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
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
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 ;)
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.
Excellent and believable performance brings the story to life
I would most definitely recommend this book to any person interested in fantasy. Patrick Rothfuss has created an amazing world which gave me much pleasure to get lost in time and time again.
The narration of this novel is second to none. I think you would be hard pressed to find a more talented narrator than Rupert Degas. His range of characters is more than impressive. I have enjoyed his performance so much I am now actively looking for other novels narrated by him.
Kvoth the lead character insists in the beginning that he doesn't need or want pity. Then why does the writer makes us feel pity for him all throughout part 1?
Frankly speaking, Kvoth needs a dose of humour. I would recommend Brandon Sanderson's mistborn series than this.
And why is this sob story in two parts? It's like paying for something twice. Makes you feel cheated for a book which really isn't worth it.
Yes! Rupert Degas really made the characters come alive with a diverse range of accents, tones, sex and ages but providing consistency within characters even throughout the duration of their lives - so talented! Some narrators merely read out the words, but Degas really ACTS the part and this added an extra special element that you wouldn't get from reading the book alone. The book iself fantastic, the style and the story is captivating, personal and engaging, but I think many people who read the book (especially hardcore fantasy readers looking for major magic action) may get bogged down with the mundane (though still important) daily-life aspects of the main character that pervade this book and may think that it is a little slow paced. But Rupert Degas really makes you feel as though you are in Kvothe's head and experiencing everything with him, as him, which is so important to this intimate story of a man's life journey. Thank you so much Rupert Degas - you are the best narrator I have ever listened to and I hope you do more audible books so I can buy them all!
I also appreciated the music and rising sound of the wind between chapters and the interludes - makes for an epic reading experience and gets you excited for the next chapter!
This is also the perfect story to lie in bed and fall asleep listening to, something else you can't do with a print version (unless you want to fall asleep with the lights on).
So many memorable moments! My personal favorite is when Kvothe finally decides to leave Tarbean - see my comments on my favorite scene below.
My favorite scene is when Kvothe finally decides to leave the cesspit that is Tarbean and he has an idea of how he can get some fresh clothes - funniest scene ever! It is such a good scene because of the mix of emotions that it invokes. Not only is it wrought with excellent humor (delivered marvelously by the narrator) it is the first time in years that Kvothe has really used his wit and shows how his mind has FINALLY begun to awaken again after his traumatic past experiences. I see it as a turning point for him as he begins to gain back a bit of his former self. It gets the reader routing for him again and gets you excited for a new chapter in his life at the University. GO KVOTHE!
This book made me laugh aloud at so many points with such great characters and great opportunities for comedic relief, but this book is also an emotional roller coaster and unless you have a heart of stone you will have quite a reaction to the events that unravel and the things that happen to Kvothe. There are moments where you are routing so hard for the main character because he has it so tough but sometimes it feels like for every win he gains there is an equally devastating loss hiding right around the corner. Harry Potter thinks he had it rough before he went to wizard school...HA! Quite an amazing journey for the reader.
If you love character driven stories you WILL love this book and you will want Rupert Degas to narrate your own life afterwards :)
The character development of Kvoth and how his feelings are described.
All the different voices and the way people talk. He brings the characters to life.
At the end where Kvoth plays for his pipes
A must read
Exciting, detailed, cleaver !
A great book ! really good listen. Cleaver story can't wait for part 2
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!
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.
"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.
"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!
"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!
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.
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!
"Enjoyed this hugely..."
A fantastic and enjoyable story. Sometimes heavy on detail - that's exactly what I like. Characters have depth and are well drawn. People are imperfect - the main protagonist makes his fair share of mistakes and is far from perfect. Like the cast, the world in which the story is set is realised with fantastic detail and a rich mixture of cultures. I was relieved towards the end to realise that part two (The Wise Man's Fear) was already available.
Rupert Degas does a fantastic job of narration. How many distinct voices can one person employ - and remember!? Brilliant - he really brings the story to life.
If you like in-depth, long (it is) stories - beautifully narrated - buy this, it will not disappoint.
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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