#Audiobook #bookreview The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss #tuesdaybookblog

Note – This is my first audio book review.

Author: Patrick Rothfuss

Title: Name of the Wind – Book 1 Kingkiller Chronicles

Genre: Fantasy

Type: Audio

Length: TOO LONG! 28 hours

Narrator: Rupert Degas



Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.

First Impressions:

I chose The Name of the Wind as my first audio book as I really wanted to read it, but couldn’t face a book of that magnitude for the few hours I have set aside for reading.

My husband dubbed the book ‘Long of the Wind’ this should have been an indication of what was to come.

Narration style:

For me it was hard listening to a man doing a woman’s voice, though so far there has only been one woman in the book – Kvothe’s mother. Rupert Degas softens his voice for this role, and also to make his voice sound younger for Kvothe as a child. It sort of worked, but as the story dragged on, I became annoyed listening to it.


It is a very long book… but nothing happens. It is brilliantly written with lots of details, but I want a book to go somewhere and this did not. I guess Patrick Rothfuss’s slow writing style is not for me.

Final Thoughts:

I did not listen to the whole book, though I really tried. I stopped at chapter 19. It was so boring I kept leaving the room forgetting I was listening to it. I have no inclination to pick up the book to find out what happened. I’m sorry to say that I just didn’t care for the main character or what happened in his past.

Recommend to: Insomniacs and readers who enjoy slow building epics.

Rating: 2 stars.


I really wanted to give audio books a try, maybe starting with this one was a mistake. Or maybe audio books are just not for me and I am being unfair to the author. I shall be listening to ‘Girl on a Train’ next and will post a review on that soon.

Has anyone got any suggestions for a good audio book?

12 thoughts on “#Audiobook #bookreview The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss #tuesdaybookblog

      • I’ve just started watching the series. The book has a lot more detail, as they do, but the TV has kept very close to the book. I’ve only watched the first three episodes though. The problem with the books is they get longer and longer and more involved. The first two or three were the best and the narrator is excellent.

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  1. Your review made me laugh a bit. It sounds perfect for a cross-country drive. I actually really loved the book and the second one in the serial too, which I read years ago. Unfortunately, years have passed and Rothfuss hasn’t finished the 3rd book. Now I’ve forgotten the first two. If readers like long epics at a modest pace, I would recommend that readers wait until the series is done before starting.

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  2. Wow, 28 hours! I’m not a fan of audio books, I can’t concentrate on them and miss too much. I once fell asleep listening to one and woke up suddenly in the night – I thought someone was in the room with me!!

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  3. Wow, I love the fact you kept leaving the room forgetting you were listening to it, lol. I haven’t listened to may audio books but the ones I have listened to have certainly sounded more interesting than this one!

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