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Publisher's Summary

Will dark magic claim their home?

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father’s too kindhearted to collect his debts. They face poverty until Miryem hardens her own heart and takes up his work in their village. Her success creates rumours she can turn silver into gold, which attract the fairy king of winter himself. He sets her an impossible challenge - and if she fails, she’ll die. Yet if she triumphs, it may mean a fate worse than death. And in her desperate efforts to succeed, Miryem unwittingly spins a web which draws in the unhappy daughter of a lord.

Irina’s father schemes to wed her to the tsar - he will pay any price to achieve this goal. However, the dashing tsar is not what he seems. And the secret he hides threatens to consume the lands of mortals and winter alike. Torn between deadly choices, Miryem and Irina embark on a quest that will take them to the limits of sacrifice, power and love.

New audio available from 24 July 2018.

©2018 Naomi Novik (P)2018 Penguin Random House LLC

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Glorious.

I loved this story and wanted it never to end. The story of three women, beautifully intertwined.

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loved it but a small warning

Enjoyed this a lot, for a bunch of rrasons but a word of warning. the narrator doesn't seperate the character's voices much and because the author or people who to turned this to audio didn't give any heads up when your shifting between characters from one paragraph or sub chapter to the next it can sometimes be a bit disorienting figuring out which character’s scene it is. particularly if you haven't listened for a day or two.
but please don't hesitate to listen as the story and performance are otherwise great!

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Lacking in love story ending

I loved the story, however I would have loved to read more about the relationships between the queens and their kings

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You Won't be Able to Put this Book Down!

I have been in a bit of a reading funk of late, not really able to sit down and really get through a novel.

Blow me away if I didn't break that slump when I downloaded Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik. I found myself entirely engrossed: immersed in her story, the characters, and their world. When I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it, just waiting until I could steal away from university and work to pick it up once more.

The ending left me with a bewildering feeling of sadness that it was over, as well as the sweet satisfaction that can only come from a well-told story, ended well.

If you are a fan of fairy-tail retellings, Russian folklore, interesting and distinct characters, marvellous worlds, and enough twists and turns to keep your chest tight to the very last pages, I highly recommend this audiobook.

I feel I should also mention that the primary protagonist (of which there are 3) is a Jewish girl. I was pleasantly surprised to hear this perspective in a fantasy tale. I have not come across it before and must advocate that more authors follow Novik's lead.

The reader performs well, for the most part, she has distinct voices for each POV character. Her diction can be repetitive at times but does not take away from the story at all.

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Another great story by Naomi Novik

Another enjoyable story by this author. I love her story telling style, it always has pace and plot turns. The story is told from different character perspectives and sometimes I found that disconcerting. But overall I loved how she made winter into a person & magical realm. Again, well narrated by Katy Sobey.

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Magical! My favourite book by Naomi Novik (Sorry Temeraire)

This was a beautiful story. I haven’t read anything by Naomi Novik that wasn’t beautiful but this book was truly magical. Great performance by Katy Sobey. Overall, an absolute joy. Thank you!

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I never wanted it to end! Simply wonderful!

First of all, the narrator, Katy Sobey is EVERYTHING! So glad she came back to give yet another superb narration of one of Naomi's novels (listen to Uprooted, if you haven't already). I am in awe of her talent as a voice actor. She AND Naomi Novik take you on a journey to another world in this beautiful tale, which tells the stories of three very different young women.

I love that Naomi shies away from depicting these women as perfectly beautiful creatures in a 'Cinderella-like' way. Each character is an individual with fears and flaws, capable of making mistakes or missteps. But make no mistake, these women are intelligent and courageous, and when the time comes, willing to take charge of their own destinies, despite the times and circumstances they live in.

There are echoes of many different fairytales woven into Spinning Silver, but with their own twist - Rumpelstiltskin and The Snow Queen being the main two. There is definitely a nod to the sometimes gruesome nature of the old German fairytales and fables.

This book is fantastic. I can't wait to lose myself in it again soon.

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Fantastic.

More than 13 hours of pure quality, intriguing story and entertainment. Would keep you listen long after bedtime. Looking forward to the next story from this amazing author.

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Great story.

loved it. another great standalone novel! cant wait for the next one. highly recommend Naomi Novik.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-08-2018

I think this could be one of my new favourites!!

Amazing northern European feel, with a wonderful Jewish main character. This story was just beautiful and told in the most charming way. The way it ended way perfect <3 Must read!

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  • Jenny
  • 24-07-2018

Spinning gold more like

This is fantastic. Better than Uprooted even, which I loved. What a clever retelling of old fairy tales. The language is moving, the plot fast-paced and the characters fully human (even the demons).

It took a chapter to warm to the narrator, but after that I was on board.

Highly recommended literary fantasy.

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  • Johanna
  • 21-08-2018

Original

Very interesting and original story. I really liked it a lot. The performance was also very good! One thing that I had troubled with at the beginning was to know who had the POW because it didn't say when it changed character and the the narrator still sounded very similar, but after a little while you got the hang of it.

I definitely recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy and strong characters. Naomi is incredibly skillfull with her writing and storytelling, and that's what makes her one of my favorite writers.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-08-2018

Magical, with a great narrator

I absolutely loved this. The story was fantastic and the narrator did it full justice. Highly recommended

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  • Michelle
  • 31-08-2018

Excellent full strength fairy tale

This will keep you guessing as you follow the three main characters through their adventures and dilemmas. The setting is fascinating, the challenges real and heart breaking. First class fantasy fiction from an author at the top of her game. I look forward to what Novik decides to write next.

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  • Lucy Hodge
  • 25-08-2018

Five stars

Utterly delightful. I could barely stop listening for work or when I had to sleep. The characters and the world were rich and enchanting, and I loved every moment.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-07-2018

Good story. Confusing narration

The narrator does a similar voice for different points of view and there is no warning that the point of view has changed mid chapter! This might be ok in the book but it made me confused.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-11-2018

Lovely.

If you liked her Uprooted, you’ll probably like this. Yay for character development and inspiration from folk tales and mythology.

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  • Bel
  • 08-11-2018

Spinning a good yarn

I loved the story. Such a great fairy tale. Parts of it reminded me of other fairy tales, of course, but then it is no secret that Naomi Novik uses elements from well-known fairy tales and spins fantastic tales with those. What an apt title, the author is spinning silver indeed.

Lisa Flanagan's narration is fine, but there is no vocal distinction between the various characters, making it hard to know when there is a change of perspective in the story.
Now, admittedly, three of the characters are young women of about the same age, and one is a small boy, so naturally, they'll sound similar, but then I think maybe the narrator could have used slightly different accents to help the listener know who is telling what.
Or the author could have titled the paragraphs to let us know...
I think this audio book would have profited from either a cast of narrators, or a narrator who can give each character a distinctive voice.
Having the same voice range for all characters throughout the book was a bit of a pity, imo.

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  • Kylie Lewis
  • 20-10-2018

Stunning fairy tale mashup

Beautiful voice. Clever storytelling. Couldn't stop listening! looking forward to hearing more of her work.

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  • Mrs
  • 15-10-2018

Persistence with rewards

It took some time to get into the book, regularly got lost which character the narrator was portraying at times which was frustrating but by the end I loved it.