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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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    Jessica 02-27-17
    Jessica 02-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Mind blowing"

    When I bought this audiobook I thought I was in for another lame author who tried his hand at true storytelling. I have never been so glad to be so wrong. I am not the type of person that reads in to hype or reviews I judge upon my own tastes. I had never heard of the book or the author. I have not been able to stop listening to this book. It is full to the brim with meaningful themes and nearly poetic dialogue. It is easy to find a story that one can relate to. Stories have been written borrowed and re-written a thousand times over. What is hard for an author to do is to write a story that makes it sound as if the story is unique and rare. Patrick Rothfus nails it. The writing and the structure of the story are monumental.
    If you like fantasy or other-realm books that have an ounce of fact buy this book now and prepare to be hopelessly addicted to hearing the epic story of Kvothe.

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    Joe Ossell 02-27-17
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    "amazing"

    one of my favorite books ever written. read very well and better than I e expected.

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    chris 02-27-17
    chris 02-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing book. Can't wait for the rest."

    Absolutely a must! Great performance by the narrator. Captures your attention the entire time. Leaves you wanting more that's for sure.

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    ryudrew 02-27-17
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    "Brilliant and Captivating"

    Patrick has created a whole new world to explore. once I started it drew me in. A must read.

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    Jennifer B Phoenix, Arizona 02-24-17
    Jennifer B Phoenix, Arizona 02-24-17 Member Since 2013

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    "Excellent. I can't wait till 3rd book"

    I loved this book, and narrator is now my favorite! Destined to be a classic.

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    Frank Zamary 02-24-17
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    "Just as striking a second time as the first."

    I love this series. no one since Gabriel Marquez has moved me in quite the same way as Rothfuss. the words on their own have a certain music, but when taken with the world as a whole, it produces a beautiful Symphony with dramatic triumphs and tragic falls.

    To both the lover of fantasy and the lover of language, I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

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    Christopher Holzmacher 02-23-17
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    "Better than I ever imagined"

    Patrick Rothfuss has crafted a stirring captivating story of romance mystery and of course magic. Reading the book is one thing but having it read aloud brings the craftsmanship of Rothfuss to the fore front.

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    Joyce Haven 02-22-17
    Joyce Haven 02-22-17 Member Since 2013
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    "More reading gravitas would be nice"

    While I thoroughly enjoyed the story, in this case I didn't like this reader reading it. Don't get me wrong, he's a good reader and I would listen to a different book read by him, but he didn't bring the depth to Kvoth's world that I think would have made things shine. I was wanting to hear someone a bit more world weary. Someone with wisdom in his voice. This reader sounded young and a little squirrely.

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    Ben Saylor 02-22-17
    Ben Saylor 02-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Another good fantasy"

    The story uses some tired elements but was nevertheless entertaining. I will definitely do the remaining books in the series.

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    conor sheridan-mcandrew 02-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Advice well taken"

    I took the advice of a family friend in downloading the book. Both she, her husband and daughter said I would be furious when I finished the second book because it leaves you wanting the third so badly, and she wasn't mistaken so far. I just paid for the second in the series because I couldn't wait for my free credit.

    I'd recommend (and I have already told most of my friends about it) to anyone looking for a sheer pleasure of a tale. Struggle and victory in good measure make this story impossible to put down. I've read several reviews that speak disparagingly about Kvothes OVER-abundance of skill and smarts, but I thought it was a perfect hero fantasy and I devoured it.

    Nick Podehl's narration was excellent, he allowed his voice to disappear into the scenery which is no small task. His characterizations were lifelike, fun and entertaining and not for a minute distracting.



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