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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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    Kenneth Richmond, TX, United States 04-12-13
    Kenneth Richmond, TX, United States 04-12-13 Member Since 2010
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    "This is my favorite book."

    The headline says it all. I have already purchased this book on itunes, and just bought it again (since it went on sale) in the hopes that I might convince even one new person to read it with this review. I also have a sign hard cover in my personal library even though I never read print. If you have not yet had the pleasure....I envy you.

    "It's like honey one warm bread."

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    Amazon Customer Springfield, VA USA 04-12-13
    Amazon Customer Springfield, VA USA 04-12-13 Member Since 2015
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    "story about a story"

    so I made it about 2 hours into this monster and just couldn't take it anymore. Once the narration bogs down in telling a story about storytelling and acting, it just exhausted my patience.

    I think the reader also is not right for this story. His rendering just left me even more tired.

    Disappointed after downloading this based on Audible's recommendation. Maybe if I was 15 it would have appealed to me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tommie Dallas, TX, United States 04-11-13
    Tommie Dallas, TX, United States 04-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "outstanding"

    This story is great, the characters are well developed, and the reader really pulls you into the story. I am dying to read book 3. Please hurry

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    Linda Irvine, CA, United States 04-10-13
    Linda Irvine, CA, United States 04-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "One of the BEST books I have ever read (heard)"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book and I have recommended this book. It is such an enjoyable experience. It did take me about 30 minutes to really start enjoying this book but after the initial 30 minutes I have not been able to stop. It brings you into another world. It is one of the best books I have read or listened to. It is a book for all ages.


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

    I imagine this book takes place during similar times of Game of Thrones or The Hobbit. If you have enjoyed those books, this book will be on the top of your favorites list.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't hesitate. Order the book, you won't regret it.

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    Scott P. Baltimore, MD 04-10-13
    Scott P. Baltimore, MD 04-10-13
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    "Amazing first novel with a decent reading"

    The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss was recommended to me by a bookstore owner in Chincoteague, VA when I was picking up a copy of Storm of Swords. He said that if I liked Game of Thrones and the ASOIAF books, that I would love this one. I ended up buying it that day but not reading it for another year after that. Boy do I regret doing so. If I would have known what I know now, I would have put Storm of Swords aside and immediately began this novel. Instead I waited and started listening to it instead. The result was the same though, I finished an amazing book with a wonderful story, smart chracters, and a thirst for more.

    The story takes place in a fantasy land with the main character being Kvothe. Kvothe is on the run and hiding in some far away small town living as an innkeeper. A man named Chronicler finds Kvothe and recognizes him and his notorious past. Kvothe agrees to tell him his story over the span of three days (each book is a day, this being the first) and the journey begins.

    Kvothe's story starts well enough but is soon wrapped in tragedy. Out of tragedy comes strength and Kvothe follows his dreams until he is studying magic at the University. It's here that most of the book's larger events take places and he meets the love of his life. I won't spoil much but things take place that start Kvothe's journey and set things up nicely for the next two days (books.)

    Nick Pedehl does a good job reading the novel but at times I got a little tired of his voice. I've tried sitting here for a couple minutes thinking why but I really can't. Maybe it's just me and you'll love it. It's not enough to make me not want to listen to him in the future, it's just...different. I only mentioned it in case you feel the same. Chances are you won't and it's no big deal.

    This book comes highly recommended and the audio recording is a perfect companion to reading the book (that's how I read my novels - some at home and listen in the car.) Hopefully my review has helped you towards a purchase because this is one hell of a story and Patrick Rothfuss has become a favorite of mine.

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    Eric hatfield, PA, United States 04-04-13
    Eric hatfield, PA, United States 04-04-13
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    "Epic Story and Amazing Performance"
    Would you listen to The Name of the Wind again? Why?

    Yes! This is very unlikely of myself. I usually read a book once and I am done, but this book changed that all together.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The complex nature of the main character. The mystery that the author keeps about much of the story. He constantly reveals more questions, but at the perfect pace that you do not become overwhelmed.


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

    His slovic style voice always makes me laugh!


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

    It has done both!


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    JPaladin 03-29-13
    JPaladin 03-29-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Put me back on Fantasy"

    I hadn't read a fantasy book for at least a decade. I picked this up on a whim and I was hooked again. Fun story line with enjoyable characters. Between this series and the warded man I'm spoiled for non-fiction.

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    Shana lima, OH, United States 03-27-13
    Shana lima, OH, United States 03-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story, great narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to The Name of the Wind the most enjoyable?

    The narrator of this story has a different voice for all the characters. He brings all the characters to life with emotion and sound.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kvothe, but that is to be expected since he's the protagonist.


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

    The variety of accents from the characters in different regions of the book's world


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

    of course, but it's rather long


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the best new series I have ever started. The author is thumbing his nose slightly at the standard script of fantasy novels and doing it in a very clever way. He is building a wonderful and complex world. The characters he creates are fully fleshed out and intriguing. The story can have it's slow moments, but they all do and these are blessedly short. All in all, it is an amazing story that already has the second of the trilogy with the third promised and it can't come soon enough!).

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    Bobbie Boise, ID, United States 03-26-13
    Bobbie Boise, ID, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2015

    Live a little and listen to a book.

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    "Did not seem 28 hours long,went by too fast!"
    What did you love best about The Name of the Wind?

    How engrossing each character is. I felt like I was a bystander just seeing it all happen.


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

    Yes.


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    Jeff Chilliwack, BC, Canada 03-25-13
    Jeff Chilliwack, BC, Canada 03-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Worth every penny!"

    Patrick Rothfus writes great stuff. I have enjoyed The Name of the Wind no less than 4 times now and I do not doubt I will come back for more. The story is engaging, and the characters feel like they have real substance.

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