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Lady of the Lake

The Witcher, Book 5
Narrated by: Peter Kenny
Series: The Witcher Saga, Book 5
Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
5 out of 5 stars (437 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.

After walking through the portal in the Tower of Swallows while narrowly escaping death, Ciri finds herself in a completely different world...an Elven world. She is trapped with no way out. Time does not seem to exist and there are no obvious borders or portals to cross back into her home world.

But this is Ciri, the child of prophecy, and she will not be defeated. She knows she must escape to finally rejoin the Witcher, Geralt and his companions - and also to try to conquer her worst nightmare. Leo Bonhart, the man who chased, wounded and tortured Ciri, is still on her trail. And the world is still at war.  

©1999 Andrzej Sapkowski (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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<br />WTF happened here

ok were do i start, well the whole book jumps like a ferret on acid and keeps swaping to different characters telling the story but u dont know "when" its gonna happen.

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Two thumbs up

An excellent book. Dandelion's final scene in Toussaint is an extremely funny scene in narration.

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  • Xin
  • 20-05-2017

Magnificent

I'm so glad that the Witcher books have been turned into audiobooks and shared on audible! Peter Kenny and his hundreds of distinct voices delivers a stellar performance. Incredible writing and storytelling. A superb end to the series.

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Tantalising end to an amazing saga

This book was beautifully read and is able to transport you to another world.

There are only some slightly confusing segue moments. But easy to follow if you have listen to previous the Witcher books.

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The story is very erratic, jumping all over the place. Even more so than usual.

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The most brilliant

This is the most enjoyable thing I have ever listened to. I have laughed out loud, cried and been tense. Peter Kenny is a genius and I will look for everything he has done. To think that this is a translation puts Andrzej Sapkowski in the pantheon of the greats.

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Peter Kenny brings it all to life

Whatever it was they paid Peter Kenny to narrate this series, it wasn't enough. Another excellent performance.

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So so...

He may have lost it, not sure what had happened here. In the first part of this book the author goes I an indulgent trek into fluffy absurdism, totally confusing the main story with unnecessaryness. That said, the second half of the book reminds us why we all love this story and world.

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loved it

honestly one of the best books I've listened to would recommend. a fine conclusion to a great series.

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Had to finish the series but became a drag

I found the story got a bit too into high fantasy and was also a bit hard to follow as an audio book. Jumped around all over the place and had very little action. A bit unsatisfied in the end but glad I listened all the same.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-11-2017

Loved it!

Just read the sires already! Do it do it now! Peter Kenny does it again!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-07-2018

Great story

Im familiar with Sapkowski's Witcher since his first novels. I have read everything he wrote. I come form Poland where Witcher and Reynevan are well known. I wanted to listen the books in other language and I was surprised to find that there are English and German audiobooks.
overall score is 5, but the translation is not the best. on couple of occasions the translator failed to pick up the nuances in speech. however it had little or no consequence to the story.
classic fantasy, great read.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-07-2020

Disappointing

Meandering to the point of not respecting the reader... filler after filler after filler.
the world and main characters are great in the series, yet the author spends most of this book on garbage page after page.
Better to finish this story in your own head and save yourself the time, money and disappointment.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-07-2020

dissapointed

what a let down this was as a finisher. all over the place and just a poor ending

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  • Dragos Ungureanu
  • 21-05-2020

last chapter of the Witcher saga

This last chapter did had for me a somewhat bitter and glommy tone overall (even for a Witcher novel). Lots of references to the previous books so if they are not fresh in your memory you might miss some of the story. 4 stars for the story as some parts seems to trail too much while a few important scenes are so simplified that they seem from another universe. Sad it ends, but glad I buyed it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-04-2020

A shockingly poor end to the series

This book was a let down, it was an attempt at Holywood movie tempo after a long series of solid and fullfilling sorry telling.
This time so much happens simply for the plot to continue forward, it felt like an entirely different author.

The narrator, as always, was absolutely excellent.

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  • The Environman
  • 13-03-2020

Despite some nonesense, a great book overall.

Finally finished The Witcher saga.

If not for the senseless traveling through the worlds done by Ciri, and whole bunch of filler chapters in the last book, the whole series would've been superb.

The Lady Of The Lake just felt like partially written by Sapkowski's janitor. The other ones are great though. Nonetheless recommended overall.

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  • Kishore Mirpuri
  • 11-03-2020

Glad I am through with the whole series!!!

The whole series is an addiction which takes up so much of your time and you just cannot resist the temptation to go chapter after chapter, series after series. Superbly narrated and just awesome!!! Well done.

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  • Carlos
  • 12-02-2020

Completely disappointed

Autor lost his way in this pass 2 books, main characters are completely left out of the story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-01-2020

Last book... skip it.

Firat some nonsense with camelot that might as well be dinald duck for all i care. then some bs about some dreamer looking back in history. Then stockholmsyndrome probable kidnapping, rape, childnapping and overall crimes against everything that can be considered good. There is also adultery and deception and betrayal. Overall it's in poor taste and quite revolting.

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  • Evan H
  • 29-12-2018

Great performance, depressingly bad story.

[Review originally placed erroneously under Tower of the swallow.11/5/17 ]

It's a disappointing wet fart of a conclusion to a series I had a genuine love for. It's appallingly unfocused and jumps around worse than previous entries. Extended sections of the book are give over to subplots and tertiary characters which are utterly irrelevant to the main plot / characters. The allusions to Arthurian legend are frankly embarrassing. The sense of Sapkowski wanting to return to short story format is evident and his creative limitations are palpable.

I've listened to all the Witcher books available on audible and found Kenny's performance engaging and compelling. The passages of song are a little hard to listen to but it's evidently a constraint of the text / translation, not Kenny's fault.

I'd now much rather take the games' telling of the Witcher saga as definitive than this. Hopefully this is the conclusion to the series it proports to be and Sapkowski resists the urge to push out more manure to cash in on CDprojekt's success. Really disappointed.

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  • Anna
  • 13-10-2019

Mixed opinions

So I finally finished the very large last book of the series!

I had to take 2 days to process the ending before writing my review.

I enjoyed the storyline up to the final battle with vilgefortz. I even enjoyed reading the side stories (even though I don’t know if the word “enjoyed” is the right word to use for the side story that took place in the war hospital on the battlefield- but it really made you feel like you were there and made you understand the horrible realities of war) although sometimes they could go on for a little longer then they needed too.

I just felt the ending was a little weak. Some things were just not wrapped up in a satisfactory way, perhaps because the world that the author created was too complicated and with too many characters and side plots to be wound up in a satisfactory way.

I have found myself comparing the way game of thrones tv season finished to the way this final book ended. In both cases we were not satisfied with the ending, however I don’t think anyone could suggest alternative because the world is too complicated.

Still definitely worth reading. Quite a challenge at times because of the book’s length but overall I did love the series overall. I’m glad I read them.

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  • Arron
  • 08-11-2019

Truely amazing fantasty novel

Engrossingly epic fantasy novel. Very much wanted to have more of Geralt, Ciri and the work.

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  • Mark Godwin
  • 16-04-2019

Amazing story beautifully narrated

This is a fitting ending to a fantastic saga! I was so pleased with the outcome of everybody’s individual story. The narration by Peter Kenny is quite possibly one of the best performances in any audio book I’ve ever listened too. Amazing!

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  • Adam Beard
  • 31-05-2018

It didn't need to be quite as long.

I really enjoyed the latter sections but the start was a long and mostly unnecessary slog.

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  • number phobia
  • 14-06-2017

Why Did I Bother

What would have made Lady of the Lake better?

A story line might have made it better. But it was just a final book that tried to tie up loose ends that were completely irrelevant. I ploughed through it, but felt more confused than when I started. poor and yet complex stories that didn't flow or at times have any relevance to each other

What will your next listen be?

Jo Abbercrombe where are you?

Would you listen to another book narrated by Peter Kenny?

He is pretty good. Keeps the accents going, gets a bit complex at times and sometimes it difficult to 'know' who's speaking, the names and accents were at times just mind boggling complex

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

A few happy endings - sortof

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  • A J Stevens
  • 12-12-2018

An outstandingly read, terrible book.

I have read all of the other books concerning Geralt and really enjoyed them. I always found them to be well thought out and compelling to read. This one however reads like the author couldn't be arsed to write it so took a number of short parts that didn't make it into the other books and stuck it together with the few bits which are actually about Geralt and Ciri. The other stuff barely added context or even to the mood of the story. The story is taken to its illogical conclusion, so there is closure, but even that felt like the author was in a hurry to get down the pub or something. I kind of wish I had never bothered. Peter Kenny is wonderful as always though!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-07-2020

Im not sure he knew how he wanted it to end

I think there are a few two many ideas in this book and none of them really seem to close. but good to finish the series

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  • Stephen Marry
  • 19-07-2020

Peter Kenny makes this

Book is slow to start, but it ends well. Peter brings it to life.

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  • Emily Fensome
  • 17-07-2020

Enjoyable listening

An excellent collection of stories for anyone to enjoy
Fantastic author with an excellent story tellor
Was unable to stop listening