Had a hard time focusing on the book. Kept falling asleep. Not sure if it was the narrators calm voice or content but I wasn't interested enough to rewind after missing some of the content.
I would put it in the middle of the books that I have listen to so far. I love the story in the Firebird, and how it tied to some of Susanna Kearsley's previous books, and I will almost certainly read it again. But, while I have loved Katherine Kellgren's narration in a number of other books, it didn't seem to quite fit with this story. While her voice is perfect for the "Her Royal Spyness" series, she seemed a bit perky/quirky for this story, which I found a bit distracting at times.
I absolutely love Sally Armstrong's narration of Susanna Kearsley's Shadowy Horses. It seems to fit perfectly with the story, and I have listen to it several times. Given how this books ties to Shadowy Horses, I would love to hear Sally Armstrong's version of this book. Unfortunately, well this version of the book exists, it is unavailable for sale in my region of the world. Somewhat frustrating to know that it's out there but unavailable to me.
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.
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.