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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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    Mokhe 05-11-16
    Mokhe 05-11-16
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    "Like a 16 year old boy's fantasy"

    I made it more than half way through this book. I'm disappointed, this is very highly reviewed. To me it just read like a 16 year old boy’s fantasy life. Super cocky and talented boy has a hard life and scrapes by to become the most awesome hero of all time along with getting the “perfect” girl. The made up words and languages just seemed clunky and obviously fake. Yes they are made up, but some authors manage to make you feel like they are real. The language and mannerisms of the characters was so 21st century. It felt very flat and forced to me. I had to stop listening when he started perusing the girl. That in particular felt the most like an adolescent fantasy.

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    Amazon Customer 05-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "The Name of the Wind"

    It is a great read. Slow at the start , but when it took off. It was a great ride

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    ogdenmfc 05-11-16
    ogdenmfc 05-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A Personal Favorite."

    I reread / relisten to this book every few months and it's always as magical as if I were exploring it for the first time. Rothfuss has woven together a stunningly lavish world that is easy to fall into and terribly hard to leave. Do yourself a favor.

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    Beau 05-10-16
    Beau 05-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "good listen"

    great story and well written. very good reading by narrator. highly recommend. hard to put down

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    Tom Stubler III 05-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "story of a poor kid trying to make money."

    Reviews were great and I wanted a longer story for a credit so I gave it a shot. Not worth it. Not nearly enough interesting things happen for a 27 hour book. Too many fantasy stereotypes, too many fails of logic.

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    joel 05-08-16
    joel 05-08-16
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    "My all-time favorite tale"

    A boy's life story entertwined with fantastical embellishments. This is the book I reread over and over again. Anxiously awaiting book 3 that my favorite character may have closure in his adventurous life.

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    Christopher 05-07-16
    Christopher 05-07-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Better than the first read through"

    I loved this book the first time through, but only after returning to it a few years later and dozens of other fantasy series finished can I truly appreciate how wonderful this book is. There's something special here.

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    Denise Valencia, CA, United States 05-06-16
    Denise Valencia, CA, United States 05-06-16 Member Since 2007

    Native Californian, but lived in TX for 2.5 yrs where I joined a neighborhood book club and never looked back! I listen and read books! After 5 years of raving about audiobooks, I finally got my husband hooked!

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    "3.5 stars. Not what I expected neither good or bad"

    I read this book with a small group of friends. I really had no grand expectations except it was highly recommended by many people I know and don't know. The "Kingkiller" Chronicles, in this book, doesn't mean anything at this point. We follow Kvothe from about 12 years of age to 17. He is an older man, telling his story to The Chronicler over a 3 day span. NotW is day 1. Now, Kvothe is very intelligent, bright, and had a great misfortune at age 12. But this event set him on his path, of which we are only barely seeing in NotW. There isn't a lot of "action" going on, merely daily events with friends, enemies, Instructors, and the like. Most of the real action occurs during the "Interludes" which are the present Kvothe/Kote breaking from the story being told to attend to matters at his Inn. So if you are expecting a lot of action, you will not find it here. But you will find a well written story. I did not LOVE the story, but it was better than okay, hence the 3.5 stars. I only reserve 5 stars for books I will reread. My reading group is on the fence whether to move on or not. Only 1 member has read both books that are out, and he says more action occurs in Wise Man's Fear. So maybe we will, but we decided to read a different book after this in the meantime.

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    Jon 05-05-16
    Jon 05-05-16
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    "Fantastic!"

    I have read all of Pat's books, (waiting impatiently for the conclusion) and loved them all. I purchased the audio version so I could revisit this work during work and my commute. The story holds me from beginning to end, even though it is a second time through for me. I recommend it to anyone. The narrator is excellent.

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    Paul 05-04-16
    Paul 05-04-16 Member Since 2014
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    "my favorite book"

    The best book that I have listened to. I highly reccomend this book and the next

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