What a wonderful book! I have listened to all of Susanna Kearsley's books and have yet to be dissapointed. She blends history, romance, mystery and fantasy seemlessly and always leaves me wanting more. In Firebird we get to revisit the couple we met in The Winter Sea, but they are only a part of a larger story. Anne is a fantastic heroine who is gentle yet strong and probably quite accurate in behavior for a woman of her station at that time. It was also a treat to follow the romantic journey of both a modern day couple and the historical couple they follow. I didn't take my earbuds out for two straight days with this one. I was already a fan of Katherine Kellgren and though she usually portrays more upbeat, younger characters, she did a great job of moderating her reading to match the tone of this book.
Susanna Kearsley will be an automatic purchase for me from now on!
This was an amazing glimpse into nursing care in the 50s. I admired the author's unflinching honesty both of the situations she found herself in and her own character through the trials she experienced.
There were some spots that were so graphically horrid that I had to leave the book for a few days before returning. Again, it was just honestly, but how anyone lived through seeing some of what she saw and heard is beyond my comprehension. I've always had great respect for nurses, but these women were more than nurses, they were heroes and saviors to those they helped.
I've read every one of Rick Riordan's YA books starting with Percy Jackson. I've really enjoyed the Heroes of Olympus series...and then there was this one. It started slow and ended confusing. He took strange turns with characters I've grown to love (his choice, his characters, but really?) all in an effort to...well I'm not sure but some decision came out of nowhere it seems.
The narration was okay, but sometime the narrator seemed to be speaking in the wrong characters voice.
Probably time to end this series and move on. I wasted a credit and over 10 hours on this one.
I have been an avid NR reader for almost 15 years and have always thought her one of the best in the business at creating characters that you believe in, love and want to fight for by the end of the book. Her last couple of novels, however, have left a bad taste in my mouth. I either just don't care how the story ends or honestly wish the two main characters would break up before the book ends because they have "divorced in 5 years" written all over them.
The story here started off intriguing with melding of generations and powers, and the descriptions of the Irish countryside made me want to book a ticket to Dublin post-haste, but the characters never really developed for me. I know this is a trilogy so at least part of the time you're setting up the story's for the next two characters, but I felt like that's ALL this book was. I found Iona annoying and Boyle lacking in the substance she usually gives her male characters. I'm intrigued by Branna and Finn and really hope the story picks up by the time it gets to their story...if formula holds that is likely to be the last book in the trilogy.
Katherine Kellgren apparently is an acquired taste as I've seen some unkind reviews of her narration. I LOVE her! I think she gives each character a unique voice and I've been introduced to authors I'd never have picked up on my own except I wanted to listen to another book she'd read. Overall, her Irish accents sounded great (American as apple-pie here, so keep that in mind), but her modulation of the American Iona when she got excited was a bit over the top.
I could take it or leave it with this one. If you've never read Nora Roberts I'd recommend starting with a book like Tribute, or The Search. If you like her series I thought the Bride Quartet was a lot of fun, particularly books 1 and 2.
I listened to this book on a business trip and laughed until I thought I'd get booted off the plane. I couldn't help it, Molly's wit and Amanda Ronconi's voice could give any stand-up comedian a run for their money. I am not a big fan of the paranormal genre, but after reading Bluegrass Baby by Molly Harper, I had to listen to something else she'd written. This one did not dissapoint!
If you like good, sexy fun, you won't waste a credit with this one (or anything else by Molly Harper)
Great quick listen. It's amazing how she developed the characters and the story in so few words, but it was captivating and quick. Now I want to read the others in this series!
The characters were well plotted, and you can't go wrong with Rosalyn Landor reading, but this was 10 hours of angst. At some point I wanted to reach out and shake the characters begging them to get their act together.
I listen to books while I work (don't judge) and this one had me snorting at my desk to the point I had to turn it off or risk evil looks from co-workers. Molly Harper's characters are endearing and hysterical.
Sadie reminded me of a childhood friend and seemed so real I felt like asking her out for a beer after work.
Amanda was flawless bringing the characters to life.
Fun, flirty and vivacious
I adore Rosalyn Landor. I get so wrapped up in her storytelling I forget it's only one narrator. She is flawless and her characters are so alive. She did a fantastic job with these two.
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