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    Beschreibung von Audible

    Geralt of Rivea roams a world of wretched monsters and ruthless royalty. His combat abilities, combined with his wit and magic abilities, make him a much sought-after assassin. But when faced with moral quandaries and romantic endeavours, Geralt is challenged in a way that cannot be solved by his skill with a sword. 

    The Witcher Saga has served as the source material for a wealth of adaptations, including a much adored video game franchise and a Netflix series. Whether you’re already a fan or are looking for your next fantasy obsession, The Last Wish is a perfect place to start. Rich with details and vivid world-building, the audio edition is made even more exciting by the rich, deep tones of narrator Peter Kenny. 

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    Introducing Geralt the Witcher - revered and hated - who holds the line against the monsters plaguing humanity in the best-selling series that inspired the Witcher video games and a major Netflix show.

    Geralt of Rivia is a Witcher, a man whose magic powers and lifelong training have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin.

    Yet he is no ordinary killer: he hunts the vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent.

    But not everything monstrous-looking is evil; not everything fair is good...and in every fairy tale there is a grain of truth.

    Andrzej Sapkowski, winner of the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement award, started an international phenomenon with his Witcher series. The Last Wish is the perfect introduction to this one-of-a-kind fantasy world.  

    ©1993 Andrzej Sapkowski (P)2014 Orion Publishing Group

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    • DK
    • 20.04.2018

    Great stories - horrible narrator

    The short stories are well constructed and rich in detail - also, the translation to English seems excellent.
    However, the narrator P. Kenny comes close to completely ruining this.
    It's my mistake that I didn't recognize him before buying the audio-book - I encountered his horrible narration in another audio-book several years ago and had since forgotten is name.

    - staccato-style narration of sentences with (long) pauses in-between.
    -> Kenny seems to always pause to read ahead and then PRESSES OUT partial or whole sentences in an incredibly fast staccato style.
    -> This staccato style also seems the only explanation to me how he can so completely mispronounce the name Dandelion - his speaks it as "dan-dilllion" which allows him to speak it very fast ("dillion" spoken twice as fast as "dan") - while the correct "dan-de-li-on" would have to be spoken much slower,

    - major variations in volume.
    -> Kenny speaks some parts very softly while other parts are pronounced very strongly and loudly.
    -> This makes for hard to understand listening any any but the most quiet environments - listening while traveling (car, train, etc.) is close to impossible.

    It has to be said that Kenny is a skilled narrator - there are no mistakes and he is quite skilled in imitating different persons
    -> But this can be said about most narrators of professionally recorded audio-books - his general skills of narration DO NOT negate the above deficits!

    I'm actively noting down Peter Kenny as narrator to avoid!

    33 Leute fanden das hilfreich

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    Liked the story

    But the narrator gets many pronunciations wrong, it's really confusing. For example Dandelion... I even checked the pronunciation in a dictionary and he is either using some dialect or pronounces it wrong.

    12 Leute fanden das hilfreich

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    Great story, average performance

    Great story. Some hickups in the story telling performance, definitely still well worth listening to!

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    Strange Performance, Decent Book

    I truly enjoyed this collection of short stories, my main gripe is about the narration. The performance was uttered so rapidly throughout the book that I had to listen to the entire story at 0.75x playback speed. The different voices and accents were decent, and the characters were well portrayed. However, I cannot forgive the pronunciation of “Dandelion”, a common English word, as “Dan-dillion”.

    This won’t stop me from listening to more of Kinney’s performances, because despite those errors it was enjoyable. However, for those more sensitive to these issues, perhaps reading the book would be preferable.

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    Good but lacking connecting plot

    This a number of short stories about Geralt roughly in chronological order except for a few flash backs. The stories are not really connected though, and form no greater plot. Some of the stories are very good, but most are a bit bland.

    4 Leute fanden das hilfreich

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    super Hörerfahrung!

    Mein erstes Hörbuch überhaupt ubd ich bin begeistert! Sehr wertvolle Erfahrung, danke! Freue mich auf das nächste Buch in der Reihe.

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    Nice Listen

    The various stories are a great way to enter the world of the witcher, and the reader was great at telling the stories

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    Great book Series

    Love the witcher books.
    Unsure about the narrator, very different to how i imagine it.

    Sometimes his female voice "impresssions" feely extremely feminine/feeble, idk I don't like it

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    Does not live up to the hype (for me)

    Personal opinion of course, I know it has a lot of positive reviews (which is the reason why I got it). You may very well love this, but to me it was thoroughly disappointing. I have not managed to listen to the end and that has not happened often. Big cycles like Herberts Dune, Simmons' Hyperion/Endymion or more recently Coreys Expanse are far superior with pacing and especially when approaching more mature topics, language and emotions. Sapkowski half the time sounds like a stunned 12 year old quire boy who just saw his first glimpse of cleavage. The end result to me is a fantasy version of one of those booklets for bored housewives only the point of view is reversed. Like with those booklets, this thing is almost obsessed with little allusions. This may entertain some, I prefere substance and find the repetitiveness gets boring very fast. Definitely not for me, I probably should have gone for the Armageddon Cycle next.

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    • Tg
    • 05.01.2018

    Great book, much recommended

    With the exception of the mispronouncing of Dandelion's name (something that is rectified in the audiobooks after this one), the performance was exceptionally well done, consistent and engaging. The book itself is of course a classic and anybody with a moderate interest in fantasy novels should at least check out this first book to see if they might enjoy the series or the phenomenal games based on them.