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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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    "Wonderful!"

    I came upon this book looking for Something to hold me over until Brandon Sanderson put out the next book in the storm light archive series instead I found a author that truly stands on his own. His take on the coming of age story of Qoueth(might be spelled wrong) is an amazing read and I highly suggested. Fans of Brandon Sanderson will be avidly pleased.

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    ccclarsen 09-07-16
    ccclarsen 09-07-16 Member Since 2013
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    "another keper in my book...."
    What did you love best about The Name of the Wind?

    I found the story exciting and entertaining till the end. I did get the second book and it is just as good....waiting on the third i didn't get 2.5 beacause of the reviews


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    Kris Hutchison 09-06-16 Member Since 2015

    Architect, 3D Designer, Krav maga instuctor and fan of science fiction and fantasy.

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    "My new favourite book."

    I read this book on paper and lost my copy somewhere, so I decided to pick up the audio version.

    This is the best fantasy book ever written, and one of the best books of any genre.

    This book is good for people who do not usually like fantasy books. The characters are complex, flawed and interesting. The story in this first book does not come to a conclusion, but the story is worth it even if you don't read the others in the series.

    I will probably come back and listen to this book again next year and maybe a few times after that.

    Just get this book.

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    Teri Doolittle 09-06-16
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    "Horrible narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Name of the Wind to be better than the print version?

    Great story, but this is undoubtedly the worst narration I have ever heard. Mispronounced words, poor dramatic range, and terrible accents. Very unfortunate. Stick with the book.


    What other book might you compare The Name of the Wind to and why?

    The narrative voice of the book (not the audio recording, but the tone of the original writing) reminds me of Roger Zelazny's Amber series.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Nick Podehl’s performances?

    Never.


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    Alex Maryland 09-06-16
    Alex Maryland 09-06-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Next please!"

    Can't wait for the next book in the series. I'm hooked. Onward and downward to volume 2!

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    Michael Ogden 09-06-16
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    "Get this book and enjoy."

    I can listen to this book every few months. It is deep enough to enjoy it.

    Worth reading, listening, whatever.

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    Amazon Customer 09-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing book"

    I love the storytelling and the authors description of the characters. Amazing story and can't wait to listen to the next book.

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    Cynthia West Hollywood, CA, United States 09-03-16
    Cynthia West Hollywood, CA, United States 09-03-16 Member Since 2010
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    "This book and its performance are fantastic."
    Any additional comments?

    This is Day 1 of the Kingkiller Chronicles. Mr. Rothfuss's second book...Wise Man's Fear Day 2 of the KIngkiller Chronicles is just as extraordinary as Day 1...gripping, enthralling, beautifully written...a wonder of engagement. Would that he would actually write Book 3 tentatively titled: Doors of Stone. My recommendation? Don't start this series until the third book is finished. It is frustrating and disappointing that as each year passes since finishing Day 2, there is no hint that Day 3 will ever be done and the reader is just left hanging. I would not write this or criticize this richly talented author, if it hadn't been literally years. I am beginning to believe he never will finish it and had I known, I would have waited before buying any of them.

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    Lunalioness 09-03-16
    Lunalioness 09-03-16
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    "A Wonderful Adult Fairy Tale!"

    I really enjoyed this story. I felt as if I was transported back to the time when I was a little girl when my Mother would pull out her huge volume of Grimm's Fairytales, and read me wonderful tales of imagination and fancy from long ago...

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    Amazon Customer 09-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Most Captivating"

    This audio book is the best I have listened to since being on audible. The story ensnared me within the first few lines and on top of that Nick Podehl's Narration is perfect, a riviting performance!

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