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!
Sadly, this one did not engage me and I was somewhat disappointed. I suppose it's because the main character merely observes rather than engages in the history. There just wasn't enough in this book to live up to her others.
I bought this book thinking it would fit in with my enjoyment of mystery or supernatural type of books. It was so boring I tried speeding up the playback. After several chapters I just gave up and used my menu options to mark it as already listened to. But really, this book sucked for my tastes.
Listening to Mitch Rapp right now. Love Vince Flynn. So saddened for his family and his huge family of listeners and readers.
You must read the winter sea Rosalynn Landora the narrator was awesome they needed her in this one
Too fast undistinguished
When anna was reunited with her parents
Audible needs to get Susanna Kearsley's book Marianna
12 step program please. I am addicted to Audible! I love trashy sexy books, award winning novels and everything between. Bring it!
The entire story, from start to finish - it was wonderful and addicting. I lost sleep because I wanted to follow the adventure of Nicola and Rob through Scottland, Belgium and Russia. The Firebird is beautifully written and Susanna Kearsley is a gifted writer who is able to transport you to another time and place. This book has mystery, intrigue, romance and strong, well developed characters. I really LOVED this book and I was so sad when it came to an end. It's just one of those books....
I kinda had a thing for Rob. I loved that he knew who he was, accepted his gift and all along had been pining away for Nicola. It was all super romantic and sweet. And in the end, he was able to help Nicola face and eventually accept her amazing gift.
She was great - her narration was spot on.
I've now downloaded and listened to all of Susanna Kearsley's books and I need more. Audible, please release more. please!
Half an hour into this I wanted to scream. The narrator over-dramatizes everything and her voice becomes incredibly grating. More like an audition than a story telling.
I wouldn't recommend the audio version of this book because of the irritating narration. I'm quite disappointed because I had researched the narrator's previous book reviews and hadn't found any complaints. As a previous reviewer mentioned, she reads too fast and with an irritating intensity without modulation except with a few of the characters' voices. I was really looking forward to Kearsley's latest book. Too bad I couldn't enjoy it.
I knew I'd like this book, I just didn't realize how much I thoroughly would like this book! From beginning to end. It was such a fabulous book! And the performance was fantastic!