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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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    Michelle Denver, CO, United States 08-19-16
    Michelle Denver, CO, United States 08-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Simply a masterpeice!"
    Where does The Name of the Wind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Easily in the top 5, along with other works of Rothfuss.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The mastery of language used here to paint a scene in my mind more vivid than even a movie could do.


    Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

    Kvothe was my favorite, but he was the main voice of the book as most of it (but not all) is in first person POV from Kvothe.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several, but one that stood out was when Kvothe tried for his talent pipes at the Eolian.


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    Michael 08-19-16
    Michael 08-19-16
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    "A great listen"

    I had never heard of this series and someone gifted it to me. it has been a long time since I was so enthralled in a book.

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    Cascadiapnw 08-19-16
    Cascadiapnw 08-19-16
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    "Intriguing Characters and Story"
    Where does The Name of the Wind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've enjoyed a lot of audiobooks. This one ranks at about 8 of 10 stars. The story is compelling and the characters are interesting. Book 1 is a coming of age story. It is full of discovery and mystery - to be revealed in future books. I am looking forward to the rest of the series. It was so long that I am taking a break, though. The one thing I found a bit odd, or slightly disconcerting at times, was the story has a contemporary feel, yet takes place in a magic realm.


    What does Nick Podehl bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration is art. Each character has his or her own voice so springs to life.


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    L. B. Florida, USA 08-19-16
    L. B. Florida, USA 08-19-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Nice audiobook!"

    Well written and spoken. Enough depth and concept building to differentiate from similar genre books and definitely tugging at me to start the next one.

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    Joshua Barnes 08-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Incredible"

    Sucks you in from the start, the equivalent of not being able to put the book down. Waisted plenty of gas just sitting in my car listening.

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    Amazon Customer 08-18-16
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    "Despite the hype not very good"

    No character development, you already know what happens, the plot is predictable, and for being constantly reminded as to how good kvothe picks things up he is constantly stupid.

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    Cortuga United States 08-18-16
    Cortuga United States 08-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Simply Amazing. poetry in many ways. "

    I couldn't say enough good things about this book. one of my favorite of all time.

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    Amazon Customer 08-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "AMAZING"

    Amazing story, great voice acting, and cannot wait for book two. Only thing I wish was that they added sound effects and music to the audio book.

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    Brian M. Huntersville, NC, US 08-16-16
    Brian M. Huntersville, NC, US 08-16-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Wonderful"

    Very unique style of storytelling. Would recommend it to my friends and family. This should be your next audiobook.

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    Alfonso Diaz Illinois 08-16-16
    Alfonso Diaz Illinois 08-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "It was ok...not sure what the hype is about."

    I'm going to assume the next book is better? I didn't care for the storytelling aspect (which is 90% of the story!) as it seemed the real story is in the present, but they barely touch it.

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