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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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    L. Bailey 12-08-16
    L. Bailey 12-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "loved it!"

    very engaging, my mind didn't wander at all. I hated when I had to turn it off to go do life.

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    Sal 12-08-16
    Sal 12-08-16
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    "Is Kvothe a Eunuch?"

    This is well written and well performed alas, I have a nit to pick. Has there every been a teenager with less sex drive drive than our man Kvothe?
    The term "conspicuous by its abscense" fairly leaps to mind.
    I would have preferred a bit more dirt in the soul and little less pandering to a PG13 audience.

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    Adam R. 12-07-16
    Adam R. 12-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "If you love Superman and musical theater, buy it."

    It is a compelling idea overall, and I would love to see this world built and ideas explored, by a different author.
    PRO:
    Compelling/New magic system
    World has lots of potential
    Nick Podehl does great

    CON:
    The main character is not relateable, nearly flawless.
    pretty young, what 23, 25?
    super strong - more than anyone else
    super smart - more than anyone else
    super dexterous - as much as anyone else
    super talented - at apparently everything

    Way to much time spent on pining over a girl he TRIES to make "0" progress with.
    Too much time talking about how pretty and nice to watch the other male characters are.

    With the 2 above statements, i admit, I have a hard time telling orientation here. I would be happy if it went one way or the other really, either. But it got so frustrating reading where he just doesn't do anything.

    Nothing really surprising or new with the book, outside of the world.

    The world was not really explored. There is some threat that might be a global threat (not entirely sure how big the threat is), but I think the kingdoms (if there are multiple) are all cool and happy with each other.

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    Amazon Customer Whitby, Ontario, Canada 12-07-16
    Amazon Customer Whitby, Ontario, Canada 12-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent"

    The Martian. That's the only audiobook that beats this performance. If you've listened to The Martian, you'll understand what high praise that is.

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    Hayley Jensen 12-07-16
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    "Teen Angst! This book is for kids. LAME!"
    Would you try another book from Patrick Rothfuss and/or Nick Podehl?

    Did not like it! The slow pace of the book made it boring. I constantly rolled my eyes at the clichés and coincidences that kept happening. By the end, I just kept getting frustrated by how dumb the "smart guy" kept acting. There is no clear reason why Rothfuss needs to tell a story within a story. Everyone in the story is one dimensional with no clear motive as to why they are such a-holes. There's a bully, a mean professor, a nutty professor, and a pretty girl. The main character is such a little holier than thou bi%#h! He puts himself in the "friend zone" with a girl he's to scared to kiss for the whole book. She is so mean to him and flaunts dozens of relationships in his face. Instead of standing up to her or moving on, he frustratingly pines over her and makes excuses as to why she acts like that. On top of that, every time he needs to act the hero and save people she disappears with some other dude, and he's all like, ohh no, did I offend her, maybe she's mad at me. Grow a pair, man! The book sucked on so many levels. I have no idea why so many people think this is good. The writing was bad, story was boring, and the narrator sounds like he's in high school. If your into books like Twilight or Hunger games, than maybe this is for you. If you like GOT, Wheel of time or the Malazan books stay away from this one.


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    William King 12-07-16 Member Since 2010

    Southern IT guy that is a christian and loves scifi. I hated all the reading in school, found out later in life that I love being read to.

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    "Good story and enjoyable"

    Liked the story. It was jumpy in a few parts but overall enjoyable.

    Narration was great.

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    Anthony 12-07-16
    Anthony 12-07-16
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    "a great read, performed well"

    Patrick Rothfuss is one of my favorite authors. I have his books in Hardbound, ebook, and audible. The performer does the book justice, but not excellence... still. I loved it.

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    RJMcK 12-06-16
    RJMcK 12-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "My Favorite book this year!"
    Where does The Name of the Wind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I listened to "Ready Player 1" 5 times in two months. But This story is even better. Some stories lie close to a path that is already in your life. This story, is that, for me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Name of the Wind is a story of fellowship, brotherhood, and love. It is a story of hearts knit together by circumstance and by choice. I apologize for sounding too sappy, it is a great story of adventure, magic, longing, and heroism. But (for me) it is even more a story of choosing brothers.


    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed Nick Podehl's various voices and inflections. He makes the story come alive in my mind.


    Any additional comments?

    I am hesitant to judge a trilogy in the first book. However, The Name of the Wind tugs at my heart strings often.

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    Nick 12-06-16
    Nick 12-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Listen"

    I found myself interested in the story for the entire duration, which is surprising since it's mostly foundation-laying. Narration is superb. Looking forward to starting the next book in about 3 minutes.

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    Brian Corder 12-06-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Truly wonderful experience"

    This is a wonderful story. It is truly a joy to experience this world and his characters. I think I have found my new favorite author.

    The writing is excellent and the readers performance is superb.

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