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The Firebird Audiobook

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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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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    Nathaniel L Oxford Seattle, WA United States 05-26-16
    Nathaniel L Oxford Seattle, WA United States 05-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Best book I've experienced in a long time!"

    Great writing, picturesque descriptions, and real historical characters. The narrator did an excellent job of inflecting unique personality into each character, the volume level stayed consistent (so important for listening to audiobooks in the car). The accents were passable, and just the right clues were planted to foreshadow what was to come while leaving a few surprises. The book is family friendly, and there were moments so touching that my tears poured out. Loved it!!

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    Amanda Leighton 05-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "The Firebird was fabulous"

    Although I expected the book to start out slow, it didn't. The story immediately took off on a grand adventure or two beautiful love stories, both past and present. Along the way both heroines show their strengths and unexpected acceptance of others. I would in the end highly recommend this book and was delighted with the story.

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    What a great book! I was immersed in the story from the start laughing and crying the whole way through. I loved it!

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    M. Burton 04-08-16
    M. Burton 04-08-16
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    "Wonderful sequel to the Winter Sea!"

    What a surprise to find this sequel. I loved it! A wonderful story, with the characters from the Winter Sea!

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    Elonda 03-14-16
    Elonda 03-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    I love how this book completed The Winter Sea! I had tears in my eyes by the end. It was very satisfactory.

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    Deziree 03-06-16
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    "first book was better."

    love the first book, this plays off of it, was nice to know it had a good ending but i just couldn't get into it. loved the narrator though.

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    "Sorry to see it end"

    Love this beautiful story. Thought it was slow at first but then fell in love.

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    Lynda 02-27-16
    Lynda 02-27-16
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    "Across the Ages"

    This delightful story transcended time and cultures fusing intrigue, romance, and life experiences across the ages. The author gave such depth to the characters and vividness to the scenery that I felt myself drawn into the worlds spontaneously. The reader was extremely adept at entering the scenes in technicolor and realistically engaging the characters.

    I would definitely recommend this adventure whether listening or reading.

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    Amanda R Ann Arbor, MI United States 02-21-16
    Amanda R Ann Arbor, MI United States 02-21-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful story."

    Just loved this book! Great characters and absorbing plot. I will be reading more by this author!

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    "Not plausible, but pleasurable."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, though I would add the caveat that the contrived bridge between past and present is not plausible in the least, even for the paranormal genre. This must be overlooked, because the reason for the contrivance is a good one...we need the window into the past.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Not sure I would change it. I advise suspending disbelief and enjoying the story.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    No complaints here. Her voice is pleasant and she works well with several accents and age groups. I would listen to her again.


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

    I rather liked Captain Jamison from the start, and even though I had my suspicions as to his history within the Jacobite scheme of things, I would have liked to hear his story from his own POV. Otherwise, I would say dinner with Peter the Great would be a fabulous thing!


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book as well as the earlier tale The Winter Sea (which is my favorite of this author's writings to date). The Winter Sea has a bit less contrived paranormal backing, and it flows a bit more without suspending belief. Still... This book is well written and the characters are wonderful.

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