A beautiful and fun journey through the world and through time... Read by the amazing Katherine Kellgren, whose ability with a multitude of accents brings the many characters to life...
An interesting premise & while pleasant, also dull & completely forgettable.
Kind of, if you want mindless entertainment.
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'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.
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.
50ish retired public radio news broadcaster, female, rancher. I love good writing from historical fiction and interesting, off beat mysteries to history of religions and interesting biography coupled with excellent voicing. I have no use for poorly delivered reading. I'll suffer though so-so writing if the content is engaging, but if the narrator is bad, I'll buy the book and read it myself.
I loved learning about the early history of St. Petersberg, briefly the lives of the Czar and his wife, and the role St. Petersberg played in the Jacobite era of English history. The modern day romance was predictable, but the Jacobite era story was a satisfying continuation of the first book. The narrator was very loud and strident and didn't match the personality of the modern day heroine at all. Her accents were good, though, and I give her lots of credit for pulling off English, Scottish and Russian accents quite well. It is very hard to not compare this series to Diana Gabaldon's work. It pales next to that, but if you have finished all of Gabaldon and long for more, this is a reasonable replacement. Also, if you are interested in telepathic communication, you may find this interesting.
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I actually think the story of Ana (the flashbacks) would've been fine without all of the modern stuff.
I enjoyed the book “The Firebird” by Susanna Kearsley as an audible book narrated by Katherine Kellgren. I adore Susanna Kearsley's writing style of dual time lines and a touch of the paranormal. This book was great entertainment.
Katherine Kellgren is an amazing performer. I couldn’t believe how this narrator was able to portray each character’s voice in such a unique way that it was better listening to this book that going to any movie! I hope to find more audiobooks narrated by her.
The main character in the modern time-line is Nicola who has the unusual gift of being able to touch an object and see the history surrounding that object. She struggles with this psychicl gift and doesn’t want anyone in her life to know. When a client comes into her workplace - an art dealer business - with a wooden carved “firebird”, Nicola touches the object and gets a flash of history that she ultimately must pursue for the sake of the object’s owner. To get help with using her gift, she travels to Scotland to meet with Rob – the man she walked away from two years before. Rob has and extraordinary psychic gift that he doesn’t hide from anyone. The two work together to find the history of the “firebird” carving.
Their travels back in time introduce us to Anna, who (in my opinion) is the star of this book. Anna is growing up during the time of the Jacobite struggle in Scotland. The circumstances of her birth ultimately bring her to Russia and Empress Catherine the first. The story is rich in historical details and creates the perfect back drop to Anna’s story.
I really didn’t want this book to end. The characters were so engaging and the story was filled with twists and turns that left me guessing up until the very end!