• Baptism of Fire

  • The Witcher, Book 3
  • By: Andrzej Sapkowski
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (930 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Geralt of Rivia is on a mission to save his ward, Ciri, and with her the world, in this third novel in the best-selling Witcher series that inspired the Netflix show and video games.

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.

Translated by David French.

©1996 Andrzej Sapkowski (P)2014 Orion Publishing Group

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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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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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Weakest of the Witcher books, but still good

This book is the weakest of all Witcher books just because there are too many war storyline, but it's still good!

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Zoltan and Regis bring it to life

This book brought exactly what the series needed, the introduction of new and interesting characters. There are so many side characters in the series
It’s hard to remember who is who. But with these two it’s a totally different story. They both bring a breath of fresh air and comedy which is why this is my favourite of the series so far

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Better than previous books, BUT....

It's better, as the headline suggest, better than the previous Witcher books. Better written/translates; Better story and the performance is top notch, BUT the sound engineering is still poor. Like the two previous books this book is also very quiet. And with alot of whispering in the book it's quite hard to hear. One might think it's my age or somerhing, but no, only these Witcher books has such low volume.

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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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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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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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Great story

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

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The best of fiction

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

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  • rachel oliver
  • 01-09-20

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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  • Blackmixen
  • 05-20-20

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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  • Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia
  • 07-12-21

Great story, great narrator

Another great novel by Sapkowski, seamlessly marrying dark fantasy with comedic relief; I found myself listening to the Dwarfs playing Barrel over and over.

An interesting ironic take on the classic fantasy tale of a group of bold adventures rallying together on a quest to save a fair maiden.

I’ve really grown on Peter Kenny as a narrator starting from the Last Wish to now in the third novel of the series. At this point I couldn’t imagine the series with a different narrator.

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  • The Bob
  • 09-20-18

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-08-21

A Story that gets better with each book

Another excellent addition to The Witcher serise. Its Fellowship of the Ring set in the world of the Witcher, a great ensemble of characters coming together in search of Ciri. One of the things I like about this book so much is the new characters not just in the way they interact with each other but how it builds and develops the story. Can't wait to listen to the next one.

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  • Hex
  • 11-27-21

My favourite of the witcher books

Iv been really enjoying these books and they are what got me iti audio books all together. This one so far has been by far my favourite. Peter Kenny has put on an excellent proformance to.

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  • symro
  • 11-17-21

The Witcher series is absolutely enthralling.

Some of the best books I've ever read, (heard)! The narrator is simply amazing, the characters are really interesting, the whole story is fantastic.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-19-21

A match made in heaven 😍

I simply and utterly LOVE everything about this book (and the rest in the serie).
I love the lore, the world, all the characters and at last, but definitely not least, I love, I love, I love the narrator! Peter Kenny is the frosting on the cake. ❤

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  • Iain Leedham
  • 07-23-21

Witcher

Great story excellent performance by the narrator, almost like listening to a full cast of actors

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  • Sarah lambourn
  • 06-23-21

Brilliant

Loved the book, full off adventure and surprises. The narrator really brings the story alive

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  • joshua
  • 02-01-19

starts slow then picks up to the end

solid book definitely more of a Bridger than a full unique story. starts slow and picks up towards the end to tie into the next book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-07-22

Going Down Hill

To begin with, I loved the tale of Ciri with Geralt, Yennifer and the others. It had plenty of action, twists in the plot and I was curious as to where the story would go.
But now there is beginning to be too many random character names to remember and random parts that are frustrating me - stick to the main storyline!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-28-22

Peter Kenny is absolutely unmatched

The sheer range of Peter Kenny and his narrating abilities have made listening to the witcher series an absolute pleasure.

Would recommend this book and series to anyone

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-20-22

Another one down

Such a great listen! The characters and voices have developed so nicely! On to the next.

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  • Ross Greenberg
  • 01-05-22

Too much waffling and loosing story line

I am very disappointed the author keeps straying from the story's soul and making the characters inconsistent in their actions.

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  • Adam
  • 01-04-22

Can't stop now!

This is where the series starts to truly shine! loved it! great character development and exciting story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-14-21

Give me more

Can't wait to read the next book in the series. Brilliantly written do yourself a favor get this series

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-14-21

Favourite Witcher book so far

I’ve listened to all the Witcher books preceding this. However, this one takes the cake. Character development is stunning and the performances help greatly.

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  • Joss
  • 11-08-21

Fantastic narration

The narration for this series is absolutely impeccable. I've already read some of the books on paper, but hearing them narrated with such expertise and understanding of drama is a radically different experience. in particular, while the sense of humour of the of series is clear as you read it, it really comes out in the narration.

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  • Travis Vandermeer
  • 04-14-21

Masterfully read

Peter Kenny does such a fantastic job of bringing The Witcher stories to life and he is As important to the character of Geralt as Henry Cavill is in the Netflix series.

Kenny's performance in the first Witcher audio book I heard is the reason I purchased the entire series in audiobook form. Bravo!