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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.

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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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    wii-zer sc 05-06-12
    wii-zer sc 05-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Epic world building and character development"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Name of the Wind to be better than the print version?

    I found the audio version added to the enjoyment of what is a truly long read.


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

    I cannot think of a book that comes close to the world of this book or even the many varied characters of this story. The closest would be Wizards First Rule.


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

    Kvothe


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

    There are many through this whole book, but the scene with the fathers lute when he first arrives in the new town after the wilderness is heartbreaking.


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    Elizabeth K. McReynolds Morristown, NJ United States 05-04-12
    Elizabeth K. McReynolds Morristown, NJ United States 05-04-12 Member Since 2015
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    If you could sum up The Name of the Wind in three words, what would they be?

    gripping, engaging, entertaining


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

    When Kvothe beat the Draccus and saved the town


    What does Nick Podehl bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice is melodious and grips you, I didn't want it to end


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this story and cant wait to listen to the sequels. It's long but you dont realize it because you want to keep listening to see what kind of trouble Kvothe will get himself into next.

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    Christopher Kuna, ID, United States 05-04-12
    Christopher Kuna, ID, United States 05-04-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Smooth as butter"
    Would you listen to The Name of the Wind again? Why?

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

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

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    Any additional comments?

    He paints with words. The narration is excellent.It's been a long time since I've completely enjoyed a book as much as I did this one.I've purchased Day two and not listened yet...I've been basking in the afterglow of this one; not wanting to rush ahead.

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    Charles 05-04-12
    Charles 05-04-12
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    "Best fiction book since Lord Valentine's Castle!"

    I am 48 Years old and have been reading Sci-fi / Mystery / Fantasy since I was eight. The last time I enjoyed a book this much was when I read Lord Valentine's Castle 32 Years ago. Not only is the Story incredible but the Storytelling is equally remarkable. It has been my experience that very few books have both. Paired with a narrator of this quality, listening to this book is an experience that any fan of any fiction genre should have. The second book in the series is equally good and I will purchase anything this Author writes in the future without question or regard to cost. My only regret is that I could not rate this book six stars.

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    KT Vermont 05-03-12
    KT Vermont 05-03-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Mediocre"
    Would you try another book from Patrick Rothfuss and/or Nick Podehl?

    No. This is neither child brain candy (i.e. Harry Potter) nor does it contain adult content (i.e. A Song of Fire and Ice). Zzzzzzzz...


    What aspect of Nick Podehl’s performance would you have changed?

    Seems a good fit for this. Not very good at characterizing a variety of characters.


    Did The Name of the Wind inspire you to do anything?

    Take a nap.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a reflection of pop-culture Fantasy not anything original.

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    Yvonne Newfield, NY, United States 05-01-12
    Yvonne Newfield, NY, United States 05-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    Just a little too long for me,,,,couldn't finish it all the way, had some interesting moments,,,,but just not captivating enough for me.

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    Sherry Linden, VA, United States 04-30-12
    Sherry Linden, VA, United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2013
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    "A great listen and a great value"
    What did you love best about The Name of the Wind?

    What attracted me to this title was the length of it for the value (27 hours for one credit? I'm there!). I like the descriptiveness of the prose; it helps a lot with visualizing the environment and identifying with the perceptions of the characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not sure yet - still listening to it (about halfway through).


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

    I have not listened to any of this narrator's performances before. He does a good job, though I've heard better. My criteria for good narration is whether I can identify the character speaking without much effort, and based on that, he's one of the better ones I've listened to.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Several parts of it made me laugh out loud, though it's not a comedy.


    Any additional comments?

    I will definitely buy the second book in the series!

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    Steve Wynnewood, PA, United States 04-29-12
    Steve Wynnewood, PA, United States 04-29-12 Member Since 2014

    I rate as follows: 5-Best of the best, 4-LOVED it, 3-LIKED it, 2-Meh, 1-Didn't like it. Fav genres: sci-fi/fantasy, fiction, science

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    "Fantastic fantasy novel!"
    Where does The Name of the Wind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's my favorite... although I'm listening to its sequel and loving that just as much.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the characters, the world, and the adventures that somehow seem plausible despite being completely fantastic. I also love how it's a story told within the story. I usually don't like it when a story jumps back and forth between time periods, but in this case, it helps deepen the characters, and serves as a nice foreshadowing device.


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

    I haven't, but he is fantastic.


    Any additional comments?

    I tore through this 28-hour audio book and still wanted more. I couldn't stop thinking about it for days after finishing it. I was going to start it all over, but instead upped my membership to platinum and bought the sequel!

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    Gary Austin, TX, USA 04-28-12
    Gary Austin, TX, USA 04-28-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Hands-down the best of the genre I've ever read"

    WOW. Warning! You will instantly want the next one, "Wise Man's Fear..." and then you will want the next one... which isn't out yet!! Despite the terrible withdrawal I am now in because of this... it is SO worth it. What Patrick Rothfuss has done is created a world... and he doesn't spoon-feed it to you, he just THROWS it at you, and you can't help but be immersed.
    The narrator is excellent as well. Wonderful, subtle voices; non-aggravating voice, etc.
    GET THIS BOOK!

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    Amazon Customer Springfield, MO United States 04-25-12
    Amazon Customer Springfield, MO United States 04-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Story within Story within Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The epic-ness of the story is that it is reminiscent of the oral tradition of story telling. There are at times three sub levels of story telling which, in my opinion is epic in and of itself. The fact that the main character is telling a story (2nd level) and relates stories within his story told by other characters (3rd level) is quite entertaining. The frustrating part is wanting to hear more about the in-verse stories and in-verse history.

    The magical systems are very interesting and the "science" behind the most common magic is interesting. The naming magic system, I think is better than other stories where it is used. It is not played up, since it is so incredibly hard to do.

    The story does sometimes subvert some tropes, which is interesting. The main character is both talented and fallible. The character flaws does sometimes question his veracity with his stories, but regardless is entertaining.


    What does Nick Podehl bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator sets the mood of the characters and setting very well. At no point was I bored with the performance.


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