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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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    Timothy J. Camilleri Vic, Australia 03-22-16
    Timothy J. Camilleri Vic, Australia 03-22-16

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    "great journey"

    Fantastic narration, a great tale of not traditional swords and sorcery, but more to do with words and wit. Outsmart or outinsult. The struggles of the protagonist are harrowing whicch make you all the happier when he gets some acts of kindness. I do like the philosophising though sometimes it drags. The narrator really does a great job with all the characters, he really transports you there.

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    jeffrey courtney 03-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "second time through, still amazing!"

    hands down the best fantasy series I've ever read but still waiting for the third book.

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    Spencer Munro 03-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "It Tries Very Hard"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The writing of the story feels like a high school student trying to impress his D&D friends with the latest SAT words that he has learned. The characters feel cut out of other classic fantasy novels and forced. After reading over a hundred pages I still didn't care about any character or the direction the story was going.


    Would you recommend The Name of the Wind to your friends? Why or why not?

    I don't necessarily think people should avoid this novel but I would recommend several other books before The Name of the Wind.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator did a poor job in making the characters feel different from each other. It sounded like every character was young and slightly pretentious.


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    Matthew Long 03-21-16
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    "Life changing"

    Great audiobook. Won't want to put down. Beginning a little slow and odd but gets fantastically better.

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    Brandon 03-21-16
    Brandon 03-21-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Harry Potter v 2.0"

    Ill keep this short and sweet. Did not live up to the hype one bit. There are literally 2 fights in this book and even less use of any kind of magic. It all about the main character going through school...thats it.

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    Jake 03-19-16
    Jake 03-19-16
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    "good first part."

    good first part. need to find part two to really know how I like it.

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    Dylan 03-19-16
    Dylan 03-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing. Simply amazing."

    This is my favorite author now. I love this series as much as one can love books.

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    Zack 03-19-16
    Zack 03-19-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Harry Potter for big kids!"

    Loved the story!
    Loved the Narrator! (the narrator can make or break an audiobook, this reader was definitely a hit!)
    Can't wait to start the next book!

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    Cooper Lee Eyre 03-17-16
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    "amazing read. . listen"

    story is amazing. . . . narrator isn't Stephen fry but most aren't so can't complain

    story goes off on long tangents giving amazingly indepth bagcground . . think the silmarilian(can't spell and to lazy to look up) chopped cut and placed within lotr which I HOPE are the set up for an overly detailed fictional world similar to lotr, once the author gets more books out. if he stops at only the three days, I will be at his house with signs and a mob

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    KJ 03-16-16
    KJ 03-16-16
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    "bit tedious with spikes of excitement"

    As with many high fantasy stories, there was a lot of background information instead of actual plot. I could have done with about one third of the descriptions.
    I also found the main character a little annoying at times-- he was supposed to be brilliant, but some of his actions were just plain dumb.
    It's an interesting world that the author created, however, many of the interesting parts were glossed over (what about all the fascinating creatures/beings that are only briefly mentioned??)
    Much of the book seemed like background leading up to an actual plot (yes, I get that this is a series, but why not condense the background and give us a little more forward movement?).
    Overall, I wanted to like the book more than I did.

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