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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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    Kristen 10-28-16
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    the story picks you up and carries you along for a most enjoyable ride! great value for a credit!

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    Max California, USA 10-28-16
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    Think Dickens meets Harry Potter. The Name of The Wind is an exciting fantasy tale about a boy overcoming obstacles and becoming an Arcanist, essentially something between a wizard and an alchemist. great read!

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    Steven 10-28-16
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    "Lived up to expectation"

    A friend has recommended this book to me & said it was one of the best fantasy books that he had ever read.

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    "So good."

    Can't wait to hear or read the next one. Well written and read. Interesting and engaging.

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    Nick Podehl does a great job bringing the characters to life. The story itself interesting with some predictable plot but not to its ruin.

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    "Great book. Fun times and the other side effects."

    easy to do with Halloween costume and the rest of the time to get here.

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    Kathleen 10-27-16
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    "Rothfuss is a master storyteller"

    I am truly enchanted with this series. I have only listened to the audio version, but I can imagine that reading the books would be just as enthralling. Rothfuss brings his universe to life by spending time describing both the mundane and the fantastical. A passage about leaves blowing through a courtyard in particular patterns was described with such detail that I could picture it in my head. For me, it is the time spent describing even the most mundane of things that helps bring a world alive. For some, this may translate as the story not progressing quickly enough, but for me, this is the magic that makes the book come alive.

    Nick Podehl is an amazing narrator. He is able to voice the female characters without it sounding ridiculous, and expertly handled the voicing of all the characters in this book.

    I am anxiously awaiting the 3rd book, as I'm sure many are!

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    This is the second time I've listened and it is still a great story. It is masterfully written.

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    Antonio 10-26-16
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    "Personality overload"

    The writer tried to give the main character too many different traits and no real flaws. During many points of the story, I found myself rolling my eyes. It is too farfetched to think a genius would make the many poor decisions you'll listen to in this book.

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    becky 10-26-16
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    the book is difficult to follow. Becomes monotonous. Some was ok but not my cup of.tea.

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