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  • The Name of the Wind

  • The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 28 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,570
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,318

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Robyn on 31-01-13

Terrific Narrator!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-12

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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Privilege of the Sword

  • By: Ellen Kushner
  • Narrated by: Ellen Kushner, Barbara Rosenblat, Felicia Day, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Award-winning author, narrator, and screenwriter Neil Gaiman personally selected this book, and, using the tools of the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), cast the narrators and produced this work for his audiobook label, Neil Gaiman Presents. In this exciting new "illuminated production", the author herself reads her own work, supported by a full cast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Teenage swordswoman loose in Riverside

  • By Beccameriel on 30-10-14

Terrific!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-07-12

I loved this long-awaited audio book. Katherine's voice is delightful - so innocent and excited at the beginning of the story, and developing into a much more mature viewpoint as the narrator grows up. Joe Hurley is terrific as the dissolute 'Mad Duke', and captures his lazy, drawling voice (and his abject misery) well.

The scenes with Katherine and Marcus as intrepid investigators are great, and I love their rivalry: 'Marcus, you rat!'

The 'enhanced' sections of the book are wonderful, and really bring the cast of characters to life.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Swordspoint

  • A Melodrama of Manners
  • By: Ellen Kushner
  • Narrated by: Ellen Kushner, Dion Graham, Katherine Kellgren, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

On the treacherous streets of Riverside, a man lives and dies by the sword. Even the nobles on the Hill turn to duels to settle their disputes. Within this elite, dangerous world, Richard St. Vier is the undisputed master, as skilled as he is ruthless--until a death by the sword is met with outrage instead of awe, and the city discovers that the line between hero and villain can be altered in the blink of an eye.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Witty and sophisticated fantasy

  • By Beccameriel on 04-06-14

Wonderful!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-01-12

Although I'm a relative newcomer to Swordspoint, I love the world of Riverside and its characters. I really like the unique way this audiobook was presented - part narration, part dramatised, part sound effects. It brings Riverside and the Hill to life.

The right voice reading an audiobook makes all the difference, and in this case Ellen Kushner reading her own story is perfect. I can't wait for the sequels to be given the same treatment!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful