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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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    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 2012
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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 Diamondhead, MS, United States 06-24-13
    Amazon Customer Diamondhead, MS, United States 06-24-13 Member Since 2011
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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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    Cynthia Kennesaw, GA, United States 06-21-13
    Cynthia Kennesaw, GA, United States 06-21-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Terrible Narration"
    What disappointed you about The Firebird?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Susanna Kearsley again?

    Never


    How could the performance have been better?

    Another narrator


    3 of 5 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

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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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    sandra Chico, CA, United States 06-12-13
    sandra Chico, CA, United States 06-12-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Can't get past the narrator"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


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    Lindsey CEDAR HILLS, UT, United States 06-06-14
    Lindsey CEDAR HILLS, UT, United States 06-06-14
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    "Love the characters"
    Would you listen to The Firebird again? Why?

    Yes. It's a great story, and the narrator was fantastic. It's always a good sign when I can tell which character is talking by the sound of their voice.


    Any additional comments?

    Even though the story was very gripping, there were a couple of times that it felt disjointed. Overall a great read.

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    amber Bayard, NM, United States 05-20-14
    amber Bayard, NM, United States 05-20-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Brilliance"
    If you could sum up The Firebird in three words, what would they be?

    Sheerly brilliant sequel


    What did you like best about this story?

    I didn't expect it to be a type of sequel to The Winter Sea. I loved hearing about Anna's story.


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    Anna was my favorite, although she did a fabulous job in distinguishing between characters.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Firebird and why?

    I think Anna was the most memorable because her story is beautiful. Her courage and determination are remarkable. Her spirit touched a chord in my own.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    areader Columbus, Ohio, United States 05-15-14
    areader Columbus, Ohio, United States 05-15-14

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    I enjoyed Susanna Kearsley's second book in this series after Winter Sea and wish there were more. Great job of narration.

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    Mary North Chelmsford, MA, United States 05-07-14
    Mary North Chelmsford, MA, United States 05-07-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Story"

    I loved this book. There are two love stories being told at the same time. It wraps historical romance during the 1715 rebellion with a more current look at love and relationships. The historical portion of the book was well researched. Anna finally learns that things are not always as they appear. She is able to finally follow her heart rather than her pragmatic mind. She has the potential of a happily ever after. In current times, Nicola finally accepts who she really is without worries of what other people will think of her. Her grandfather made her so afraid to embrace who she really is that it takes a lot for Nicola to finally be herself. Nicola is also finally open to her real feelings and able to embrace love. I liked Rob the best. He is confident, patient and at times sneaky. He knows the entire journey for the firebird is really about his relationship with Nicola. Fun read. It is worth a credit.

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