Written By: Patrick Rothfuss

Narrated By: Nick Podehl

Date: May 2009

Duration: 28 hours 0 minutes


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



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


  • Antonio n

    This author is a master. The story pulls you in and the imagery is outstanding.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful.

  • Monica d

    It made me travel, be expectant, fear, it made me dream, weep and laugh. Now I am hungry for more!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful.

  • Adam M

    Great Book, couldn't put it down once I started it.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful.

  • sky s

    please hurry up, I absolutely need book 3. love your work

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Great story. This author has a lot of skill. Just do yourself a favor and don’t start it until the last book is published. It has been over 7 years and fans aren’t even sure the last one is really coming. The wait is more than frustrating. When the last book comes out, this is definitely worth reading.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  • Lia N

    Wonderful story. Excellent narration. Felt a little rushed in parts, but loved it nonetheless.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Brandon Wickersham

    this was a wonderful book. Great narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Sarah C

    Have already read this book so many times now, looking for tips for the last book, every time I find something new. Excellent writer, great narrator. Simply love this series, can't wait for the last book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Darci D

    Amazing books! They are so good that we buy them and hand them out to our best friends (ok well, sometimes complete strangers!) I really enjoy the world that Mr Rothfus has created. I have read them all (more than once) and started a road trip and these are the books I want to accompany me. The narrator is sometimes difficult to understand, but very good at switching roles.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Tamie C

    ?????? Phenomenal book. Great reading. Loved it all.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Patrick R

    amazing book....well written and captivating. definitely sucks you into the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Robert H

    Never mind the negative reviews. This is a great book with FANTASTIC narration. Sure it's a bit predictable, but it's well written and paced pretty well. I'd enjoyed it thoroughly!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • David Miller

    I enjoyed getting to know the characters. That is all

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • tom Rebelo

    didn't know it was a trilogy. a mite slow in places ... I quit 3/4 in when I realized there were 2 more books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Charles Johns

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • 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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    absolutely loved this.

  • John L.

    Patrick Rothfuss's Kingkiller Chronicle has single-handedly ruined the fantasy genre for me as no other fantasy story even comes close. The Name of the Wind & The Wise Man's Fear are truly in a class all their own, and I can't wait for the publication of The Doors of Stone! Nick Podehl's narration (or, put more aptly, performance) brings the story to life in such a way that I always find myself imitating him whenever I read the print versions.

  • D.L. Phillips

    Truly an amazing journey into the world of a young Artificer on his journey into the tragedy and triumphs of growing up. Hard lessons and an unbroken will to survive, you will be very entertained. I was. The only thing I didn’t like, is that the author takes you all the way through the tunnel, just to trick you into thinking there’s light there. This book will grow you, but it won’t satisfy you.

  • Larry N.

    This was a very slow read. I finished it and will not take up the second book. He certainly is no B Sanderson.

  • Christian Carpenter

    One of my all time favorites, and one of the best in the fantasy genre.

  • Anonymous

    one of the best books ive ever heard/read.

  • Brianna O.

    Patrick Rothfuss is my favorite author and this is my favorite book❤❤

  • Anonymous

    Great book, enjoyed the narrator

  • Shane V.

    Great opening paragraph…but that was about it. The story just didn’t capture me at all.

  • Sergio C.

    I enjoy the world building and character work. It is a fun ride, much like the Poppy War, minus the war, so it is pretty relaxed in that way. However, where there are weaknesses, such as the love interest, it does feel like it drags. If you enjoy discovering an intricate school life of a struggling poor student where it brings up and challenges certain tropes, this one might be for you. The narrator successfully brings these characters to life. If you have any doubt, wait until a teacher wishes he could teach with a whip and chair and call me a liar. It is definitely an epic worth reading.

  • Lucas B.

    This book is one of the greatest pieces of fantasy literature I have ever listened to and read.

  • William Eggett

    Still waiting for the 3rd book.

  • Gary G.

    This book has re-sparked my desire to resume writing my RPG game guide books along with the story that goes with it. love this book and the way it is written.

  • Anonymous

    one of my favorites top 5

  • Anonymous

    The different voices were nice.

  • Benetta R.

    This writing left me excited to listen each time! So descriptive without being overly so or redundant. And the narrator IS THE BEST I'VE EVER HEARD!! DUDE!

  • Anonymous

    Narrator did as good as he could for the source material. This is some Reddit neckbeards fantasy. Boring characters with no development, all the conflict is too convenient, and the story is super predictable. I finished it out of rage that I had started but will definitely not continue to the next book.

  • Kasper E.

    awomse book worth reading.

  • Sarah B.

    Easily my favorite book out there. Patrick Rothfuss has a gift for weaving gorgeous images with his words. The story is intricate and extremely well told. As for the narrator, brilliant. I found him lovely to listen to. 10/10 would recommend.

  • Jennifer

    Love this book. The narrator was enjoyable

  • Anonymous

    love this book!

  • Anonymous

    The first time that I've listened to this writing style and it was really perfect.

  • Shawn P.

    Best in class!

  • Ian T.

    Such mixed feelings about this book. At its best, it is a compelling and well-crafted story ornamented with beautiful imagery, creative metaphor, and an exciting take on the mechanics of magic. I am also very intrigued to discover what will grow from the seeds the author has planted concerning the mistold history of a religion, the secret motivations of key characters, and the darkness just starting creep over the horizon. However, the vast bulk of the story, with exposition that goes on and on and on.... and on..., the mildly irritating not-so-humble bragging, and the persistent refrain of "you wouldn't understand," it feels like it is being told by a boastful fifteen year old, not just about one. But again, the good parts are truly stirring and I look forward to many more of those when I begin the next book.

  • Emily M.

    Such an amazing book. The narrator pulls you deeply into the story.

  • Terresa

    Awesome book!

  • Kevin H.


  • Diana R.

    I just discovered Patrick Rothfuss about a week and a half ago and have already read almost everything by him. I’m an instant fan! I LOVE his writing style. THIS is what I have been missing from other authors and I didn’t even know. It’s inside view of empathetic characters will keep me coming back until the end.

  • Anonymous

    Loved this book. The story was intriguing and kept you wanting more. The narrator had an amazing way of portraying the characters and I would love to hear more from him.

  • Rebecca P.

    This book started off slow, but once it picked up, an amazing story unfolded.

  • Amritdeep M.

    I’ve read this book four times and listened to the audiobook once . By far my favourite author and series, can’t wait for book 3

  • Michael E.

    This is the lord of the rings of today. If you enjoy a little fantasy you will love this world that Rothfuss built in the name of the wind. This is an amazing page turner that should be listened to more than once.

  • Kevin C.

    My favorite book of all time. Amazing narration as well.

  • Anonymous

    ok this is a good book but makeing us wait 7 year for the last book and then calling then prequels is just bs. to wrap it up wait till book 3 comes out(if ever) or it will just piss u off

  • Ronald W.

    The story was slow to start but picked up nicely. The only real thing I disliked is how it ended. No real cliff hanger or big thing to ponder, just stops. I know it’s a series but make me want to buy the book now and continue on!!

  • Micah D.

    I had just finished a Song of Ice and Fire (for the hundreth time) and figured I’d try something new. While it is world’s away from ASOIAF, I didn’t like it any less. The narrator chooses some odd accents for different people groups from time to time, but eventually you’ll grow to love it like I did.

  • Alexander R.

    Pretty Good book - interesting ideas and an okay pace converging towards slow. Worth a read, but note that the 2nd book is very long and tedious and the third is nowhere near out yet. I’d recommend reading something else.

  • Aaron D.

    Absolutely love this series..

  • Eduardo C.

    The story is incredible. I have the book, but you can only go so far on imagining the accents. Well the narrator preforms the accents and voices in a way that brings this story to life.

  • Joseph O.

    Hard to put down and even harder when it ends. Can’t wait for the third installment.

  • Jesus M

    i have not been so absorbed in such a story in a very long time.. I highly recommend this book.

  • jeroen k

    The damn book kept me up all night. What an amazing story!

  • Daniel J

    Great book. Fantastic narration.

  • Bruce A

    Great book, very well written. The descriptions provided by the author make you close your eyes for a brief moment attempting to place yourself in that scene. So much mystery and questions surround this booking leaving you yearning for more.

  • Preston Locker

    Main character is too much like super man for my taste but still a good book

  • Anthony Pfeiffer

    Beautiful narration.

  • James Krause

    I am shocked that this book has as great of a following as it does. Perhaps I am a bit premature to judge because I'm yet to read Book 2, but as a stand alone book this isn't all that interesting of a story. It follows many familiar tropes within the Fantasy genre. The truly groundbreaking parts that Rothfuss has accomplished all relate to his world building. From the currency to his magic system, the world he creates is amazing. Additionally, Rothfuss is incredible at describing a scene and putting you in the story. Unfortunately, most of the time I don't really care to be in the story. If I need to reassess after book two I will. For now I'll break down my rating: ***** Writing Skill ----** Overall Story -**** World-building ----* Story Originality --*** Narration Overall a 2.5 but perhaps that will change after TWMF

  • Josh Eschlboeck

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

  • Stewart Knight

    Imgur.com 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.

  • 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.

  • Anonymous

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

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