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Random House presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, read by Kathleen Gati.
A young woman's family is threatened by forces both real and fantastical in this debut novel inspired by Russian fairy tales.
In a village at the edge of the wilderness of Northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift - a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended for his young daughter. Uncertain of its meaning, the father hides the gift away, and his daughter, Vasya, grows up a wild, willful girl, to the chagrin of her family. But when mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that, armed only with the necklace, she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay.
Atmospheric and enchanting, with an engrossing adventure at its core, The Bear and the Nightingale is perfect for fans of Naomi Novik's Uprooted, Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus and Neil Gaiman.
©2017 Katherine Arden (P)2017 Random House AudioBooks
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By Bethany Kelly on 02-23-17


I loved everything about this book, just the thing for winter listening. The bleakness of life in the Russian wilds woven marvellously with folk magic.

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By R. JOHAADIEN on 01-25-17

Not my cup of tea

The narrator was good, I just couldn't get over the weird way she pronounced some words. "Shone" said like "lone" or "cone" instead of like "gone". And that word was used a lot in this book. It's the kind of book that uses romantic language and similes, people were forever pouncing like a cat or proudly lifting their chin or being challenging like a stallion etc. And I just don't like that kind of thing unless there's a good undercurrent of normalcy and humour to offset it.

I really liked uprooted, by naomi novik, which everyone thinks is similar to this. And it kind of is but I enjoyed and found it much easier to submerge myself in uprooted. I think because the main character felt much more real and the friendship between her and her best friend was awesome. There isn't a relationship like that in this book. The next best fleshed out character is probably the creepy monk or priest obsessed with the main char.

Anyway, it's a lot more like the bird and the sword. If you liked that you'll probably like this one.

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By Anonymous User on 11-25-17

The Princes Ransom

Really cool story. A Russian Fairy Tale that unravels itself into a traditional Russian family.
It's captivating, but at the end I thought it took on a modern battle which...may have degraded the delacacy of this story. I felt as the reader I was always trying to understand my characters better but they always seemed to be in the dark mist and faraway. Probably because of the mystery behind the whole story.
Pretty cool though. It'd be a freaky movie. but loved the book. Full if Mystery and intrigue.
I would read it again.

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