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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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When I first heard the narrator's voice I thought: too young, american, high, & unseasoned for this character. I changed my mind early on and he is amazing: accents, genders, emotions, action scenes are 100% spot on. If you were put off slightly give it a chance - it will be asset to the story very soon.

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  • 03-05-17

Incredible

This is definitely one of the best books I've read/listened to. If you are considering buying it, do it. You will thank me later!

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Great story!

A little long winded, in parts, but absolutely adore the story and it's characters!

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If you would be so kind.

Imagine yourself slowly masterbating, slowly building towards a climax, but never quite getting there for hours and hours and then suddenly just stopping. That's it no great conclusion, no great moral triumph, no great personal growth.

The story is basically the story of a poor above average intelligence college student struggling to pay tuition while he chases a sexy out of his league slut... who cruelly leads him on in the ultimate example of friends-zoning a man.

This book feels like a rough draft that someone threw together without any refinement or editing. The entire story feels like the author is struggling to figure out what the story is supposed to be about by conducting a 40+ hour long creative writing exercise and then instead of refining and giving the story substance and deeper meaning the author then very painfully murders his own story and when he is done you are basically reading an autobiography of a teenage boy who grew up to be an innkeeper that is obsessed with reliving his glory days. Even though the main character is so Smart he can't seem to figure out simple financial planning and how recognize negative character traits in other people.

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Great Book!

Really good story. I was sad when I read the final chapter. Can't wait to get started on the second book in the series.

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Decent

Good book to try out if looking for a new read (or listen). However the trilogy isn't finished so maybe wait for the last book to be published.

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Better Plot Required

Struggled to start and finish this book. It took me three trys to get interested in the start of this book.
The love story parts and feud that come into this story bored me and I ended up skipping some of those parts.
The narrator saved this story for me he's very talented.
I will not continue onto the next book in this series if this was the better one.

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Very Good Fantasy

At its core, The name of the wind is a wonderful fantasy adventure. It is charming, witty and adventurous.

Kvoth's character will be remembered for all of his antics and wit, even if he is a little too powerful.

However, I find that many of the other side characters are all 1 dimensional. Most of them don't have much motivation or drive to their character. This pulled me out of the story and constantly reminded me it was just a fantasy book.

The "evil" forces in this book don't have much explanation and there isn't really a reason to be told as to why they are there. I understand as the series goes on it could become clear, but at this point, it's only about Kvoth.


Audiobook: I listened to the Audiobook version and have to say I'm impressed and surprised.

At first I did not like Nick's narration. It seemed too soft and quiet for a story like this. As I came to understand Kvoth's character, I started to enjoy the narration more and more.

By the time there was different accents and character types I realized how much Nick was putting into his performance, it is a good job.

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Great book


The story is great! I couldn't stop listening to it, it captured my full attention. The narrator does a good job bringing the author's characters to life.

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Started slow

After the first chapter, I thought I wasn't going to like this book much, but I was wrong. I couldn't turn it off. I loved it. Truly an excellent story with excellent narration. The sound is slightly muffled, or unclear, that's the only negative aspect. Buy it anyway, you have to.