Spinning Silver (Naomi Novik) Audiobook

I was in need of an audio book to listen to while embarking on a long journey, and also for knitting. Having loved Uprooted, I decided to listen to Spinning Silver, and my review can be summed up as ‘slow start, excellent finish’but that may be more to do with the fact that I could only listen to the first six hours in short fits and starts whereas I listed to the final eight or so hours in about three days… so it really was a slow start and sprint finish…

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father is not a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has left his family on the edge of poverty – until Miryem intercedes. Hardening her heart, she sets out to retrieve what is owed and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. But when an ill-advised boast brings her to the attention of the cold creatures who haunt the wood, nothing will be the same again. For words have power, and the fate of a kingdom will be forever altered by the challenge she is issued.

Blurb from Goodreads

Because I listened to the start in such a piecemeal process, I think I’d like to re-read a physical copy just to remind myself some of the detail of what happens, but from the point of The Marriages halfway through, I was completely hooked – I listened on the train, while knitting, while walking around the countryside at 7 in the morning waiting for my family to wake up on Easter day. The last five or six hours were INTENSE and awesome – completely hooked on the finish. But the start was kinda slow, and I had to force myself to keep listening to get to the hook point. I do think it wouldn’t have been an issue if I had borrowed the book from the Library rather than listening to the audiobook- I’ve found it takes me way longer to get invested in an audio book, but that may be because I am a very visual person.

Kate Sobey did a great job as the narrator, and Naomi Novik has pulled through again to produce and amazing retelling/mesh of fairy tales. It’s the Miller’s Daughter, Rumplestiltskin, and other fairy tales and it was fun.

I am hard pressed to say exactly what I enjoyed about this, I can only tell you that I did. For the most part, it’s three women operating a world that doesn’t see women; women at different levels of society both in wealth and religion and education. And you know me – I love a book where the women aren’t caricatures, where they are super flawed, and willing to admit it. The entire story revolves around Miriam boasting, after all.

I’d like to re-read this as a book (literally just for speed – I can read half a dozen books in the time it takes to listen to an audiobook) but I did enjoy and would recommend.


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