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The Tower of the Swallow

A Witcher Novel
Narrated by: Peter Kenny
Series: The Witcher Saga, Book 4
Length: 16 hrs and 46 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (509 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 world has fallen into war. Ciri, the child of prophecy, has vanished. Hunted by friends and foes alike, she has taken on the guise of a petty bandit and lives free for the first time in her life.

But the net around her is closing. Geralt, the Witcher, has assembled a group of allies determined to rescue her. Both sides of the war have sent brutal mercenaries to hunt her down. Her crimes have made her famous.

There is only one place left to run. The tower of the swallow is waiting....

©1997 Andrzej Sapkowski (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group

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Peter Kenny is Amazing!

This is a Must read/listen! Peter Kenny brings this story to life! The story is incredible, I did not want it to end! This is one of the best story lines ever written! The characters and world are next level!

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Almost flawless. loved it

At times too much romanticising but definitely worth the listen! Good stuff, would recommend Cheers

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Excellent!

By far the best book of the Witcher Saga. I was wholly disappointed with the Saga as a whole as the vast majority of it, as far as Witchering goes, involves Geralt not having access to his swords, not using his signs, not using his potions, and contemplating the pointlessness of being a Witcher at all. Furthermore, most of the time he and his troop are aimlessly wandering around, not encountering much interesting, as apparently the creatures he normally hunts are becoming scarce. During this time he constantly complains about not going fast enough, while at the same time trying to reject help from his friends, rather annoyingly. For most of the book Ciri is a petulant child who is also largely annoying and constantly complaining about everything. In this book though she finally comes into her own. We actually get some cool sword fights and some interesting situations for the characters, as well as finally seeing some unique creatures, even if Geralt doesn't end up actually fighting them. I would really like to see a new series with Geralt and Ciri actually being full Witchers, using their entire repertoires, rather than constantly losing their powers, or swords, or medallions, or not having any creatures to fight; you know, actual Witchering. Essentially like the short stories that started everything off.

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Haven’t Stopped Listening

One more book to go, it’s taken me less than a week to get this far. Peter has done a great job with the voice acting here. The different accents and tones for all the characters are well done, and make it easy to follow. It’s true that the women sound a little like drag queens, but Peter is a man with a deep voice, it’s to be expected. I couldn’t understand why the pronunciation of Dandelion was changed in this book, but a quick search online explained it, and it was less jarring once I understood why. The plot keeps me hooked, and I’m a bit sad that there is only one book left. Thankfully there is plenty more Witcher material out there to keep me entertained, but I’m enjoying this series very much.

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masterful

loved it, masterful storytelling of ciris story. the way its written and delivered is fantastic.

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A tale of a sadistic bounty hunter and a swallow

Once again Peter Kenny is like a siren telling a wonderful tale of ciri the witcher girl and her dash to the tower of the swallow from a sadistic bounty hunter

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  • 03-04-2017

Amazing as always

The Witcher novels are perhaps my favourite fantasy series. Peter Kenny delivers a masterful performance as always, giving life to dozens of different characters with unique voices. This one is my favourite so far aside from the first in the series! Multiple flashbacks normally irritate me, but the storytelling is done so well here I admire the brilliance of it.

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Entertaining as always!

I really enjoyed the story and the audio production was excellent. It is really enjoyable following the story, as I have been a Witcher fan for many years now.

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amazing in every way

A gripping tale with ups and downs all over.

I would recommend this book to everyone!

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another 10 out of 10

Another great book in the series, Peter Kenny has done a wonderful job bringing the characters to life. I can't wait for the next audio book to be released.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-09-2020

love

Love listening to this book invested in the character's journey Great book! would recommend to anyone that loves fantacy

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-03-2020

The best of the series.

The storyline unfolding, background history is explained. Great book for all the genre livers. Raecommmended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-01-2020

The downfall of the view of a witcher.

A table, on one side sits Geralt, snearing in contempt. On the other sit someone who wants to hurt him. Geralt speak with veiled threats, beliving himself in a superior positon. The tables are turned and Geralt is wounded, outnumbered, disarmed or trapped. Then fate intervines and he escapes, weaker then he was. Now he enters a new room, a new table ans another person wanting him harm.... Thats it. I had my hopes of Geralt rising to greatness. I had hoped of seeing the skills of a witcher in him as he travels in his search. Yet I now see how this was ment to lower him down to a simple man. Less capable then a pregnant woman. The entire writen stpry about Geralt of Rivia reminds me, thus far, of the real life of a war hero. You hear about the stories abd think the man is a great man. A man who is capable and wise. Yet here we see the truth. Riddled with doubt, remorse and lashing out in vain anger only to fail at everything and remain unable to act. Seeking lonesome punishment yet being denyed even that. It makes him pathetic. Even when they travel through monster riddled territory where his skills could have been shown we get nothing. For the only monster this witcher fights are men. And those he fights badly. Damnit he never asked for her, in the villages or towns or the people he met. Not once did he ask if someone seen her. And Ciri... oh Ciri. Almost raped by a man and then raped by a woman she then deludes herself to fall in love with said woman. Instead of returning home to Cintra or Caer Moren she decide to murder and pillage. She is so unable to make decisions for herself it makes me mad everytime I read about her. Well if anything at least she is able to swing her fking sword without falling on it. Not like her older counterpart. As for Yennefer. Fuck that useless bitch. Boy did she act like she had power before yet now she is nothing. Unable to cast a single spell. Unable to act. Overall the entire book just made me fucking pissed! Fuck Ciri for waiting for rescue when she could leave at any time for home. Fuck Geralt for his vain attempt at finding an enemy. Fuck Yennefer for doing fuck all. Fuck everyone for never lashing out at the frustrating fucking mess. Every single one of em could have left a road of blood behind em. Yet instead we got walking and talking for hours. Hinting and using vailed threats for hours. When a frustrated sword could have cut shit short and gotten to the point damn fucking fast. Buncha fking politicians. All this said its masterfully written and read. I know of no author that is this good at writing speach, something I personally struggle with. Wonderful but frustrating af.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-11-2019

Story picks up

Baptism of fire was a little stretched in my view, but this book picks up nicely. And asusual the performance in all the books is awesome.

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  • Stefan Adolfsson
  • 16-10-2019

Amazing

The book is intriguing, I have been listening closely to it all along. The reader is great but at times I experience that it is hard for him to give the characters different voices, there are a great deal of characters though so I don't blame him for this, he does a great job as it is. And with the cliffhanger I can't wait to start with the 5th and last book of the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-01-2019

great story and story teller

again a great performance of Peter Kenny on the intriguing story of the witcher Geralt, the plot finally falls into place and makes it easier to understand then previous books.

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  • RomulusRom
  • 12-08-2018

The best one yet.

I've been loving these Witcher books read by the amazing Peter Kenny from the first minute but this one really ups the game. It delivers an even more incredible in-depth look at the world and its creatures combined with so many exciting adventurous scenes which had me on the edge of my seat. An amazing book.

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  • Stian
  • 15-05-2018

some stuff was weird

In the later part of the book, the author started somewhat repeating a phrase, the first 3 times it was ok, but when it was more than that it annoyed me, and completely pulled me out of the immersion :( Other that that i enjoyed the book, and Peter Kenny does his narration so incredibly well!

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  • Christian
  • 22-03-2018

4

Narrator seemed un-interested in the material and sounded monotone throughout the entire story. Made it hard to finish the book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-12-2017

One of the best in my opinion.

I very much like this one, Peter Kenny was brilliant as usual. story was fantastic.

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  • Mr D B T
  • 06-02-2020

Dandelion

Really enjoyed this, binged on the series after exhausting Brandon Sanderson’s available works. Only minor issue is the changed pronunciation of Dandelion in this book from the preceding works. Not a complaint, a little bit funny.

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  • Aliwayo
  • 23-07-2016

Addictive!

As ever, a gripping story superbly performed. Well rounded characters, a story that carries you along

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  • Ismael Gutierrez
  • 25-02-2019

I'm bored

This saga moves from books with too many different stories to a story with too many books. This book is still fascinating when it comes to the universe created by the author, which is vast and beautiful as ever. However, the main plot keeps focused on a single character, like the last two books. A character who is essential to the whole thing, but there is little else. Don't expect many adventures from Geralt this time, because it's all about Cirilla and her struggles (and her relentless whinging)

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  • Sash
  • 05-06-2018

Another banger in The Witcher chronicles

Had one looked into the window of bus on a summers weekday morning. Had one followed a curly haired man walking to work. one would witnessed the listening to The tower of the swallow. A moving tale, following mainly Ciri and Yennifer, I actually didn't mind that geralts story was minor in this because Ciri's story is so hick and layered. These audio books are getting better & better.

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  • Regina Phalange
  • 31-10-2016

Just Awesome!

The narrator was awesome as usual . Love listening to books narrated by Peter Kenny.

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  • James Michael Worth
  • 05-07-2016

Cant get enough

im going to listen to these again and again untill the last one is complete. Love witcher !

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  • Thomas Dowler
  • 16-06-2016

Good, but not the best of the Witches books

a great Sapkowski novel, but not the best in the series, still a great addition. great development of Ciri

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  • Mr. Ian L
  • 20-08-2019

ttots

great stuff, good listen. as as as as as as as as as as as 15 words

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  • Anna
  • 23-04-2019

Great start but slows down

This book started out great, really gripping but I find it slows down mid book to my frustration. I really like the Witcher storyline but I have found with all the books so far that sometimes the author gets too involved with dialogue about meaningless things and this just slows the story down. Narrator is brilliant as with all the books so far!

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  • Mark Butler
  • 08-03-2019

Great ending to a great series

I was so worried how this series was going to end as big epics like this tend to go nowhere. However this was a great surprise and a lovely ending in keeping with the whole series. Very clever, very lovely and very enjoyable. Trying not to give spoilers, but how clever to 'step sideways' as as solution to the big ending.

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