It wasn't bad just a bit too slow for me with too many details that I didn't find interesting.
Maybe it would be more to the liking of folks that like history driven books.
This is by no means a bad book just wasn't my usual style.
Performance was good
This story is a nicely woven tale of a character from The Winter Sea. It was really nice to see what happens to Anna. As usual this author weaves a tale of many twists and turns. I admire the creative way she chooses to bring her story teller and subject together. I did get a little bord with the Russian history. Way too much time was spent with details of Anna's daily life (I couldn't see how they enhanced the story, just bogged it down a little) as she is growing up and not enough time with the person telling the story. The Winter Sea balanced that better for me. But after several chapters of listening to things that didn't really matter to me, I came out the other side thoroughly enjoying where Anna ended up and the way the story all came together. I wasn't as impressed with the narrative as I have been in other books but it's just a personal preference on my part maybe.
Yes, unique and interesting story
The story started off slowly while the story basis was being established. I think some bits could've been shortened as not everything included was pivotal. But once the story picked up I really enjoyed it and it was engaging
creme de la creme
Rob. If you've listened to this book, you need not ask why. For those who have not, he's gentle, strong, witty, funny, patient, a man of action; one who knows what he wants but doesn't push. He doesn't need to.
This woman is simply outstanding. What can't she do? She never sounds as though she is stretched beyond her abilities. This book throws it all at her: males, females, children, English, Scots of various regions, Irish, Russian, whatever. She does it all, extremely capably.
Consumed it voraciously. Loved listening to it. Couldn't get enough. The laughs in it are so delightful.
I'm looking at the author's other books with the same narrator.
I liked that we found out what happened to Anna, the child of Sophie and John Murray in "The Winter Sea" (a novel by Kearsley I adore). Overall, the novel was enjoyable, nevertheless things were a little to convienent for both our characters in the distant past and in the present. Even the obstacles they face are solved, a little, too, easily.
Katherine Kellgren is a fine narrator, but "The Winter Sea" is read by Rosalyn Landor who cannot be topped, and absolutely love Carolyn Bonnyman who read "Season of Storms." This wasn't my favorite Kearsley novel, so I think that detracted from my overall enjoyment.
I feel that she gave the main character, Nicola, and Anna both solid performances.
I live in Beijing and am thoroughly addicted to Audio Books.
So I wouldn't call this good literature--or even a 'good novel' as such; however it is damned enjoyable to read with just enough sexual tension, history, and psychic time travel to keep even a picky listener thoroughly entertained. If you're a fan of the Outlander series--then this will probably do just the trick.
This was an interesting story. I quite liked the historical story-line, following Anna, the daughter of Sophia from The Winter Sea. I had never felt settled about how that had ended, with Anna left with a foster family in the little cottage near Slains, so I was glad now to see what came next. I was impressed by her courage and strength as a child, and though I was sad about her family's troubles, I admired her decision to protect them and knew she would be alright. I grew to like her adoptive family and friends, and Edmond charmed me from the start.
It was a bittersweet tale, with the background of the Jacobites and the politics of the time, but Kearsley brought the history, people, and places to life.
The modern story-line was a bit harder to swallow, given that the window to the past was their psychic visions. But suspending that disbelief, I grew to like them and became invested in seeing their adventure following the firebird come to a good end. Sometimes Rob's pushing her annoyed me, but he was a charmer, and I knew she wouldn't resist him for long. It was certainly an interesting journey.
Narration by Kellgren was superb. She has a great talent for the many British, Scottish, and Irish accents as well as others, and she has a rare talent for the male voices. I always enjoy listening to her work.
A great historical Jacobite adventure. I look forward to reading more by Kearsley.
I really liked the book, and the best part was the ending...there were some parts that I wanted to skip, but I am glad I listened to the entire book. I think Katherine Kellgren did a great job narrating the story, she changed the voice and also the accent for each person.