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The Last Wish

Lu par : Peter Kenny
Série : The Witcher Saga
Durée : 10 h et 27 min
4,7 out of 5 stars (52 notations)

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Geralt of Rivea roams a world of wretched monsters and ruthless royalty. His combat abilities, combined with his wit and magic abilities, make him a much sought-after assassin. But when faced with moral quandaries and romantic endeavours, Geralt is challenged in a way that cannot be solved by his skill with a sword. 

The Witcher Saga has served as the source material for a wealth of adaptations, including a much adored video game franchise and a Netflix series. Whether you’re already a fan or are looking for your next fantasy obsession, The Last Wish is a perfect place to start. Rich with details and vivid world-building, the audio edition is made even more exciting by the rich, deep tones of narrator Peter Kenny. 

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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 of Rivia is a Witcher, a man whose magic powers and lifelong training have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin.

Yet he is no ordinary killer: he hunts the vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent.

But not everything monstrous-looking is evil; not everything fair is good...and in every fairy tale there is a grain of truth.

Andrzej Sapkowski, winner of the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement award, started an international phenomenon with his Witcher series. The Last Wish is the perfect introduction to this one-of-a-kind fantasy world.  

©1993 Andrzej Sapkowski (P)2014 Orion Publishing Group

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Must read

Great story and great voice acting by peter kenny ! (Way better than the netflix show).

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Excellent!!!

An excellent collection of short stories, not only for amateurs of the video game series, but for all readers in general. As for the narration, it was simply on point!

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La narration ne me convient 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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  • Rob
  • 10/09/2016

A rich world explored through vignettes

What did you love best about The Last Wish?

I enjoyed the richness of the world, the sense of history, the previous world events and social changes.

What about Peter Kenny’s performance did you like?

I felt the narration did not distract from the story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I found the audio a little disconcerting as the story jumps in time and location without preamble. In the book, there would be a new chapter to help you with the jump. At times I felt lost, particularly if I had taken a pause, it took me a while to figure out what was happening.

Any additional comments?

This is a great world, well described. That said, it is a little different in style from more common fantasy stories. I found the concept epic in nature, yet the scenes were more like stand alone short stories. Not a bad thing, just different.

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  • Torkil
  • 04/10/2018

Pronunciations

Didn't like how dandelion was pronounced as dandillion. Geralt's voice could have done without being in a northern English accent.

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  • Nell
  • 10/09/2015

Spectacular Introduction to "The Witcher"

I absolutely love this book. It is full of rich detail and vivid imagery. I can imagine myself right alongside Geralt as he goes from one amazing adventure to the next. I don't want to give away spoilers, so I will just say that I couldn't put it down. The world is so believable, despite the high-fantasy setting. It's a world similar to our own, but with magic and an array of majestic or horrifying creatures. The world is dirty and rife with evil and corruption, but with enough glimpses of goodness and light to give you hope for the future (much like our own world).

I read this via "immersion reading". I read the Kindle version (and sometimes the paperback version) as I listened to Peter Kenny's incredible voice-over. He is a master storyteller. I loved his changing voices and the life he gave to each character on the page.

The only critique I have would be the chapter for which the book is named after. "The Last Wish" is a thrilling and action-packed chapter, especially towards the end. However, Peter Kenny spoke the dialogue of Yennefer and Geralt a little too plainly during the action sequences. There is so much happening I would have expected him to at least change his pitch a little. I read the chapter on my own without the voice-over and let my imagination do it justice.

Aside from that, I will still say that Peter Kenny did an excellent job. I will not hesitate to get an audiobook he voices in the future. I will also move on the other novels in the series, once the "Sword of Destiny" is released as an audiobook. I hope Peter Kenny is brought onboard once again.

Also, as I wrote in the Kindle review, I wholeheartedly recommend "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt" game. It's the greatest game I have ever played.

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  • Charles Meyer
  • 20/06/2018

Dan-de-lion

Really enjoyed this story. Excellent narration. Loved the pronunciation of dandelion :) I'm onto the next book already and will be playing the games pretty soon.

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  • Jakob
  • 08/08/2016

Amazing

Second time I'm listening to this. I Love this series and Peter is doing an excellent job at reading it!

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  • Albin
  • 31/05/2016

Good story made great by Peter Kenny

Just like with any book, and especially a collection of short stories, there will be some dull parts. Some short stories were more slow than others, and some kept me up way past bedtime.

But even the slower stories came alive thanks to Peter Kenny's great storytelling and amazing voices. Thanks to him I bought the second collection of short stories as an audiobook rather than a paper copy because I can't imagine Geralt without the voice acting of Peter Kenny.

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  • Keegan Ransome
  • 05/07/2016

engaging

each story was quite engaging. i cant wait to see where this goes next. will be picking up the other books

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  • AndreG
  • 17/06/2016

Amazing narration, a must if you liked the games

At first I had trouble understanding the narration, but downloading it in high quality helped a lot!

I really like the voices the narrator makes, as always at first they are kinda weird but you get used to it so fast.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02/02/2016

A Brilliant Introduction Into "The Witcher"

If you could sum up The Last Wish in three words, what would they be?

Thrilling, brilliant, engaging

Who was your favorite character and why?

Who's everyone's favorite character? It's Geralt, of course! Before reading the book, I was under the impression that he would just be a Batman-like stoic hero, but he's far from it. Sure, he's a badass, he knows everything about killing monsters and all that you'd expect from him, but he's also a good listener, he's considerate and not condescending, he even demonstrates a sense of humor at a few occasions!

What does Peter Kenny bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

While it is, once again, the boring answer that everyone would go to, it's definitely the voice acting. While some of the characters were a bit hard to understand (if you listen, you'll know exactly who I'm talking about), he overall did a very good job giving each one a personality, to the point where I was honestly a bit disappointed when I learned that Peter Kenny didn't voice Geralt in "The Witcher" games. He nails the character!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"Last Wish - The Beginning of The Witcher" Boring and obvious, but hey, that seems to be the theme of this review, so who cares.

Any additional comments?

Overall, I can't find much wrong with "The Last Wish" - it's just great from start to finish. Definitely a good read for anyone regardless of how familiar they are with the franchise.

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  • Anton Van Houcke
  • 15/01/2016

Great performance

I played all games. This book is very nice background, as the games refer to it's events often. Very entertaining and not as predictable as I'd thought.

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  • DK
  • 20/04/2018

Great stories - horrible narrator

The short stories are well constructed and rich in detail - also, the translation to English seems excellent.
However, the narrator P. Kenny comes close to completely ruining this.
It's my mistake that I didn't recognize him before buying the audio-book - I encountered his horrible narration in another audio-book several years ago and had since forgotten is name.

- staccato-style narration of sentences with (long) pauses in-between.
-> Kenny seems to always pause to read ahead and then PRESSES OUT partial or whole sentences in an incredibly fast staccato style.
-> This staccato style also seems the only explanation to me how he can so completely mispronounce the name Dandelion - his speaks it as "dan-dilllion" which allows him to speak it very fast ("dillion" spoken twice as fast as "dan") - while the correct "dan-de-li-on" would have to be spoken much slower,

- major variations in volume.
-> Kenny speaks some parts very softly while other parts are pronounced very strongly and loudly.
-> This makes for hard to understand listening any any but the most quiet environments - listening while traveling (car, train, etc.) is close to impossible.

It has to be said that Kenny is a skilled narrator - there are no mistakes and he is quite skilled in imitating different persons
-> But this can be said about most narrators of professionally recorded audio-books - his general skills of narration DO NOT negate the above deficits!

I'm actively noting down Peter Kenny as narrator to avoid!

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  • Ein einzigartiger Kunde
  • 07/05/2017

Liked the story

But the narrator gets many pronunciations wrong, it's really confusing. For example Dandelion... I even checked the pronunciation in a dictionary and he is either using some dialect or pronounces it wrong.

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  • GoldCoin
  • 26/12/2019

Great story, average performance

Great story. Some hickups in the story telling performance, definitely still well worth listening to!

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  • Anonymer Hörer
  • 23/11/2019

Strange Performance, Decent Book

I truly enjoyed this collection of short stories, my main gripe is about the narration. The performance was uttered so rapidly throughout the book that I had to listen to the entire story at 0.75x playback speed. The different voices and accents were decent, and the characters were well portrayed. However, I cannot forgive the pronunciation of “Dandelion”, a common English word, as “Dan-dillion”. This won’t stop me from listening to more of Kinney’s performances, because despite those errors it was enjoyable. However, for those more sensitive to these issues, perhaps reading the book would be preferable.

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  • Allan Jensen
  • 15/08/2017

Good but lacking connecting plot

This a number of short stories about Geralt roughly in chronological order except for a few flash backs. The stories are not really connected though, and form no greater plot. Some of the stories are very good, but most are a bit bland.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 06/10/2020

super Hörerfahrung!

Mein erstes Hörbuch überhaupt ubd ich bin begeistert! Sehr wertvolle Erfahrung, danke! Freue mich auf das nächste Buch in der Reihe.

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  • Michelle
  • 19/09/2020

Nice Listen

The various stories are a great way to enter the world of the witcher, and the reader was great at telling the stories

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  • Stefan Chladek
  • 04/08/2020

Great book Series

Love the witcher books. Unsure about the narrator, very different to how i imagine it. Sometimes his female voice "impresssions" feely extremely feminine/feeble, idk I don't like it

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  • Regina
  • 28/04/2020

Does not live up to the hype (for me)

Personal opinion of course, I know it has a lot of positive reviews (which is the reason why I got it). You may very well love this, but to me it was thoroughly disappointing. I have not managed to listen to the end and that has not happened often. Big cycles like Herberts Dune, Simmons' Hyperion/Endymion or more recently Coreys Expanse are far superior with pacing and especially when approaching more mature topics, language and emotions. Sapkowski half the time sounds like a stunned 12 year old quire boy who just saw his first glimpse of cleavage. The end result to me is a fantasy version of one of those booklets for bored housewives only the point of view is reversed. Like with those booklets, this thing is almost obsessed with little allusions. This may entertain some, I prefere substance and find the repetitiveness gets boring very fast. Definitely not for me, I probably should have gone for the Armageddon Cycle next.

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  • Tg
  • 05/01/2018

Great book, much recommended

With the exception of the mispronouncing of Dandelion's name (something that is rectified in the audiobooks after this one), the performance was exceptionally well done, consistent and engaging. The book itself is of course a classic and anybody with a moderate interest in fantasy novels should at least check out this first book to see if they might enjoy the series or the phenomenal games based on them.