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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


  • Eric Winter

    Book was well written and different enough from the other stories in this genre.. The narration was awful, but to be fair I just finished the red rising series and that was an exceptional narrator.

  • Josh Eschlboeck

    Love the series. Keeps me attentive all day. Love listening to books at work and can't wait for the next one.

  • Jeremy Stoker

    Excellent and creative method and story. I have read many fantasy books and find this one very intriguing. It is not typical of other fantasy styles which can make it a bit difficult to get into at first but once that is understood, it is enjoyable. The author doesn't make assumptions often and is very thorough in giving information and storytelling. Though that may be tedious and slow going for some, I rather enjoy details and emotions of the story. Overall I enjoy the story and how it is portrayed. I will be getting into the next book and then be looking into the third.

  • Stewart Knight had a post that suggested this book... knew nothing about it, did not read summary or anything-- just trusted it was good. It's AMAZING. I've suggested it to all my friends. Slow start but picks up after 2 hours or so. Narrator took a sec to get used to, but ended up doing voices really well.

  • Bryan Bazinet

    Overall a very good read. If you are like me and you have been growing tired of the classic protagonist from most fantasy novels (a not so special boy gets thrown by fate into a mystical adventure and through luck, some magic item, and a strong moral compass, he saves the world), you may find this novel refreshing. If your looking for constant swords clanking, blood spilling and other gallant war scenes, you'll find this book lacking. I was looking for just that when I started this series but still found this book to be one of my favorite fantasy novels.

  • Mariah Mccleskey

    amazing, can't wait to start book two! Best narrative.

  • steve mclain

    it's great. narrator is great. the next book is just as freakin great. love this series

  • Melissa Andries

    Awesome!! Loved the book from the first page to the last and thought the narrator did an excellent job!

  • Trenton Brott

    My favorite book of all time... truely grips your emotions and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through.

  • Kate Buckley

    One of my very favorite books. Well read by the narrator, although I think I'd like it better with a British accent, but that's just me.