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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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    Ray peek 10-03-16
    Ray peek 10-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "one of my all time favorites"

    the narration, plot, and characters are gripping. still waiting for book 3, in 2017 it will be ten years. waiting on you pat.

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    Timothy 10-03-16
    Timothy 10-03-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Better than Television"

    I read this book and it was so good that I bought it on audiobook. It is a story about a man telling a story, like the way Inception was a dream within a dream. The author describes the events in a way that illuminates the mind to a clear way of viewing the world, as a fog thins after mid-morning. It is cleverly written and a joy to read as well as listen to and I listen to this audiobook instead of watching television.

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    Melissa Halverson 10-01-16
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    "Slow at first but got really really good!"

    When first listening to this book, got to admit I almost gave up on it. Basically, it took until the flashbacks started to get my attention, but after that I was hooked! Definitely worth a listen - just power through the beginning!

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    Sara 10-01-16
    Sara 10-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Best Book Yet"

    I havent been on this interface long but this performance and book has been the best book yet! Thank you for the amazing time and i cant eait for all of the books to be on here.

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    Samuel 10-01-16
    Samuel 10-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A good different"

    In reading the summary you get the picture of a large, boastful man sitting in a tavern with a mug of ale, recounting his heroics with a grand smile and grandiose gestures. That's what put me off the story for so long, and I regret that deeply. The reality was much different than my imaginings, the somber tone, the witty humor, the gritty realism, this is a work of art if any there was one.

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    J. Duncan 09-30-16
    J. Duncan 09-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Love this series!!"

    I got the audiobook to reread this series and Nick Pohdel does a great job narrating! Great with accents!

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    Kristie Adelanto, CA 09-30-16
    Kristie Adelanto, CA 09-30-16
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    "This book is fantastic. Highly recommended."

    I loved it. Couldn't stop listening to it. I neglected all my favorite podcasts, video games, tv and other forms of entertainment to focus on this book. Excellent.

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    Ian M James 09-30-16
    Ian M James 09-30-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Not a bad book, but not one I would recommend. "

    The story was well written, but seemed overly long to me. There were exciting parts, but there were too few and had deep lulls in the story between them. The narration was great!

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    David Anderson 09-29-16
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    "As good as you've heard and better"

    This is my favorite series. The storytelling is engaging, the characters are deep and interesting, and the writing is simply beautiful.

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    KellyDean 09-29-16
    KellyDean 09-29-16
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    "Tops my list of favorite books"

    I am absolutely in love with this book. The physics of the magic is so brilliant that I get lost in this magical realm.

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