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The world has fallen into war. Ciri, the child of prophecy, has vanished. Hunted by friends and foes alike, she has taken on the guise of a petty bandit and lives free for the first time in her life. But the net around her is closing.

Geralt, the Witcher, has assembled a group of allies determined to rescue her. Both sides of the war have sent brutal mercenaries to hunt her down. Her crimes have made her famous. There is only one place left to run. The tower of the swallow is waiting....

Read by Peter Kenny.

©1997 Andrzej Sapkowski (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group

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Narrator seemed un-interested in the material and sounded monotone throughout the entire story. Made it hard to finish the book

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One of the best in my opinion.

I very much like this one, Peter Kenny was brilliant as usual. story was fantastic.

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Peter Kenny dose a great job!

Loved it read all the books in cron order love it. And Peter Kenny dose a great job.

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Good book great reading

best of the witcher books so far. in fact I've read it twice. so good.

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Good story but lacking ending and boring parts

Overall a great story and interesting journey but some dragged out parts in between take you out and bore with general information, was hoping to hear more of geralt

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Peter Kenny is great!

I've taken a break from this book due to work, kids and life getting in the way but both Sapkowskis writing and Peter Kenny's performance have sucked me right back in. This book is arguably better than the previous one mainly due to the faster pace. But the story of the entire saga is amazing. I cannot wait for The Lady of the Lake in March!😊

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amazing story

the witcher series is one of those great stories that MUST live beyond the ages.

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Amazing!

A wonderful translation and even more beautiful performance by Peter Kenny!
I strongly recommend the whole series.

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A book best suited for paper

As one has come to expect by now, Peter Kenny delivers an outstanding performance which really bring the characters to life. His voices for the different characters are consistent with prior books and the pacing is excellent.

What isn't excellent however is how the book jumps between past and present along with retelling for other character about other characters and so on.
It results in a story that is very difficult to follow without seeing the formatting of the text.
That along with that the story isn't quite as engaging as previous books. Time of Contempt was another tier of quality.
But if you love the witcher world, you will love this one as well.

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Love it at times

The thing about this book is that it is very enjoyable at times. The pacing is pretty shit and emphasis is placed often at the wrong things and emotions. Sometimes it will also spend ages on stories of other characters to dump exposition which is fucking awful as most of the time I just don't give a shit. Sometimes, though when the book focuses on the right things with the people I care about (Ciri, Geralt, yennefer) i love it and can't stop listening.

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  • Aliwayo
  • 07-23-16

Addictive!

As ever, a gripping story superbly performed. Well rounded characters, a story that carries you along

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  • James Michael Worth
  • 07-05-16

Cant get enough

im going to listen to these again and again untill the last one is complete. Love witcher !

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  • Regina Phalange
  • 10-31-16

Just Awesome!

The narrator was awesome as usual . Love listening to books narrated by Peter Kenny.

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  • Thomas Dowler
  • 06-16-16

Good, but not the best of the Witches books

a great Sapkowski novel, but not the best in the series, still a great addition. great development of Ciri

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  • Stuart
  • 06-28-16

Getting even more obscure

I'm really starting to struggle with these now. Even Peter Kenny's narration struggles with the endless repetition, the unnatural dialogue and the pretentiously over-descriptive text.
It was only wanting to know what happened that kept me going through this one, rather than actually enjoying the listening experience.

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  • liam lillywhite-buley
  • 04-19-18

great as expected <br />

narrator has been amazing in every witcher book, i would recommend to anyone and everyone

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  • Hugh Harris
  • 02-20-18

Improved considerably

Was originally going to rate it quite low but it impressed me overall. Not as much Geralt moaning as in other books and intact not much Geralt at all

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  • Dylan Ingram
  • 02-12-18

Amazing

There is something about how Sapkowski writes that makes me hungry for more and keeps me coming back

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-14-18

another masterpiece

probably the darkest of the series till now , prepare to be on edge as your favourite characters face some of their most challenging situations so far

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  • Arturs Bebris
  • 01-08-18

wonderful must read for all witcher fans.

wonderful must read for all witcher and fantady fans. highly recommended. amazing performance as well

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  • M
  • 08-31-16

Almost flawless. loved it

At times too much romanticising but definitely worth the listen! Good stuff, would recommend Cheers

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  • Xin
  • 04-03-17

Amazing as always

The Witcher novels are perhaps my favourite fantasy series. Peter Kenny delivers a masterful performance as always, giving life to dozens of different characters with unique voices. This one is my favourite so far aside from the first in the series! Multiple flashbacks normally irritate me, but the storytelling is done so well here I admire the brilliance of it.

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  • Simon
  • 03-20-17

Entertaining as always!

I really enjoyed the story and the audio production was excellent. It is really enjoyable following the story, as I have been a Witcher fan for many years now.

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  • Jake P
  • 09-02-16

amazing in every way

A gripping tale with ups and downs all over.

I would recommend this book to everyone!

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  • Karissa
  • 06-23-16

another 10 out of 10

Another great book in the series, Peter Kenny has done a wonderful job bringing the characters to life. I can't wait for the next audio book to be released.

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  • Kitty
  • 06-19-16

Deeply disappointing for a pre-ordered book

I love this collection of books by Andrzeyj Sapkowski, and couldn't wait to read another in the 'Witcher' series.

I *was* impressed beyond measure to hear narrator, Peter Kenny, refer to "The Bard", Geralt's friend, and sidekick, as 'Dandelion' - not 'Dandillion'…

Unfortunately, this alone was not enough to make up for the confusing and random story arcs, mix of unfinished storylines. It left me with the feeling that this was simply half a book, without being informed if there would even be another coming, to complete/ amend the tale.

I was sorely disappointed with this book. It wasn't up to the standard of the previous Witcher novels. I found I was completely confused about characters I've loved for years. Someone really *phoned in* "The Tower of The Swallow" , and the characters, plot, and overall narrative is absolutely spoiled by this hasty, lazy, and careless writing.

One word summary: CONFUSING 🤔

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