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Baptism of Fire

The Witcher, Book 3
Narrated by: Peter Kenny
Series: The Witcher Saga, Book 3
Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
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Summary

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.

The Wizards Guild has been shattered by a coup and, in the uproar, Geralt was seriously injured. The Witcher is supposed to be a guardian of the innocent, a protector of those in need, a defender against powerful and dangerous monsters that prey on men in dark times.

But now that dark times have fallen upon the world, Geralt is helpless until he has recovered from his injuries.

While war rages across all of the lands, the future of magic is under threat and those sorcerers who survive are determined to protect it. It's an impossible situation in which to find one girl - Ciri, the heiress to the throne of Cintra, has vanished - until a rumour places her in the Niflgaard court, preparing to marry the Emperor.

Injured or not, Geralt has a rescue mission on his hands.  

©1996 Andrzej Sapkowski (P)2014 Orion Publishing Group

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Dandelion name is miss pronounced

Names r pronounsed in correct it's not hard to pronounce its insulting to the work

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I mistook the stars reflected in a pond at night..

My comments are going to be about the whole series rather than one book in particular. The reason is they are all pretty much the same anyway and no spoilers are involved. I eventually got around to listening to this series. This is the first set of books I have listened to without having read the books. I had high hopes having heard so much about them, the games and I really enjoyed the tv series on Netflix. Boy, was I disappointed! To coin the phrase used so often, "I mistook the stars reflected in a pond at night for those in the sky". Narrated by: Peter Kenny I can't fault him for his story telling. I just wish there was more of a story to tell. Quite how any of these books became popular, I'll never know. They are a waffley, boring meander that at time goes no where and have side characters that are inconsequential and often add nothing to the story. Too much dialogue, too many names to keep up with, not enough excitement. I want a story to draw me in and keep me interested, to keep me wanting to listen or turn the page. Unfortunately, those moments during this whole series seem to be fleeting. I really wanted to like them, but at times found my self shouting, "Get on with it!" It got so bad at times I probably missed better parts because I had switched off mentally and when I came to I didn't care enough to go back and listen again. At times it really didn't matter any way beacuse the story was concentrating so much on nonsensical dialogue that not much had actually happened and I hadn't missed anything of any consequence. I think the whole series could have been condensed into one or two very good books.

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Excellent narrator, the story not so much

The narrator is excellent and really helps you get invested in the story. In my opinion however this isn’t the best book in the series. Worth the listen if you’re a Witcher fan.

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Very enjoyable

Much better than the previous one (which I found both slow and hard to follow at times due to all the various sorcerers). This part of the Witcher’s tale is more fun, more interesting, more emotional and generally better. The performance is, as ever, first-rate.

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Couldn't Stop Listening

What can I say except that I am finding this series of books very gripping. Another must 'listen' to. Peter Kenny is one of the best narrators I've heard.

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Brilliant Saga and a masterful reading

I’ve absolutely loved losing myself in the world of the Witcher and I am greatly enjoying the humour and storytelling in the books I have listened to so far. Special mention to Peter Kenny, who’s reading is absolutely incredible and really helps the story flow. Often times you are able to tell which character is talking just from the performance alone and he gets the emotional cues of each character perfectly.

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3rd book as good as first

I really love this book. I have enjoyed this book a great deal as I did the others. Its a gripping story and I can't wait to get the next volume.

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Great story and narration

Loved all of the story and narration! Can't wait to listen to the next one!

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Toss a listen to your Witcher

I loved the narrator they really brought this story to life Netflix brought me here.

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Another great addition to the series!

Narration 7/10 When it concerns the narration I'll just post what I posted on the previous book's review since its exactly the same: "Even though the narration is actually pretty good I think I've been spoiled by the voices in the games and the new Netflix series where especially Gerald sounds really good, so anything else can sound subpar compared to that. Other than that there is a hint of an accent throughout, not a heavy one but it is there and it lacks a bit of excitement. However, those minor flaws outside it's a pretty good narration and I did enjoy it. The biggest flaw of the narration however is the fact that it is recorded at a really low voice. It's as if the narrator was sitting 5 meters away from the microphone. In order to be able to listen to it when I normally have my headphones set to 50% for other audiobooks, I had to pump them up to 80-90% for this and it was hard to listen to at places with a lot of background noise like the gym even when set to 100%." Story 9/10 This one keeps the fast pace of the previous book and same as the last two I finished it really fast. Things don't get dull at any moment, there is always something going on and you just want to keep listening and find out what is going to happen. Once more, it's a pretty good and well written story and considering it's a translated book from a different language it doesn't seem so, meaning that the translating is actually really good. While the last book focused on Ciri, this time around the focus of the story is Gerald who is traveling towards Nilfgaard, following a rumor that Ciri is to get married off so that the Nilfgaardians can clain the throne of Cintra. At the same time Gerald is still recovering from his injuries and he meets two new great companions, Milva and Regis, the latter of whom hides a great secret to be discovered and that's one of the best parts of the story. Overall this was really good, I'd say at the same quality as the last one, and I'm planning to buy he last two books soon. Every fan of the Witcher games or series will actually like this in my opinion, or any fantasy fan as a matter of fact. I just hope the next book keeps up the pace.

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  • RomulusRom
  • 02-07-18

Peter Kenny brings this world to life.

So far in the story I can not stress enough how much Peter Kenny's talent adds to these stories. Every character is immediately recognisable which makes the conversations between all the different characters so easy to follow and so much more immersive.

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  • Agnes Kuczewska
  • 11-04-19

Fantastic!

WARNING! Amazing creation. One needs to be careful as when you enter it is hard to come back to real live. 😉 love it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-09-20

I love the series

I love the series, its great to see what happens along Gerald's journey and see him grow.

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  • Joachim
  • 13-02-20

Audio too low

Amazing book, second time through, first as audiobook. Kenny does an excellent performance, but the audio file is insanely low. With volume at the max and headphones I can barely hear.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-02-20

Fillers and loss of story, sometimes

This book was ok, it just felt dragged out sometimes, like the vampire part. The performance of Peter Kenny is 5/5, the story made me give it only 3 stars. Plus "baptism of fire" mentioned a bit too many times, especially towards the end (made me think of CinemaCins and there was a "ding" sound for every time these words are spoken) was distracting. It makes you wonder what does Andrzej mean until the very end (before the uneeded book 4 preview). Was this it? No, how about this one? And so on...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-11-19

Great story

I just love these adventures of Geralt and with the narrator you just get sucked into the story.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-11-19

The best of fiction

Excelent performance, as ussual. I will never be bored with this saga. I recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-08-19

Allright first experience to audio books

Loved the book. The performance was a little bit weird for me at times, maybe i just didnt imagine some characters sounding like that. But ofc its hard to potray all the characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-12-18

My favourite witcher book so far

The characters are what really does it for me in the Witcher series, and Baptism of Fire introduces the arguably most colourful ones so far (besides the core cast). A fantastic listen

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-12-18

really really great.

loved it. Peter Kenny is doing a really good job. these books are made by a god.