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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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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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    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
    Deziree 03-06-16 Member Since 2016
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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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    Amazon Customer 03-03-16 Member Since 2014

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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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    Tome Collector 01-11-16
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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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    Kristin 01-08-16
    Kristin 01-08-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Narration too poor to continue"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narrator


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I was very intrigued by the story, but was unable to get through the first chapter due to the narration. Ms. Kellgren was reading very fast and sounded snobbish (for lack of a better word). Rather disappointing.


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    Amazon Customer 12-20-15

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    "Loved this book, print and audio"
    What did you love best about The Firebird?

    I liked the follow-up to The Winter Sea. I listened to this several times and probably will again because I get busy when I'm listening and miss important things.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The history is fascinating and I tend to remember storylines better than a historical essay so I like that she brings the history in but it's not the only thing I'm getting from the story.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    She does a good job with the voices. That's not easy with all the different accents in this story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were places that had me teary :)


    Any additional comments?

    I like all of Susanna Kearsley's books so far but my favorites have been The Winter Sea and now this one. Although I also loved Mariana.

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    DIANE 12-04-15
    DIANE 12-04-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Two Stories in One is Too Much"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The author's use of a "time travel" gift by the lead character was very contrived. and distracting. The present time story was dull with boring characters. I really didn't care whether their romance flourished. The Jacobite understory which the present day characters "saw" by touching ancient things was only somewhat more interesting. What worked for Gabaldon doesn't necessarily work for all stories, and it didn't work in this book.


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

    The author did good research on the Jacobite period.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Great accents


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    Linda Graves 11-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent time travel novel"

    Very well-written alternation between present time and solving a mystery in a previous time. And it was a pleasure hearing it aloud with all the accents- Irish Scottish Russian.

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