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The Last Wish

Sprecher: Peter Kenny
Spieldauer: 10 Std. und 27 Min.
4.5 out of 5 stars (347 Bewertungen)

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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  • 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.