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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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    Tony Pieri 10-13-16
    Tony Pieri 10-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Not What I Was Expecting"
    Any additional comments?

    Before purchasing this audio book, I read some of the reviews. The large majority of the reviews are pretty good, and rightly so I believe. However, one review stood out to me, and I think I am beginning to agree. That review stated that this book was a lot like Harry Potter. I took it with a grain of salt and continued with the purchase.

    The start of this book seemed very promising and contradictory to the "Harry Potter" review. The quote in the description of this book, "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I 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 day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. You may have heard of me." left me believing this book was going to be the epic adventures of a truly epic man. However, this whole book was of a young boy and his meager adventures in a magical school. Hmmmm, where have I heard of that before? Oh yeah, Harry Potter.

    So, I continued with the whole book, hoping that it would move past this boy hood adventure and onto the epic manly adventures, but it never did. Don't get me wrong, it was entertaining, but just not what I expected. I don't know why Patrick Rothfuss set it up the way he did, but I believe it was a mistake.

    All I can hope is that the next few books move onto the epic adventures of a man who speaks to Gods and lives up to the reputation Chronicler knows. Sadly, I have started the second book already, and it doesn't seem like that will be the case.

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    JOSHUA KUENNING California, USA 10-13-16
    JOSHUA KUENNING California, USA 10-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Hang in there cause it gets better"

    although at times I struggled to follow what was going on, overall it's a decent read. SPOILERS: I find myself only truly engrossed when he was either :/ the caravans learning from Ben or at the university. at times there were some things that I found to be out of the characters personality, some of them explained with further details later on, others just forgotten. one of these is how at one point there is a demon attack, but then they just sit at an inn for a day just going on about kvolth's past like they weren't just attacked by vicious, knife limbed, eight legged monstrosities. I do enjoy learning about this universe however and the imagery is painted well most of the time

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    D. Landry 10-10-16
    D. Landry 10-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    Loved it. It's the story of a flawed hero. It has a fun story-in-a-story structure.

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    ncellon 10-09-16
    ncellon 10-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "good read well read"

    would have liked if it was a bit more family friendly. but understand that it was very tame compared to some.

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    RJ 10-09-16
    RJ 10-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A goddamn epic"

    This was an epic. Not a novel, or a story. Not the popcorn fantasy we've become accustomed to in the genre. This was an epic poem like the Oddessey or the Inferno. 9.3/10. If the author/editor had cut some of the more meandering parts which served little purpose to the narrative or story, it would be a solid 10/10 perfect. The narrator was excellent, but not sure if he was the exact right voice for it. Still did a solid job though, a brilliant performance.

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    tosbanzai 10-08-16
    tosbanzai 10-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "No spoilers: great performance and good writing, spotty plot"

    Great performance and good writing, spotty plot.

    The voice actor fits the arrogant lil sob, Kvothe to the t for an American accent.

    The writing was solid enough. The dialog ranged between believable, to self-indulgent "im a bad mothaf- shut yo mouth!" speeches. Those are fun to write but they're breeches-deep in the cheese.

    The plot was the weak-link. The start and middle really had me hooked in. Then it just kind of meandered about.

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    jason colley 10-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "love these books"

    awsome series only things is that i heard the audiobooks with the English narrator rather than the American one. i just perfer the English one over the other but both do a great job.

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    Amazon Customer 10-08-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Enthralling"

    Don't rightly know where I should start!!

    Fun story, great narration, fantastic and ingeneous. List goes on...

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    Ethosian Earthquake Zone, California 10-08-16
    Ethosian Earthquake Zone, California 10-08-16 Member Since 2013

    You never have to wait for anything if you bring a good book.

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    "A solid story that drags a little here and there"

    Like a roller coaster full of triumphs and setbacks, and more setbacks, and more setbacks, and triumphs. I ask myself where's the meat? What's the point? Where is this going?

    So I recently started the second in this series, and now I see that the third book in the trilogy isn't finished yet, which worries me because now I've started three different series of books that are unfinished.

    Things I like:

    Several vignettes focused on acts of random kindness and generosity.
    A protagonist whose life's goal is to get into a library and do some research.

    Things I don't so much care for:

    A love affair with an opportunistic gold digger that any self-respecting person would walk away from.
    Vindictive, hateful, heartless fellow students (was this author bullied as a kid or what?)
    A life story that includes far too much trivial dialog (which is what drags this story down quite a bit).
    A few too many setbacks and too few triumphal moments so that in some ways it's painful to read as this kid suffers and suffers and suffers then kicks ass only to suffer some more.

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    Nick C. SACRAMENTO, CA, US 10-07-16
    Nick C. SACRAMENTO, CA, US 10-07-16
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    "Brilliant"

    Nick Podehl, the reader, is a master of many voices and tones. This is the best reading of any book I have ever listened to. Rothfuss writes wonderful, poetic fantasy that is as sensible and intelligent as the best science fiction, as fun as the best young adult fiction, and as deliciously indulgent as the best fanfiction.

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