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The Name of the Wind

Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1
Auteur(s): Patrick Rothfuss
Narrateur(s): Nick Podehl
Série: Kingkiller Chronicle, Livre 1
Durée: 27 h et 55 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (2 040 évaluations)

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Why we think it's Essential - When you finish listening to The Name of Wind for the first time, you'll wonder where the hours went. When you listen again (and if you listen to it once, you will want to listen a second time) you'll marvel at the depth and intricacy of the fantasy world that Rothfuss has created. Details that initially seemed irrelevant will show themselves to be keystones of a greater story you didn't even notice the first time around. By the time your finger hovers over the Play button for a third time you'll realize that, to quote George R.R. Martin, "he's bloody good, this Rothfuss guy." --Michael

Description

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)

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Ce que les critiques en disent

“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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My Absolute Favorite!!!<br />

I've read/listened to this series seven times now. Each time I'm captivated and can't wait to pick it back up. The more I listen to it the more little details I notice and the more in depth the universe becomes. I'm excited for the third book and will continue to wait patiently for its release. I'll also happily listen to it a few more times before then!

Patrick Rothfuss is a genius. I would love to write exactly why I think that but I can't find the words. His world is unique and fascinating and his characters feel so real. There are so many dimensions. I'm interested to see how they will capture that on tv or in the movie.

I've listened to many audiobooks and to many narrators. Nick Podehl is hands down my favorite. He's multidimensional and his character voices are such that I always know who is speaking. He is so expressive and captures the emotions perfectly. He has set the bar by which I judge all other narrators.

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Not For Me

I listened to this as an audiobook and I would suggest that you do the same. The narrator was very good and probably the only reason I actually made it to the end of this 18 hour novel. And I saw it was the same narrator for the next one so I almost picked it up but it is 42 hours and I really don't care enough to listen about this pompous douche for another two days. Also, I would have had zero idea how to say Kvothe if it hadn't been for the narration, so yes, I recommend it as an audiobook, but not as an actual novel.

Honestly, my main issue with this one is that I didn't get why this story was so important to be told. At the beginning of the book, we aren't given much back story to Kvothe except the tiny tidbits that the Chronicler gives us as to why he was searching for him. And this is BARE MINIMUM. I knew basically the guy's name. That's it. And that's fine if you are going to tell an interesting story, but oh my god. This was not interesting. I realize that it is over the course of three days so of course the first little bit isn't going to be the most interesting part of the story, but it was so boring I was almost in tears. I didn't (and still don't) care that Kvothe is the specialist little snowflake in the world and so super duper smart and awesome at everything he does and is just so awesome and AWESOME. Like I do not care. I wanted him to have interesting merits, not just be amazing because he is the main character. He has like zero flaws in this story except sometimes he has a bit of a temper and does things without necessarily thinking, but OMG. I could not STAND HIM.

At like 95%, a story is told about Kvothe from an outsider's perspective that really beefs him up to seem (even more) awesome and I wish with all my heart that this had been told at the beginning of the story (instead of whatever meaningless story had been told by that old dude at the beginning) because then I would have been interested in learning more about Kvothe. But even so, this story is so slow. SO SLOW. We learn like 16 years of his life in this book and all the "action" you are expecting and promised? Doesn't happen. There are maybe two interesting things that happen during the course of this novel and one of them is during an interlude.

And oh god the interludes. They do nothing but remind you there are other people around. It is a little jarring to be taken out of the story to go to the present that I just couldn't handle it. Because nothing happened during this time?? Like only at the final interlude did something "important" to the story happen, and even that was minimal imo. I feel like this book serves no purpose other than to get us to the next book. But Kvothe isn't interesting enough to make me want to even look at the next novel, let alone read (or listen) to it.

I am so disappointed by this. It has SUCH a high Goodreads rating and is typically the kind of book I THRIVE on. But no, instead we get a douche of a main character, a stupid ass love interest, and a sad but boring childhood that made me want to tear my eyes out (even though I was listening). I was hoping for something more magical and more .. interesting, but instead all I got was disappointment and apathy.

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A good read yet not edited perfectly

This is a good story though it gets stuck at some point and too long. The plot wont progress. Also at chapter 89 or 87 the recording gets cut and you miss a part of the book.

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Incredible story and performance

The story is well written and then well told. The performance is unlike any other in that Nick Podehl manages to encapsulate each character in their voices and mannerisms so well I constantly found myself lost in this world so well created.

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one of my favorites

I loved the book, so I was thrilled to find the audio version. At first I wasn't sure about the speaker Nick Podehl but after the intro chapters and Kovthe begins his tale I really enjoyed his style a flare for reading. I recommend getting this if you loved the book, or if you have never read name of the wind. It is truly a modern classic for Fantasy.

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Great book.

I’m not normally one to give a five star review don’t feel like most books are deserving of it. However this was a great book a little something for everyone and great delivery of the authors ideas.

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Incredible Narration!!

Extremely gifted narrator brings this mystical, magical, love story/ mystery/thriller to life. I can't wait to bite into Book 2!!

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Ding Dang that's a good book

I saw this book recommended online, comparing it to Harry Potter. While I guess that's true on paper, in practice it feels like an entirely different beast. I don't want to ruin anything, so I won't say anything about the story, other than it is written beautifully by Patrick Rothfus, who has strong, poetic grasp of description, and Nick Podehl is a fantastic narrator, giving all the characters distinct voices and accents, making it very easy to keep track of. I recommend wholeheartedly.

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Couldn’t get into it

I think Nick Podehl as a narrator for this novel didn’t suit my taste. The book was recommended by another fantasy lover, but I simply could not get into the story. #Audible1

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The story was juvenile. The narrator weak.

I don't understand how this book has so many high reviews. I found the protagonist so cringy and pompous.

Stay away.

A waste of a credit.

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  • Darnaryel Fantaisie
  • 2017-06-26

The best story ever

Only surpassed by the following one, The Wise Man's Fear, The Name Of The Wind is undoubtedly the most well-crafted fantasy story of this century, so far.
It's too bad the telling does not always fit the writing. Some are too much, other not enough. Yet it was to be expected. Plus it's not that bad at all.

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  • Darimont Loïc
  • 2020-04-23

Amazing

Amazing book and amazing reading performance. The story teller draws you to a well depicted dream.

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  • Zineb Bouzaaboun
  • 2019-09-25

Perfect

This is officially one of my favorite books, amazing story, amazing writing, and amazing performance !

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  • Guillaume Sangay
  • 2019-02-09

Good teller and good story

The story is good, a bit too long sometimes.
It keeps me attracted till the end, by curiosity more than by interest.

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  • 2020-01-04

Unfinished forever

Dont start! It's been 10 years since the first book came out and still no conclusion.

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  • 2020-02-14

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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  • 2018-08-18

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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  • David R
  • 2020-01-24

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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  • Shawn
  • 2020-02-18

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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  • Caleb West
  • 2020-03-27

Lipstick on a Pig

The story is grindingly slow, staggeringly predictable, and mind-numbingly boring. The prose is serviceable in most places, with the occasional bit of excellence consistently offset by exhibits of clumsiness. The moralizing is repulsively childish, while the worshipful fixation with music, women, and alleged intellectual excellence is absolutely more garbage than I could endure.

But yawning wider than any of these holes is the shrieking abyss of a main character, Kvothe. He's the most detestable protagonist I've ever suffered. Astoundingly superior in every fashion and boringly tragic and brooding and snarky and brilliant, Kvothe is the most ridiculous junior high wish fulfillment self-insert ever distilled.

On the bright side, the narrator is not awful.

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  • Joanna
  • 2011-05-10

Wow!

This isn't the kind of book I would normally pickup or download but a co-worker recommended it to me. Wow! Where to begin? The story itself is beautifully written. The author weaves stories within stories to create a fabric of fiction as warm and familiar as a favorite blanket. I was immediately reminded of Neil Gaiman's writing. I always joke that if I were diagnosed with a terminal illness that I would want Neil Gaiman to come to my house and read to me from one of his books as I cuddled up with my pound puppy in bed. (A little dark but you get my point!) I've added Patrick Rothfuss to the list as well. It's one thing to have a mind that can image, in great detail, an entire world and culture but it is a true treat to find an author that can both create and pull you into that world and make you feel like you are a part of it. I was afraid it would be too "fictiony", too many fairies and dragons. I'm not sure how but Rothfuss manages to incorporate them both without the story becoming too "fake". There is a certain harsh reality within the story that sharpens the sometimes softened edges of fiction. Excellent writting! Nick Podehl's reading is spot on! The character voices are wonderful. Not over the top but obviously performed. It's like having a great actor perform a great play. It's the perfect pairing. I can't wait to start on the second book. Enjoy!

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  • Aaron Altman
  • 2009-06-28

Not sure why the reviews are so polar opposite.

So it looks like people either love or hate this book. I loved it and actually got the audio book just so I could write a review and listen to it before the next one comes out. Maybe it is because I read the actual book, but this is the first book I have read in a long time that I just could not put down. I read the whole thing in 2 days. It is true that this first of the trilogy is really just character development and setting the stage, there is not a whole lot of action yet, but I swear while reading it I felt like I was sitting there at the table with them and that is due to the incredible writing style. The way this book sucked me into it's world is amazing. I have read all the other greats of this genre and while many of them are wonderful, I never felt as attached to them.

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  • Joshua
  • 2010-03-29

Best Fantasy Read Since Mistborn

Though I mention this is the best fantasy book since Mistborn, it is nothing like mistborn and that's what makes it so great. The book revolves around an inn keeper (living in hiding) having the memoirs of his life taken down by a scribe. It follows the first 15 years of his life. From tragedy that sends him to living on the streets to his attending university. This is the first book in the series and at the end you are left with more questions than answers but somehow you are still left satisfied while eagrly awaiting book 2 due out in December. The author creates these amazing adventures for the young protagonist whilst slipping in litle details that slowly forms a picture of much larger forces at work in the background. The book also focuses alot on descriptions of music, arts, and magic. I must truly say that this author decsriptions are like painting pictures of these things in your mind. For comparison, if you've read "Eragon" the descriptions of magic are very logical and explanatory, while in the book, the description magic are like poetry. This made the book new and refreshing. What can I say about the narration but "Bravo!". If u like Eragon, Harry Potter, Mistborn give this book a try. If you don't like the afore mentioned books, I'd still recommend that you give this book a try.

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  • Robert
  • 2011-09-08

Well worth your time

This review covers the first books of the series Kingkiller Chronicles. Some fantasy can be exhausting: Dan Simmons, Brandon Sanderson, George R. R. Martin, Robert Jordan, even sometimes Neil Gaiman. Their stories can take your breath away but sometimes, also, knock the wind out of you with a force. Patrick Rothfuss is not about that. He is more about an easy-going kind of entertainment. These books do not knock you over with amazement, epic wars or adventure. They are more subtle and a great richness comes through in that subtlety. While usually light, do not be fooled; they contain a depth and richness that is just easy to read and easier to appreciate. This is nothing short of outstanding fantasy prose and character development.

These stories are long but not too long. Rothfuss does not ramble. The continuity of the protagonist Kvothe’s stories is there but not so complex or convoluted that one can get lost over the span. While there are many characters there is a core of them that are easy to know and become invested in. The stories are more about people and their relationships than about what the wizard-in-training is actually learning and practicing.

At least the first two books do not contain that much magic but they do not leave you wanting either. They only leave you in great anticipation of the next book to come in the series.

Nick Podehl’s reading is impeccable. I am loathe to say this is a great book for YA’s for fear it might deter older readers from venturing here. That would be a mistake. These are great books for readers of all age or gender.

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