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The Name of the Wind Audiobook

The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

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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.

©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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    Kelid 07-09-15
    Kelid 07-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting story, good narration."

    The story for the main character is interesting, peculiar feeling, and neat. It has dark moments, but is also quite lovely. I liked this a lot, enough to get the second book in the series. Narration was good also.

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    Guilherme 07-09-15
    Guilherme 07-09-15 Member Since 2013

    You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. —Wayne Gretzky

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    "And he still has not learned the name of the wind."

    The book is terribly long and detailed, especially with things that do not concern the main plot. There are many inconsistencies within the plot itself, that could be prevented with a simple prood reading. On the top of that the main character is unusually similar to another main character, made very popular in recent years. It could easily last less than 6 hours with no important losses to the storyline.

    Below are some examples of inconsistencies that I mentioned before
    * They have germ theory but no one ever heard about a microscope
    * Some heroic acts of the main character became urban myths although those same acts were never witnessed by anyone.
    * The book is basically a recollection, but the speaker can remember not only the exact words people said over a span of five or more years, but what they were wearing and the weather and everything else.

    About the eerie similarities with another fictional character, I'm not going to say which character is but both of them had:
    * Their parents killed by their arch-enemies
    * Both were marked by that experience and the main plot revolves around it.
    * Both went to a school of magic
    * Both were prodigies with their skills
    * Both had a minor enemy which was a petulant rich kid.
    Any ideas of who this character might be?

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    cliff mcenery 07-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fun fun fun"

    Great story and a lot of excitement. Can't wait to find out what happens next.

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    william 07-07-15
    william 07-07-15
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    "Trust me!!! I was looking for a GREAT read also"

    To preface this review, I will simply say that I have read ALL (or most) of the classics and the newest works of art in this category...I am a fan. I researched high and low, read all of the reviews, and at long last settled on this mess. I started it, and deleted it almost immediately. A few months later, I was drawn back again (due to the reviews) and gave it a second try. I wish there was an option for zero or negative stars!

    I have written and erased a review for this book several times, and I just can't seem to do justice to how simply AWFUL this book was. Perhaps it's because of the sheer perplexity of why anyone would consider this to be one of the best new works in the genre in recent memory (as stated in some reviews here) ...or perhaps I simply cannot put into the proper words why I despised this read so much.

    I wanted to stop reading this book (again) VERY early on, and forced myself to continue due to the overwhelming positive feedback it has received and the fact that this was my second try with this title. I will make my review brief and honest.

    The writing is choppy, plot lines are unimaginative, and the dialog belongs in YA fiction. The lead characters (I stress plural) are obnoxious and posses seemingly EVERY solution to every problem they have ever or will ever face. If I have to hear this overbearing Kvothe tell me why he doesn't have the time to explain to me why I can't fathom or understand his perspective because I'm simply not smart or special enough one more time...I felt like I was a kindergartener being talked down to by an ivy league professor who simply had no time to tell me his story and was annoyed that I couldn't be on his level. This is THE WORST and MOST OBNOXIOUS lead character I have ever come across, hands down. I still can't believe I talked myself into finishing this, I deserve a medal or something.

    Read all of the reviews if you wish, they sucked me in too...but believe when I tell you to trust me, do yourself a favor and skip this story...you'll never get the 25 or so hours back

    May I suggest a few clearly superior options:
    Blood Song Book #1 (Anthony Ryan)...quite simply, the best I've ever read
    Stormlight Archive #1 & #2...both great reads, can't wait for #3
    Any of the Theft of Swords series...characters the way they should be written

    Hope this helps, happy reading

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    Raoul Rico Drum Kentucky, USA 07-07-15
    Raoul Rico Drum Kentucky, USA 07-07-15 Member Since 2012
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    "fantastic"

    my now favorite author. u have listened to his books multiple times. will buy hardbacks as well hope they're leather bound.

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    kathy 07-07-15
    kathy 07-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing!"

    I thought I wouldn't like the perspective of telling the story as the main character recalling it but I loved it! I loved his descriptions of the atmosphere

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    Earl 07-06-15
    Earl 07-06-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing story"

    if you like fantasy you will love this series. easily one of my favorites up there with game of thrones and the Dresden files.

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    Apollo 07-03-15
    Apollo 07-03-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing story. Great reader, however."

    However between this book and the next Devi becomes Davey for some reason. I would say Podehl could work on his femenine vocies but i dont know if i could really hold it against him.

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    Tony 07-02-15
    Tony 07-02-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful!"

    Could not put it down. Excellent story with a good reader. I highly recommend it.

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    Daniel Christensen 07-02-15
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    "Best book ever."

    Excellently told and read. Even after several times reading it, it has the grip and pull to bring back and enjoy just as much as the first time.

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