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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (104,663 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick Rothfuss Narrator: Nick Podehl Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN:
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"My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I have burned down the town of Trebon. 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." Thus begins a saga unlike any other, narrated in first person by protagonist Kvothe. This is a story of weeping and woe, a story of the will to live, a story of one hero's quest for purpose in the realm of his world, and how such a quest alongside the unrelenting determination that drives it, has brought to life a demi-god.

Parsed into two sections, Kvothe first tells to a Chronicler the present story of his life, and in the second, he delves into his past. The types of magic described by him are an incredibly detailed system created from author Rothfuss' years studying chemical engineering and psychology, among other disciplines The first installment in the Kingkiller Chronicles, The Name of the Wind, has been critically acclaimed by legendary fantasy writer George RR Martin and many others.

Patrick Rothfuss was born in 1973 and spent nine years as an undergraduate trying to decide what he wanted to do. During that time he wrote his first novel. He has published the second in the series, and is working on the third. As he continues to write, he lectures on writing part-time.

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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Elert | 1/31/2014

    " This is probably my favorite book of all. The complex and brilliant writing style, the deep characters, and the intricate plot all contribute to this. The only issue I find with this book is the fact that once I've read it, nothing else seems to really hold up to its standard. This series deserves much more attention than it currently has. I highly recommend it to anyone! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie Doskocil | 1/28/2014

    " Only about a quarter of the way through it and so far it's one of my new favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pete Lavangie | 1/17/2014

    " Will write more of a review in the future but I cannot begin to express how brilliant this book is. If it isn't my favorite of all-time, its damn near the top of the list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adr_enne | 1/16/2014

    " Beautifully written, this books slowly draws you in. It begins to move faster and faster and then - ends! Ultimately the whole book feels like a prologue to the second book, albeit one of the most amazing prologues I've ever read. The good news is that the second book is available - I'm rushing off to go read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jordannaihlen18 | 1/11/2014

    " finished last night and I must say I am dying to dive into the second book and know more about bast! such an amazing book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Montanna Wildhack | 1/10/2014

    " maybe my expectations were a bit too high - it was ok. i had trouble developing any deep empathy for the main character. and the secondary characters were not developed very much at all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Padarn | 1/9/2014

    " Was enjoying the book, but started to get fed up half way through. I'm sure it is a fantastic example of heroic fiction but the 'awesome moments' (as Caillan would call them) just got to be too much for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Jewell | 1/2/2014

    " I loved this book so much. I am blown away by some of the poor reviews. I can't wait for part 3! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gregory Gunther | 12/29/2013

    " This was an amazing character based story. Now I'm starting book2 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric Mccrory | 11/8/2013

    " Best book I've read since The Song of Ice and Fire series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 G. Trott | 11/8/2013

    " Enjoyed it...very closely resembeled DEATH and the DEVIL by Frank Schatzing....enjoyed that as well..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabriel | 11/4/2013

    " Very cool. Is not the "best book ever" but Patrick keeps you entertained and engaged while narrating the story. The book has a great balanced between narration and description and is very interesting to see how Kvothe grow from a kid to a young men. I recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 10/8/2013

    " A thoroughly engrossing tale. Must find book 2 SOON. Then wait (im)patiently for book 3. ;) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hanna Cerwall-goetz | 6/7/2013

    " it started of really well, but then halfway through it lost a little bit of the momentum. I still think it is a nice book to read, 3 1/2 stars would be the rating if I knew how to do that. Looking forward to reading the next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marija | 3/19/2013

    " Loved it, easy reading, interesting story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vibeke Koehler | 10/10/2012

    " I'm totally taken aback by the cleverness and imagination of this author! In fact, this story put a considerable amount of hope back into my disillusioned spine, that it can actually be possible to combine magic and dreams with the nitty gritty world of reality. I have a new favourite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janey Simpson | 10/7/2012

    " Great story and story telling within, but the pace let it down a little for me. I like the characters, but still don't feel you know them very well at the end. Won't stop me reading the rest though! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Brown | 6/25/2012

    " One of the best fantasy books I have read for many years. Can't wait for the third one in the series :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee Valentine | 12/15/2011

    " A wonderful book. I was drawn in every step of the way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephencroucher | 9/10/2011

    " Fantastic book i absolutely got hooked on it and couldn't put it down, Kvothe is amazing and he has such a sad story that you just wish you could hug him, i loved it and will definantely read it again "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carly D. | 8/2/2011

    " Really, really well written and engaging. Great for newcomers into the fantasy genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 michelle | 5/23/2011

    " incidentally, the first book i read on an e-reader. i have no complaints about this experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 5/23/2011

    " Not exactly what I was expecting, yet again Patrick has divulged us into a fantastic fantasy language that brings us right into his world. But yet the book doesn't seem to live up to its predecessor, especially as I had high hopes, but yet still a really good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 5/22/2011

    " Loved it, cannot wait until the next one comes out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 5/22/2011

    " Good. but perhaps too long. I still enjoyed it immensely, but not as much as the first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 5/21/2011

    " Fun read. Really enjoying the Kingkiller chronicles so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma | 5/21/2011

    " I know this book isn't perfect, but I love it despite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nate | 5/19/2011

    " Another great book in this emerging awesome series of books. If you liked the first one, this one is sure to please too. Great series so far! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 5/18/2011

    " I Love this book. Can't wait to read it again. "

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About the Author
Author Patrick Rothfuss

Patrick Rothfuss was born in Wisconsin where long winters and lack of cable television brought about a love of reading and writing. His mother read to him as a child, and his father taught him to build things. He still lives in central Wisconsin, still lacks cable television, teaches at the college he grew to love as a student, and the long winters force him to stay inside and write.

About the Narrator

Nick Podehl is a professional voice actor. He has narrated numerous audiobooks, many of which have won prestigious awards. He currently lives and works around Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his wife.