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The Last Wish Audiobook

The Last Wish

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Publisher's Summary

Geralt is a witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent.

He roams the country seeking assignments, but gradually comes to realise that while some of his quarry are unremittingly vile, vicious grotesques, others are the victims of sin, evil or simple naivety.

©1993 Andrzej Sapkowski (P)2014 Orion Publishing Group

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    Adam 24/02/2015
    Adam 24/02/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Great"

    A good read for people who played the games and fantasy geeks in general. Worth a Buy!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    blake 30/06/2015
    blake 30/06/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Unique fantasy with brilliant voice acting."

    A collection of short stories following Geralt and laying the foundation for several interesting characters. The stories are descriptive and well written and the characters are interesting and unique. The voice acting is incredible, it is easy to forget one person is doing the reading. My only grip I have is the series of short stories gives the book an awkward progression that doesn't really head to any kind of overarching conclusion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jack Fleming 11/11/2016
    Jack Fleming 11/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "A series of short stories"

    woven together wonderfuly my only criticism is it took me awhile to ground myself but I got there and it was well worth the time it took me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Adam 24/10/2016
    Adam 24/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Struggled to finish"

    the sex scene's almost put me off the book other than that a decent waste of 10 hour's

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brad 15/03/2016
    Brad 15/03/2016
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    "Intriguing Stories - First Audio Book"

    This was my first audio book. The narration by Peter Kenny was outstanding. As for the book itself, I found the jumping timelines of the chapters a little confusing, especially being in audio book form. Remembering character names and who they were was tricky too, as with a hard copy I would just flick back a few pages and remind myself. The short stories themselves where however intriguing and I enjoyed getting a further insight into the background of Geralt (having previously player The Witcher 3 videogame).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 01/07/2015
    Michael 01/07/2015
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    "Love the games? then the books are a must"

    Very well done. I love the witcher games and love the books as well. 10/10 very well narrated. A must for witcher fans

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brendan 19/05/2015
    Brendan 19/05/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Witching hours"

    A grounded masterpiece, lit by shades of grey in every character. Nothing is as it seems, yet you can always count on Gerald to kick ass.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Rob
    10/09/16
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    "A rich world explored through vignettes"
    What did you love best about The Last Wish?

    I enjoyed the richness of the world, the sense of history, the previous world events and social changes.


    What about Peter Kenny’s performance did you like?

    I felt the narration did not distract from the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found the audio a little disconcerting as the story jumps in time and location without preamble. In the book, there would be a new chapter to help you with the jump. At times I felt lost, particularly if I had taken a pause, it took me a while to figure out what was happening.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great world, well described. That said, it is a little different in style from more common fantasy stories. I found the concept epic in nature, yet the scenes were more like stand alone short stories. Not a bad thing, just different.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jakob
    8/08/16
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    "Amazing "

    Second time I'm listening to this. I Love this series and Peter is doing an excellent job at reading it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Keegan Ransome
    5/07/16
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    "engaging"

    each story was quite engaging. i cant wait to see where this goes next. will be picking up the other books

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • AndreG
    17/06/16
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    "Amazing narration, a must if you liked the games"

    At first I had trouble understanding the narration, but downloading it in high quality helped a lot!

    I really like the voices the narrator makes, as always at first they are kinda weird but you get used to it so fast.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Albin
    31/05/16
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    "Good story made great by Peter Kenny"

    Just like with any book, and especially a collection of short stories, there will be some dull parts. Some short stories were more slow than others, and some kept me up way past bedtime.

    But even the slower stories came alive thanks to Peter Kenny's great storytelling and amazing voices. Thanks to him I bought the second collection of short stories as an audiobook rather than a paper copy because I can't imagine Geralt without the voice acting of Peter Kenny.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    2/02/16
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    "A Brilliant Introduction Into "The Witcher""
    If you could sum up The Last Wish in three words, what would they be?

    Thrilling, brilliant, engaging


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Who's everyone's favorite character? It's Geralt, of course! Before reading the book, I was under the impression that he would just be a Batman-like stoic hero, but he's far from it. Sure, he's a badass, he knows everything about killing monsters and all that you'd expect from him, but he's also a good listener, he's considerate and not condescending, he even demonstrates a sense of humor at a few occasions!


    What does Peter Kenny bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    While it is, once again, the boring answer that everyone would go to, it's definitely the voice acting. While some of the characters were a bit hard to understand (if you listen, you'll know exactly who I'm talking about), he overall did a very good job giving each one a personality, to the point where I was honestly a bit disappointed when I learned that Peter Kenny didn't voice Geralt in "The Witcher" games. He nails the character!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Last Wish - The Beginning of The Witcher" Boring and obvious, but hey, that seems to be the theme of this review, so who cares.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, I can't find much wrong with "The Last Wish" - it's just great from start to finish. Definitely a good read for anyone regardless of how familiar they are with the franchise.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anton Van Houcke
    15/01/16
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    "Great performance"

    I played all games. This book is very nice background, as the games refer to it's events often. Very entertaining and not as predictable as I'd thought.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inma Peiro
    17/12/15
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    "Great story and awesome variety of accents"

    I would like to have in Audible more books of this author. The medieval-fantasy stories take another level with him, making the characters behave contemporarily. Geralt of Rivia is a witcher but at the same time is a great person. His romance with the other character will have more to tell us in the future.
    The narrator does an splendid job using not only different voices, but different accents too. I love how Geralt speaks. I had a really good time listening this audio book!
    10 out of 10 for both, the author and there narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Renell
    Hamilton, New Zealand
    10/09/15
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    "Spectacular Introduction to "The Witcher""

    I absolutely love this book. It is full of rich detail and vivid imagery. I can imagine myself right alongside Geralt as he goes from one amazing adventure to the next. I don't want to give away spoilers, so I will just say that I couldn't put it down. The world is so believable, despite the high-fantasy setting. It's a world similar to our own, but with magic and an array of majestic or horrifying creatures. The world is dirty and rife with evil and corruption, but with enough glimpses of goodness and light to give you hope for the future (much like our own world).

    I read this via "immersion reading". I read the Kindle version (and sometimes the paperback version) as I listened to Peter Kenny's incredible voice-over. He is a master storyteller. I loved his changing voices and the life he gave to each character on the page.

    The only critique I have would be the chapter for which the book is named after. "The Last Wish" is a thrilling and action-packed chapter, especially towards the end. However, Peter Kenny spoke the dialogue of Yennefer and Geralt a little too plainly during the action sequences. There is so much happening I would have expected him to at least change his pitch a little. I read the chapter on my own without the voice-over and let my imagination do it justice.

    Aside from that, I will still say that Peter Kenny did an excellent job. I will not hesitate to get an audiobook he voices in the future. I will also move on the other novels in the series, once the "Sword of Destiny" is released as an audiobook. I hope Peter Kenny is brought onboard once again.

    Also, as I wrote in the Kindle review, I wholeheartedly recommend "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt" game. It's the greatest game I have ever played.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Aleksandar
    8/06/15
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    "One of most underrecognized fantasy books"
    Would you listen to The Last Wish again? Why?

    Yes I would, it is one of best books i've read, Sapkowski did a perfect job creating a world with a witcher as a hero. For the first time i felt like the main hero was complete.


    What other book might you compare The Last Wish to and why?

    I don't think there's any books to compare to it, none ever focuses on main character so much and lets you meet him from every aspect.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favourite scene was in the tavern when people tell geralt which monsters they want to be taken out, yet the geralt realizes none of what they're saying is true, and they're making it all up because they're the monsters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Lifting the curse from knight


    Any additional comments?

    Must-read book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Mark Roberts
    4/02/16
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    "Not what I expected"
    What did you like best about The Last Wish? What did you like least?

    There were a number of clever references to common folk law and fairytales which usually have a twist to them. This was an interesting concept for a fantasy book.
    I did struggle with the style of writing, the book is almost a collection of short stories which are not told in chronological order. This certainly left me at times trying to understand what events had already happened and which had not. I would also mention that the chattering of the audiobook is not the best, it chapters at separate stories but does not sub chapter the individual "parts" as they are described by the narrator.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have changed the order of the individual stories and tried to make the chronology easier to understand.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Kenny – was your favourite?

    Some of the voices performed in this book were cleverly performed but, particularly the goat character was really annoying to listen to. Other than that it was a good performance.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Claudia G.
    London, UK
    26/03/15
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    "fantastic Polish fantasy."

    I am a fan of RPG videogame The Witcher and when I found out it is based on this novel, I did not hesitate to read it. it is very good. You meet Geralt of Rivia, a witcher whose job is to kill monsters.
    This book is a collection of short stories telling tales of Geralt, his deals with politics ( unwilling but hard to avoid ) and the people who are friends in adventures ( Dandelion) and many lovers. Geralt is a mutated witcher and strange looking, but this only attracts women to him.
    This book is for a more mature audience and should be the first one to read to get a glimpse of who the witcher is, but don't stop here. There are others to be read.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Atre
    15/04/16
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    "Phenomenal voice acting, good story"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Good build up of the Witcher's world and the characters, often presenting intriguing situations with shades of grey (an nice juxtaposition to the black & white of the fairy tales it derives stories from).


    Have you listened to any of Peter Kenny’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I only know Peter Kenny by his Witcher work, and it is all top-drawer. Easily the best audiobook performance I've ever heard. Delivers dialog with character, emotional nuance and differentiated voices.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely. But pleasingly, as a short story collection with an overarching narrative, it holds up well to brief bursts too.


    Any additional comments?

    The translation is very good, and presents an interesting and coherent story in English. Dialog feels well-written and natural, with little to mark it as a translation rather than native.That "little bit" is the tendency to repeat the chapter titles in the dialog, which occasionally feels forced. In the original Polish Sapkowski is praised for his intricate wordplay, so I think these title repeats are non-translatable pieces of writing.

    This tiny oddity is why I have deducted a point from the story. However I feel this book is very strong despite this minor flaw, and the voice acting is beyond criticism.

    Anyone who wonders if the narrative strengths of the witcher III is repeated in the books, I can assure you that it is. These books match the best mileu and characterisation of the game.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    5/02/16
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    "Love it!"

    Awesome fantasy world with a great collection of stories and characters. Geralt is a very likeable and captivating character.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Fraser Stewart
    UK
    27/04/15
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    "Surprisingly witty, funny and all round Amazing."

    loved listening from start to finish. Had to stop listening at points due to the urge to burst out laughing at some of the wit but the humour is second to the amazing writing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rosie Jones
    19/03/15
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    "Big fan of the games, didn't disappoint"

    Having played the Witcher games and fallen in love with Geralt's character I thought I'd give the books a look in. This collection of short stories was a refreshing change of pace from the epic fantasy I often listen to, but didn't seem disjointed (which I often find a problem with collections) as they are all linked together nicely. Well narrated at a good pace - I usually speed up to at least x1.5, my only criticism is the accent used for Geralt, but very minor and subjective after all. Great listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • J. Barclay
    U.K.
    19/01/15
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    "Good performance of a decent story"

    Decent story elevated further by a good performance by the narrator. Would be interested in further takes set in this world

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Lincoln, United Kingdom
    8/05/16
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    "Not quiet what was expected"

    It felt more like a collection of disjointed short stories rather than a complete book per se. They fitted togeather and didn't all at the same time, that said I did enjoy it, the stories moved swiftly, maybe lacked some depth due to the lack of background or history, but as a bunch of short stories put together it works and is a light and easy listen. The narrator wasn't too annoying either and he did grow on me as the stories progressed. Give it a try you will probably surprise yourself and enjoy it. Looking forward to seeing how the next book progress's the storyline.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pálmi
    26/04/16
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    "Amazing book."

    I absolutely loved this book. My only problems are the mispronounciations of some names of characters and places. Otherwise i loved this

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paul D
    Normandy, France
    12/11/14
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    "Not totally convinced but worth a listen."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, worth a listen.
    The jury is still out on this author but it was interesting enough - style and content - to try his other books..


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I'm a writer now?
    Not qualified to offer comment or advice to a professional author.


    Have you listened to any of Peter Kenny’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No. Performance interesting and not intrusive. Interesting voices, some I liked some I that I didn't - just like life.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Nope.
    I hate film links - because of these far too many books are written with the hope of a big film deal to the detriment of the book.
    The book stands on its own strength as a good read (listen) and I really would have no interest in watching a film in this genre.


    Any additional comments?

    The book held my interest well enough but was not compulsive listening.
    The story is rather episodic and maybe not the best book to start with this author. Good enough to prompt the listening of another.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful

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