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The Name of the Wind Audiobook
The Name of the Wind
Written by: 
Patrick Rothfuss
Narrated by: 
Nick Podehl
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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    Ray 05-01-15
    Ray 05-01-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Love this book. Well done audio recording"

    Excellent story and after reading it, it was great to hear it told. I only wish I could listen to it at a faster rate.

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    Mikmik 05-01-15
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    "A lovely book and wonderful to listen to"

    I really loved this book. It is a work of fantasy, but it is not too over the top. The characters are all very human. It is very well performed as well by the narrator. His voice fits the characters of this book and he is easy to understand and a pleasure to listen to. Overall it is just a very nice listen.

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    CoolGeekyGirl 05-01-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Love this story"

    Engaging fun and I can't wait for the third book to come out! Kvothe is addicting! It is also well read!

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    John saint paul, MN, United States 04-30-15
    John saint paul, MN, United States 04-30-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Another excellent lesson from Audible"

    I wasn't sure if it was going to feed just ok crappy for a good book but it caught my attention from the very first chapter I am in the process of downloading the second one as I write this I recommended all fans of JRR Tolkien Brandon Sanderson Robert Jordan Robert Heinlein enjoy

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    Brandon Rodd 04-29-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story, great Story telling, great value"

    I loved the story and will be finishing the series, for sure, Great use of my time can't wait to hear the rest.

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    Kathleen M. Joyce Pound Ridge, United States 04-29-15
    Kathleen M. Joyce Pound Ridge, United States 04-29-15 Member Since 2014

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    "wonderful new fantasy"

    I enjoy the characters and the arcanum magic. Kvoth is impulsive but wonderful.
    I listened to it a second time so the story would be fresh for book two. can't wait for more!

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    Isaac 04-28-15
    Isaac 04-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A story with real human emotions"
    If you could sum up The Name of the Wind in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, interesting, great!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kvothe, as it may be an obvious choice, I loved how the character reactions were not as in other books a "master", like all, Kvothe had to learn the hard way, with the kingkiller Chronicle I felt the difference of a book with characters which youth was not like if they knew exactly what and how to do, Kvothe had doubts, he messed up big time, and I felt related to human relations where you had no idea how to react, opposite to other books where way too many descriptions of lip biting are used as description of the human interaction, instead of going thru the actually interesting part of human relationships, this book does that very well.


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    jake 04-28-15
    jake 04-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Buying the second book now"

    It took me about 2 months to read the first 18 chapters but then it happened. Needless to say I finished the rest of the 75+ chapters in about a week. This is the one of those books where you get strongly emotionally attached to the character. I laughed at his occasional stupidity and raised my hands up to the sky's pleading for someone to help him. Marking as one of my favorites.

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    Melody Martinez 04-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful story"

    The beginning of the book was a little slow, but the I couldn't stop listening. A wonderful story and I'm excited to start the next book.

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    Wakawaka 04-26-15
    Wakawaka 04-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Slow at the beginning but worth the read!"

    The beginning was quite sluggish and hard to get into, but I am glad to have stuck with this book. The book has a lot of character development and I think it is what makes this book so good at the end. Do yourself a favor and listen to it!

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