Audio Book Adventures: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and narrated by Rupert Degas

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Hey everyone!

So, this is something a little bit new for me on here – a review of an audio book. I know some people absolutely LOVE audio books, but I haven’t really used them much. I have a few Roald Dahl ones that I have used in work when I have lost my voice for reading to the class, but never used one for my own pleasure. So, I decided to change this. And this post is a general summary of my thoughts – both on the audio book experience and the story in general.

Why haven’t I given audio books much of a go, I hear you ask? Well, to be honest, I just really enjoy holding a physical book in my hands and the act of reading words on a page, and so, an audio book isn’t really something that has always appealed to me. Plus, I am 100% sure I would get lost just listening to a story as I have always been more of a visual person – perhaps why I like the act of reading words from a page.

Anyway, despite all of this, I decided to give an audio book a proper go because life is busy and I figured I could get more reading done this way. I’d be able to listen on the way to work in the car, while cooking, while bouncing the baby to sleep in the middle of the night: all very practical reasons.

After listening to a few audio book trials, I settled on The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss as it was a book I have been wanting to reread (plus, by rereading a book, I won’t get too lost with the story if audio just isn’t working for me) and I liked the narrator, which is obviously going to be a big thing. Now it turns out that there are a couple of audio versions of this, and I plumped for the version narrated by Rupert Degas.

As a narrator, I thought Rupert Degas did an excellent job of bringing this story to life. I enjoyed his take on the characters and how he managed to give each of them their own distinct voice and mannerisms. Though, every now and again this did lead to someone being ever so slightly unintelligible due to a very broad accent. And that is coming from someone British (the accents he has used are a variety of dialects from around the British isles, at least to my ear) and so I could imagine this being quite tricky for those not used to these accents to understand. However, as I have already said, I did immensely enjoy the amount of character this brought to the story.

Away from the narration, I found the whole experience of listening to the story quite relaxing. It was very easy to do and, practically, can easily be fitted in around chores in life. However, it was almost too easy and I occasionally found my mind drifting away from the story and having to rewind a few minutes to remind myself what was actually happening in the story.

So overall, a pretty positive experience for my first audio book. Am I going to rush out and buy a whole bunch more? Probably not. Despite being fun, easy and convenient, it didn’t feel like it had the same magic that reading from the page has. Sorry all you audio book fans!

As for my thoughts on The Name of the Wind, you might was well check out my previous review of it from last year as it turns out my opinion hasn’t really changed. And yes, that was a shameless plug! Though, I did love picking up on all the hints in the opening chapters about Kvothe and Bast that you just wouldn’t pick up on a first read, so I can totally see why people have reread this book a whole bunch of times. In summary, my general points are as follows:

  • Patrick Rothfuss writing is just simply beautiful.
  • The world feels very well fleshed out and real. Always a solid plus in fantasy.
  • The story meanders very, very slowly. If you prefer fast-paced books, this isn’t for you.
  • I really want to know what happened to Kvothe in the end, even if he is a bit annoying as a character. Call it a morbid curiosity as he isn’t a happy chap when we meet him as Kote.

So there you have it. My thoughts on my first real audio book experience. Sorry for the complete and utter ramble that this post was, but hey, it is my blog. For those of you who do love audio books, do you have any recommendations? I will be trying to listen to a few more and so would be immensely grateful.

Hope you all have a great day!

Jack

6 thoughts on “Audio Book Adventures: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and narrated by Rupert Degas

  1. This year was the first time I gave Audiobooks a proper try. I’m very easily distracted from audio, as I’m more of a visual person as well. But I found out that I have no trouble listening to books while driving and doing puzzles 😀 these are the only activities that make my brain blank enough to focus on the audiobook.
    How long was the audiobook for the Name of the Wind? The book is HUUGE!
    I didn’t actually listen to any Fantasy audiobooks, except the first 2 (or 3) Percy Jackson books. But I really liked the audiobook for «All the Lights We Cannot See» by Anthon Doerr.

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