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The Name of the Wind Audiobook

The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

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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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    "An Amazing Take of Fantasy and Legend"

    I will admit, I was a bit skeptical of this book when I first heard of it, but the outstanding reviews it received made me give it a chance. From the moment this tale began I was hooked. The story is so well written and thought out. Kvothe is a great hero with and underdog, Everyman feel (much like Peter Parker aka the Amazing Spiderman) that makes you want to root for him, see him win, and overcome the seemingly insurmountable odds and trials he has to face. The characters of Ambrose is a great enemy (much like Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter Series). The effects of Tolkien are definitely evident in the author's writing as well. The voice acting was superior. this 24 hour book felt like it flew by in just a few hours, and at the end I was left wanting more. If you are a fan of Fantasy books this is a must read and or listen!

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    "The making of a man of magic and passion"

    A wonderful magical story told by a wonderful storyteller, and told by one who understood.

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    "Excellent story. You won't regret listening​."

    The characters are great, and the way magic is mixed with a scientific feel is unique and interesting. I'm going to start book two in the series right away.

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    Amazon Customer 04-02-17 Member Since 2014
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    "A mix of Lord of the Rings with Harry Potter"

    That's putting this book in very general terms, however. Cleverly written and super intertwining stories within stories. Fantastic read and I want more!

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    "best book I've read/listened. stellar preformance"

    easy to read or listen to
    lovable and hateable characters
    wonderful plot
    beautiful prose
    took Pat Rothfuss 14 years

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    "An entrancing story."

    It takes some time to get started but once it does it is quite gripping.

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    "A poetic taste of patience."

    This book is not a brisk or enthralling read. it was something of a slog. Rothfuss' dynamic author's lense was ill focused in my opinion. With a deadly threat, social suicide looming, poison in the blood - what should have been high octane moments of fight or flight were instead drawn out flirty flights of fancy writing, pastoral and wordy descriptions of half formed ideas, and overtaxed chains of metaphors that end up striking a single chord: wordiness.
    Every tavern has a 'long mahogany bar, slick with drink and worn smooth through use' - every woman is beautiful.
    Coupled with the protagonist being alluded to as perfect (handsome, genius, physically fit, angelic musician, cocky, etc etc) the entire affair left me feeling uninvested.

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    "A world you feel like you've always known"

    While I must confess I was a little apprehensive at the mention of a "minstrel style hero" from a friend, this series has risen to the top of my most favourite listens. An excellent weaving of hopes, failures, dreams, and disappointments if ever there was one.
    I feel like I've always known Kvoth's world, yet have barely seen a glimpse of what's to come.

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    "Amazing book ruined."
    What would have made The Name of the Wind better?

    A different narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Read and reread these books; they're fantastic. Purchase the paper and leave this audio alone. This is the first book I've returned due to narration. Abysmal. Going on a trip and needed a friendly traveling companion, unfortunately I won't be spending it with my fav's. I just hope others aren't missing out on these great books because they're getting sick five minutes in of listening.

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    Liz Durham, North Carolina 03-30-17
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    "interesting story told with excellent voice actors"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Name of the Wind to be better than the print version?

    I view the best way to approach this book is to use audio together with written text.


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

    The "dragon" is actually a giant lizard--that has been poisoned.


    Have you listened to any of Nick Podehl’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This performance is the first I have read of his.


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

    I did not laugh or cry but will likely buy multiple books by this author--and will seek out Nick Podehl's voice acting in the future.


    Any additional comments?

    Beautifully done.

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