The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden audiobook

The Bear and the Nightingale: A Novel

By Katherine Arden
Read by Kathleen Gati

Random House Audio

The Winternight Trilogy: Book 1

11.81 Hours Unabridged
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Katherine Arden’s bestselling debut novel spins an irresistible spell as it announces the arrival of a singular talent with a gorgeous voice.   “A beautiful deep-winter story, full of magic and monsters and the sharp edges of growing up.”—Naomi Novik, bestselling author of Uprooted Winter lasts most of the year at the edge of the Russian wilderness, and in the long nights, Vasilisa and her siblings love to gather by the fire to listen to their nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, Vasya loves the story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon. Wise Russians fear him, for he claims unwary souls, and they honor the spirits that protect their homes from evil. Then Vasya’s widowed father brings home a new wife from Moscow. Fiercely devout, Vasya’s stepmother forbids her family from honoring their household spirits, but Vasya fears what this may bring. And indeed, misfortune begins to stalk the village. But Vasya’s stepmother only grows harsher, determined to remake the village to her liking and to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for marriage or a convent. As the village’s defenses weaken and evil from the forest creeps nearer, Vasilisa must call upon dangerous gifts she has long concealed—to protect her family from a threat sprung to life from her nurse’s most frightening tales. Praise for The Bear and the Nightingale “Arden’s debut novel has the cadence of a beautiful fairy tale but is darker and more lyrical.”The Washington Post “Vasya [is] a clever, stalwart girl determined to forge her own path in a time when women had few choices.”—The Christian Science Monitor “Stunning . . . will enchant readers from the first page. . . . with an irresistible heroine who wants only to be free of the bonds placed on her gender and claim her own fate.”Publishers Weekly (starred review) “Utterly bewitching . . . a lush narrative . . . an immersive, earthy story of folk magic, faith, and hubris, peopled with vivid, dynamic characters, particularly clever, brave Vasya, who outsmarts men and demons alike to save her family.”Booklist (starred review) “An extraordinary retelling of a very old tale . . . The Bear and the Nightingale is a wonderfully layered novel of family and the harsh wonders of deep winter magic.”—Robin Hobb

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Summary

Summary

An Amazon Best Book of the Month for January 2017

An Indie Next List Pick for January 2017

A BookPage Top Pick for January 2017

A January 2017 LibraryReads Pick

Katherine Arden’s bestselling debut novel spins an irresistible spell as it announces the arrival of a singular talent with a gorgeous voice.
 
“A beautiful deep-winter story, full of magic and monsters and the sharp edges of growing up.”—Naomi Novik, bestselling author of Uprooted

Winter lasts most of the year at the edge of the Russian wilderness, and in the long nights, Vasilisa and her siblings love to gather by the fire to listen to their nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, Vasya loves the story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon. Wise Russians fear him, for he claims unwary souls, and they honor the spirits that protect their homes from evil.

Then Vasya’s widowed father brings home a new wife from Moscow. Fiercely devout, Vasya’s stepmother forbids her family from honoring their household spirits, but Vasya fears what this may bring. And indeed, misfortune begins to stalk the village.

But Vasya’s stepmother only grows harsher, determined to remake the village to her liking and to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for marriage or a convent. As the village’s defenses weaken and evil from the forest creeps nearer, Vasilisa must call upon dangerous gifts she has long concealed—to protect her family from a threat sprung to life from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

Praise for The Bear and the Nightingale

“Arden’s debut novel has the cadence of a beautiful fairy tale but is darker and more lyrical.”The Washington Post

“Vasya [is] a clever, stalwart girl determined to forge her own path in a time when women had few choices.”—The Christian Science Monitor

“Stunning . . . will enchant readers from the first page. . . . with an irresistible heroine who wants only to be free of the bonds placed on her gender and claim her own fate.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Utterly bewitching . . . a lush narrative . . . an immersive, earthy story of folk magic, faith, and hubris, peopled with vivid, dynamic characters, particularly clever, brave Vasya, who outsmarts men and demons alike to save her family.”Booklist (starred review)

“An extraordinary retelling of a very old tale . . . The Bear and the Nightingale is a wonderfully layered novel of family and the harsh wonders of deep winter magic.”—Robin Hobb

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Radiant . . . a darkly magical fairy tale for adults, [but] not just for those who love magic. Library Journal
Arden’s supple, sumptuous first novel transports the reader to a version of medieval Russia where history and myth coexist. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Utterly bewitching . . . a lush narrative . . . an immersive, earthy story of folk magic, faith, and hubris, peopled with vivid, dynamic characters, particularly clever, brave Vasya, who outsmarts men and demons alike to save her family. Booklist (starred review)
An extraordinary retelling of a very old tale . . . A Russian setting adds unfamiliar spice to the story of a young woman who does not rebel against the limits of her role in her culture so much as transcend them. The Bear and the Nightingale is a wonderfully layered novel of family and the harsh wonders of deep winter magic. Robin Hobb
A beautiful deep-winter story, full of magic and monsters and the sharp edges of growing up. Naomi Novik
Enthralling and enchanting—I couldn’t put it down. This is a wondrous book! Tamora Pierce
The Bear and the Nightingale is a marvelous trip into an ancient Russia where magic is a part of everyday life. Todd McCaffrey
Haunting and lyrical, The Bear and the Nightingale tugs at the heart and quickens the pulse. I can’t wait for Katherine Arden's next book. Terry Brooks
Stunning . . . will enchant readers from the first page. . . . with an irresistible heroine who wants only to be free of the bonds placed on her gender and claim her own fate. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Vasya [is] a clever, stalwart girl determined to forge her own path in a time when women had few choices. The Christian Science Monitor
“A beautiful deep-winter story, full of magic and monsters and the sharp edges of growing up.” Naomi Novik, New York Times bestselling author
Arden’s debut novel has the cadence of a beautiful fairy tale but is darker and more lyrical. The Washington Post
“An extraordinary retelling of a very old tale…a wonderfully layered novel of family and the harsh wonders of deep winter magic.” Robin Hobb, New York Times bestselling author
“There’s a small but mighty space where fantasy and literary fiction can clasp hands and create a brilliant story that resonates in the soul. The Bear and the Nightingale lives squarely in that space, and those who dare to visit this novel will leave entranced.” Amazon.com
“Medieval Russian history and folklore lend a striking backdrop to this magical coming-of-age story, which features a resourceful heroine readers will root for.” BookPage
“Stunning…will enchant readers from the first page.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Transports the reader to a version of medieval Russia where history and myth coexist.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Utterly bewitching…[an] earthy story of folk magic, faith, and hubris, peopled with vivid, dynamic characters, particularly clever, brave Vasya, who outsmarts men and demons alike to save her family.” Booklist (starred review)
“Author Katherine Arden and narrator Kathleen Gati are well matched in this lyrical coming-of-age fantasy…Gati’s smooth, subtly accented performance recalls fireside storytelling on a crackling cold night.” AudioFile

Reviews

Reviews

by Ana 9/13/2017
Overall Performance
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Story

A slow-blooming delight

This vivid story rewards patience and an innocent spirit. I felt like it tapped into my youthful consciousness, since I was a lover of fairytales as a child and young adult. The protagonist is someone that you can understand, but also want to be more like — totally unconcerned about responsibilities and curious about the natural world. She is almost like a Anne of Green Gables character, completely lovable not because she is beautiful or desirable, but because she values herself. And out of that independent spirit, she blossoms into something unpredictable and therefore very special. The story begins with several different threads and if you're not paying attention it could be confusing to figure out how they relate. But soon enough they merge together and the pace of the story escalates to a quite thrilling end. Kathleen Gati's narration is charming and very skilled. She is an excellent choice, and expresses wonder, peevishness, and sometimes even a shrillness that is amusing. But just as easily she transitions into a smooth and calming speech.

Author

Author Bio: Katherine Arden

Author Bio: Katherine Arden

Katherine Arden studied French and Russian literature at university. Having received her BA magna cum laude, she moved to Maui, Hawaii, where she worked every kind of odd job imaginable. She has a passion for travel and spent a year teaching English in France.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Fantasy
Runtime: 11.81
Audience: Adult
Language: English