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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.

©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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    MARCIA LINCOLN, NE, United States 02-06-12
    MARCIA LINCOLN, NE, United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2008
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    "HAVING A HARD TIME KEEPING MY ATTENTION"
    Would you try another book from Patrick Rothfuss and/or Nick Podehl?

    NO


    Would you ever listen to anything by Patrick Rothfuss again?

    NO


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    YES


    What character would you cut from The Name of the Wind?

    I AM STILL ONLY IN THE FIRST PART. I LEFT IT 2X NOW TO LISTEN TO OTHER BOOKS WHICH I FINISHED IN NO TIME.THEY WERE JUST A LOT MORE INTERESTING. WHEN I RETURN ITS OK BUT MY MIND WANDERS. I HOPE IT GETS BETTER AS I PURCHASED BASED ON OTHER REVIEWS.


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    WiseGuy74 Mission Viejo, CA, United States 01-20-12
    WiseGuy74 Mission Viejo, CA, United States 01-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "5 Stars? Come on."
    Any additional comments?

    I don't understand giving 5 stars to this book. The Lord of the Rings is five stars. Song of Ice and Fire maybe would get five stars. This book does not compare to either of those. I liked the story ok, but I found a lot of times I was either bored or annoyed.

    I don't like that his characters all seem to have modern, american sensibilities, but that it's supposed to be another world, and pre-industrialized at that. I don't like that the university, which is such a big part of this story, is much like a modern university--tuition, finals, dorms, mess hall, etc. It just seems very anachronistic and contrived.

    And how many different types of money are there? I can hardly keep track of them all or how much they're worth. Jots, chits, drams, talents, and on and on. At one point it seems like a talent is this huge sum of money, but then Kvothe pays a fee to enter a library of a talent and a half like it's nothing.

    [TINY SPOILER ALERT]

    Another thing that bothers me a lot is that Kvothe is supposed to be this great performer, brought up as a trouper, performing around the world with his entire family, but yet, when he is poor and needs money, he never thinks once to try to make it by performing. Not only that, but at one point he says that the students at the university all pay to go see people perform

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    Jeremy Ringgold, GA, United States 01-19-12
    Jeremy Ringgold, GA, United States 01-19-12 Member Since 2008
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    "There's no "Zero" star for performance..."
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I will never again buy a book without first listening to a sample. It's my fault. I have never done that before and now I've paid for it. I bought this book based on the wild reviews and comments here. Within the first 5 minutes of listening I knew I was going to have a very hard time with this book. Maybe it's just me book the reader sounds like a 22 year old frat boy who tries WAY to hard to bring diversity to his characters. If he tries to drop his voice to low, which he does often, it start to sounds gravelly and tone less. I couldn't take it any more after 5 chapters, which is unfortunate because the story line indeed seems to be promising and the author writes very well. So my suggestion.....Read the book, or at least listen to a sample of the reader to see whether you can at least stomach him.


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    Paul Grand Rapids, MN, United States 01-10-12
    Paul Grand Rapids, MN, United States 01-10-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Why only 5 stars??"

    I will read every thing Patrick writes. He came out of the chute bucking on the back of a
    horse that has never been rode...and he's a champion in his first rodeo... Go Patrick and don't look back".......Paul T.

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    Kieren US 01-01-12
    Kieren US 01-01-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Narrator absolutely horrible"
    What would have made The Name of the Wind better?

    A different narrator.


    What could Patrick Rothfuss have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Insisted on a different narrator!


    What didn’t you like about Nick Podehl’s performance?

    I was looking forward to listening to this acclaimed book, but the narrator's inflections, tone, and interpretation were annoyingly sing-song and continually inappropriate to the story. I couldn't listen beyond an hour. Can I get a credit refund??


    What character would you cut from The Name of the Wind?

    Wish I knew enough about the story to answer this.


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    Lauren Lookout Mountain, GA, United States 11-22-11
    Lauren Lookout Mountain, GA, United States 11-22-11

    Lauren

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    "Poorly written, but I enjoyed it."

    I suppose you could say I enjoyed this book despite the poor writing. First of all, I don't like a story about telling a story about another person telling a story. Plus some of the lore was just... weak. Pretty much the Christmas story with a few details tweaked. You can totally tell the framing narrative was added after the fact. A good writer wouldn't have needed to add that in; it sorta destroys the "here and now" feeling of being caught up in the moment. AND he gives away some twists and turns of the plot with his interruptions - pet peeve of mine. He's very heavy-handed with it in the beginning, but once he lightens up and stops interrupting himself, the story actually gets enjoyable.

    Others are right, the world is not very immersive. At times he goes into some detail indoors but generally I find myself wandering through a vague and misty world with no concept of space. Others' imaginations may be active enough to overcome this, but I need some more detail and imagery.

    The constant emphasis of how smart and special Kvothe is just rubs me the wrong way. Above average I'm fine with, but better than anyone who's ever been? Constantly exceeding everyone's expectations? Come on. Perhaps this book was written for boys/teens/young adults who like to daydream about how awesome they would be if they could be the best at everything. Now I know why I'm the only girl who has read this in my friend's circle.

    Though like I said, I liked it. I'm not above eeking out whatever enjoyment I can. Despite bad writing and a poor character choices, Rothfuss hits strides on occasion that I was able to enjoy and get involved in.

    I don't have much of an opinion on the reader. I prefer a deeper voice for storytelling, but this guy does alright. He's very good at putting emotion in his voice & you often don't need the little exposition afterward to communicate the tone the character is using. He's got a better range for voices than Roy Dotrice, but that still doesn't put him in the same league.

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    Jeffrey Columbus, OH, United States 11-17-11
    Jeffrey Columbus, OH, United States 11-17-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Doesn't quite get it"

    I don't usually review books. I figure I either like them or I don't, and it's usually a manner of taste and style. This book, however, was so boring that I couldn't listen to more than a few hours of it. Apparently written for teenagers, there are no insights here, no world building, no secrets, no innovation, and really, no fantasy either. Not sure how he did it, but Rothfuss managed to turn what might have been an interesting story into some sort of coming of age sigh-maker. Rothfuss surely isn't an explorer of souls as is Guy Kay, and he surely isn't the master storyteller as is Jordan, isn't the magic technocrat as is Sanderson, nor is he the world builder as is Martin. Nor, to his high discredit, is he the coming of age storyteller of a Rowling. Fact is, his prose is trite and simplistic, his characters unidimensional, his story unimaginative, and his plot twists inane.

    The reader certainly doesn't help much either.

    I see a lot of folks liked this book, but I certainly did not. I'd advise the hard core fantasy fans to spend their credit elsewhere.

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    Adam DELRAY BEACH, FL, United States 11-17-11
    Adam DELRAY BEACH, FL, United States 11-17-11
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    "Harry Potter meets A Song of Ice and Fire"

    The headline says it all. All of the good qualities of the Harry Potter series (interesting and likeable main character), meshed perfectly with some of the more adult themes present in A Song of Ice and Fire.

    You will not be disappointed.

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    Sayre64 Massena, NY, United States 10-20-11
    Sayre64 Massena, NY, United States 10-20-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Fantastic!"

    I thought this book was wonderful! I know I shouldnt be making comparisons but I'm going to anyway. I am a big fan of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series and have been waiting for another as good. As far as I can tell from this book, Patrick Rothfuss will soon be a contender, at least in my library. If you like Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson you wont be disappointed with this one.

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    Ann Mission Viejo, CA, United States 10-10-11
    Ann Mission Viejo, CA, United States 10-10-11 Member Since 2011

    Radish mom

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    "Too painful"

    I was disappointed by the constant pain, misery and suffering of the protagonist. It hurt to listen so I quit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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