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Editorial 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.

Critic Reviews

“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 really love this story!

I've read this book more than once and seem to enjoy it more each time. It's got all my favorite elements- revenge, magic, a little mystery, unfulfilled romance. It's great! It's all set before the backdrop of a fantastical world where magic is part art, part science and where legends and stories come to life and interweave with the characters.

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cloath

loved it! from beginning to end totally engaging and well written - the characters were alive, the beasts frightening, the lore believable

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JF

This is a good story. The start is slow, but gets better and better. i look forward to the rest od tje series.

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The best not great book I have ever read

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This book is framed as a legendary figure retelling the true story of his life to a bard so that the truth will be recorded. Than the guy proceeds to spend 2 days of a 3 day interview talking about his time in magic highschool and the bullies and jerk teachers he had. The crazy thing is that the book is so well written that even though the subject matter is boring you still keep pushing on waiting for the interesting stuff in the guys life to happen. I would change this, edit the hell out of it. The books are freaking longer in length than a full day (over 24 hours listening time) Given the frame work of the novel that needs to be cut way the hell down and the best way is to trim the hell out of the school time.

Would you be willing to try another book from Patrick Rothfuss? Why or why not?

I would, the guy knows how to write he just needs to learn to edit better.

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

Master Kilven

Was The Name of the Wind worth the listening time?

It was but only in that the following books promise much more adventure, this book was good and the writing was excellent they just dwelt on some subjects far far to long.

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Days gone by

if you like a story with magic. AND a dragon and how it all fits together, you will find this audio book worth your time. I used my car and then earphones. just didn't want to stop listening

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Story was a little too slow.

Pretty good not a ton of action. Felt a little disappointed by the end.

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So good

This story has been recommended to me so many times, given to me as gifts, and I have finally listened.
It is beautiful. It is wondrous and captivating.
From the first chapter, I was held, my mind uninterested in racing ahead as it so often does. I can't wait for the next one.

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Where's Book 3?

Finish the last book asshole! How does it take you 10 years to write two books?

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Always Perfect.

This book is perfection word for word. I hope it to carry it's perfection through to the end of the series as well as any medium it might be translated.

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long but worth it

narrator was great. Story was a little slow to start but once the university days started I really got into it.