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Blood of Elves

Lu par : Peter Kenny
Série : The Witcher Saga, Volume 1
Durée : 10 h et 54 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (23 notations)

Prix : 24,48 €

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Description

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. Read by Peter Kenny.

©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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  • 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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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 05/10/2019

A Brilliant & Intricate Tale

Andrzej Sapkowski is one of the great masters of fantasy. The world he has crafted feels vibrant and real. The story was a bit slow, but very well-written and engaging. There were points where dialogue dragged on a bit long, and it was very slow-paced in terms of plot-progression; but I nevertheless enjoyed every second. The performance by Peter Kenny is phenomenal, and really carries the slower parts well.

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  • Stefan Adolfsson
  • 24/09/2019

For being a book series about a monster hunter

It is surprisingly lacking in monsters. That said the book is captivating.
It has good backstory and the characters is well detailed to give a good picture of them.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06/08/2019

marvelous

I am eager to buy the next volume. The plot is excelent and performance perfectly done.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 03/04/2019

It was okay

I like the entire series so far, especially the first two books. This one though, was by far the most boring book in the series though and sadly too much of it felt like filler.

It lowered my expectations for the following saga books but thankfully that all got vindicated by Time of Contempt, which is so far one the most fantastic fantasy books I've ever read, in terms of entertainment anways.

Sadly this book falls short for me but that doesn't mean that the story is bad. It certainly had some strong points.

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  • Patrik
  • 10/02/2019

A good setup for a story, but cut short

A bit meandering, without a clear goal, and ends out of nowhere just when it felt like it was about to get going. It all felt like a setup, like the first act of a three act story, like it was a third of a book that got cut short. Other than that, it was really good, I'm intreagued to read the next one.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 04/02/2019

Less adventurous

Struggled to finish. Less adventure than previous 2 books. A lot of political jabber included

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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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  • Kris Hutchison
  • 18/12/2018

Blarrghh. This story is all over the place

The characters are shallow and the explanation of how the universe works is nonexistent.
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Maybe before it was translated the book was carried by a very good writing style.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17/12/2018

Great book.

The everything about the book was amazing. The only think taking it slightly down is the reader mispronounces some names, or at least pronounces names differently from how they are pronounced in the games. Other than that the Peter Kenny has a nice and fitting voice.

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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