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Summary

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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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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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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  • 27-11-17

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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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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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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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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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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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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Young Adult book - be aware

I feel like I could well have enjoyed this book in my late teens or early twenties. As it was, aged 51, I found it interesting at the start but it descended to the point that I sped it up more and more and finally gave up, simply loathing the characters, a couple of hours before the end. (Yes, in actual fact just after they have sex.)

Where are the books where a 17 year old male falls in love with and has sex with a 150+ year old female? (And, if there are any, I'll avoid those too!)

I felt the narration was very good.

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A story that goes nowhere and takes a long time getting there!

This book was hard work and I tried so hard to follow this. It started ok but gradually went on and on going nowhere.
The narrator sent me to sleep. Not engaging at all. Sorry, nothing about this book or its presentation delivered. A wasted credit in my opinion.

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  • 18-01-17

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-12-20

So Addictive!

This story had me so addicted i feel like i'm in withdrawal now, finished it some hours ago and i cant's stop crying over the fact that it's over. Don't let the first few chapters fool you, it quickly becomes an amazing fairytail full of empowerment and wonder <3
I've never ever felt like this after finishing a book

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  • Moxie
  • 20-12-20

Wonderful

As I get older I get more jaded, and lose some of the sense of wonderment that was so essential a part of reading tales and fantasy when I was younger. This book managed to transport me back decades! It is wonderfully narrated, and beautifully crafted. I loved the main character, and the lesser-known setting of Poland and Russia for this powerful fantasy. It kept me interested and invested, and I was so sorry when it was over, though I found the ending satisfying.

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  • Mathias Hellevang
  • 11-08-19

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
  • 09-02-19

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
  • 01-11-18

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
  • 18-09-18

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
  • 04-05-18

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
  • 07-04-17

Thoroughly enjoyed!

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

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  • monika
  • 06-07-16

Truly enchanting

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

would recommend to everyone, especially fantasy enthusiasts