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Blood of Elves

The Witcher, Book 1
Lu par : Peter Kenny
Série : The Witcher Saga, Volume 1
Durée : 11 h et 10 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (32 notations)

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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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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 10/12/2017

Peter Kenny

Peter Kenny is realy good but sometimes I couldn't quite follow. maybe it's the text