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Spinning Silver

Narrated by: Katy Sobey
Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
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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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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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Similar voices spoken.

Sometimes hard to work out which character is speaking because readers voice does not change. I still loved the story.

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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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Glorious.

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

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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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I tried. Twice.

Although the story was going well for me, I couldn't get past the reader ending every phrase and every sentence with the same upturned inflection. It was really distracting. When new characters were speaking, they too had the same voice and upturned inflection. Took a while to figure out that someone new was speaking. Didn't finish.

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Moral, magical and white!

Such a delight to listen to! Naomi Novik has a gift for creating, within a single book, a depth and history for her characters which provides a great basis for a ‘reality’ that she gently weaves magic around - making it feel true as ever. Her stories accomplish quickly what could easily be explored over many books but are neatly and rightly wrapped in a single volume. I love Katy Sobey’s narration I will be searching for other books she has performed for the pleasure in how she reads them.

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Amazing!

A truly wonderful book, absolutely magical. Great characters, great story, cannot recommend it enough! Naomi is a fantastic author

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  • ELL
  • 23-05-2020

buy it!

A wonderful, addictive tale with unpredictable twists and turns. Strong leads and characters who grow throughout the story. Homages to Grimm fairytales and slavic folklore. Couldn't stop listening. feeling bereft now that I've finished.

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Interesting and engaging story I wasn't expecting

Really enjoyed this, narrator was perfect and loved most of the characters except for one, who is painfully annoying to listen to, i found myself skipping important parts just to avoid listening.

Overall good story and loved the ending.

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  • Tish
  • 19-11-2018

Excellent Russian Fairytale

This is as usual a great fairytale from Novik but the narrative changes POV often without saying the name of the person speaking or really indicating that anything has changed making it difficult to follow at times. I enjoyed it, but this might be easier to follow in print than audio.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-01-2020

Make This for tv!

At first I thought it a bit ‘wordy’ but it is a true fairytale. Following the logic of the fairytale and giving us 3 strong female leads ready to change the world and give up everything they know.
At the end I shouted out loud that this must be put on some screen in some way. I woke up my boyfriend who got a long lecture on the value of non euro/usa-centered literature with strong female leads and a story where the story twists aren’t out of the blue but in par with the story’s own rules.
I love it and will force everyone I know to listen or read it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-08-2019

Fell short

I found it hard to stay engaged with the story. The characters, plot and style were all a bit flat. It was good to pass the time, but nothing to write home about.

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  • Dragonfly
  • 09-03-2019

A 6 star book!

Wow what a find!
Katie Sobey once again provides an utterly outstanding narration.
Naomi Novik has spun another throughly enjoyable tale, with a completely satisfying ending!
Don't hesitate. Like her book Uprooted, Spinning Silver is brilliant!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Louise Adams
  • 01-06-2019

Fantastic!

I didn't enjoy the narration too much and struggled with who's point of view was who's a few times as they sounded very similar; that being said, this was such a fantastic story that compelled me to continue on. I really enjoyed Uprooted but this was even better.

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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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  • Rosemary
  • 02-06-2019

Magical tale

Superbly narrated, cleverly written, this is an amazing production. I found myself totally absorbed, not wanting it to end.

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  • russ
  • 29-05-2019

Nice fairytail, well written and read

A dreamlike fairytale, well paced, perfectly written for audio. very good for YA and nice enough for me as a fussy adult. a few crits here and there but not enough to complain

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  • JulieGibbons
  • 06-10-2018

Refreshing story - poor narration

Loved this fairytale as a whole, but was frustrated by poor narration, specifically the inability of Katy Sobey to properly differentiate characters and what was, at first, a quite odd delivery, akin to an artificial voice at times. However, the storyline was compelling enough to keep going, if a little muddled in places. Good attempt at the genre, although lacking somewhat - I’d say it was a wee bit banal and over-worked in places, even though the essential ingredients had the potential to fully sparkle. The plot certainly resolved itself with almost full redemption, perhaps a wee bit overly cliché in the end. I did enjoy the alternate worldscape and characters and particularly the magic cottage device.

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