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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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    I was hesitant and lukewarm at the start of this book, but it didn't take long to get engaged to the storyline and characters. Mr Rothfuss resaerch and imagination are apparent from start to finish. This story is so involved I may have to pick up a hard copy to reread sections.

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    david La Jolla, CA, United States 03-24-12
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    This is easily my favorite series on audible.com. Of all the books I've listened to, this is the only series that keeps bringing me back again. The author and reader pull you in instantly and make you care about the characters involved. Aside from the incredible world-building, riveting, horrifying, hilarious story, and often beautiful writing style, the man who reads the book is a bloody genius. Every character has their own inflection, accent, etc. and is done so flawlessly that you already know who's talking when the first syllable is uttered. My only complaint is that the last of the trilogy isn't out yet. If you enjoy fantasy novels, this one's for you.

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    Lori Florida Keys, FL, United States 03-24-12
    Lori Florida Keys, FL, United States 03-24-12 Member Since 2014
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    I thought the book was a little slow at first, but also knew that it had favorable reviews so I stuck with it. I am absolutely delighted I did! What an enchanting tale. I'm looking forward to the third book with keen interest....(two weeks ago would have been fantastic! :)

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    Jim Lake Forest, CA, United States 03-22-12
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    "Prepare To Be Whisked Away!"

    This is a great book! Not only is the story line great, Nick Podehl's narration is amazing. This might be the first book I have heard him read but it won't be the last. I was hooked from the beginning because of the reader, and later was glued in place because of the story. Patrick Rothfuss does a great job of introducing the reader to Kvothe's world. So many other fantasy novels overwhelm the reader, (listener in our case), with characters, powers, abilities, places, etc. until it's hard to keep track of who can do what, to whom, in which place and for how long. You know what I'm talking about.
    Rothfuss, like all great storytellers, still keeps you guessing, but feeds you satisfying tidbits along the way as he naturally reveals everything you need to know throughout the journey through Kvothe's (sounds like "Quothe's") fantasy world. I'm now two thirds of the way through the 2nd book and he's just now revealing details of some things he set up in the very beginning of this book. I have found myself thinking, "Oh yeah, that's why he did that", a lot, and I love it. So far, I have found myself often curious, and never confused, which is an excellent formula for a great book.
    Bottom Line: My 2nd favorite fantasy book ever. My first favorite fantasy book ever is actually the sequel, "The Wise Man's Fear", and I'm not even finished with it yet. Get this book, you won't regret it...

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    "My introductions to a new world"

    I don't usually care much for this type of books, but Day 1 got me hooked up. Can't wait to get the other "days"

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    I liked the book, and now I like the narrator, bought the second book, now I am eagerly waiting for the third book.

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    "Drew Me In"

    I'm usually hesitant to start a new series as even if they aren't particularly good I end up reading the entire series. It's just my natural curiosity to try to understand the "universe" the author is trying to create. In the case of The Name of the Wine: Kingkiller Chronicles I'm very happy I started.

    The opening of the book and the initial performance of the narrator actually turned me off a bit but that didn't last long. I soon found myself drawn into the story and the narrator's performance. I now understand how Nick Podehl was an excellent fit for this story. The approach the author took with telling story is fresh and I find myself caring about the characters. There are some clear influences and there may be some derivative (I.E. Harry Potter) aspects but the story is good enough that it stands on its own.

    I always know when I've found a great audio book when I can't wait to get to my workout so I can spend some time listening!

    Highly recommended!

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    Where does The Name of the Wind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best one yet. No other comes close.


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

    Ergon or a wheel of time. Same background on the boy.


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

    Sam


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    All


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    "Really good book"
    What did you love best about The Name of the Wind?

    Though I'd describe it as a college tale, it is enthralling, enjoyable and gets up your spirits.


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

    The scene when he wins the silver pipes.


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