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Time of Contempt

Narrated by: Peter Kenny
Series: The Witcher Saga, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (563 ratings)

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Geralt the Witcher has fought monsters and demons across the land, but even he may not be prepared for what is happening to his world. The kings and armies are manoeuvring for position, each fearing invasion from across the river, each fearing their neighbours more. Intrigue, dissent and rebellion are on all sides.

The Elves and other non-humans are still suffering under decades of repression, and growing numbers join the commando units hidden deep in the forest, striking at will and then dissolving into the trees. The Magicians are fighting amongst themselves, some in the pay of the kings, some sympathetic to the elves.

And against this backdrop of fear and contempt Geralt and his lover Yennefer must protect Ciri, orphaned heir and sought by all sides. For the prophecy rests on her, and whether she lives or dies she has the power to save the world - or perhaps end it. Read by Peter Kenny.

©1995 Andrzej Sapkowski (P)2014 Orion Publishing Group

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Amazing!

Fantastic reading and really pulling in to the story. The narration convinced few people to listen to the book.

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An amazing universe, but lack of depth

As the second part of The Witcher series, I loved being able to see Geralt, Ciri, Yennefer, Dandelion and the other characters evolve in this book. The only problem is that, coming from The Witcher videogames, the book seems a little bit "shallow" in story and lore.

(Super small spoiler)
However, one of my favorite chapters appears in this book, and Peter Kenney does an amazing job acting the voice of Ciri as she wanders through the desert.

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Good story, part of a saga-not a stand alone story

I did really enjoyed it, but it is open ended - a hook for the next one. I prefer "episodes" that make sense on their own. Apart from this personal preference, great story and very good story telling ;)

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Amazing story

Once we were through the first volume, this book was very good. Can't wait to start the next one

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Awesome. Simply perfect.

Great, just great.

Peter is doing a great job at narrating as usual.

These books are really worth listening to.

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poco witcher

il libro si concentra molto sulla situazione geopolitica delle Nazioni, peccato che, come lettore, non venga data nessuna ragione per preferire una fazione piuttosto che un'altra, di conseguenza somiglia più studiare geografia a scuola, che una storia.

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  • K
  • 10-31-18

So far best in the series

Having played Witcher 3, I was keen on understanding more of the lore and history leading into the game. This book begins to fill in and bring together some of the backstory leading into the game and so far has been the most enjoyable of the series. Spent a considerable amount of time rewinding back to earlier chapters and noting down the different characters to keep track. Look forward to hearing more about the changing environment and characters In next novel.

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Super good

If you like the witcher games this book series is a must read. The performance is really good and the story is very good as well

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Masterful gritty dark fantasy a must-listen

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Better than the great first book Last Wish, and reading The Time of Contempt made getting through the mediocre prologue novel Blood of Elves very worth it. Better translation too. Lots of attention to detail and side characters that served to make the main story stronger. Ciri and Geralt really go through some difficult changes which makes this novel all the more interesting. The dialogue is excellent like the other works in this series. And last but not least, I definitely recommend the narrator Peter Kenny. He has become one of my favorite narrators of fantasy, and I haven't found many good ones in this genre. He kept the pace appropriate to the action, the chases, the struggles to survive or the more contemplative moments, and he actually speaks in different mannerisms depending on which character we're with while still speaking very clearly. Good show!

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  • Amrik Cooper
  • Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa
  • 04-03-19

Entertaining enough but teenage interest fantasy

Well narrated. Wasn’t enthralled with the story. His characters are all so sarcastic and catty which I found off-putting. The narrative is okay and that universe is compelling enough.

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  • Ernest Lewandowski
  • 10-07-16

Fantastic

I am native polish speaker, this is brilliant translation, even better voice recording - Mr Kenny thank you! , The use of the wide variety of accents available in English facilities the story well and improves the experience. Choice of welsh accent for dwarves is a touch of genius - made me chuckle more than I expected. Can't wait to for Lady of the Lake. Bring it on!

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  • aa
  • 09-23-15

Excellent

Great performance of a very enjoyable story. A very real feeling world and a great cast of characters with very believable motivations. surprisingly funny at times. Excellent narration makes it very easy to keep track of the characters.

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  • Tofino
  • 08-20-15

If you like Iain M Banks you will enjoy this

What made the experience of listening to Time of Contempt the most enjoyable?

Peter Kenny superb as always

What other book might you compare Time of Contempt to, and why?

Any Iain Banks book. In fact I think this is Mr Banks (!)

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

If I see Peter is the narrator I am likely to buy the book. Simply the best.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-26-17

my favourite series strikes again

probably one of my favourites out of the series , it massively expands ones knowledge about names you've heard referenced in the previous books , chapter 4 is one of my favourite pieces of writing to date and combines the brutality of the Witcher series with a more light hearted and warm feel , with jests and new characters to fall in love with

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  • JOANNA
  • 02-24-17

Excellent audiobook

Stories about the Witcher are very close to my heart as I read them in original years ago. Sapkowski has an incredible ability to twist and turn the traditional tales and legends in order to provide very charming, emotionally engaging, full of cheeky humour and compelling stories.

I was curious whether the witty charm of these stories can be translated into English and the books can still be as absorbing as the Polish language ones. I was pleasantly surprised that Audible has the full set of the Witcher saga audiobooks, so I purchased and was not disappointed!

I think the job of a narrator is tremendously important in such fantasy story because of the abundance of characters in it . Peter Kenny did an exquisite job! I thoroughly enjoyed every second of this book. The characters were very strong and distinct and were portrayed with great deal of attention from the narrator (which means a lot to a reader who knows the characters well).

I would recommend this audiobook (and others in the Witcher saga) to all the readers/listeners who love fantasy, especially to those who don't yet know Andrzej Sapkowski, and these who know him well but read the books in his mother tongue - they will not be disappointed!

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  • L
  • 07-13-16

Brilliant narrator

This narrator is amazing and really brings the story to life. I would definitely recommend it if you're a fan of the Witcher books.

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  • Oliver Gadsby
  • 02-29-16

Fantastic narration and a gripping story.

Peter Kenny does it again! It's amazing what great narration does for an alreadly gripping, exciting and tantalising story, time spent listening to Time of Contempt was VERY well spent, I look forward to Baptism of Fire.

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  • Peter
  • 02-24-16

Intriguing from start to finish.

Once again, very good book. Peter Kenny nails it. His voice has become synonymous with the Witcher.

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  • Nicholas
  • 07-21-15

The story gets going

After a slow start with a lot of talking, and more characters than I could keep track of, it is a surprise when the story picks up and hurtles along.

The author's use of little side scenes really brings the world to life.

Peter Kenny's clinical narration contrasts with his broad range of (albeit British) accents distinguishes the characters and gives them depth.

A good grown up book. Great background if you are playing the computer games!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-24-19

4/5

Favourite Part: Ciri vs Wyvern. That random rich boy is drowning in women now thanks to Ciri.

Least favourite Part: Nilfgaardian nobles gossiping before Emhyr enters. it is hard to make unnamed characters talking about miscellaneous things / politics very interesting. Not too bad though.

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  • David
  • 01-31-15

Amazing Narrator

Another entertaining installment of the Witcher saga.
I was impressed by the narrator's performance, it's so easy to forget that it's just one person voicing all the characters!

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  • Alex
  • 04-30-15

Good story

great voice acting and good pacing. the witcher universe is a great mid point between lotr/warhammer magic/war and game of thrones political story telling

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  • Michael Hill
  • 03-05-19

1st book I've had "read" to me since childhood

Great story and narration/ voice acting excellent . Thoroughly enjoyed this audio book & about to start the next in the series😊

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  • Peter
  • 09-06-18

Much better than book 1

Now I feel like the story is cranking. loving the plot and characters coming through.

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  • Alena
  • 07-17-18

can't stop listening!!!

This whole series is a pure joy to listen!! Peter Kenny's ability to take on a dozen of different voices is absolutely uncanny... I just can't stop listening!!!

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  • Xin
  • 02-15-17

Amazing!

Peter Kenny's knowledge of bardic melodies is particularly impressive. Incredible series (perhaps my new favourite fantasy series), and really high quality voice acting to boot.