Part One of The Name of The Wind (Unabridged).
'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 - now an unassuming innkeepter - from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, through his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic. In part one 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.
©2007 Patrick Rothfuss (P)2012 Orion Publishing Group
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.
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..."
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!
"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.
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.
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.
"Totally enthralling from the outset"
This is just the second audible book I have listened to and what a fantastic find. The narrator captivated me to the extent that I could not wait to plug my iphone back in as soon as I was out of bed in the morning. I really felt the emotions of a young man desperately trying to get on and being thwarted at every turn, the author perfectly describing scenes and events that they are so easy to conjure in the mind. I was gripped by the ending and am now buying book two!
I have read the book and enjoyed it immensely. I was telling a friend about it and she said that she had the audio book and she would let me borrow it...What a disappointment! The narrator was American and I lost interest after about half an hour.
This audio version is how this kind of Fantasy should be narrated...British accents...It had me enchanted from the beginning and I highly recommend it.
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.
"Huge Gold Star to Rupert Degas"
I doubt I'd have got very far with this if it was just me and the text, too much clunky rewriting early on, and teenage fantasy throughout for this middle-aged reader - but Rupert Degas' reading shows how a good actor can completely transform the material they're working with. He can just convey a character with a voice and manages to make uninspired bits sound meaningful. I looked forward to hearing each new character. And to be fair the story does go along once it gets started :)
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