Listen free for 30 days

Listen with a free trial

One credit a month, good for any title to download and keep.
Unlimited listening to the Plus Catalogue - thousands of select Audible Originals, podcasts and audiobooks.
Exclusive member-only deals.
No commitment - cancel anytime.
Buy Now for £24.99

Buy Now for £24.99

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

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

What listeners say about Lady of the Lake

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1,791
  • 4 Stars
    429
  • 3 Stars
    131
  • 2 Stars
    37
  • 1 Stars
    18
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1,915
  • 4 Stars
    193
  • 3 Stars
    35
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    4
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1,506
  • 4 Stars
    377
  • 3 Stars
    186
  • 2 Stars
    47
  • 1 Stars
    31

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

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.

7 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

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.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • A
  • 11-12-20

Drawn out

Confusing because it kept jumping backwards and forwards in time. The story dragged. Too much going on with other characters.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Disjointed

I feel like the quality of these books is getting worse. However, as I’m am working through them in chronological order who knows. Aside from being a generally boring book, the scatterbrain writing is what really annoyed me. It really was a case of ‘I’ve started, so I’ll finish.’

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Hard work and a disapppointing end to the series

The first two Witcher books (Last Wish and Sword of Destiny) were good fun, Gerald on his adventures with the minstrel occasionally in tow. I enjoyed the first couple of books in the main saga too but book 4 and now this have been a real disappointment. By the end I'd stopped following what was happening. Too many characters, too much Ciri, too much expositional dialogue, too much padding, not enough Witcher action.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

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

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Truely amazing fantasty novel

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

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

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!!

3 people found this helpful

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 01-05-21

"The rock falls and everyone dies" said the DM

I will never allow a poor ending to ruin the rest of a series for me, neither in book or video game form, but it is obvious that anyone who picked up the Witcher saga after falling in love with the Witcher video games will have to eventually experience the same feeling as with Mass Effect. A long, wonderful journey with amazing characters, only to culminate in a seemingly rushed, lifeless ending.
I never fooled myself with thinking that the story will have a happy ending, but I was hoping for -some- sort of ending. Some sort of closure.
A personal project by the author that had gotten slightly out of hand in scope, lost its creative spark and thus needed to be quickly wrapped up in a more or less thorough way - that is how this felt like. But a fun journey nonetheless, despite the ending.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kindle Customer
  • 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.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 01-11-17

Loved it!

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

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Thomas
  • Thomas
  • 03-06-21

Dissapointment

Peter Kenny did a splendid job, as before. But I had a hard time finishing this installment. After thorougly enjoying the previous books I was looking forward to reading this, but it did not live up to my expectations.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for David
  • David
  • 24-01-21

Still getting worse

Said it before, say it again, this series gets worse and worse.

The performance is on the top, but the writing is horrible by now (or it's the translation's fault).

This book is a long row of furture people looking back on the main characters' lifes. This technic has been used before in better effect. This time it feels clumpsy and sets up multiply endings.

Only buy this book if you really need it to complete a set.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Pavel Antokolsky
  • 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

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 07-07-20

dissapointed

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

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Mateusz Janowski
  • Mateusz Janowski
  • 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.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Sabine Janssens
  • Sabine Janssens
  • 03-11-21

Too much casual sexual abuse...

It's a decent story. One thing really bothered me too much. The amount of times Siri is being sexually abused is astounding. This is not even given any weight in the story. It just seems like it's the main thing that moves the plot forward. Really sad. I would at least like to see some support and understanding from other characters and some recognition that this is really not normal for a teenage girl to be treated in this way.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Daniel
  • Daniel
  • 15-10-21

Hard to follow, but good story

of all the books in this series, up till this book, it's not been har to follow. Not to many story lines, time jumps, world's jumps and what not.
this one, jumps around, and you can't relax as normal, and keep to a long brakes apart from reading without having a har Time to get back in to it.

But hardness of a book do not matter. Loves this change in story telling from previous books and still love the story.

Do nok like the ending, as in, do not like the ending as general not liking the ending. That for me is a good thing.
I felt if I've lost something close to me.