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Baptism of Fire

The Witcher, Book 3
Narrated by: Peter Kenny
Series: The Witcher Saga, Book 3
Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
5 out of 5 stars (492 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

The Wizards Guild has been shattered by a coup and, in the uproar, Geralt was seriously injured. The Witcher is supposed to be a guardian of the innocent, a protector of those in need, a defender against powerful and dangerous monsters that prey on men in dark times.

But now that dark times have fallen upon the world, Geralt is helpless until he has recovered from his injuries.

While war rages across all of the lands, the future of magic is under threat and those sorcerers who survive are determined to protect it. It's an impossible situation in which to find one girl - Ciri, the heiress to the throne of Cintra, has vanished - until a rumour places her in the Niflgaard court, preparing to marry the Emperor.

Injured or not, Geralt has a rescue mission on his hands.  

©1996 Andrzej Sapkowski (P)2014 Orion Publishing Group

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Great book

Another great tale from the Witcher universe. These stories are action packed, fun, political and also funny.
Great characters with Regis and also Milva in this one.
The narrator does another fantastic job on this book.

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starts slow then picks up to the end

solid book definitely more of a Bridger than a full unique story. starts slow and picks up towards the end to tie into the next book

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good read.

Bit confusing at times with 3 or 4 storylines but a cracking good read. Once you get into it, hard to put down.

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Geralt of Rivia

Babtised in fire, Geralt learns the meaning of friendship and gains more than just a story to his name. Introducing Zoltan and the return of Dandelion. Great book!

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Excellent with one exception!

Excellent except for the pronunciation of Dandelion's name, as it is said like the flower.

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Excellent book

The narration is exceptional. The story keeps your interest. Beware though, this book will make you laugh out loud in public......highly embarrassing.

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believable well constructed fantasy world.

felt fully immersed in the story. imagery is vibrant without interupting the story flow. I will continue the series.

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  • 01-03-2017

As with all the others, incredible

Truly outstanding books and the highest quality performances from Peter Kenny. Can't wait for the next one.

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amazing

definitely my favourite series of all time, thank you for translating it into English for the masses

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Best one yet!

Great continuation of Geralt's story as he makes new and unexpected friends. Brilliantly narrated too!

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  • Agnes Kuczewska
  • 11-04-2019

Fantastic!

WARNING! Amazing creation. One needs to be careful as when you enter it is hard to come back to real live. 😉 love it!

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  • RomulusRom
  • 02-07-2018

Peter Kenny brings this world to life.

So far in the story I can not stress enough how much Peter Kenny's talent adds to these stories. Every character is immediately recognisable which makes the conversations between all the different characters so easy to follow and so much more immersive.

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  • Joachim
  • 13-02-2020

Audio too low

Amazing book, second time through, first as audiobook. Kenny does an excellent performance, but the audio file is insanely low. With volume at the max and headphones I can barely hear.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-02-2020

Fillers and loss of story, sometimes

This book was ok, it just felt dragged out sometimes, like the vampire part.

The performance of Peter Kenny is 5/5, the story made me give it only 3 stars.

Plus "baptism of fire" mentioned a bit too many times, especially towards the end (made me think of CinemaCins and there was a "ding" sound for every time these words are spoken) was distracting. It makes you wonder what does Andrzej mean until the very end (before the uneeded book 4 preview). Was this it? No, how about this one? And so on...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-11-2019

Great story

I just love these adventures of Geralt and with the narrator you just get sucked into the story.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-11-2019

The best of fiction

Excelent performance, as ussual. I will never be bored with this saga. I recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-08-2019

Allright first experience to audio books

Loved the book. The performance was a little bit weird for me at times, maybe i just didnt imagine some characters sounding like that. But ofc its hard to potray all the characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-12-2018

My favourite witcher book so far

The characters are what really does it for me in the Witcher series, and Baptism of Fire introduces the arguably most colourful ones so far (besides the core cast). A fantastic listen

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-12-2018

really really great.

loved it.
Peter Kenny is doing a really good job.

these books are made by a god.

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  • Hector Montemayor
  • 10-10-2018

Loved it

great audio book

performance and narrative are excellent I really enjoyed it

I highly recommend it

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  • rachel oliver
  • 09-01-2020

Dandelion name is miss pronounced

Names r pronounsed in correct it's not hard to pronounce its insulting to the work

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  • The Bob
  • 20-09-2018

Very enjoyable

Much better than the previous one (which I found both slow and hard to follow at times due to all the various sorcerers). This part of the Witcher’s tale is more fun, more interesting, more emotional and generally better. The performance is, as ever, first-rate.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-03-2020

Not a lot happends

Yes you heard me. Or read me actually. Despite not a lot happening, this book is awesome. Just like the others.

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  • Mike
  • 18-03-2020

another gem of adventure

another rip roaring tale, great high points and intriguing plots..
maybe harder reading than previous books but still draws you in and makes you invest yourself in the characters lives.

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  • Solaire
  • 05-03-2020

Not catching fire

I loved The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny. I'm finding the subsequent five book saga less engaging, there's a story in here somewhere but maybe a single novel with faster pacing would have worked better. Still, I want to know how it ends so will listen to the remaining two books. Peter Kenny does a great job as on the other books.

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  • Lara
  • 18-02-2020

In love with the serie

In love with the serie and Peter Kenny's voice. Definitely not to be missed, if you are here because of the games or the TV show.

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  • Bobby Bawbaggins
  • 27-11-2019

Wonderful

It's hard to rate this book on its own as it's simply the continuation of the adventures of Geralt and his companions. However, this is a positive and the word simply does the book a disservice....it's more of the same, an exellently narrated adventure with great characters. Can't wait to get to the next one

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  • Adnan
  • 23-11-2019

Amazing book

Great, I really enjoyed it, couldn't put it down once I started, Milva instantly became one of my favorite characters and she grows a lot, I liked that it focuses more on the main characters and less on politics, Peter Kenny nailed it like always, he is an extraordinary narrator, he does the voices perfectly and really brings the characters to life. I highly recommend it.

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  • bread ROLL
  • 13-11-2019

Time for some Gwent.

Baptism of fire picks up the pace with the Witcher tales. We get a good chunk of development from the formation of the lodge, Ciri and Yennefers whereabouts and the introduction of Remus. The bulk of the story is centred around Geralt and his companions once again failing to avoid being drawn into the war that rages on around them. Peter Kenny once again delivers a masterful performance that draws you in.

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  • alasdair robert ian revie
  • 05-11-2019

Takes a long long time

Again the Witcher books are poorly chaptered by audible however this is compensated for by an excellent story and performance, in this case however, the story does take a very long time to get up to any decent speed