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Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Naomi Novik

Narrated By: Julia Emelin

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: May 2015

Duration: 17 hours 47 minutes


NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR |BuzzFeed | | BookPage |Library Journal | Publishers Weekly
-Naomi Novik, author of the New York Timesbestselling and critically acclaimed Temeraire novels, introduces a bold new world rooted in folk stories and legends, as elemental as a Grimm fairy tale.

"Uprooted is confidently wrought and sympathetically cast. I might even call it bewitching."-Gregory Maguire, bestselling author of Wicked and Egg & Spoon

"Our Dragon doesn't eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that's not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he's still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we're grateful, but not that grateful."

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows-everyone knows-that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn't, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

Praise for Uprooted

"Uprooted has leapt forward to claim the title of Best Book I've Read Yet This Year. . . . Moving, heartbreaking, and thoroughly satisfying, Uprooted is the fantasy novel I feel I've been waiting a lifetime for. Clear your schedule before picking it up, because you won't want to put it down."-NPR

"A very enjoyable fantasy with the air of a modern classic . . . Naomi Novik skillfully takes the fairy-tale-turned-bildungsroman structure of her premise . . . and builds enough flesh on those bones to make a very different animal. . . . The vivid characters around her also echo their fairy-tale forebears, but are grounded in real-world ambivalence that makes this book feel quietly mature, its world lived-in."-The New York Times Book Review

"Novik here delivers a tale that is funny and fast-paced, laced with hair-raising battle scenes and conspiracies; it also touches on deeper ecological concerns we grapple with today."-The Washington Post

"Novik takes us on a surprise-filled journey. . . . The resulting warmth and intimacy provide a nicely nurturing environment for her heroine's unusual adventures."-The Seattle Times

"Breathtaking . . . [Novik] weaves a tale that is both elegantly grand and earthily humble, familiar as a Grimm fairy tale yet fresh, original, and totally irresistible. This will be a must-read for fantasy fans for years to come."-Pubilshers Weekly (starred review)

"An original and fully realized fantastical place guaranteed to enthrall her longtime fans and attract new readers."-Library Journal (starred review)

From the Hardcover edition.


  • Somayeh R.

    Loved it!!!! It was one of the best books I have ever listened to! Full of joy with lots of stories to tempt you to move forward

  • James R

    Excellent enemy. No silly monsters or instantaneous magic. The personalities and use of spells made for an ambiance of reality even while the setting was fantasy. Yes, the narrator’s accent might have gotten in the way sometimes but I felt it was right for the story and environment. .

  • Anonymous

    Loved it!!! I like the friendship that firms and the protagonist is such a joy to follow.

  • Jodi Patch

    What's to say? It's the perfect balance of real life struggles and magic. The narrator did a fantastic job bringing the main character to life. It was just wonderful.

  • Jonathan Schramm

    Loved the book, but the narrator's voice/accent is sometimes grating. Still, made for a great read.

  • Kelsey Pruett

    Book would have been great with another narrator, I stopped four hours in because I could not bare the accent any longer.

  • Kathryn Beck

    Definitely loved! Creative and new. Satisfied the craving for fantasy, romance, and adventure.