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Publisher's Summary

Discover #1 New York Times bestselling Patrick Rothfuss’ epic fantasy series, The Kingkiller Chronicle.

“I just love the world of Patrick Rothfuss.” (Lin-Manuel Miranda)

“He’s bloody good, this Rothfuss guy.” (George R. R. Martin)

“Rothfuss has real talent.” (Terry Brooks)

Over 1 Million Copies Sold! 

Day One: The Name of the Wind

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.

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. 

Praise for The Kingkiller Chronicle: 

“The best epic fantasy I read last year.... He’s bloody good, this Rothfuss guy.” (George R. R. Martin, New York Times bestselling author of A Song of Ice and Fire)

“Rothfuss has real talent, and his tale of Kvothe is deep and intricate and wondrous.” (Terry Brooks, New York Times bestselling author of Shannara)

"It is a rare and great pleasure to find a fantasist writing...with true music in the words." (Ursula K. Le Guin, award-winning author of Earthsea)

"The characters are real and the magic is true.” (Robin Hobb, New York Times bestselling author of Assassin’s Apprentice)

"Masterful.... There is a beauty to Pat's writing that defies description." (Brandon Sanderson, New York Times bestselling author of Mistborn)

©2007 by Patrick Rothfuss. (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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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This is why I joined Audible!

I have been reading Science Fiction and Fantasy for 40 years, and this is one of my favorite series. Ever.

One caution, though: It has been EIGHT YEARS since book 2 of 3 was published, so you'll be left hanging, wanting to know how things resolve. If you're OK with that, I can't recommend this book more. If not, wait until the author finally/ever finishes the series, before enjoying the book. You are warned . . . . . . but it's one of my favorite books ever!

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Top 5 books I've read in my life!

I probably read / listen to 2 books a week on average. While I have read books that are debatably better , I have never been more invested in a protagonist. As you follow Kvothe in his adventures, you cheer for him, You weep for him, and you worry for him. If you want to have an irrationally emotional connection with a fictional character this is the book for you. Some books may have better overall plots, some may have better worlds, or better systems of magic. However you will find little to no books that are executed better then the Name of the Wind, and in my opinion you will never find a character with more character than Kvothe.

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Meh

This is really not good. The poetry is awful, the songs are awful. The story could be good if the author didn't think he was the greatest poet of all time and just got rid of the needless flowery words. Not sure why it is a best seller. I guess people fall for the fluff and think it is cool.

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Amazballs

So I was skeptical of this one, due largely to all the hype I was reading about it and please believe me when I say I’m an reader or listener in this case and the story line kept drawing me further and further in. The magic system is complex and a compilation of other systems of magic I’ve read of before, but in a refreshing way. I couldn’t put it down I listened in the shower while driving it was amazing to say the least. If your on the fence about buying this get over it you’ll love it and the characters.

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It had no conclusion what a waste of time

The book was terrible. I only finished it because I paid for it the ending left you wondering why you wasted your time

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good voice, Boring story

Nothing happens in this story. if you're looking for epic fantasy; trolls, orcs, elves, swords and magic...this isn't the place for you. there is a pretty cool magic system here... but the story. the story doesn't go anywhere.

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Slow boring and pointless

This book just rambles chapter after chapter. So slow and unbelievably boring. I have no idea why so many people like this book. Good if you want to sleep, like white noise, and like to waste money.

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Huge waste of time

Name of the Wind is without a doubt the biggest waste of time I have ever had reading. I feel like I ran a marathon to go three steps.
The story lacks energy and interest.
DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME

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Awful

literally nothing interesting happens in this book. I don't care about the characters, the events are mundane and pointless. this book is painful and I'm amazed it is reviewed so highly

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There will never be an ending!

The Kingkiller Chronical books are amazing with wonderful characters and a complex world and magic system. However be warned but if you want a series that has closure, that ties arcs together, that tells you where your favorite character ends up, or that explains the name of the series, Kingkiller, than this are NOT the books for you. Before you start realize the first book came out in 2007 and the second in 2011 and no time frame has been ever talked about for a next book. The author refuses to talk about the next book, spends his days on twitch, does help run a cool charity (but that is not an excuse to not write) and likes to moan and groan and whine if anyone asks about a conclusion. I read somewhere that "authors don't owe you anything" however I disagree. They owe their fans, the people that have invested in their story and therefore their livelihood, to complete what they start.

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  • 11-20-17

Astounding and outstanding!

Simply wonderful reading. I love Podehl alsways as much as I love Rothfuss, Tolkien and my wife and kid!

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  • Paula Skala
  • 09-06-21

Brilliant!

Nick Podehl makes this a fantastic experience, and I listen to it time and time again. And Patrick, he is a modern Illien.

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  • 02-05-19

Very good

I could not put it down. Almost 5/5! But it dwells on some less interesting story lines instead of concluding the main ones. I also think the main character was a bit inconsistent.

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  • Reut sharon
  • 11-13-17

Awful! worst hero character ever known.

I am happy that I read it just because it made other books that I like even better and extraordinary. Worst fantasy bbok I ever read. Poor language and shallow characters. Main character is very annoying too.

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  • 02-24-17

Fantastic

I've loved this book for such a long time and I felt that the narrator truly gave the characters life. A really great performance, in my opinion, of one of the greatest fantasy novels around!