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  • Spinning Silver

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (807 ratings)

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Spinning Silver

By: Naomi Novik
Narrated by: Katy Sobey
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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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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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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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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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Fantastic story but narration is confusing.

I really like this book, but this is written in 1st person and the points at which the changes in points of view are not clearly marked. The narrator should say the name of the character at the beginning of each section or use a different accent to make it clear to the listener who’s POV it is.

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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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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, 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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Disappointing love stories

In an otherwise interesting story, the reader must once again endure the romantisizing of men who treat women like things, belongings, inferiors… I am very disappointed, there really was potential for a non-toxic love story there!

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