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Spinning Silver

Narrated by: Katy Sobey
Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • 19-11-18

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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  • 06-01-20

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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  • 03-08-19

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
  • 09-03-19

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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  • 05-08-18

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!