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Publisher's Summary

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

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Amazing

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.

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Brilliant

This book makes me wish that I had given four stars to the books I had previously given five. This is five star standard.

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Audiobook Heaven

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!!!!!

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worthwhile

A very satisfying tale told very well.
(i am looking forward to the next book).

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Riveting

What did you like most about The Name of the Wind?

It's a riveting adventure filled with magic, music, romance and revenge. It felt like a mixture of Harry Potter and A Song of Ice and Fire.

What about Rupert Degas’s performance did you like?

The narrator was incredible! His voice acting was perfect for every single character. Not once did I think a female voice was off- just amazing. If there was an award for best narrator Rupert Dega would get my vote for this performance.

Any additional comments?

I bought the second book before finishing the first and I plan on buying the hard copies for my bookshelf. This is a fantasy classic to keep.

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Listen to this book

Do your self a favour and listen to this book it's simply awesome. Great voice acting to go on give it a listen

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Great writing. Amazing Narration. Boring story.

Description of the book seems a bit misleading. Sounded like it would be packed with adventure. There was a little but seemed like a bunch of fillers or side quests.
Didn't like any of the characters. They all seemed like a bunch of NPC's and the main character while having some depth was so self absorbed I struggled to actually like him. Even in his old age seems nothing has changed.
The writing itself is great. The narration is even better.
Every single female character was pretty for some reason. They even mention it in the book. I assume this is intentional though because the story is told through the main character and I guess the author wanted the reader to know that the main character sees beauty in all women.
I am going to try the second book and hope that it delivers what the first book promised.

Well I am back. How wrong I was. This book is a bit dull but amazing foundation for the following books. This has become my favourite series. Check it out!

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The best audio book I've ever listened to

If you're a fan of fictional/fantasy stories than this is a necessity. Even if you're not, the story, writing and narration of this book are pretty incredible.

This series is up there with the Lord of the Rings and The Game of Thrones. It may never be the popular sensations they are, but it deserves to be, it's the best of the three.

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  • sam
  • 30-09-2015

Great

Brilliant book and very well read . It's a little slow at the start but it's well worth preserving. Looking forward to the next book.

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An amazingly well-crafted story but it was boring.

The first few chapters were amazing, I was so excited to have found the book when I started listening, but then the entire story took a turn and began at his childhood. I found the entire university thing tedious and couldn't help but think of Harry Potter, which I also didn't like and couldn't get past the letters pouring through the door in the first chapter, and the writer's devices became predictable. Kvoth would get into trouble, usually brought on by his own actions or smuggery, it would look like he was going to fail, then some amazing act of will, or luck or skill or chance would save him. Every. Time.

As hard as I tried, I could not warm to the main character, or any of the characters, despite how well rounded and thought out they were. They were just boring, pompous, obnoxious people...all of them. I didn't love to hate Ambrose or hate to love Kvoth. They were both boring as each other. I didn't even like Kvoth's parents and I usually always like people's mothers.

I really wanted to know what the story is with the Chandrian (spelling?) and the scraylings (sorry, I have to see a word to remember how to spell it) that were in the first part of the book, and that, the excellent, poetic writing and the awesome narration can almost make me persevere long enough to find out...almost. But I honestly don't think I can listen to any more of Kvoth's melodrama, especially not 94 chapters of it, and what sounded like a heap of the author's own opinions about church clergy and bankers, since every character thought the same on the topic, and which were mostly cliche and unoriginal.

A very frustrating experience. The writing is so perfect, it alone is worth a listen just to experience it. I just wish it told a meatier story or kept to the meatier story it began with.
But, tonnes of people have given this book awesome reviews and it really deserves them. I just found the story boring, eventually predictable and full of unmemorable characters. The writing itself and narration, though... masterful.

The story was just not to my tastes.

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  • Richard
  • 13-08-2015

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......

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  • Niall
  • 10-04-2013

One of the best books I have ever listened to

What did you love best about The Name of the Wind (Part One)?

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.

What about Rupert Degas’s performance did you like?

Excellent and believable performance brings the story to life

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  • A. Sunmonu
  • 18-05-2020

An amazing performance

I read the books of this series years ago, but Rupert Degas brought this series to life for me in audio.

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  • Eddie
  • 19-06-2019

Amazing

A geipping story with a Great storyteller. Amazing voices for different characters.

A have to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-03-2019

Awesome and Epic

The book is great, the narrator is amazing! i find myself believing i am there listening to multiple different people. Truly amazing experience.
a must listen for any fantasy lover.

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  • Paora & Natalie
  • 27-03-2012

Amaising Book, Amaising Performance

What did you love best about The Name of the Wind (Part One)?

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

What did you like best about this story?

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 ;)

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  • Ben Vella
  • 27-04-2019

Not quite 5 stars

While well written, book is a bit slow in parts and the adventures become repetitive. Reading is good.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-08-2022

a must have audio book

an amazing story that starts off slow then pulls you in deep. it's a story within a story that is one of the most immersive books I've ever read. the narrator is nothing short of perfect at his craft. two of the three books are out but don't hold your breath for the last one. great series but don't expect the last book to ever come out when you go into this series

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  • Michael
  • 28-06-2022

Just not

Amazing narration.

Now for the negatives.

I can't believe how bad this was. I kept waiting for the 'point' of it all, and it never got there. The protagonist was so unlikeable, so petty, and so full of himself. His 'coming of age' moment, when he taps into his self and discovers the depth of his powers, was when a bully broke his lute. His effing lute. And on pretty much every page Kvothe tells you how amazing he is at everything.

This was a freshman attempt at writing. Rothfuss hasn't learned that the first rule of writing is to show the reader, not tell the reader. But over and over he tells us how good something is, how bad something is, how xyz something is.

The scenes are like snippets of side quests from a 90s computer game. Kvothe encounters a dragon. What the heck? It made no sense. And Kvothe decides to kill the dragon. What the heck? Also, there's a girl that keeps appearing and disappearing, and their relationship makes NO. SENSE.

If I sound a little pissed, it's because I invested 27 hours into this book that, in the last 30 mins, declares itself to be the groundwork of what's to come. What's to come is a 43 hour sequel! What. The. Heck!!!!

There were other writing hacks that bothered me, such as when people just don't explain things to each other, because if they explained things it would solve everything, so the characters avoid saying THE THING that would clear everything up. It's lazy writing.

And whole scenes that made no sense, like a fricken demon that walks into a bar looking for narrator Kvothe, a big fight, and then everyone sitting back down to tell more of the backstory.

And the ending, with Kvothe's lover (?) Bast getting all demon-y (literally) with the Chronicler and basically saying he'll eat him if Chronicler doesn't please Kvothe with his Chronicling. This scene is so dumb. So. Dumb.

Oh, and the other writing hack... People always 'know' when someone's lying, when it's useful to the plot. Ughhghg.....

I think I'm done. I don't need to waste any more time on this book. I can't believe it's so highly rated.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-06-2022

Do yourself a favor and Get the Rupert Degas version

I read around 70-80 books a year. This is book is series is among the top 99 percentile when it come to fantasy. A must read.

You can feel the other poured his heart and soul when he wrote this. With out a doubt this is a work of art, the authors writing is a poesy, so beautiful. The Characters who fulfill their roles to perfection.

Reading the negative views, I can tell they have completely misunderstood the main character, he is not arrogant or foolish as most to seem to think, he is a man of many talents with confidence to back it up and makes understandable mistakes for the story arc he has.

Do yourself a favor read it, it’s already worth it before you reach 50% of the book. You won’t regret it

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-05-2017

Very entertaining but strangely flat

People rave about this but I thought it was simply enjoyable. Kvothe is constantly getting into and out of trouble with little actual development, he levels up as a matter of course - Degas background in RPG shines through in this and other respects. And maybe this is a perennial problem in this genre (though I felt less bothered by it when reading Robin Hobb) but the women (all beautiful, as we are told in florid prose) in the story really are only there as a mirror for Kvothe's tortured perfection (for him to love, rescue, teach, nurture, protect but never to rival or befriend or to offer instruction that is for the men). The love affair is interesting but a bit repetitive and the rather base relationship between the genders is slightly excused by the 15 year old boy's perspective that we are offered. I am dwelling on this aspect of because it takes up a lot of the story and felt tedious at times, and as Bast puts it the stories you tell construct the world you occupy.

The world building is grand, and I love the blur between story, legend, religion, history and other worlds. There are great parts with stories being told from several of these perspectives. In all it took me a while to start enjoying it and get over Kvothe's interminable descriptions of his own prowess, and telling us we could never really understand x y or z and you don't really get a sense of what Kvothe is famous for and what big dangers lurk in the story to come but in the end I feel fairly compelled and will probably get the second part... probably.

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  • Robyn
  • 31-01-2013

Excellent!

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.

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  • Matt
  • 10-08-2015

My original weariness was unfounded, brilliant!

If you could sum up The Name of the Wind (Part One) in three words, what would they be?

Brilliantly narrated story

What did you like best about this story?

Despite being a complete know-it-all, you almost instantly like Kvothe (main character)

What about Rupert Degas’s performance did you like?

A terrific range of voices and accents makes characters come alive in your imagination. I have abandoned books before when I have had issues with the narration. In this case I must put Rupert Degas up there with Stephen Briggs as the best in this genre.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. I never listen to books in one sitting. But I completed this in a matter of days.

Any additional comments?

I was originally very wary of this book. The "if you like Game of Thrones you'll love this" blurb, plus the strapline of the book "I have killed kings blah blah blah" really did not appeal to me. But that didn't matter one bit. Such a well written and well read story, it instantly draws you in. I rarely write reviews but this book is such a joy I would be remiss not to pass that information on. I am now using my remaining credits to continue through the series.

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  • Jill
  • 04-06-2012

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!

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  • Jan
  • 05-10-2012

Terrific Narrator!

I love this book, and decided to use my accumulating Audible credits to buy the audiobook version as well. I'm so glad I did! Kvothe's tale is as good as ever, but the real highlight for me is the narration. Rupert Degas breathes life into the story, and has a wonderful range of voices and accents to give each character a seperate identity. (I've listened to more than one audiobook where the narration is so flat and unemotional it's like listening to a shopping list!) I particularly liked Ambrose's voice - clipped, nasal, and sounding uncannily like Prince Charles.



Even an excellent book can be killed by a poor narrator, but Rupert Degas is one of the best!



Do buy this. If you liked the book, you'll love the audio version.

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  • Liam
  • 20-05-2012

Totally Amazing!

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.

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  • Lynx
  • 22-04-2012

Wonderful

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!

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  • Tara Mcgrath
  • 13-05-2012

Outstanding Narration

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.

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  • Edwina
  • 08-04-2012

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!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-02-2021

Waiting 9 years and still no book 3

Just be very aware when starting this trilogy that Patrick Rossfuss has never quite got round to writing book 3. We’ve been waiting more than 9 years and still nothing, it’s such a disappointment not to know how this story ends. I wouldn’t have bought the first two books if I’d known this.

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