The book truly brought the life of Anna to life and continued the story of Anna's mother from the first book, "The Winter Sea".
I compare it to "The Winter Sea", first book in the Slains Castle Series
It needs another narrator. Katherine Kellgren's character voices are good but her narrator voice is harsh and at times hurts my ears.
I would take Rob out to dinner. He's sexy and full of surprises.
The narrator's tone of voice made a great story hard to listen to.
I enjoy Susanna Kearsley and loved each one of her other audiobooks, even though each narration is very different than any other. This one did not do a great job with pace, volume or accents. Shame! It was a big distraction to me for much of the book. Seemed as if she was rushing and almost shouting for half the book. I would so much have preferred a different performer.
This one felt a little forced; pulling all the strings together from other books. Not as natural as the others.
I got this book because I so loved the first book about slains. This story is not that same but it did give me an end to baby Anna's story. The only thing I still could not get used to was the narrator. I found myself focusing on her voice instead of the story quite a lot.
I'm loving Susanna Kearsley's books. This one will delight on many levels too. Nicola is spunky and self assured. Anna is so strong and brave. Rob is the best and Edmond comes in too late in the story for me.
I would say though that the reader would enjoy the story more if they've read The Winter Sea first, although it's probably not necessary.
Finally, the narrator was awful. Her voice was too old to be Nicola and she kept getting her Scottish and Russian accents mixed up.
Wine, food and travel writer, editor, and aspiring novelist.
I love getting two books in one as the story jumps from the present to the past and back. The historical story is richer for its details, as well as its more diverse characters, but both stories were satisfying. As with all the best writers, Kearsley's prose seems effortless. She's a master of setting mood through description, and her characters are well delineated. The only fault I can find in this one is that all of the young males are stock Romance characters (tall, well-muscled, enigmatic, masterful and never crude). That may keep the ladies coming back for more. As for me, I'll try anything Miss Kearsley puts her hand to, because the power of her writing overcomes any cookie-cutter characters that may insinuate themselves into her stories.
I loved the Winter Sea and was excited to listen to this book. The premise of the story sounded so interesting and I am a sucker for historical fiction dealing with this time period. But the narration...oy! Interestingly, she did a great job voicing the roles of the books characters...but the story narration is so grating and annoying, it made listening to the book downright painful. I'll buy a copy and READ it instead.
Not in auditory form, because the narrator's style is so unemotional and detatched that it makes it difficult to connect with the story at all, and becomes more and more painful to listen to as the story progresses. Another review said the narrator is like listening to Miss Jane from The Beverly Hillbillies, and that about sums it up. Ruins the whole thing, I would read it rather than listen to it read like this.
Yes, I do love all of Susanna Kearsley's books, and have enjoyed many through Audible. I am sure this one is just as good. Just not in as an auditory read.
No. Not because of the story itself. It was painful to listen to the narrator style. Couldn't get past it.
I had high hopes for this book since I have enjoyed several other books by this author. The Firebird was boring. Should have listened to other reviewer's comments on the narration; it was annoying. I was interested to see how this book ended but wasn't impressed or surprised when I reached the end.
Enjoyed the writing the story was original and had some good unexpected turns. But nothing I wanted to rush through and finish. It was easy to put down after a chapter.
This book is basically a dressed up Harlequin romance. A more developed plot whose resolution isn't obvious halfway through would suit me better.
Since this is a recent effort, not an early work, no.
Ms. Kellgren's narration was superb and the accents were so lovely I can't pick a favorite.
Other than rolling my eyes really hard several times, no.