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Lady of the Lake

The Witcher, Book 5
Narrated by: Peter Kenny
Series: The Witcher Saga, Book 5
Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (1,661 ratings)

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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.

After walking through the portal in the Tower of Swallows while narrowly escaping death, Ciri finds herself in a completely different world...an Elven world. She is trapped with no way out. Time does not seem to exist and there are no obvious borders or portals to cross back into her home world.

But this is Ciri, the child of prophecy, and she will not be defeated. She knows she must escape to finally rejoin the Witcher, Geralt and his companions - and also to try to conquer her worst nightmare. Leo Bonhart, the man who chased, wounded and tortured Ciri, is still on her trail. And the world is still at war.  

©1999 Andrzej Sapkowski (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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Great performance, depressingly bad story.

[Review originally placed erroneously under Tower of the swallow.11/5/17 ] It's a disappointing wet fart of a conclusion to a series I had a genuine love for. It's appallingly unfocused and jumps around worse than previous entries. Extended sections of the book are give over to subplots and tertiary characters which are utterly irrelevant to the main plot / characters. The allusions to Arthurian legend are frankly embarrassing. The sense of Sapkowski wanting to return to short story format is evident and his creative limitations are palpable. I've listened to all the Witcher books available on audible and found Kenny's performance engaging and compelling. The passages of song are a little hard to listen to but it's evidently a constraint of the text / translation, not Kenny's fault. I'd now much rather take the games' telling of the Witcher saga as definitive than this. Hopefully this is the conclusion to the series it proports to be and Sapkowski resists the urge to push out more manure to cash in on CDprojekt's success. Really disappointed.

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Mixed opinions

So I finally finished the very large last book of the series! I had to take 2 days to process the ending before writing my review. I enjoyed the storyline up to the final battle with vilgefortz. I even enjoyed reading the side stories (even though I don’t know if the word “enjoyed” is the right word to use for the side story that took place in the war hospital on the battlefield- but it really made you feel like you were there and made you understand the horrible realities of war) although sometimes they could go on for a little longer then they needed too. I just felt the ending was a little weak. Some things were just not wrapped up in a satisfactory way, perhaps because the world that the author created was too complicated and with too many characters and side plots to be wound up in a satisfactory way. I have found myself comparing the way game of thrones tv season finished to the way this final book ended. In both cases we were not satisfied with the ending, however I don’t think anyone could suggest alternative because the world is too complicated. Still definitely worth reading. Quite a challenge at times because of the book’s length but overall I did love the series overall. I’m glad I read them.

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Im not sure he knew how he wanted it to end

I think there are a few two many ideas in this book and none of them really seem to close. but good to finish the series

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Truely amazing fantasty novel

Engrossingly epic fantasy novel. Very much wanted to have more of Geralt, Ciri and the work.

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Amazing story beautifully narrated

This is a fitting ending to a fantastic saga! I was so pleased with the outcome of everybody’s individual story. The narration by Peter Kenny is quite possibly one of the best performances in any audio book I’ve ever listened too. Amazing!

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It didn't need to be quite as long.

I really enjoyed the latter sections but the start was a long and mostly unnecessary slog.

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Why Did I Bother

What would have made Lady of the Lake better?

A story line might have made it better. But it was just a final book that tried to tie up loose ends that were completely irrelevant. I ploughed through it, but felt more confused than when I started. poor and yet complex stories that didn't flow or at times have any relevance to each other

What will your next listen be?

Jo Abbercrombe where are you?

Would you listen to another book narrated by Peter Kenny?

He is pretty good. Keeps the accents going, gets a bit complex at times and sometimes it difficult to 'know' who's speaking, the names and accents were at times just mind boggling complex

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

A few happy endings - sortof

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An outstandingly read, terrible book.

I have read all of the other books concerning Geralt and really enjoyed them. I always found them to be well thought out and compelling to read. This one however reads like the author couldn't be arsed to write it so took a number of short parts that didn't make it into the other books and stuck it together with the few bits which are actually about Geralt and Ciri. The other stuff barely added context or even to the mood of the story. The story is taken to its illogical conclusion, so there is closure, but even that felt like the author was in a hurry to get down the pub or something. I kind of wish I had never bothered. Peter Kenny is wonderful as always though!!

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Slightly disappointing end to a great series.

To me everything just got bit weird... Far too much unnecessary jumping around and not at all a satisfying end to the series, which I'd really enjoyed up until now. The narrator was excellent though

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Captivating

I'm making my way through the entire series and Sapkowski doesn't disappoint in the slightest. The twists and turns within the story more than throw you, but he does make it up to you in the end. This book in particular is hard to stop listening to as you just want more and more. Probably my favourite series I've ever read/listened to. Utterly magnificent.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-11-17

Loved it!

Just read the sires already! Do it do it now! Peter Kenny does it again!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-07-20

Disappointing

Meandering to the point of not respecting the reader... filler after filler after filler. the world and main characters are great in the series, yet the author spends most of this book on garbage page after page. Better to finish this story in your own head and save yourself the time, money and disappointment.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-07-18

Great story

Im familiar with Sapkowski's Witcher since his first novels. I have read everything he wrote. I come form Poland where Witcher and Reynevan are well known. I wanted to listen the books in other language and I was surprised to find that there are English and German audiobooks. overall score is 5, but the translation is not the best. on couple of occasions the translator failed to pick up the nuances in speech. however it had little or no consequence to the story. classic fantasy, great read.

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  • Geir Alstad
  • 21-09-20

fantastic ending to a fantastic series

sapkowski outdid himself with this book, as did Peter Kenney. a modern, dark fairy tale told with real suspense and yet the endings were earned.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-09-20

love

heartfelt, heroic and entertaining. great narrator epic story finished so quickly- couldn't stop listening

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  • Pavel Antokolsky
  • 09-08-20

Disappointing end to a desalinating series.

The only saving grace is outstanding performance of Peter Kenny, but the book itself is just a pile of garbage

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-07-20

dissapointed

what a let down this was as a finisher. all over the place and just a poor ending

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  • Dragos Ungureanu
  • 21-05-20

last chapter of the Witcher saga

This last chapter did had for me a somewhat bitter and glommy tone overall (even for a Witcher novel). Lots of references to the previous books so if they are not fresh in your memory you might miss some of the story. 4 stars for the story as some parts seems to trail too much while a few important scenes are so simplified that they seem from another universe. Sad it ends, but glad I buyed it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-04-20

A shockingly poor end to the series

This book was a let down, it was an attempt at Holywood movie tempo after a long series of solid and fullfilling sorry telling. This time so much happens simply for the plot to continue forward, it felt like an entirely different author. The narrator, as always, was absolutely excellent.

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  • The Environman
  • 13-03-20

Despite some nonesense, a great book overall.

Finally finished The Witcher saga. If not for the senseless traveling through the worlds done by Ciri, and whole bunch of filler chapters in the last book, the whole series would've been superb. The Lady Of The Lake just felt like partially written by Sapkowski's janitor. The other ones are great though. Nonetheless recommended overall.