About The Name of the Wind Audiobook
The Name of the Wind Audiobook, also called The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One, is a fantasy audiobook written by American author Patrick Rothfuss.
It is the first story in a series called The Kingkiller Chronicle and followed by The Wise Man’s Fear Audiobook.
“No one writes about stories like Pat Rothfuss. How the right story at the right time can change the world, how the teller can shape a life.” —Lin-Manuel Miranda
The plot summary
The Name of the Wind Audiobook begins in the frame story, the setting of which is The Waystone Inn located in Newarre. It is owned by a man named Kote, soon revealed to be an alias of the legendary figure Kvothe. The frame story occurs several years after the beginning of the narration, which addresses the man’s lifetime as an adventurer and student of The University, being written by the Chronicler over a period of three days.
The first day of the narrative begins when Kvothe is eleven years old, being raised by his parents who lead a troupe of Edema Ruh entertainers. Shortly after this introduction, his troupe is slaughtered by the folkloric group known as The Chandrian, leading to his childhood as an orphan on the streets of Tarbean.
Approximately three years later, Kvothe meets the storyteller Skarpi whose tales spur him to attempt to enter the University, a dream he’d toyed with as a child. Kvothe then sells his meager possessions, gaining just enough to travel to the institution where he makes admissions on a scholarship.
The remainder of the novel chronicles his time here when not alternating to the present day in interludes. It encompasses approximately five years of his early life. He does very well at the University and is a very talented student. However, he is also very poor, which causes many problems for him as tuition at the university is very expensive. At the conclusion, Kvothe uses the name of the wind against his nemesis, Ambrose Jakis; while in the frame story he is accosted by a skin dancer who kills one of his patrons before being bludgeoned to death by another.
Author – Patrick Rothfuss
Patrick Rothfuss is the bestselling author of The Kingkiller Chronicle Audiobook. His first novel, The Name of the Wind Audiobook, won the Quill Award and was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year.
Its sequel, The Wise Man’s Fear, debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller chart and won the David Gemmell Legend Award. His novels have appeared on NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction/Fantasy Books list and Locus’ Best 21st Century Fantasy Novels list.
Why should you listen to The Name of the Wind Audiobook right now?
Patrick Rothfuss has created a masterpiece in literature with his pen and it has been given voice by Nick Podehl’s narration. The name of the wind is such a story that compels us, again and again, to hear it in order to understand the true meaning and the hidden aspects of the story. The listener too begins to investigate the true meaning or purpose of his life that he too hasn’t understood yet.
The king killer Chronicles is perhaps the best series by Rothfuss because it shows human emotions, their outbursts in the form of worldly lust and then all of a sudden it disappears bringing frustration to the human heart and desperation or longing for a new thing every time the previous is achieved.
The unrest in human nature is exaggerated but is not allowed to go out of hand at once. Kvothe is the one who has achieved everything in life except the most important one and that is the meaning of his life in the creation of the universe. Kvothe is the one who has enjoyed the love of women, the educational status in the university has done poetry at a very early age and was even able to establish a spiritual connection with God.
In all this glory still, his life is incomplete, he doesn’t enjoy it as he is supposed to do. The fantasy is a nice start to a trilogy that gives us a hope that Kvothe would perhaps find what he is looking for in this world. There is another unique thing about the story that the main character is himself narrating his story and telling us about his achievements and a few downfalls as well.
The next books by the author also have come up with compelling stories and memorable characters that you will also enjoy listening to including The Wise Man’s Fear, The Slow Regard of Silent Things and Unfettered.
The Name of the Wind Audiobook, Day One of the Kingkiller Chronicles series, quickly made its way into my top fantasy series list. The audiobook, which is essentially an autobiography of a once-famous now reclusive musician, arcanist and adventurer named Kvothe, is revolutionary – to my eyes at least – in its storytelling method. Autobiographical for the most part, starts, finishes, and occasionally reverts to a narrative telling of the interview from whence the autobiographical information springs.
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Patrick Rothfuss – The Name of the Wind is now available in audible format, almost 4 hrs and 42 mins long, the narration by Trini Alvarado is so enticing that you get hooked instantly.
Narrated by: Rupert Degas
Series: Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1
Length: 28 hrs and 3 mins
Categories: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Epic Fantasy
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