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The Name of the Wind

The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1
Narrated by: Rupert Degas
Series: Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1
Length: 28 hrs and 3 mins
5 out of 5 stars (3,993 ratings)

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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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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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  • 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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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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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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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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Beautiful narrative, beautifully narrated

Rupert Degas does a fantastic job bringing Rothfuss's words to life, creating a rich world that completely envelopes the listener. Drawing them into the story of the eponymous Kingkiller

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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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  • Eddie
  • 19-06-2019

Amazing

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

A have to.

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  • 匿名
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 匿名
  • 11-09-2019

Best book I've ever come across

It's a fascinating world with wonderful characters. The writing style is engaging and I was immersed in the world throughout the entire book. I can highly recommend it to anyone.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-08-2019

best performance

it was great I enjoyed the story, a few odd beats. best performance I heard.

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  • 匿名
  • 15-07-2019

phenomenal

I loved it. well written, full of surprises action and fun. love reliving someone's exiting life with them!

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  • Reef Outdoors
  • 06-07-2019

Decent story ruined by ridiculous narrating

A pretty decent story overall, I will get the second book, but it is somewhat ruined by the ridiculous narration. The guy actually shouts when characters are speaking loudly, which results in a pretty annoying difference in volume at times. Still I got through it and otherwise he is good at making different voices for characters.

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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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  • 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!

67 of 72 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!

29 of 31 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.

16 of 17 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!

40 of 44 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.

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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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  • 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.

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