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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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    Poly 02-23-16
    Poly 02-23-16
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    "Amazing"

    The name of the wind is absolutely fantastic. I couldn't stop listening even though I have read it twice before. The narrator embodies Kvothe and supporting characters wholeheartedly

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    Peter 02-22-16
    Peter 02-22-16
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    "Quickly became a favorite!"

    Patrick Rothfuss is a master story-weaver! I love the imagery, character development and dialogue. The audio book narration is fantastic. The Name of the Wind has moved quickly to the top of my favorites short-list.

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    Rachel 02-20-16
    Rachel 02-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The performance!"

    The performance by Nick Podehl really makes this story extra special. It was brilliant on it's own but he really brought something extra to the book. It is difficult to imagine Kvothe having any other voice. I really enjoyed this!

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    Brandi Donathan 02-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Tired of the same old story?"

    It shouldn't work. Do you hear me? It shouldn't work. But it does. Without a doubt, the most original epic fantasy novel I've ever experienced. If you love story- if you love character, you'll adore it.

    Give it a few chapters and you won't be disappointed.

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    Frenet Anthony 02-18-16
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    "Excellent"

    A fast paced fantasy story brilliantly narrated by Nick Podehl. He manages to play the different characters with different voices and it helps a lot to distinguish them. My only regret is that I'm unable to find the second book narrated by him. I'll have to get used to the other narrator...

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    Neil 02-17-16
    Neil 02-17-16
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    "Outstanding performance. Great characters."

    Simply cannot wait for the further adventures of Kvolth. Outstanding narration, Such a good voice for this young but exceptional character.

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    David 02-17-16
    David 02-17-16
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    "Amazing!! refreshing story of love amd power."

    so good... like harry pottter, but more intelligent.. just love this story. would read again in a heart beat

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    Kirsten 02-17-16
    Kirsten 02-17-16 Member Since 2017
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    "So good!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Name of the Wind to be better than the print version?

    I have no read the printed version, but I LOVED the audiobook! The reading of it makes the story come alive in a way that it may not have, had I read it on paper.


    Any additional comments?

    There are more detailed reviews that give great highs and lows to the book that I will let you read. Overall, a bit of a slow story. Don't read if you want a fast pasted novel. But the detail in the book is incredible. Took me about 10 chapters to really get into it because of all the details and back stories. But it's SO good. Loved it! On to the second one!

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    Gabe Perez 02-16-16
    Gabe Perez 02-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Talented narrator!"

    Well read, but story was flawed. Not a strong female character in sight, to start....

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    Drew 02-16-16
    Drew 02-16-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Nearly perfect"

    Best fantasy audio book ever. As a Tolkein and Game of Thrones fanatic, that pains me to say. Written in a spoken story telling style without losing us in a flashback puzzle. At first, I thought the narrator too young, and too bland, but I soon realized that he is perfect. While I truly appreciate a narrator that can change their voice to sound like a fully dramatized reading (eg The Blade Itself), this story is so good, and so well told that it is best read simply, and extremely effectively, which this book is. First book in over 100 books that I found myself sneaking away to listen too while being tortured by the fact that I wanted it to last forever. Trust me, I am not a wide eyed fantasy nerd that loves anything with swords and magic. This book is groundbreaking.

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