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The Last Wish

Narrated by: Peter Kenny
Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (1,546 ratings)

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Geralt of Rivea roams a world of wretched monsters and ruthless royalty. His combat abilities, combined with his wit and magic abilities, make him a much sought-after assassin. But when faced with moral quandaries and romantic endeavours, Geralt is challenged in a way that cannot be solved by his skill with a sword. 

The Witcher Saga has served as the source material for a wealth of adaptations, including a much adored video game franchise and a Netflix series. Whether you’re already a fan or are looking for your next fantasy obsession, The Last Wish is a perfect place to start. Rich with details and vivid world-building, the audio edition is made even more exciting by the rich, deep tones of narrator Peter Kenny.

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.

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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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 gripe 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.

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Solid listen

I was lead to Geralt or Rivia through the hype of pop culture. Having not played the game or watched the Netflix series, It was difficult to navigate the complex world. But I quickly became immersed in the richness of this dark fantasy. It is well worth the listen. The narrators performance was solid, but nothing special. I cringed at his attempts at female characters.

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Unique yet familiar

Sapkowski clearly draws from folktales in his works, however he puts such a refreshing spin on them that you hardly notice. Kenny delivers a great performance but bear in mind his mispronunciation of Dandelion can be a little bit annoying.

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Bit of a let down unfortunately.

Struggled through the entire thing. Really wanted to turn it off but I persevered. unsure if it was the confusing story time lines or the fairly dull narration. I'll give another book a go to see of the series gets better.

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Eh

This book personally for myself was good, atmospheric and interesting. However it wasn't really something I enjoyed, This might be because I have come from the video games this this book. And I wasn't able to keep track of things. I think its more of a book you need to be 100% focused on rather than listening while doing something else. I do enjoy the witcher universe. And brought the audible book to check out the series. I have been recommended by it from friends and colleagues. I feel it might be the case that in future books it gets better, but I didn't really enjoy this one.

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Lilac and Gooseberries

Great story and insight into the Games but had issues with the Narrator. The book was well delivered but for some reason found myself having to turn up the volume much more then other books and had to really concentrate to understand, many times had to rewind and listen again.

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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.

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Great

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

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Narrator has a very monotonous, singsong voice - almost devoid of expression. This is a shame as it spoils the audio reading of a very good story.

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Nothing like Henry Cavill

I didn’t like the accent of the witcher, he sounded old, Instead of like a strapping action hero, and nothing like Henry Cavill

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  • Rob
  • 10-09-2016

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.

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  • Torkil
  • 04-10-2018

Pronunciations

Didn't like how dandelion was pronounced as dandillion. Geralt's voice could have done without being in a northern English accent.

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  • Nell
  • 10-09-2015

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.

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  • Charles Meyer
  • 20-06-2018

Dan-de-lion

Really enjoyed this story. Excellent narration. Loved the pronunciation of dandelion :) I'm onto the next book already and will be playing the games pretty soon.

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  • Jakob
  • 08-08-2016

Amazing

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

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  • Albin
  • 31-05-2016

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.

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  • Keegan Ransome
  • 05-07-2016

engaging

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

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  • AndreG
  • 17-06-2016

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-02-2016

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.

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  • Anton Van Houcke
  • 15-01-2016

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.

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  • Littlewings85
  • 04-03-2019

Fantastic...just one tiny thing...

I have been reading the first two Witcher novels on my kindle (Blood of Elves and Time of Contempt) and loving every second of them. I came to the books from playing The Witcher 2 on my games console (sadly not managed to upgrade so I can play The Witcher 3 yet) so I had a general idea of the characters of Geralt of Rivia and his friends. As a lover of fantasy and sci-fi novels already I naturally needed more backstory so delved into the books happily, only being disappointed at the time I switched my bedside lamp off and pressed play on an audiobook to fall asleep to, that I’d have to rejig my brain back into another story/world etc because I didn’t have any Witcher stuff on my Audible (and not being well off can’t really justify an audiobook of something I already have as a paperback or kindle. That aside though (as I realise that is an incredibly personal issue that most people wouldn’t have) I became more and more involved in the characters and world the more I read and I needed more. Imagine my great joy when I realised that they released three volumes of short stories based upon Geralt of Rivia, in audiobook format, which serve as prequels to the first Witcher novel, Blood of Elves. Imagine my even greater joy then, when I listened to the Audible samples and discovered that the narrator was absolutely fantastic, giving each character their own unique voice and style and really bringing out the personality of each individual character. The narrator does have a sightly unusual cadence, which I didn’t notice in the samples and I spent the opening five to ten minutes of Blood of Elves worried that it would bother me and I wouldn’t be able to continue but after that I was completely lost in the story and having now finished the first “prequel” ‘The Last Wish’ I can honestly say that I didn’t hear it again at all. Brilliant fantasy series which I cannot recommend enough. There is just one tiny thing though.... ....his name is Dandelion!! (dan-dee-lion) 😂

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  • J. Barclay
  • 19-01-2015

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

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  • Scott Witham
  • 27-01-2020

First chapter missing!

I listened to this having never read any Witcher book before and I experienced a chapter cutting off within the first two minutes!?!?! I then dicovered that apparently the first chapter of the book is missing from this audio recording, not good. Don't buy until they sort this out.

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  • Rosie Missenden-Jones
  • 19-03-2015

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.

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  • Fraz152
  • 27-04-2015

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.

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  • Claudia G.
  • 26-03-2015

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.

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  • Shannon Rushworth
  • 09-04-2019

love the narrator

The narrator was awesome, hope he does the other audiobooks for this series. Played the Witcher games and this made me fall in love with the Witcher series even more!

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  • Andy
  • 14-01-2020

Cut Short and Missing

The Chapters cutoff mid word, and move on to a following chapter- in a different scene, story. Situation. No connections. As If there’s missing pages. The book and story I’m sure are amazing but this recording is flawed hugely.

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  • Ripper Magoo
  • 07-11-2019

What am I missing?

Well, what can I say? I bought this book based upon it's recent tv adaptation. I supposed the financial commitment of having based a show on this series was a decent endorsement. That coupled with the high number of purchases in Audible really made my mind up. But....... having finished the book, I'm left puzzled. This story really didn't deliver for me. Lack of characters, little in the way of character development and just a bit disjointed. Just my opinion though.

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  • Chris
  • 19-03-2019

witty and brilliant

i love the accents of the characters and the narration. brilliant from start to finish.

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