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Geralt of Rivia is a witcher. A cunning sorcerer. A merciless assassin.

And a cold-blooded killer.

His sole purpose: to destroy the monsters that plague the world.

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

The international hit that inspired the video game The Witcher.

©2008 Andrzej Sapkowski (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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Fantastic! I feel lucky to have found this book.

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

The Last Wish is enchanting and clever. The stories are nonlinear, but the links are easy to follow. I fell in love with Geralt and his story, but I was totally won over by the reinterpretation of familiar fairy tales in the Last Wish and in Sword of Destiny.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Wish?

The whole book was memorable- love how Sapkowski incorporates complicated questions about morality, religion, diversity, progress, and love into the stories and the characters. Geralt never disappoints with his perspective or his choices.

What about Peter Kenny’s performance did you like?

This was the first book I listened to that Kenny performed, and now I am choosing books based on his narration-- he's a great performer. I can't believe he actually does all of the voices, each character has a unique and recognizable voice-- even when you don't encounter them for several chapters, they're consistent. I'm sure the books are great to read, but Kenny's performance adds a layer of magic.

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

Yes. I usually listen to books while I do chores like laundry and dishes-- my house was spotless by the time I finished this book. I am so glad it's a series so I can go right to the next one.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Love the book

Well written and translated. this book was a collection of short stories to introduce the witcher and his background. I will listen to and read the entire series now, couldn't put this book down.

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great book.

this is a great little collection of stories. very much like side quests in the witcher games.

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Well told story

I read this in anticipation of the release of Witcher 3, and was not disappointed. Really enjoyed the way the tale was spun. I had trouble with the rapid phrasing of the narrator, but resolved this by slowing playback speed by half. Ymmv

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captivating.

This was my first foray into the tales of Geralt of Rivia, and I do not regret it one bit. The story is well written, suspenseful and engaging. the characters diverse, colorful and relatable. The voice acting in this audiobook captures the tone and emotion of the narrative perfectly, and portrays the characters superbly and believably.

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Very enjoyable, excellent voice work and pacing.

Bought it as a companion to the witcher 3,was not disappointed. A worthy introduction to the witcher's story, with tales about Yennefer and Dandelion. I can easily recommend.

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A Stunningly Amazing and Unique Novel

The first book about the one-of-a-kind character, by the name of Geralt of Rivia. If you're not the type to read the physical book, you can instead buy the audiobook which just came out. If you're not into books at all, go play one of the games. I'd recommend the second or the soon-to-be-released, third installment of the award winning game series. Personally I love story of The Witcher so much that I wish to do it all. Both the books and the games, or anything else to come out. I highly recommend this book to anyone who's a fan of any novels such as Game of Thrones or even just fantasy at all.
The narrator has a great voice and does a superb job of expressing all of the characters, emotions and attitudes very well. The book starts off rather blunt, with an interesting sex scene between Geralt and a Water Nymph. The scene previously mentioned turns out to be a dream, but such scenes only help you to better understand the Witcher. The Last Wish relates to A Song of Ice and Fire very much in the manner of gruesome and violent fight scene as well as a few intimate sexual moments. However unlike George R.R. Martin's masterpiece this astonishing story has a wider variety of majestic yet wild beasts and monsters. These are just some of the reason why shortly after finishing the audiobook it has become one of my favorite series and I plan to read the others.

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Great Fantasy!!

Refreshing narrator, great fantasy and overall well executed on all levels. Highly recommend for any fantasy fiction lover, you won't be disappointed!

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Amazing back sorry for the game

Answers a lit of questions I didn't even know I had! Makes me just feel even more part of the universe. Voice actor is good and clear. I enjoy his range of voices. I say give it a shot and you'll love it!

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A juvenile fantasy

The Witcher is drenched in cliches, and its treatment of sex and society is disappointing, predictable and lacks nuance. Still, there are some stylish episodes.

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