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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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    Sarah Mesa, AZ, United States 08-15-12
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    "When Does The Next One Come Out ... AAAUUGGHHH!"

    The only negative thing I could possibly muster up about this series is that the third book isn't out yet. The world, characters, story line, and narration are all fabulous. This will rank up with the series I've most enjoyed if the next books stay true to form.

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    francisco Roswell, NM, United States 08-14-12
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    Would you listen to The Name of the Wind again? Why?

    Yes, because the depth of the story and the amazing characters. Also to fill in time until the next book is written!


    Any additional comments?

    The start can be slow and confusing, but give it a chance because once the real story begins, it moves fast.

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    Mario Colon 08-14-12
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    Excellant book. Great narration. Well worth the time it takes to listen. You will not be disappointed in this one either.

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    Debra Emporia, KS, United States 08-14-12
    Debra Emporia, KS, United States 08-14-12
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    "Excellent Read. Very refreshing."

    Different than the usual epic fantasy. Very engaging, well written. Patrick Rothfuss writes with a great sense of humor. Not a "funny" book. But his humor shines through, making this a very well rounded book. Very easy to relax into this world and enjoy a great story.

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    Brandon 08-13-12
    Brandon 08-13-12
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    "Left me wanting more"
    Where does The Name of the Wind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Interesting story and not the typical story that you can guess whats going to happen next


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

    Book started slow but it did pick up


    Any additional comments?

    Need to get the next one

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    SGTiplady Palmer, AK, United States 08-13-12
    SGTiplady Palmer, AK, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellence!"
    What did you love best about The Name of the Wind?

    I loved the unpredictability of the characters and the storyline. I like being immersed in a story that takes me into new, but believeable places.


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

    I look for books that are like themselves alone and are unique, and this one fits that standard.


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

    Young Kvothe--warm and very likeable in characterization and performance.


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

    Any comment here might be a major spoiler!


    Any additional comments?

    READ this book!

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    Allison J Redlands, CA 08-13-12
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    "Fastest 28 hours of your life"
    If you could sum up The Name of the Wind in three words, what would they be?

    Best Fantasy Ever


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

    Kvothe's humor and defiance of authority.


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

    No, it was perfect for all of our summer road trips, though.


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    joe torrington, CT, United States 08-12-12
    joe torrington, CT, United States 08-12-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great emerging writer"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Name of the Wind to be better than the print version?

    Yes


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

    The self discovery of the hero


    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    Fluid and hypnotic


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Names that will get you killed


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to book 3

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    Erin kingston, NY, United States 08-11-12
    Erin kingston, NY, United States 08-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Love this book!"
    Where does The Name of the Wind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to this book far more than any of my other books, it never stops entertaining me.


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

    The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit... A more comprehensive Song of Ice and Fire but without that nagging feeling that the author has no idea what he's doing...


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

    Great voice acting. There's a subtlety that Podehl brings to each line that is as engrossing as it is authentic.


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

    I laughed, cried and whooped for joy!


    Any additional comments?

    Love this book. Also loved the following installment with equal fervor and can't wait for the last one. It's a great time to get on board this wonderfully imaginative fable.

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    John 08-07-12
    John 08-07-12
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    "A real page turner (or the equivilent in audio)"
    Where does The Name of the Wind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top. I listen in my auto and when walking. It is difficult to leave it till my next walk or auto travel.


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

    Absolutely. It was difficult to put down. I save my audio books for times when I cannot read because of another activity. Name of the Wind caused me to linger after my walk and sometimes sit in the auto in my driveway when arriving home just to hear more of it.


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