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  • Blood of Elves

  • The Witcher, Book 1
  • De : Andrzej Sapkowski
  • Lu par : Peter Kenny
  • Durée : 11 h et 11 min
  • 4,5 out of 5 stars (56 notations)

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Blood of Elves

De : Andrzej Sapkowski
Lu par : Peter Kenny
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    Description

    The Witcher, Geralt of Rivia, holds the fate of the world in his hands in the New York Times best-selling first novel in the Witcher series that inspired the Netflix show and video games.

    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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    Not the fantasy book I expected

    This is the third book in the Witcher series. I was hoping that after the first two collections of shorter stories, this first main story-line would be more focused and interesting. Unfortunately it's not. The author does not seem to care about world-building as other fantasy writers do. For example, don't expect any of the details that Tolkien or Martin put in their novels. The universe feels like a cheap version of Tolkien's world, with certain elements . The author also failed to make me care about any of the his characters, in particular Geralt who is supposed to be the lead in this story. The same goes for the story, which follows the common "the chosen one" trope. Finally, although the narrator is obviously talented, I could not stand his regular switching between voices for the different characters. His attempts to imitate female voices in particular pulled me out of the immersion every single time.

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    Great Start!!!

    Blood of Elves picks up intelligently from where the two previous books (The Last Wish and The Sword of Destiny) left us. Sapkowski does a good job in preparing us, the readers, for the following...
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    The story is outstandingly narrated by Peter Kenny, making the reading of this already great novel even more enjoyable!

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    une narration qui ne me correspond pas

    J'ai lu tous les livres et terminé tous les jeux liés au sorceleur. Je trouve que le narrateur est meilleur pour J'admire, mais n'est pas très crédible selon moi en Geralt. J'ai donc choisi la version française.

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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
    • 22/11/2020

    Narrator speaks too fast

    Good story but I had to reduce the speed of the narration ( speaking rate) from standard speed to slightly slower. Either it’s set wrong to begin with or the narrator speaks way way too fast to enjoy listening to the story.

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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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    • Lasse Jensen
    • 23/12/2017

    Not nearly as good as the short stories

    Suddenly Sapkowski tries too hard with unfitting and unwarranted grandiose imagery and the fascinating style of connected short stories is abandoned.

    The first in an exciting but ultimately bad story of the young Ciri suffering and suffering and suffering and vain attempts at depth by insisting on and repeating poor metaphors. And suffering. Torture and rape over and over has replaced the moral dilemmas that gave the short stories such depth.

    If you enjoyed The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny, then I recommend you enjoy them again rather than start on these novels.

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    • Vukibog
    • 18/08/2022

    Amazing story!

    Amazing story and I really loved the narrator and his performance. I will definitely pick up the hard copy as well.

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    • Stian Husby
    • 01/07/2022

    The back story of so many things

    Did you play The Witcher 3 and wondered about the backstory of some of the characters?

    For me, I got into The Witcher 2 video game. Following the amazing story of how Geralt regained his memory. Fast forward to The Witcher 3 I struggled abit to find my way into the story since Ciri was a newish character.

    This is the book that underscores Ciri's connection to most of the games characters, her emotions and feelings for said characters.

    It is a book that comes of as a hard read/listen because it jumps around alot. But Peter Kenny is amazing. He manages to imbue each character with personality and spirit, not a single character sounds like another.

    Enjoy this book, enjoy this story and most definitely enjoy the series in book, game or TV show

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    • James Depret
    • 26/03/2022

    best narrator on audible

    of all the books I've had on audible, this one was the best narrated so far.

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    • Anonymous User
    • 25/02/2022

    The lack of variation in intonation made me stop

    All the non dialogue sentences seem to have the same intonation pattern. It just takes me out of the story too much to continue listening to it. Be wiser than me and listen to a sample before you buy.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 16/01/2022

    Great narration

    Peter Kenny is great, and I can't wait to get more of Geralt of Rivia!

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    • Caspar
    • 30/05/2017

    Great third Witcher audiobook

    Narrated very beautifully by Peter Kenny. The great start of the Witcher novels after "the last wish" and "the sword of destiny" short story collections. A must for Witcher fans!

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    • Weiss, Brigitte
    • 02/06/2016

    beautiful perfection

    If there is such a thing as perfection in a story, here you can find it. Everything from the eay the story is told to the characters and plotline...
    The perspectives the author chooses...
    simply beautiful

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    • José
    • 18/02/2017

    Very nice worldbuilding

    Great audiobook. Audio is not totally perfect but a single narrator can only change his voice so much. The story has great worldbuilfing, but the end feels a bit abrupt

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    • Nina M.
    • 21/12/2021

    Love the Story but stressful to listen

    The Story is great, already knew that from the book.
    No offense to the narrator, but it's really stressful to listen to him.🙈😅 He's reading like he has been chased.🙈 I broke up listening because of that. If you are looking for an audiobook that's interesting AND calms you down, it's not the right audiobook for you. On the other hand: his accent itself is nice.

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    • Marcel
    • 05/12/2021

    Great story, obviously, but..

    ..Peter Kenny insists on calling Dandelion (Dandy-lion) something along the lines of 'Dandillion' and it's driving me crazy. Can't listen to it, I just can't.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 09/06/2020

    very good, a little confusing

    I liked the audiobook a lot, especially the reader, only some parts where a bit confusing. Although I did not understand right what was happening in which part, I could not stop listening. I had also watched the serie before, wich I can only recommend.

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    • Panyvino
    • 27/02/2020

    Langgezogen und pathetisch

    schlechte Tonaufnahmen. Ungleichmäßige Aussteuerung. Flache Charaktere. Unklare Geschichte, mit ewigen, eher langweiligen Konversationen und vielen offenen Enden.

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    • rabbit
    • 02/10/2022

    Great story, to fast read

    Story is great, performance is great. The only problem was that the actor read the book way too fast. Slowing down the playback to 0.8x fixed the problem.

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    • pitpat
    • 30/07/2022

    The first deep dive

    This is the most lore-heavy entry in the series in my reading so far - and especially at the end it could have used a little bit more action in my opinion. Nevertheless, it's a very good book: The relationship in the triangle of main characters is very well structured and progresses nicely. And also the narrator lays out one of the best performances I have ever heard.

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    • S
    • 23/05/2022

    What a waste of time

    This was incredibly bad, maybe you like it when you are a 12 year old boy. Maybe it is so incredibly bad in the English translation and the Polish original is better but I doubt it.
    Really struggling to finish it because I need to stop all the time because it is so bad
    Flat characters, stupid story. Nothing is happening, endless badly written boring dialogues,,

    Really, a through and through bad book