious plot.
    Imaginative characters.
    All in all a wonderful full book with very little to be disliked. The key is how easily and smoothly this story comes to life. It evokes strong emtions and sympathy to the struggles of a bright charismatic savant who has powers unexplained. It's an ever unfolding page turner of intrigue and discovery. Definitely worth the read!

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    Sophie N. Texas USA 08-06-15
    Sophie N. Texas USA 08-06-15 Member Since 2014

    variety lover

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    "Highly recommend"
    Any additional comments?

    I can't say enough good things about this book. I've recommended it to friends and they've all loved it and then immediately went to check out the next book in this series. I can't wait for the next installation.

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    Linda 08-05-15
    Linda 08-05-15
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    "Long and need to be in the right mind set"

    I started this once and got 4 hours into it bored and gave up, realizing I have 20ish more hours to go. I decided to try it again because I have continually heard good things about it. This time, perhaps it was my mood or mindset, but I delved into it and did not want to turn it off, it held my attention.

    It flickers back and forth between present time in the story and history as Kovthe tells his story and it is documented. This is most of the of the book probably 98% of it. there is enough of the present time to make you curious about what is going on, but not enough to explain much.

    And though a fascinating tale, it leave you with no choice but to go to the second book if you want to know what is going on in present time, or the rest of his tale. Basically it is a VERY long history, or so it seems so far. The second book is twice as long, so you need to be in for a long haul.

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    K Bartlett Chanute, KS, US 08-04-15
    K Bartlett Chanute, KS, US 08-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertaining enough to want the second installment"
    What did you like best about this story?

    It was enough to keep me interested although lacked a little bit of focus. Not sure where the climax was. (TWSS)


    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    Average at first, but by half way through there was HUGE improvement! When he finally got into the groove he had good inflection, character differentiation and even some sound effects.


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

    Hmmm....maybe meeting the Dracus.


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