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Blood of Elves (Booktrack Edition)

The Witcher Series, Book 1
Written by: Andrzej Sapkowski
Narrated by: Peter Kenny
Series: Witcher Saga, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (76 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Blood of Elves: Booktrack Edition adds an immersive musical soundtrack to your audiobook listening experience! *  

The New York Times best-selling series that inspired the international hit video game: The Witcher.

For over a century, humans, dwarves, gnomes, and elves have lived together in relative peace. But times have changed, the uneasy peace is over, and now the races are fighting once again. The only good elf, it seems, is a dead elf.

Geralt of Rivia, the cunning assassin known as The Witcher, has been waiting for the birth of a prophesied child. This child has the power to change the world - for good, or for evil.

As the threat of war hangs over the land and the child is hunted for her extraordinary powers, it will become Geralt's responsibility to protect them all - and the Witcher never accepts defeat.

*Booktrack is an immersive format that pairs traditional audiobook narration to complementary music. The tempo and rhythm of the score are in perfect harmony with the action and characters throughout the audiobook. Gently playing in the background, the music never overpowers or distracts from the narration, so listeners can enjoy every minute. When you purchase this Booktrack edition, you receive the exact narration as the traditional audiobook available, with the addition of music throughout.

©2009 Andrzej Sapkowski (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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It took a bit to get into but then it was an easy

It took a bit to get into it because of all the characters and abrupt transitions between scenes but after the first Chapter or so it was an easy listen

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My first audio book - VERY HAPPY!

It was everything I had hoped for and more. I absolutely love the audiotracks version, and will be looking for it in every book I get from now on. I will sincerely miss it on the novels that don't have it.

Excellent performance, and I was truly immersed in the world. The different voices made for an amusing listen, and really helped differentiate the characters.

Looking forward to listening to the next one!

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Amazing.

loved the story, the narrator did an amazing job and I will look forward to the remaining books in the series. This is my first audio book and I was addicted within 10 minutes, it took me a mere 2 days to complete it.

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Entertaining

Excellent narration, I loved all the voices of the different characters. The writing describes the action quite well and the story itself is fun, though the gender roles feel a bit dated. The sound design was often great, but the music was not always well suited to the narrative - sometimes silence would have been better. That said, I'm listening to it for the second time!

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Performer was alright.

Was pretty decent. Enjoyed it thoroughly. Peter Kenny's voice is fairly okay, the story and setting is phenomenal. Off to play the games again!

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learn to read

I absolutely love the book but can't stand the way he reads Dandelion... if he was attempting to be genuine in the reading he'd of at least played the games... I found this reading to be annoying for that reason.

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i did not expect music to play throughout

the book was great. if you want musiic that plays throughout the recording, than this is for you. i personally found that it took away from the story. left less to the imagination.

idk. content was great though!

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Great Narrator!

I loved it. Narrator was brilliant with all the different accents. At times I would feel a bit lost with all the different characters brought in. But I easily caught up.

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Sad to report

I really wanted to like this book but I persisted to chapter 6 and I still don’t know what this book is really about. I seldom give up but I am so bored I cannot finish this one. As for the performance, it was ok except when there was music in the background which made some voices hard to hear.

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  • Neal A. Schaffer
  • 2018-12-12

Absolutely spellbinding performance!

Right from the first few seconds of the book you’re immediately pulled into the book by Peter Kenny. He was truly masterful and every bit as exciting as Ralph Lister! The use of the background noises to set the scenes were so riveting, it seriously felt like I was there.

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  • Jessica
  • 2019-12-14

I hate the music!

I wish I could listen to the story without the music sound track. I found the music distracting from the story telling.

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  • N. Hawryluk
  • 2019-11-15

Middling ‘Witcher’ Entry

Middling ‘Witcher’ entry loses most of what made the two short story collections preceding it great- namely, the globetrotting adventures, and the actual Witcher. It’s pretty annoying how often every character talks about him though, as if there’s never anything else to talk about. Story doesn’t go anywhere, more setting up for sequels than creating a cohesive arc within itself. Narrator does well, though I found the ‘Booktrack Edition,’ with full background music and sound effects, more distracting than anything. [AUDIBLE]

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  • Michael
  • 2019-10-06

I wish this book was better performed.

wish this book was better performed. Love the lore and characters but the performance is so bad I can't listen. Plus it has horrendous background music the whole time.

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  • Jase
  • 2019-05-11

outstanding performance & production / tepid story

Despite a polished production with rousing background score with an amazingly talented narrator, the subject matter grew increasingly tedious with its litany of names upon names and more names and their regions..the minutia starts to blur into a recitation of a phone directory without the numbers

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  • Sean Espinoza
  • 2019-02-15

Booktrack, edition were have you been all my life?

you really get a sense of feel, wonder, and depth when listening to this version of the book. it's unlike anything I've listened to prior. I highly, recommend this version and I hope that the other books get the same treatment.

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  • Kdizzle
  • 2019-02-15

Strongly recommend

This is such a good story, Peter Kenny does a fantastic job pulling you in with his narration. Also the booktrack edition adds a whole new depth to the experience, I hope they include more books with the booktrack edition.

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  • j
  • 2019-12-14

Dull, dull, dull

This is the first novel in The Witcher series, but it is not the first book. There are two short story collections that come first. I wish I had known that because this novel is an awful way to start. Endless dull exposition that goes no where. What a disappointment.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-12-12

Elevator mood music not required

I’m having a hard time enjoying this story. It is difficult to listen too, I have to back up and listen again and again. It is the constant elevator music, sound effects playing 100% of the time in background. I have my own imagination and do not require someone to set it for me. It keeps me from immersing into the story, struggling to hear the words, enjoy the world as it was written. Worst idea EVER. Not sure I will continue the series as I might not make it through this narration. Pity that.

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  • Alice Aviles
  • 2019-11-22

Love the, hate the soundtrack

I find myself liking the characters and story more and more. Peter Kenny does exceptionally well. Sometimes I forget the female characters are being voiced by a man. I have but two criticisms. I get the feeling that many of these books could've probably been a single book or trilogy. This was too short and had too much of a set up. Secondly, the soundtrack in this was too much. I can very honestly do without.

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