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
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!
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'm an avid reader and my choice of books is pretty eclectic. The heavier stuff I still read, but I love audible books for lighter stuff!
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!
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.
I get bored quickly so take ages choosing my books. Preferred authors incl Sanderson, Rothfuss, PBrett, ....tho' C Harris makes me laugh too
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.
3hrs in the car a day = lots of listening time!
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.
I am a 28 year old man who likes to make use of a long commute by listening to sci-fi and fantasy audiobooks
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 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.
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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