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Blood of Elves

The Witcher, Book 1
Narrated by: Peter Kenny
Series: The Witcher Saga, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
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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.

For more than a hundred years humans, dwarves, gnomes and elves lived together in relative peace. But times have changed, the uneasy peace is over and now the races once again fight each other - and themselves: dwarves are killing their kinsmen, and elves are murdering humans and elves, at least those elves who are friendly to humans....

Into this tumultuous time is born a child for whom the witchers of the world have been waiting. Ciri, the granddaughter of Queen Calanthe, the Lioness of Cintra, has strange powers and a stranger destiny, for prophecy names her the Flame, one with the power to change the world - for good, or for evil....

Geralt, the witcher of Rivia, has taken Ciri to the relative safety of the Witchers' Settlement, but it soon becomes clear that Ciri isn't like the other witchers. As the political situation grows ever dimmer and the threat of war hangs almost palpably over the land, Geralt searches for someone to train Ciri's unique powers. But someone else has an eye on the young girl, someone who understand exactly what the prophecy means - and exactly what Ciri's power can do.

This time Geralt may have met his match.  

©1994 Andrzej Sapkowski (P)2014 Orion Publishing Group

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Witchy witcher

Nice introduction to the main characters. Focus seemed more on the wizardry in this one but looking forward to the next book. The narrator does a decent job... But the female voices could use some work. All in all, not the best book I've read... But it's up there with the best.

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soft

I started listening to this book as im watching the series on netflix.
The volume is so low i had to turn it fully up and still its soft

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Needs a female co-narrator

Peter kenny did an excellent job narrating as had an impressive array of voices but when it came to voicing females it was difficult to tell who was talking, I think this would definitely benefit with a female co-narrator.

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Intriguing

Love the narrator and his voices for each of the characters.
Amazing storyline and overall fantastic

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Extremely enjoyable!

Great book, although the narrative is slightly incostinent in regards to action and character building set pieces. Alot better than the two short story books written before this entry, and the narrator really shines especially with his voicing of Ciri and Geralt. All in all, this is spectacular. A must read for any dark fantasy fans out there.

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The narrator was a bit over the top

Story wasn’t bad and neither was the narrator but he was a little bit over the top. However seeing past that it was a pretty good listen

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Excellent

Seriously, an outstanding story, translation and performance. Hooked.
Here's some filler for fifteen words minimum.

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I loved it

I loved it and I can't wait for the tv show it will be good

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amazing

amazing book full of action romance and drama. Geralt is one of the most badass character ever made.

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love the witcher

not strictly geralt focused. the story takes more time to develop ciri and her conflicts

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  • Rushdan Rashid
  • 04-12-2019

The Story of Ciri

I have enjoyed reading while listening to the narrator on Audibles. I guess that is the way when you have Kindle and the Audible paired together, makes reading much more interesting and faster to finish the book.
Not much on Geralt or monsters but on Ciri. I love that this book contains both of my beloved characters, Triss and Yennefer.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-12-2018

A great beginning for the upcoming long journey

got introduced to the book through the famous Witcher game. I am not disappointed at all. Great style of storytelling and excellent narrator.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-03-2016

Worst Witcher Book So Far

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would probably sprinkle more action into it. And not just "Oh, whoops, we've gone a few thousand words without a fight scene, better send a couple of assassins after Geralt", but action which actually has bearing on the narrative and impacts the plot. I would also really cut down on all the pointless political talk, and I would downplay Ciri's training in favor of a main plot featuring Geralt, since he's the protagonist of the book and the person we want to follow. Well, in fairness, I guess the book would have to be rewritten entirely.

What was most disappointing about Andrzej Sapkowski’s story?

I think that this book has two major crimes (I'm not talking specifics - if I were, the crimes would be a lot more than two) - it's boring, and it's pointless. Nothing happens throughout the book. Nothing. The entire book is basically an extended explanation about Ciri's training as a Witcher and, later, as a sorceress. That's it. There's a subplot about a group of people trying to find her and kill her, but that's never resolved. Really, you could have compressed this entire book within a single sentence - "Ciri trained with the Witchers and gained many of their skills, and later with Yennefer and understood magic". That's all that really matters. You really don't need to waste 10+ hours of your life to a story that's riddled with political talk and prolonged conversations about awkward subjects.

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

I listened to Peter Kenny's other Witcher adaptations, and as always he was lovely. But not even he can salvage the snooze-fest that was "Blood of Elves".

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

Probably, but only because I really love "The Witcher". And because I'd be curious to see if a movie adaptation can fix the huge problems of the book.

Any additional comments?

Skip this one, folks. Save your money, you're really not missing anything.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-02-2020

brilliant witcher story great author and narrator

👍 witcher vety good.good writing and Reading.magic mystery and action. geralt is best boi. ciri great

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  • peter dejounge
  • 16-02-2020

great book and great narrator

perfect book to have when you for some spare time, or when you are commuting. peter Kenny really makes the book come alive

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  • George Ianus
  • 11-02-2020

Bloody brilliant and the narration grows on you

I'm an instant fan. The narration while not instantly attracting you in, grows in and you and manages to keep you listening continously.

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  • luis
  • 08-02-2020

Pleasently surprised.

Characters are surprisingly well developed, and dialogues are strong. Both rare things in the genre. I especially enjoyed the way Sapkoswki seems unfettered by the classic medieval / middle earthish setting of the novels and allows himself seeming anachronisms such as medical and biological understanding of the human body - penicillin, lactic acid, pituitary gland, gonads, endocrine abnormalities, cancer, etc. Magic is present in his world, but it does not substitue chemistry, medicine, hard training, and is overall better balanced and less deux ex machina than in many other of the fantasy classics.

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  • bzcsdatvvcav
  • 08-01-2020

Amazing first full novel

I flew through this book, it's the first full novel in the series and I could see the continuation from The Last Wish and the Netflix show, could also see glimpses of the Witcher 2 game in there. highly recommended!

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  • keane
  • 26-12-2019

Great Story, Brilliant Narration

This is a great introduction to the series. Also, and while the different voices are something to get used to (if you’ve been playing the games for a while), Peter Kenny is exceptional. The voice acting is the best I’ve heard in a long, long while.

Can’t wait to get into the next book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-12-2019

Amazing narrator

Peter Kenny is truly an amazing narrator. His interpretation of the vast range of different characters is remarkable and indeed brings the story to life in colorful detail. Thank you Peter, for a most enjoyable listen.

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  • Filip
  • 09-10-2016

Good, if you read them all.

The blood of elves is the first book of the Witcher Saga by Andrzej Sapkowski, and if you give it a try you will realise it's very confusing at first. At least I found that. It all comes together however, so keep listening! It's worth reading the entire saga and the short stories. The world and the writing is outstanding and bound to draw you in, if you ever wanted a more realistic approach to a fantasy world (anti-fantasy), where politics of the realms have a larger impact on the world than a single character (at least throughout the entirety of the book).

The reading is fantastic. As a person who took this one up as one of my first audiobooks, I very quickly got accustomed to it and the range of voices for different characters is just astonishing. I found myself realising who was talking even without explanation.
Highly recommend.

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  • A. Bentley
  • 26-04-2016

Lore lovers need apply

I really enjoyed digging deeper into the lore of the Witcher.

The book itself is very good though I was not keen on some of the way the author choose to rely only on dialog to describe some scenes, it's odd and seems a little lazy. The book also ends very abruptly leading me to believe the author was pushed to publish a little early.

Regardless of my little issues with eh writing it is a book well worth reading especially if you are into the Witcher universe.

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  • Mark Strawbridge
  • 22-02-2016

A Modern fairytale!

From the wonderful short stories featuring Geralt the "witcher" begins this epic, set in a believable world full of spy's, witches and kings, heroes, villains and those in between. A unique take on traditional folk story's and fantasy epics, it deals with racism and the reality of war! Fantastic.

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  • Jakob
  • 13-12-2014

Fantastic fun to listen to

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, the dialogue is witty, the characters are believable and Peter Kenny is an amazing Narrator

What did you like best about this story?

The way Peter Kenny brought the characters to life

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

Amazing pacing, fantastic voices

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

Different than other fantasy as it is often just scenes with dialogues, but it is so well written you want to keep listening.

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  • Miss Dawn K Saunders
  • 18-03-2016

very enjoyable I didn't want it to end

wonderful book I usually listen to these while I fall alseep bit this one kept me awake, very funny at points and kept you involved. the voice acting was very good too, peter Kenny breathed life into the characters. I really need to hear the rest now, I love the video games and now I love the books.

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  • Mark
  • 02-06-2016

Very good story

The narration was masterfully executed. I only wish Geralt played more of a part throughout.

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  • Oliver Gadsby
  • 25-11-2015

Fantastically crafted, brilliantly narrated!

Peter Kenny really drew this brillant and engrossing story together, the clear and precise performance made it a joy to listen, I might even listen again before I move onto to the next in the series!

The magical world of The Witcher is a gloomy, rich and intriguing one! This doesn't come recommended enough.

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  • ben
  • 24-06-2015

Interesting backstory

If you're "into" the witcher, probably you'll like this, which is kinda short stories about Geralt, with some more info on Ciri'a training.

Another great performance by Peter Kenny

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  • Samuel Wallace
  • 27-05-2015

Fantastic!!

Builds upon the foundation laid by the short story collection, The Last Wish. Peter Kenny's narration is again superb.

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  • D. Deeks
  • 03-03-2016

pretty good start,

hopefully more and better to come. fan of the witcher from the games and even though the book is notibly different I'm still finding entertaining.

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