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Sword of Destiny

The best-selling stories that inspired the hit game The Witcher
Lu par : Peter Kenny
Série : The Witcher Saga
Durée : 12 h et 57 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (30 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.

Geralt is a witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent. He roams the country seeking assignments, but gradually comes to realise that while some of his quarry are unremittingly vile, vicious grotesques, others are the victims of sin, evil or simple naivety.

In this collection of short stories, following the adventures of the hit collection The Last Wish, join Geralt as he battles monsters, demons and prejudices alike....

©1993 Andrzej Sapkowski (P)2015 Orion Publishing Group
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Indispensable !

A part from this great collection of short stories by Andrzej Sapkowski, which I do not really need to describe, Peter Kenny's narration simply gives the story another dimension!

A great read and a listen!

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  • Håkon
  • 21/01/2017

Superb!

This should be the second book in the novel series, but it does't show up as such in Audibles list.
It captures events after The Last Wish and before Blood of Elves.

Otherwise it's a fantastic story and an amazing performance by Peter Kenny.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 04/09/2019

Bloody amazing

Narration is great, story gets better from book to book. I highly recommend the witcher series s

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 29/08/2019

Next level entertainment

The book is good, interresting and twisty story, well written. But the reading is great as well. Lots of effort in voice acting, i mean accents tones. It is awesome. Loved it, can only recommend it. (if you arent familiar with the Witcher series, these are small novels of a warrior fighting monsters and struggling in his life)

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  • HowellJenkins
  • 12/04/2020

Loved it!!!

Finished in one sitting!
The story is pretty interesting, but the main reason I liked it so much is a beautiful voice of Peter Kenny. The way he voices all the characters, the emotions and special accents, there are no two voices alike in the whole book, every one is a special snowflake. He did an excellent job, and I wish I'll stay with him until the end of the series, because since the first sound I will just not accept any other voice. Peter Kenny really loves what he is doing, he puts a bit of his soul in every word he says, in every sound he pronounces, and it is very noticeable. He experiences all the characters' emotions, and helps you to do the same. The embarrassment, the pride, the prejudice, all of it. Even if you don't like fantasy, please, search for other books voiced by him, it's that kind of thing that everyone should experience in their life. Thank you!

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  • Yvonne den Besten
  • 26/03/2020

Ciri and Yen!

I like Geralt's strong sense of morality, and dark sense of humor. I liked seeing his relationship with Yennifer delevelop. I loved that we met Ciri in this, and how she and Geralt relate to each other has to be the high point of this book. That said, I really liked some stories better than others, to the point were a few really couldn't keep my interest

Peter Kenny is a good narrator, he really makes these characters come alive, but the sort of Nordic accent he does for Geralt isn't to my taste at

And someone must have told him about the Dan-Dee-lion/ Dandil-lion thing, because he doesn't do that anymore

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  • Roy
  • 25/02/2020

Fantastic

A fantastic book. All the short stories are well written and interesting. Like the first book of short stories however, you probably should know a bit about "The Witcher" beforehand, as there are little in the way of explanation of lore and background.

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  • col anderson
  • 09/02/2020

New to the series

It was wonderful to see Ciri character being introduced to Geralt. Way better then the tv series with its time jumping.

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  • Shiro Neko
  • 07/01/2020

Wonderful narration and audiobook

I have listened to my fair share of fantasy novels. I selected this one in large part because I was curious about the Netflix series. I came in with no expectations or knowledge of the series.
The narrator did a variety of voices for the characters. I particularly enjoy this when narrators can pull this off and it was done wonderfully.
I was wondering how it would all turn together with The Last Wish and I was also pleasantly surprised since sometimes a collection of short stories of a bigger story confuse rather than adding in understanding. But I feel more prepared for the actual first book in the series after listening to this!

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  • Mr. AP Griffin
  • 23/09/2019

Read this book second

great book, several related short stories.
even though this is the first book, read it second and the second one first. they are chronologically reversed despite the stories being originally published individually in sequence.
I read the second first and I'm glad I did. it sets up the events that lead into the series.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 29/07/2019

best of the best

Narrator was exellent!
Everyone should listen the whole series, this is medieval fantasy at it's best.

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  • Heidemarie Eisenstecken
  • 14/06/2016

Amazing Narrator

There is nothing else i can say about this book that hasn't already been said.
But i have to praise Mr Peter Kenny , he has really outdone himself this time , especially in the Story "Eternal Flame" he has knocked it completely out of the park!

This is worth buying for the narration alone!

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  • Kirsten K.
  • 13/02/2020

Spannende Geschichten und ein großartiger Sprecher

Es ist wirklich außerordentlich gut, wie Peter Kenny diese spannenden, teils bewegenden Geschichten rund um den Witcher interpretiert. Ich mag seine „normale“ Stimme sehr und finde beeindruckend wie er sie abwandeln kann, um die verschiedenen Stimmen der vielen Charaktere darzustellen.

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  • Arno Nüm
  • 13/12/2019

what an ending

Great second book in the series, very good narrator, very satisfying ending. Highly recommended.

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  • Jan Röcher
  • 07/05/2018

Fantastic!

This audiobook was awesome, simple as that. Peter Kenny does voices fantastically and his pronunciation of the different and difficult names seemed amost easy.
Yarpen Zigrin's Herald scene made me laugh out in public which triggered some weirded out looks.
The stories were so smooth and the different characters and monsters were so distinct and interesting that I had to keep on listening.
Will listen to more Sapkowski/Kenny. Can't wait actually!

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  • Tg
  • 11/01/2018

Simply outstanding!

Fantastic performance, fantastic story. Peter Kenny has outdone himself in this reading, improving further on his already great previous performance on The Last Wish.

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  • Denalor
  • 31/12/2017

Humans invading a mystical world

Welche Figur hat Ihnen am besten gefallen? Warum?

I especially liked the Dryad Queen. She is a powerful figure with an important message to the protagonist. Had a lot of fun with the changeling, too.

Hat dieses Hörbuch Sie emotional stark bewegt? Mussten Sie laut z.B. lachen, weinen, zweifeln, etc.?

At first I almost despaired at the dialects of the spoken words. Add unfamiliar names and I was having a hard time understanding the first story. But the more I heard, the more I got used to it the more I actually came to truly appreciate it.
It's a most intrigueing setting, humanity invading the last places and hideouts of the mystical races one remembers from faerie tales and mythology.

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  • Roy Tuttle
  • 14/02/2017

Spannende Charaktere und Story, toller Sprecher

Die Welt des Witchers wirkt lebendig und glaubhaft. Dieses wird erreicht durch die Zeichnung interessanter Charaktere, von denen man den Eindruck bekommt, dass sie Teil einer Welt sind, in der auch noch viele andere Entwickelungen stattfinden.

Besonderes Lob gilt aber auch dem Sprecher, der sehr facettenreich den verschiedenen Rollen Leben einhaucht. Grandios!