This book is a total waste of time and money.
The first 2 hours of this book could have been written in 5 pages.
It's mindless dribble.
The story gets lost after 10 minutes.
The Irish accent requires really really focused listening.
You've been warned.
I have purchased over 500 Audible novels.
This is the worst I have ever heard.
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.
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.