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.
Unbalanced story, there are no heroic or caring female characters other then the 2 females, all the other characters are men. The narrator sounds like she is speaking down her nose and her voice is not appealing, rather shrill.
Anyone of the men, give me a caring woman in the story.
I really liked the premise of this book, but got bored halfway through it. It was really long and tedious and difficult to keep track of all the characters. I didn't want to abandon it, but I was glad when it was over. If you like this sort of story, I think you'll be happy with the ending. The narrator was excellent - she kept me going.
I was enchanted by the start of the book...a gripping and fascinating premise...-but the internal 70% consisted of circuitous complicated relatively minor and uninspired quasi historical stories whose eventual meaning was undercut and eclipsed by the dragging on of it all. I stuck it out however, for the periodic relief when the characters of contemporary life were discussed and felt I was at least rewarded with a satisfying albeit slightly cloying romanticism. All in all I'd not highly recommend it. Sorry. Read S Kings novel 11/22/63 instead.
Had a hard time focusing on the book. Kept falling asleep. Not sure if it was the narrators calm voice or content but I wasn't interested enough to rewind after missing some of the content.
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 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.
Just a book fool.
I loved this book.
If that isn't enough for you allow me to elaborate. Susanna Kearsley is a great writer. She knows her stuff and her History is SPOT ON. I read The Winter Sea and liked it enough to try her second one, tried the second one and LOVED it enough to never want to read anything else ever again.
Do you need more?
Firebird has it all, light romance, heavy history, and interesting and funny running dialogue. If you like historical fiction steeped in character development you will love this book!
BUT you must read The Winter Sea first... YOU MUST!
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..
this is my first book by this author and I will listen to more.
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.
Yes, I wanted to listen to this story in one sitting.
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