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Summary

In The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss brings together elements from all the great fantasy writers, from George R. R. Martin to Robert Jordan, to create a thrilling and intricately spun story that will leave you breathless.

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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  • Robyn
  • escaping to another world
  • 31-01-13

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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59 of 61 people found this review helpful

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  • Lynx
  • Leuven, Belgium
  • 22-04-12

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
  • Roermond, Netherlands
  • 04-06-12

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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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
  • Stowmarket, United Kingdom
  • 08-04-12

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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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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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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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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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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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.

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  • Richard
  • 13-08-15

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
  • 10-04-13

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

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Paora
  • 27-03-12

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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  • Gökcan AKALIN
  • 14-11-18

One of those must read series in fantasy genre

This is a great book woven like an intricate artwork, which throws around differents details and clues to the bigger picture while accomplishing it with the mastery great story telling and lore.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-18

Good story, okay performance

The story is good but slow. It takes a while to get into it. The performance is sometimes difficult to understand when the narrator does certain voices or sings songs.

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  • Sverre
  • 11-10-18

Enthusiastic performance, very long story

Degas is excellent with voices. Prose good, story interesting, but drags a bit half-way through.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-10-18

Excellent narrative and good book

Nice story and narration. Seems a bit drag at tge end. I have seen many sites ranking this over lotr and in my view lotr is far superior to this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-09-18

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
  • 16-09-18

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
  • 19-08-18

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!