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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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 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 enjoy Susanna Kearsley and loved each one of her other audiobooks, even though each narration is very different than any other. This one did not do a great job with pace, volume or accents. Shame! It was a big distraction to me for much of the book. Seemed as if she was rushing and almost shouting for half the book. I would so much have preferred a different performer.
This one felt a little forced; pulling all the strings together from other books. Not as natural as the others.
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'm loving Susanna Kearsley's books. This one will delight on many levels too. Nicola is spunky and self assured. Anna is so strong and brave. Rob is the best and Edmond comes in too late in the story for me.
I would say though that the reader would enjoy the story more if they've read The Winter Sea first, although it's probably not necessary.
Finally, the narrator was awful. Her voice was too old to be Nicola and she kept getting her Scottish and Russian accents mixed up.
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!
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