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Baptism of Fire

The Witcher, Book 3
Written by: Andrzej Sapkowski
Narrated by: Peter Kenny
Series: The Witcher Saga, Book 3
Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling series that inspired the international hit videogame The Witcher.

The Wizard's 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 rumor places her in the Niflgaard court, preparing to marry the emperor.

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

The witcher returns in this action-packed sequel to The Time of Contempt.

©2014 Andrzej Sapkowski (P)2015 Hachette Audio

What the critics say

"The character interplay is complex, unsentimental and anchored in brutal shared history. All bodes well for twisty plotting to come." ( SFX)
"Sapkowski revitalizes the genre with energetic and compelling writing. A breath of fresh air in a well-worn genre. Don't miss it!" ( Dreamwatch)
"Like Mieville and Gaiman, Sapkowski takes the old and makes it new." ( Foundation)

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Another great performance

The voice actor for this series "Peter Kenny" does an amazing job and has really brought to life the series for me. If you're looking to catch up before the Netflix series starts there's no better way in my opinion.

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A baptism of fire for readers as well

Love how this story is told in such a reasonably complicated way with lots of wit.

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this is the 4th book I have read in last week of this series and it's amazing 10/10

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Excellent performance by Peter Kenny

The Witcher’s books are wonderful stories, but read by Peter Kenny transform them into amazing adventures, thru his voice I can see the characters alive

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loved every second of it, finished it in 2 days. best narrator on audible by far.

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Best of the series so far

Alot of the other books were more development but this book was pure fantasy adventure at its finest. Really well done and makes up for the somewhat lack luster Blood of Elves.

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Entertaining

I love how the Witcher series is narrated. My son got me into The Witcher via his video game. Now I’m listening to the books. I love all the characters and how the story is told.

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Better than the last book

Baptism of fire is a book about self discovery and not judging others based on appearance or reputation. It teaches us that we can create a name for ourselves without others influencing our choices. I give this book a 3/5

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One of the best narratives I’ve ever heard.

The Witcher is coming to Netflix and I hate the idea of not knowing the “true spirit” of a book before I see it. Just like The Game of Thrones, it’s a world of its own but with one common thread. A more focused story with fantastic characters, The Witcher does not disappoint. And the narrator is beyond brilliant. Peter Kenny narrated books will now be in my searches and in my wish list. Enjoy!

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The Wolven Storm

#Audible1 If you haven't heard of the Witcher Saga then you are missing out. This series follows the main character Geralt of Rivia, a Witcher, in his travels across the Continent in search of employment in his trade; that of hunting and slaying dangerous monsters that prey upon humans. This polish masterpiece was written by Andrzej Sapkowski and is the inspiration behind the three internationally acclaimed Witcher Games and the impending Netflix series. The books are heavily steeped in Slavic lore and are offer a startling insight into the human condition making us ask who the true monsters are and who are the ones who need saving. The world doesn't need a hero. It needs a professional. WORTH THE LISTEN/READ

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  • mr1135
  • 2016-11-02

Engaging Voice Over Work

Peter Kenny lends a mesmerizing voice to Geralt. Though through the series there has been strange changes at times between intonation of names and certain voices (ie Dandelion), his rendition of Geralt is superb. With such a masterful performance, it makes playing the Video Game version awkward, as Kenny's simply puts it to shame.

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  • Sam
  • 2016-10-21

Best in the series so far!

Loved this book! Peter Kenny was an amazing narrator as always, but the story just flowed so well! There was a lot of time spent with Geralt, which was a good decision. The journey he embarks on in this section of the series was fantastic. Along with his companions there is just an astounding amount of character development. There is a lot of world building too, but from the ground up, as we see various locales from our characters POVs in much more detail. We visit characters other than Geralt as well, and while more brief they also felt very well developed. Plus, I won't even begin to mention the amazing new characters that we meet!

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  • Edward Escobar
  • 2017-03-08

MY FAVORITE STORY SO FAR OUT OF THE 7!!!

For a moment I thought Time of Contempt or Sword of Destiny would be my favorite book out of the series. This introduced to me two of my favorite character ( both second to Ciri and Geralt ) but won't spoil the names. However the story kept me wanting to read more but now I regret going through it so fast and must read again or pick up the last two as soon as possible .

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  • Joe Chad
  • 2015-08-07

Another Excellent Installment To This Series

I have been enjoying The Witcher novels for the last month or so as they are released on audible. Mr. Sapkowski is an excellent author and his books are incredibly unique. My favorite part about these novels is their storytelling qualities. A lot of authors write good books, but not very many of them can make you feel like someone is actually telling you a story. Most of them are just like reading what happened, but these books make you feel like you are actually in the world of the story. The author uses many different plot devices to tell the stories in these books, such as the long story motif, the actual storyteller motif, and the idea of switching narrator characters mid scene. All three of these motifs make for an excellent plot and story. Like always the characterization in this book is as good as the first few. I will say that there are a lot of characters in this novel and it is very necessary to pay close attention to the story. Also, the plot itself is very complex and the author slowly reveals parts of it bit by bit, there isn't really an aha moment. This is why focus is very important. The one problem with this book as compared to the first books in the series is that it is a bit slower and less seems to happen. I can accept this though, because as far as I know this is the third of five novels in this series. Again I cannot commend the narrator enough. Mr. Kenny does a wonderful job differentiating characters and making the story come alive. I thought his voice was a little strange during the first book in this series, but I quickly got used to it and I now love him as a narrator. I recommend you read this book if you have read the first two in this series, this is not a standalone. I eagerly await Audible's release of the next novel.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-02-14

Excellent

Peter Kenny is a master. Great writing and wicked delivery. Jim dale is one of the greatest narrators and Peter Kenny is easily right up there with him.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-02-07

great listen. Peter Kenny is an awesome reader!

i tend to forget that there is only 1 person reading. Peter Kenny is SUPERB!

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  • Robert
  • 2020-02-07

Narrator is gold

The different voices and the story is read so well by Peter Kenny. I love listening to this series.

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  • Brent
  • 2020-01-26

Peter Kenny is an Outstanding Narrator

Peter Kenny is absolutely outstanding. I completely forget that he is the only person acting the role of every single character in this series of books, both male and female alike. He brings me into the story fully immersed in the characters and dialogue.

Of course the story and writing are wonderful as usual. I can’t wait to get onto the next book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-12-08

Amazing performance

I was already a fan of the games. These books have enhanced the experience. Will likely read again

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2016-11-11

one of the best in the saga

For me, bof and tos are, by far, the high points in an already amazing saga.

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