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Uprooted

Narrated by: Katy Sobey
Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
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A dark enchantment blights the land.

Agnieszka loves her village, set deep in a peaceful valley. But the nearby enchanted forest casts a shadow over her home. Many have been lost to the Wood, and none returns unchanged. The villagers depend on an ageless wizard, the Dragon, to protect them from the forest's dark magic. However, his help comes at a terrible price. One young village woman must serve him for 10 years, leaving all she values behind.

Agnieszka fears her dearest friend, Kasia, will be picked at the next choosing, for she's everything Agnieszka is not - beautiful, graceful and brave. Yet when the Dragon comes, it's not Kasia he takes.

©2016 Naomi Novik (P)2016 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Well written folklore fantasy

Folklore fantasy full of malevolent woods and powerful magic. Interesting twists in the plot and characters who develop and grow. Very enjoyable. Solid narration.

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Deeply engaging stand-alone fantasy

Lovely story, with a fascinating and very sinister baddie in the form of an entire evil forest! Feels like a Russian fairytale (as it is meant to) and the pace is brisk and exciting. A real pleasure.

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Brilliant new fairytale for grown-up tastes.

I was absolutely captivated by this story. Katy Sobey is a wonderful narrator, her range as far as character voices is remarkable (I am so thrilled that she's also voicing Naomi Novik's new book, Spinning Silver!). Naomi Novik has written her own version of the Beauty and the Beast story/Grimm fairytale - complete with the dark and sometimes gruesome happenings, twists and surprises of those classic fables that keep you on the edge of your seat. I can't praise this book enough. Loved it.

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A good twist on fantasy tropes

It's refreshing to find a heroine in a fantasy story that is actually afraid of magic and has all the limited worldly knowledge of her peasant upbringing. The forest was a horrific looming, presence over the whole novel, and a wonderful antagonistic force that that protagonists struggle to contend with. With interesting and well developed side characters, this was a great read.

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Classic wizards and forests.

Classic wizard's apprentice story with a few nice twists and laughs. The first third is amazing. Goes through several climaxes, feeling a bit like a trilogy in one book.

And of all the books you just happened to pick up...

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A beautiful fairytale

Really enjoyed every second of this, and the narrator was wonderful. A fairytale for adults, I loved the magic of it.

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Absolutely loved it!

This book was amazing!! The world was enchanting and eerie, the characters were well developed, and the plot was engaging.
Firstly, I really loved the atmosphere. The eastern European fairytale-type setting was enchanting and I loved the sinister, sentient vibe of the woods. The magic system is really well explained, but isn’t very complicated. The juxtaposition of the well-defined magic against the more intuitive earth magic was really interesting to me.
I loved the pacing of this book. I never felt bored or like the story was too rushed.
The characters were very well developed. The friendship between Kasia and Agnieszka was so strong and supportive. I loved them so much and I would love to see more friendships like theirs. I also really liked the development of the relationship between Agnieszka and the Dragon.
This book won’t be for everyone, it isn’t fast paced and the magic system isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. I just got so invested in everything.
All in all, I loved this book so much and will be picking up more from Naomi Novik very soon.

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Enthralling

I was completely enthralled by this story from start to finish. So well written and excellently narrated.

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Sadly just meh

DNF. I am actually returning this one with 2 hours from the end. Yep, I give in.

The characters are one dimensional without an ounce of development in sight.
So many unexplained "...ummm because"'s thrown in there (eg: girls just go away and get married or study?? You survived in the wood.... for no reason)
Author tells, doesn't show (eg, what i am doing now)
And to be honest... i ... just... don't ... care.

The narrator has a beautiful voice though!!

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Another Wonderful Fairytale Retelling

What can I say - a beautiful retelling of the fairytale of Beauty and the Beast, full of wonder and magic and Naomi Novik's keen sense of myth and story. I loved her other book, Spinning Silver, and which has the same narrator, Katy Sobey and which is similarly beautiful. A very enjoyable read.

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  • Jaki GT
  • 18-01-2017

confused about the hugely varied reviews? read thi

Ok so the first 5 chapters she is a bit whiney and whinge repetitively about her predicament. he's a miserable negative pratt but do stick with it. the book totally redeems itself soon after and it's a great book. The narrator is perfect for the character, at once whimsical and aloof and real too so you feel you know agnieshka. I'm sure I spelt that wrong, ah well. The wood is fascinating and the magic gets better and better. a highly engaging book.

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  • Mathias Hellevang
  • 11-08-2019

Ok

I generally liked the book and story, and the performance was good, but the awkward sex portions was extremely annoying.

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  • Annieidea
  • 09-02-2019

Thanks for the narrator!

I’m very grateful to those who decided to find a new narrator for this book. In my opinion it’s the key to everything when it comes to listening a book. So it was my first reason to buy an audio instead of a printed book. I was very unhappy when I could not listen to the previous narrator because of the accent. Katy Sobey did a great job and it really feels like magic especially when you can let yourself to close your eyes and just go with the flow.
The book itself is a little bit slow paced and even if something happens it feels like we are still stuck in one place and no one is going anywhere. However it is a beautiful story and I have no complaints.

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  • Asher Freeman
  • 01-11-2018

A beautiful telling

This is a gem of a story, gracefully presented and told with the language to match. Some stories are a pleasure to listen to purely because they are beautifully written, but this has all three; Great story, well written, and perfectly narrated.
Highly recommend!

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  • Anna O
  • 18-09-2018

Haunting and poetic

I truly loved this audio book. The narration was perfect in pitch, pace and emotional interpretation. The tale engrossing. I was riveted to my iPod until the end. A perfect fantasy for mature young adults and older.
The blurb is a little misleading, but it drew me in as I love dragons. I forgave the absence of a fire breathing dragon as the story unfolds steadily and inexorably in the fight of good against evil. The world building is detailed and the magic so believable.
This is an amazing stand alone adult fantasy with genuine characters. It is a testament to love, friendship, loyalty, sacrifice and redemption. Such a complex plot. No spoilers. Just be assured that if you enjoy fantasy, this is a must listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-05-2018

be aware of evil forrests

great voice actor, and a lovely fantasy story, with a captivating world.
interesting Villan👍

(the review was too short, or as I like to call it "concise", so throwing some more words here, they are not important tho': pink elefants wearing batlle armor in a kiddie pool fighting an army of angry bees.)

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  • rebecca wheeler
  • 07-04-2017

Thoroughly enjoyed!

Brilliant Narration, and a story that resembles a dark fairy tale, enjoyed this thoroughly. Highly recommend.

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  • monika
  • 06-07-2016

Truly enchanting

A wonderful and engulfing story with so many perfect little details narrated masterfully

would recommend to everyone, especially fantasy enthusiasts

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  • Gabrielle Harvey-Jones
  • 18-05-2016

Loved it second time around, too!

Really enjoy Naomi Novik’s writing! Fairy tales for grown-ups, competently constructed and endlessly beguiling! Could not possibly recommend more!

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  • aya
  • 15-09-2016

BEST BOOK ON AUDIBLE SO FAR

If you could sum up Uprooted in three words, what would they be?

Amazing, Magical and Earthly

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Usually don't read these types of books; I have a hard time suspending disbelief when books deal with magic also these types of books tend to use a lot of flowery language to seem more 'magical' - thank God 'Uprooted' doesn't fall into those traps. Once I started listening I could not stop. A lot of it down to the perfect narration of Katy Sobey but also to the simple, straightforward telling of the story, which reminded me of JK Rowling. The characters are also pretty likeable especially the MC and I liked the strong female friendship between the MC and her best friend. The story flows so naturally all the way to the end, which was so satisfying. So 5 stars from me.

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  • Mr
  • 27-11-2017

Original and wonderful.

A tale of magic, love and loss, turning to greed, fear and hate From start to finish, this enchanting tale gripped me.

The writing is wonderfully descriptive, taking you on a journey to another realm. The central characters are painted so vividly that you’d recognise them if you saw them in the street.

17 of the most enjoyable hours of listening I have ever had.

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  • Lauren Cottrell
  • 11-12-2018

Fabulous fantasy

Katy Sobey was a marvellous narrator for this very fine fantasy tale. I will very much look forward to further works by this author. The pace was excellent, the characters engaging and the story was unique and familiar in an enjoyable way.

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  • Jonathan Blackwell
  • 04-11-2018

Spectacular

I trudged through so much fantasy mediocrity before finding this gem. A bit slow at the start but really accelerates after that.

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  • M K Lewis
  • 07-09-2018

Surprised

This is not my usual type of book and so I was surprised to find how much I enjoyed it. It is beautifully written and narrated. I found that if it had stopped in 3 different places, it would have been ‘enough book’ but it just kept on going. Loved it!!

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  • nicole
  • 11-07-2016

Exceptional epic fantasy

Despite listening to over 300 books a year, I've only found two new fantasy authors I'd really recommend in 2016. This is a beautifully narrated story with hints of probably Russian folk tales, though I don't know where or how varied the author's influences. It feels like the literary equivalent or a monsoon in the desert.

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  • Garage Audiblekins
  • 23-08-2018

Awesome

Binged it until the end. Was perhaps a little disappointed with the way things wrapped up. But still really enjoyed it.

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  • Kane C.
  • 15-09-2018

It was pretty good

It was refreshing to listen to. I thought it was aimed for young girls around 15-20 but I appreciated it more as I read and i would recommend it to most people.

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  • Alice
  • 02-08-2019

gripping and original

uprooted is another wonderful book by a wonderful author. I really enjoy listening to this narrator too.

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