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The New York Times best-selling series that inspired the international hit video game The Witcher.

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.

This is a collection of short stories following the adventures of the hit collection The Last Wish. Join Geralt as he battles monsters, demons, and prejudices alike....

The Witcher series

The Last Wish

The Sword of Destiny

Blood of Elves

The Time of Contempt

Baptism of Fire

The Malady and Other Stories: An Andrzej Sapkowski Sampler (e-only)

©2015 Andrzej Sapkowski (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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a true classic

Would you listen to Sword of Destiny again? Why?

this is a collection of short stories about the witcher geralt of rivia made famous in the u.s. by the very successful video game series by cd projekt red.


i highly recommend sapkowski's books to anyone who enjoys not only the video games and fantasy but great stories as well. they are sophisticated in a way that few novels in any genre manage. the fact that they manage to do so even when translated into english speaks to the superior quality of his storytelling.


it's really hard for me to convey the depth of this collection of stories. they have a range of tone- humor, romance, adventure, intrigue- that is amazing. the writing is contemporary and yet has a resonance that feels timeless. it reminds me of tolkien in that there is a depth to the world sapkowski has created that makes you feel like it's been around for a very long time. it's like there's a real world with a history that the book takes place in that the characters move through rather than just set pieces for the story to take place in.


the stories are at times bleak and grim, and yet there is an odd sense of whimsy like you might find in a classic grimm brothers's fairy tale. they can be farsicle or tragic but never contrived. i really can't recommend them more highly.

What about Peter Kenny’s performance did you like?

as if truely classic stories written by a master craftsman weren't enough- the narrator peter kenny's performance is a masterpiece in it's own right. i've always considered steven pacey's performance in abercrombie's first law trilogy to be the gold standard of audio book performances. mr. kenny's work in this as well as the other spakowski books is every bit as good. even if the book wasn't a classic- and it is- his performance would make it a must for anyone that enjoys audiobooks.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Enter the Witcher

If you're only familiar with the Witcher video games, you really owe it to yourself to read the original series it's based on. Sapkowshi's Witcher series is one of the most original fantasy series on the market right now and a fantastic example of what is now being called the "Slav-punk" genera. Very rare that Polish science fiction or fantasy gets translated into English at all, so this short story collection is an even rarer treat.

Also, if you're familiar with Peter Kenney's voice work with the First Law series know that he's equally great here. Very highly recommended!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Outstanding performance

Peter Kenny is an amazing voice actor. Is performance truly brings Sapkowski's characters to life. I hope they can he performs the rest of the series as well.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Love it

Love it so much the story is fantastic
better then the game at some some

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hella bang'n

loved every story

the stand out for me are "the limits of imagination" and "the small sacrifice"

Peter Kenny is a mad vocal savant; couldn't give him enough props for what he's done with these characters

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the good and the bad

What was most disappointing about Andrzej Sapkowski’s story?

Maybe this book was out of order or something, but it was very disjointed, telling a little story here a little story there, but there didn't seem to be any point to the whole thing.

Which character – as performed by Peter Kenny – was your favorite?

The narration was excellent. Quite a number of characters were performed and each had its own special tone and life.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Not unless they could make it into a cohesive whole.

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Great short story collection

First off I have to say the narrator is phenomenal. Wonderful performer. The inflections he can imprint onto a character was quite great.

As for the actual writing, they did a great job of translation from the original books. Loved it, and pleasantly surprised to see three of my favorite supporting characters make multiple appearances. Each story seems to be in chronological order, if not a direct continuation of each other.

Highly recommend to any fan of the Witcher.

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Great Read from Front to Back

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Peter Kenny is fantastic. He voices each character in a way that will bring you into the stories. The stories themselves make you laugh, worry, cry, and yell.

What other book might you compare Sword of Destiny to and why?

Since this is another collection of fantastic stories, I would compare it to The Last Wish.

Which character – as performed by Peter Kenny – was your favorite?

The siren, Sh'eenaz, from the story A Little Sacrifice. She is mysterious and from a different world, the sea. This entire story is great but Sh'eenaz, Dandelion, Essi, and Geralt are exceptional. This character and story will stick with you for a while.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely! But, I like to drag things out because I'm afraid of endings. So, I listened to one story per sitting.

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excellent prelude to the novel series

do not skip this one before diving into the novels! it's a must listen. great geralt voice fine by Peter Kenny

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Good BUT

I liked this more than the first one, and it’s interesting how all stories come together. The voice actor is great BUT he has so much range that makes some characters hard to follow because of the strong accent. Somehow the book requires more focus than usual.