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.
My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.
So begins the tale of Kvothe - currently known as Kote, the unassuming innkeeper - from his childhood in a troupe of travelling players, through his years spent as a near feral orphan in a crime riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic.
In these pages you will come to know Kvothe the notorious magician, the accomplished thief, the masterful musician, the dragon-slayer, the legend hunter, the lover, the thief and the infamous assassin.
The Name of the Wind is fantasy at its very best.
Read by Rupert Degas.
Please note this is now the entire audio of this book.
©2007 Patrick Rothfuss (P)2012 Orion Publishing Group
I couldn't 'put this book down'. I would sometimes sit in my car for half an hour listening before I got out. The narration is more like a voice acting performance. Each character had their own accent, brilliant. This book is highly recommended. It had me sitting on the edge on my car seat.
I give this title a 5 star rating because it is worthy of the highest praise possible. The narrator is marvellous and transports the listener to another place and time. The author is a genius, I wondered if a book could hold my attention for twenty plus hours, and it did and I was left longing for more. Recommended for anyone!!!!!
I drive a lot so listening for me is awesome on the road. Most books I listen to I have read as well.
That means I really like them!
Memorable voices that stay in the imagination. You can visualize the characters better.
The performance was well read with multiple character voices. Some a little odd but mostly worked well. The storyline was well constructed but disappointing that the major story line was completed early with little closure and the last hundred pages more about getting you ready for the next book. Even to the point that "that is a story for another day" I do not mind a book series but there needs to be a bit of closure and a bit of subtlety of plot included.
Addictive, perfect, outstanding
the narrator is amazing in setting the scene, the main character is likeable and his struggle is heartbreaking
"Amaising Book, Amaising Performance"
First and foremost I have to comment that the performance that Rupert Degas gave in this book was absolutely stunning. He truly gave life to the characters. Even though I read the accents as different when reading the paper version, Rupert takes his impression of the characters to hights and actually fills the characters with more life than my imagination did. Nice One Mate
This story was truly new and distinct for me. As one that has been mired in classic Tolkien style fantasy since childhood Patrick Rothfuss has given me a vivid new world to lose myself in.
Though the story in the first book doesn't try to paint a huge amount of detail about the world you do get a clear indication of the time and technology of the setting. What Patrick does do is give a wonderful interplay between characters that are both believable and unique. The book is very character centric ,as you would expect from a book written mainly in the first person, but it is the quality that the characters are realised that makes this book truly a work of art. I can't wait for the next book. (*looks sternly at the publishing company for not releasing it sooner >8 | )
The only problem I had with the book (and let me say this is the moan of a person that wants more than is good for him) is that it finished too soon. Like one of those batman tv shows that stops just as things get really intense. I know its not a good reason to give the story 4 stars instead of 5, but since the next book in the series is not available in australia we can all just blame the publisher ;)
"Amazing half a book... "
Patrick Rothfuss is a out and out genius. His writing is poetic yet accurate and builds a engrossing world. It is such a let down that such a great read cannot be finished. I have listened to the slow regard for silent things, and the first half of his second book. But for some reason the second part of both books are not available in Africa. I know that Africa is a backwards continent but at least do us the decency to finish a great story. This Internet is slow enough already......
"Great start to a series"
The book is self-contained enough to stand on its own, but I can't wait to read the rest of the series. I was compelled from start to finish. A new kind of style of fantasy that every fan of the genre should read.
"One of the best books I have ever listened to"
Great story, engaging characters, this is a book that will hold your attention from cover to cover or you will find reasons to take a very long drive just to hear more.
Excellent and believable performance brings the story to life
I would most definitely recommend this book to any person interested in fantasy. Patrick Rothfuss has created an amazing world which gave me much pleasure to get lost in time and time again.
The narration of this novel is second to none. I think you would be hard pressed to find a more talented narrator than Rupert Degas. His range of characters is more than impressive. I have enjoyed his performance so much I am now actively looking for other novels narrated by him.
"More atmospheric than Skyrim"
Narrator was all in all good in his job but the woman voices I didn't like, except for Auri.
Story blew me away. Didn't expect a story line like that ^^ I think it's quite good if you go in it quite blind. First it reminded me of Skyrim. I love how the story lefts a very strangely nice note at the end. Like being faced with this interesting contrast build in the characters. Hard to explain but it was so good. All in all much deeper atmosphere than Skyrim will ever have.
"Best I've heard this year"
Bought other books narrated by Rupert Degas just because of his stellar performance. Loved the story as well.
I was a bit hesitant listening to this book as an audiobook; it holds a dear place in my heart, and I was worried the narrator might not do such a book justice. I was so glad to be wrong. Degas delivers in incredible tone, with such unique and incredibly consistent character voices you'd think there were a group of narrators, not one. An incredibly immersive experience. Expect laughter and tears.
"engrossing epic fantasy"
love this book, have read it before and fell in love with the prose and characters, but the reader in this made it all more alive.
if you love fantasy and good and clever writing then you will love this book!
An interesting book with a brilliant narrator. Good tone and accents. Well worth it. I look forward to the next.
This book made me laugh and made me cry - and that is as great a compliment as I can make.The story is certainly good in its gender, main character well developped, style pleasant and not hard to follow - and the narration is beautifully done. I think hearing it might be actually even better then reading.... It had me hooked and addicted, and I'm looking forward to continuing the story!
For some reason, I delayed listening to this. Now that I have started, I can't stop! (Am currently downloading part 2 of the Wise Man's Fear - the second book is just as good as the first!). Thoroughly enjoying this series....
First - Rupert Degas' narration is masterful. One of the best I've heard (and I have listended to close on 70 audio books in the last 2 years).
As for the story - just the right mix of drama, comedy, magic and general entertainment. The characters are well developed, and the story moves along at a cracking pace, and it's seldom predictable.
If you enjoyed Game of Thrones, or any of Brandon Sanderson's books, this is another one worth spending a few hours with. Patrick Rothfuss is a great story teller.
"Fantastic book and narration"
Be warned - once you start listening to this book you are going to lose days of your life listening fanatically, so make sure you start at a convenient moment! As already mentioned, the fantastic narration by Rupert Degas adds another dimension - he goes from one character voice to another without missing a beat - truly impressive. I have just finished both parts of this first book and was delighted to see the second book waiting for me when I came to look today - can't wait to dive back in again!
"Absolutely blew me away"
All fantasy fans should read this book. Do not be put off by the fact that it is split into 2 parts – it is still worth every penny.
Story – 5/5
I was absolutely blown away by Name of the Wind. In terms of plot and story progression, it doesn’t really do anything new or innovative, but it does do all of it very well.
I have never read a book where I am so deep into a character’s thoughts and feelings. I found it mesmerising and addictive and it took me on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. This, along with the stunning prose that Patrick Rothfuss uses, makes this novel standout as one of the best fantasy books ever written.
The magic system is probably the best I have come across, even better than Brandon Sanderson’s. It is not an all powerful tool that is used throughout the book, but it is still complex and unique, with a lot of potential for it to develop into something big in later books.
Performance – 4.5/5
My first book read by Rupert Degas – and he quickly became one of my favourite narrators. All of the moods and emotions of the story were beautifully portrayed by his storytelling, and his voice acting was almost as good as if it had a full cast performing. All characters had very defined voices; there was never an element of confusion throughout the whole book, which allows you to enjoy the story more.
The addition of sound effects between chapters and parts of the story really added to the atmosphere that the book was intended to have.
Overall – 5/5
Apologies for the star ratings not matching the written review, I am forced to round halves on Audible.
I wasn't sure to start with whether I was going to enjoy this audiobook but a few hours in and I was hooked. Rupert Degas deserves so much praise for the narration of the book, he truly is one of the best narrators I have listened to- his ability to switch between a number of characters and the variety of accents is unbelievable. He really understands the characters and has made this series of books for me the most enjoyable part of my day - I spend 3 hrs in the car each day so this is a welcome distraction.
Fantastic writing as well, I'm about to finish the second book and am looking forward to the next installment.
If you loved Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell for it's magic and excellent narration then you will love this even more.
"One of the best..."
One of the best listens I have downloaded on audible. The story is a real page-turner and thoroughly enjoyable throughout.
If you have enjoyed this book I also recommend “The Lies of Locke Lamora” by Scott Lynch which is almost as good!
I was enticed by the title and the sample. I read the review "One of the best..." By Edwina (Stowmarket, United Kingdom) Apr 8, 2012. ( and The Lies of Locke Lamora is my favourite book of all time). The review confirm my decision to spend my precious credit on The Name of the Wind (Part One). I haven't regretted a single moment and I have enjoyed every second! totally enthralling story and amazing narration by Rupert Degas. If you were to ask me whats my favourite book of all time,i now wouldn't know what to say. my only advice would try it yourself and then ask your self the same question.
When I first read the book I was (along with everyone I lent it to) transfixed.
This is beautiful delivered and strangely some parts of the book held more magic within the telling.
This book is absolutely wonderful and is even worth having to buy the book in two separate parts. It's beautifully written, absorbing, exciting and compulsive listening. It transports you convincingly into another world. One of the very best books I've read or listened to in the last five years. I highly recommend it. The narration is also very good and adds to the story. I can't wait for the next book to become available on audiobook. I love it so much I will buy it in addition to the paperback version.
"Excellent fantasy debut"
Beautifully crafted book for a debut novel.
In many ways it moves along quite gently. You know it is going to develope into an epic, but this is the way into the story. It works very well as an audiobook because of an excellent narrator. A series to look forward to.
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