The Name of the Wind

Version: Unabridged
Author: Patrick Rothfuss
Narrator: Nick Podehl
Genres: Fantasy
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: May 2009
# of Units: 23 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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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

Reviews (53)

Written by Ian T. on May 24th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 3/5

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.


Written by Emily M. on May 15th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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

Written by Terresa on April 27th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Awesome book!

Written by Kevin H. on January 31st, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5


Written by Brandon Wickersham on October 21st, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

this was a wonderful book. Great narration.

Written by Diana R. on October 9th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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.

Written by Anonymous on October 8th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

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.


Written by Rebecca P. on May 18th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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

Written by Amritdeep M. on January 31st, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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

Written by Michael E. on January 9th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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.

Author Details

Author Details

Rothfuss, Patrick

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. If you are looking for the roots of his storytelling, look there. 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.