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The Firebird | [Susanna Kearsley]

The Firebird

Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before. When a woman arrives with a small wooden carving at the gallery Nicola works at, she can see the object’s history and knows that it was named after the Firebird - the mythical creature from an old Russian fable. Compelled to know more, Nicola follows a young girl named Anna who leads her into the past on a quest through the glittering backdrops of the Jacobites and Russian courts, unearthing a tale of love, courage, and redemption.
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Publisher's Summary

Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before. When a woman arrives with a small wooden carving at the gallery Nicola works at, she can see the object’s history and knows that it was named after the Firebird - the mythical creature from an old Russian fable.

Compelled to know more, Nicola follows a young girl named Anna who leads her into the past on a quest through the glittering backdrops of the Jacobites and Russian courts, unearthing a tale of love, courage, and redemption.

©2013 Susanna Kearsley (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Wendy HAWKINSVILLE, GA, United States 06-14-13
    Wendy HAWKINSVILLE, GA, United States 06-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Wow! I loved loved it."
    What did you love best about The Firebird?

    This book had the right amount of history and romance. From Start to Finish you wanted to know, needed to find out about the firebird and the story behind it..


    What other book might you compare The Firebird to and why?

    this is my first book by this author and I will listen to more.


    Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I love Katherine Kellgren. I first listened to her in the Bloody Jack Series by L. A. Meyer and she made the story come alive.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I wanted to listen to this story in one sitting.


    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Moss Beach, CA, United States 01-29-15
    Scott Moss Beach, CA, United States 01-29-15 Member Since 2009

    Wine, food and travel writer, editor, and aspiring novelist.

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    "Fine Writing"

    I love getting two books in one as the story jumps from the present to the past and back. The historical story is richer for its details, as well as its more diverse characters, but both stories were satisfying. As with all the best writers, Kearsley's prose seems effortless. She's a master of setting mood through description, and her characters are well delineated. The only fault I can find in this one is that all of the young males are stock Romance characters (tall, well-muscled, enigmatic, masterful and never crude). That may keep the ladies coming back for more. As for me, I'll try anything Miss Kearsley puts her hand to, because the power of her writing overcomes any cookie-cutter characters that may insinuate themselves into her stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mon San Francisco, Ca 07-28-13
    Mon San Francisco, Ca 07-28-13 Member Since 2010

    12 step program please. I am addicted to Audible! I love trashy sexy books, award winning novels and everything between. Bring it!

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    "Give me more!"
    What did you love best about The Firebird?

    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....


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She was great - her narration was spot on.


    Any additional comments?

    I've now downloaded and listened to all of Susanna Kearsley's books and I need more. Audible, please release more. please!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Crystal California 06-25-13
    Crystal California 06-25-13 Member Since 2015

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    "A Compelling Listen"

    I chose this book because it is narrated by Katherine Kellgren, and she is my favorite narrator. I loved her English, Irish, Scottish, and Russian accents. She really made the characters come alive. I liked how the author entwined two stories and two timelines. I love historical fiction, and learned about the Jacobites. I hope the author will continue the story of Nicola and Rob, and how they unravel future mysteries.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lyn NEW ULM, MN, United States 07-03-13
    Lyn NEW ULM, MN, United States 07-03-13 Member Since 2011

    Mylala

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    "Surprised!"

    When I started the book didn't realize it was a sequel so it was a pleasent surprise to find it was and what a great book to sequel.The Winter Sea read it twice before I could put it down and thought I have to read this author again, had read The Rose Garden first, so I am sure, you can see a pattern.

    What a great story, the twists and turns to get to the knowledge of The Firebird. Ms Kearsley definitely knows her history and when she started talking about St Petersburg well, I have traveled there myself and I felt like I was right back to one of my most favorite places in the world. The depictions was so much like I remember and the things I loved about the city were in the book. It was wonderful! Definitely a MUST READ. Another word would be enthralling, I could barely put it down when I had to.

    At first I thought Ms Kellgren was a little cold and matter of fact after reading the other two books. As I finished I warmed up to her, her accents were spot on I thought, but the narrative seemed cold. Just her way I guess, Really enjoyed the book, well worth the read!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lauren ANTIOCH, TN, United States 07-02-13
    Lauren ANTIOCH, TN, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Fly me away!"

    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!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-24-13

    Eclectic, fun, zesty. Life is too short to not live fully.

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    "Stunning Story and Performance"
    What made the experience of listening to The Firebird the most enjoyable?

    The story flowed seamlessly between past and present. The narrator's ability to portray multiple characters was superb. The combination of two love stories and the history associated with these characters drew me in and kept me for the entire time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters in this story became inseparable from each other across two timelines. It was impossible to think of Anna without her connection to Nicola. Nicola's personal struggle with her gift added more depth to the story.


    What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I saw pictures of the characters via her inflection, her pace, her timing. She navigated the characters with precision and mastery.


    If you could take any character from The Firebird out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Empress Catherine. I would want to know how she dealt with both the loss of her love and the burden of running a country.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this book. I never write reviews. I felt that this book deserved it!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Aubrey Baltimore, MD, United States 06-14-13
    Aubrey Baltimore, MD, United States 06-14-13 Member Since 2011

    Bruce

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    "You really needed Rosalynn Landor"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    You must read the winter sea Rosalynn Landora the narrator was awesome they needed her in this one


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anna


    What three words best describe Katherine Kellgren’s voice?

    Too fast undistinguished


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When anna was reunited with her parents


    Any additional comments?

    Audible needs to get Susanna Kearsley's book Marianna

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    marisol castro-calzada 07-26-15 Member Since 2010
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    "She has done it again!!!"

    I loved the Winter Sea and this book just had me laughing and crying like none other. It had history, romance and unexpected events at every turn! I would strongly recommend it!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hermosa Tortuga Verde 07-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "BEST BOOK I'VE EVER READ!"

    I Am an experienced & avid reader, & Truly Say, BEST*BOOK*I'VE*EVER*READ!
    STORY-MEZMERIZING!
    NARRATOR-SUPERBLY TALENTED!
    MY* THANKS*FOR *THE *EXPERIENCE !!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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