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Publisher's Summary

This Booktrack Edition adds an immersive musical soundtrack to your audiobook listening experience!*

A deadly coup within the Wizard's Guild leaves the Witcher, Geralt of Rivia, gravely injured, and his ward Ciri missing in the third book of the New York Times best-selling series that inspired the Netflix show and the hit 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 - 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. 

Andrzej Sapkowski, winner of the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement award, started an international phenomenon with his Witcher series. 

*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.

©2014 Andrzej Sapkowski; David A. French - translation (P)2021 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"This is a series you can sink your teeth into." (BuzzFeed News)

"The universe of Sapkowski's The Witcher is one of the most detailed and best-explored in modern fantasy, offering endless opportunities for fresh ideas.... Complex character relationships enrich this already complex world; this is the sort of series fantasy fans will cherish." (B&N)

"Like a complicated magic spell, a Sapkowski novel is a hodgepodge of fantasy, intellectual discourse, and dry humor. Recommended." (Time)

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The background music makes me go crazy.

I don’t like it when books have background music. It makes it impossible for me to focus on the words.

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Would be good if it didnt have background noise

As usual, great story and narrative.
Is there a version without the annoying/distracting background noise (I mean music and cheesy sounds)?

If I want to listen to music I have many options without it interfering with this storys narrative.

Please provide one without the distracting and undesired noises.

Such noise is usually added to terrible stories or poor narratives. This needs no such slather of useless sauce and ruins it.

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Booktrack is not for everyone

Sapkowski and Peter Kenny once again knock it out of the park. This is my first attempt at booktrack edition. It is just ok. It is a limited amount of tunes that follow along to try and match the mood of what is going on in that moment of the reading. Some times the music would swell and hit just right. With such few options it does not always fit. At some points the music would distract me from the reading. That might be more of a me problem than anything though. If you find that you can easily be distracted by other sounds/things going on while you listen to audio books, you are probably like me and the normal audio is best for us.

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awesome!

Love the witcher books, but hats off to Peter Kenney - a myriad of voices portrayed with perfect accent, inflection, mood, etc. Highly recommend!

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I am beholden to your mystic powers, Peter Kenny.

Been absolutely churning thru the whole series for a week now, and just wanted to pause long enough to leave a quick comment: enamored with the story, world building, dramatic and comedic exchanges, even the BG music... but the true STAR of this series (at least for the audio versions) is Peter Kenny. An absolute master of his craft; redefining any notions I held about what the absolute pinnacle of performance narration might sound like. Even 5 books in, I am still in awe of his control, breadth, range, consistency, artistic intuitiveness... delivered with such a natural effortlessness, that every now and then I have to remind myself: Yup, still just the one guy! I personally look forward to exploring much more of his narrative performances after I have exhausted all of this amazing series!

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ugg music in background

I didn't realize I selected the audio book that had constant music in the background... I have no idea WHY studios do this it is so annoying.

Apart from that the narrator is great but he is on the non musical versions as well.

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The witcher is amazing

I love this new concept of using music to help accent the story. The only issue at times it seems a little louder than the narrator but other than that I love it.

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weakest book, great series

Weakest book so far in the series, hope it gets good again. A bit contrived.

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Decent but could be better

I love the video games and so decided to listen to the books. The first two books are great but they've quickly become a bit stale and complicated. This book was mostly pretty good, much better than the last one, but had a hard time getting past how much of a jerk Geralt is to everyone. It just seems out of character. Also I'm not sure if Sapkowski is that good at writing female characters. The whole scene with Milva towards the third act was a bit....ridiculous. I'll finish the books because I'm a completionist, but the quality has been steadily going down.

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Fantastic writing. Great performance

Wonderful characters that maintain their core while continuing to develop. I enjoyed that they have flaws that the writer doesn’t abandon for convenience. Peter Kenny is impeccable and adds so much value to an already great telling.

FYI - personally love the book track editions