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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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Listened to this 4 times and will do so again!

Great story and terrific narrator! I've listened to Wise Man's fear several times, too, and like it even more. like many others, I'm excited to read the third book when it gets published. These are important books to me and my family, so I'm cool with waiting for it to be finished. I REALLY hope Nick Podehl is tapped to read the third book. It would be a huge disappointment if he is unable to read or if someone else is chosen.

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For the normal reader

I'm not a salty fellow that peers critically into things. Thus, this book was perfection.

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  • Matt
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Amazing!

Between the author, and the narrator, this is easily on par with The Lord of the Rings!

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So Good! 10/10 but really tho.

It has an amazing story and is realistic for a fantasy story. it touches on romance but it is not the main focus. Patrick is amzing the the readers accents get you entranced in the story.

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Caution

This book and its sequel are the two best fantasy novels ever written. I caution you because this book is part of an incomplete trilogy whose final member is not due out any time soon. I wish I had been warned before starting this book. I am eagerly awaiting the final installment and the wait is almost unbearable. I strongly, STRONGLY recommend waiting for the release of the final installment, "Doors of Stone" to be published before beginning this book. If you choose to not heed my warning, buckle up! This book and its sequel will take you on an amazing ride.

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Excellent story

started a little slow but I got sucked in as it got to the story telling part and couldn't stop listening. glad this was recommended to me.

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The Most Re-Readable Book I Own

Yeah, I'm dying for Book 3 like everyone else, but it really helps that this is the type of book you can go back to. When funds don't allow for new books, this one has kept me entertained on many a day. It's not just a good book, it's something worth having in your life. Thanks, Pat.

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Great Story!

The story is wonderful, full of drama, action, humor, romance and danger. However, The narrator was slightly disappointing, he was prefect for the main character, but his female voices were not that great.

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amazing narrator

The voice actor did an amazing job with the voices. He made different sounds for each character in the story and the tones were perfect. The story starts kinda slow but once kvothe begins to tell the story this book becomes amazing.

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Better than the average fantasy story

This story is definitely better than the average fantasy book. You can tell there's a well defined world underneath and that definition really helps to draw you in and make the story believable. This is the only fantasy story on Audible I've listened to that I would consider listening to again.