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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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    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 2014

    Avid Customer

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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

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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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    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


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Zanesville, OH, United States 01-16-15
    Cynthia Zanesville, OH, United States 01-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved the history, search, personalities1"
    What made the experience of listening to The Firebird the most enjoyable?

    It was a different objective; to benefit individual personage, not for political gain.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Firebird?

    If I share my thoughts, it might give up the ending!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Touching the wall, viewing the past through another's eyes.


    Any additional comments?

    I am planning on listening to this again soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Maamari 01-02-15
    A. Maamari 01-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Just give it a chance"
    What did you love best about The Firebird?

    I loved the development of Rob and Nicola's journey the most.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I find that Nicola's psychic development was the most interesting part of the story, but I feel like the beginning of the story was a bit lack luster. It took me several attempts and quite a while to get into the story.


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

    I love the inflections and the emotions Katherine Kellgren applies to the story telling. I also loves the dedication to puts into voicing each of the characters distinctly.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanne Kennedy California 10-31-14
    Jeanne Kennedy California 10-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "What a story!!!"
    Where does The Firebird rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was excellent. The plot, the history, the imagination of the author were all wonderful.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Firebird?

    The moment when Nicola realizes she has the power if only she will use it.


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

    Anna Jamison


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

    I was moved when Anna thought Edmund was a traitor and slapped him, He stood there and took it knowing she was wrong.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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