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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.

38 of 38 people found this review helpful

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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).

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Joel
  • Worldwide
  • 13-12-2014

Great listen, fantastic book!

This was a fantastic listen. Rothfuss is now one of my favourites. If you like Feist, Goodkind etc. you should enjoy this!
Great characters and nicely told stories!
The voice acting threw me a little at the start, I'm used to more reading less acting. Once I got used it, like any new narrator, it worked well with the narrative.
I have since listened to part two and the second book and can't wait for the third!

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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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Disappointed

I was so excited to read this because everyone seems to love it so much. Unfortunately I was sorely disappointed. I've rarely read anything with a less likeable protagonist. I found him smug and irritating and, even worse, boring.

Maybe I just don't get it but I could not get through this book. Rupees Degas' reading was fine, if s little dry for my taste.

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Love his voice!

Struggled with this book. I tried due to loving the narrators voice but found the story long winded and not enough meat on the bone to keep me interested. Download it if u need to hear a voice that could talk a jumper off a ledge with his soothing story telling tones.

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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.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Paora
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-09-2018

Brilliant

I absolutely loved this book.. beautifully written and a captivating story. The narration was superb! I would rather listen to the narrator than read the books myself... which is not usually the case. Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-09-2018

Thoroughly enjoyed

Absolutely brilliant...entertaining and excellent narrator...great story so far...about to listen to book two...thank you...Nicci Franks

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  • Victor
  • 19-08-2018

Fantastic performance, lovely story

I'd never heard of the series or the author before but the reviews was made it an easy buy and it paid off big time. Most fantasy stories eventually trails of and leave me somewhat disinterest after a time, especially when the key persons gain to much powers to fast and the battle turn more and more uber-epic as they need to overturn the last. This is not that. Although somewhat epic its driven by cleaverness rather than just rely on ever more extraordinary powers to overcome the opposition.

The performance is pure gold also, the range of voices and emotions put out is just insanly good and adds layers to the stories Id have a hard time make up myself.

Can't wait to start on the next part!

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  • Rickard
  • 13-08-2018

One of the Greats

I can only think of a few minor problems with this book. I'll let their relative insignificance speak for itself.

1. The first two to three hours were very difficult to push through, though they are thankfully misleading. Once the "real" story begins, there is a quite depressing few hours which you may need to push through as well depending, but it almost made me eat through it quicker instead because I knew something exciting would happen. So it will depend on the reader.

2. Some of the foreshadowing was a little obvious. Something would be brought up one chapter and I'd know it would become relevant a few chapters down the line. In a way it gives you a sense of accomplishment or familiarity, though, so it might be more of a strength than a weakness.

3. There were a couple scenes where the narrator did too good of a job mimicking very annoying noises. Like wailing of children *ahem*... which woke me up in the middle of the night (I often fall asleep listening to audio books).

All in all, it's beautifully written and marvelously performed. I hope the sequel lives up to its excellence.

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  • Gareth Smith
  • 08-08-2018

Dont start until he bothers to finish - he wont

Honestly Patrick Rothfuss has done a great job on these two books ... but it has taken many many years and all he has done is ride the celeb status doing interviews and seemingly mucking about. Don't even bother starting this book until he gets himself together and finishes the series or you will be left hanging and feeling as annoyed as I do.

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  • rion
  • 06-08-2018

good listen

starts of slow but good listen. should say the readers voice is not great but you get use to is quite quickly

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  • Luke
  • 28-07-2018

Degas is the man

A great story but Rupert degas is a godly narrator. Truly he is up there with Page, Pacey and Rudniki. Bravo!

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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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58 of 60 people found this review helpful

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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!

59 of 62 people found this review helpful

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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!

28 of 30 people found this review helpful

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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.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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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!

39 of 43 people found this review helpful

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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.

37 of 41 people found this review helpful

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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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Owen
  • 18-03-2012

O

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.

29 of 33 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-03-2012

Fantastic

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.

57 of 66 people found this review helpful

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  • Bibliophile
  • 30-04-2012

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.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful