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The Name of the Wind

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By:

Narrated By: Nick Podehl

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: May 2009

Duration: 27 hours 59 minutes


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. "It is a rare and great pleasure to find a fantasist writing...with true music in the words....Wherever Pat Rothfuss goes...he'll carry us with him as a good singer carries us through a song." - Ursula K. Le Guin, bestselling author and winner of the National Book Award


  • Charles Johns

    Couldn\'t stop listening. Can\'t wait to get the next one. Would be a great movie trilogy if its done right.

  • Aimee Guy

    It took me a little while to get into this one, but once I was in I couldn\'t stop listening! I listened to both books in the series within a week! I am sad I have to wait for the last book!

  • Erik Bergesen

    A friend recommended this book to me, and I\'m glad he did. The adventures are amazing, uplifting and tragic, the voice is alternately buoyant and vibrant or from and lonely, but always appropriate to the scene, always musical with a master\'s faculty with language. The audio narrator is a wonderful match for the book, and I look forward to listening to more stories narrated by him. He\'s engaging, and seems to enjoy the story, like a friend sharing a tale to a loved one before bedtime. Also, the opening and closing music is ethereal, transporting the listener to a world of magic and heroes and wonders.

  • Andy H

    At the start, this book seemed so cliche and dull that I was going to skip it, but I'm glad I didn't. Once the general scene is set, and the story gets moving, it turns out to be pretty good. Fantasy setting, schools for magic, monsters in the woods, etc, but really the book is about a boy finding his way in the world, and the relationships he develops in doing so, the setting is just background.

  • Anonymous

    Started off very slowly. I almost gave up on it altogther. When it did pick up it got much better.