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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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    Jeannette MADERIA BCH, FL, United States 09-24-13
    Jeannette MADERIA BCH, FL, United States 09-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I thoroughly enjoyed this novel"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Firebird to be better than the print version?

    The reader did a wonderful job with all the different charters, you could almost believe there were many different voices. Throughly enjoyed from start to finish.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I tried


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    Meghan United States 09-23-13
    Meghan United States 09-23-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Good, but not gripping. I was able to put it down."
    Would you try another book from Susanna Kearsley and/or Katherine Kellgren?

    Maybe.


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

    I actually think the story of Ana (the flashbacks) would've been fine without all of the modern stuff.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Katherine Kellgren?

    Yes.


    Did The Firebird inspire you to do anything?

    Nope


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carmen Athol, ID, United States 09-16-13
    Carmen Athol, ID, United States 09-16-13
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    "Good listen"

    I liked this book. I liked it almost as much as the prequel The Winter Sea. The historical sites and events really added depth to the storyline.

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    DHackney Round Rock, Texas 09-12-13
    DHackney Round Rock, Texas 09-12-13
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    "Fantastical travel through time"

    I enjoyed the book “The Firebird” by Susanna Kearsley as an audible book narrated by Katherine Kellgren. I adore Susanna Kearsley's writing style of dual time lines and a touch of the paranormal. This book was great entertainment.

    Katherine Kellgren is an amazing performer. I couldn’t believe how this narrator was able to portray each character’s voice in such a unique way that it was better listening to this book that going to any movie! I hope to find more audiobooks narrated by her.

    The main character in the modern time-line is Nicola who has the unusual gift of being able to touch an object and see the history surrounding that object. She struggles with this psychicl gift and doesn’t want anyone in her life to know. When a client comes into her workplace - an art dealer business - with a wooden carved “firebird”, Nicola touches the object and gets a flash of history that she ultimately must pursue for the sake of the object’s owner. To get help with using her gift, she travels to Scotland to meet with Rob – the man she walked away from two years before. Rob has and extraordinary psychic gift that he doesn’t hide from anyone. The two work together to find the history of the “firebird” carving.

    Their travels back in time introduce us to Anna, who (in my opinion) is the star of this book. Anna is growing up during the time of the Jacobite struggle in Scotland. The circumstances of her birth ultimately bring her to Russia and Empress Catherine the first. The story is rich in historical details and creates the perfect back drop to Anna’s story.

    I really didn’t want this book to end. The characters were so engaging and the story was filled with twists and turns that left me guessing up until the very end!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie Cobbs Creek, VA, United States 09-10-13
    Melanie Cobbs Creek, VA, United States 09-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not up to her usual"

    Sadly, this one did not engage me and I was somewhat disappointed. I suppose it's because the main character merely observes rather than engages in the history. There just wasn't enough in this book to live up to her others.

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    M. Wesler Perry County PA 09-06-13
    M. Wesler Perry County PA 09-06-13 Member Since 2009

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    "The Narrator should win an award"
    What did you love best about The Firebird?

    I loved the narrator. She had so many accents to deal with and the story moved from various time periods and she made it easy and pleasurable to follow.


    Any additional comments?

    An enjoyable listen!!

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    Melanie Danburg Houston, TX USA 08-28-13
    Melanie Danburg Houston, TX USA 08-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Captivating & sweet"
    If you could sum up The Firebird in three words, what would they be?

    captivating, sweet, romantic


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rob, who I met as a child in an earlier book and who has become as superb an adult as can be


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Her bright tone and the amazing facility with voices


    If you could rename The Firebird, what would you call it?

    n/a


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    Deborah Vienna, VA, United States 08-27-13
    Deborah Vienna, VA, United States 08-27-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Her best yet."
    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    All of them


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed Susanna Kearsley books but this one was by far her best. Surprised to the very end. The narrator was excellent in addition to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 08-24-13
    Amazon Customer United States 08-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Don't miss this one."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I highly recommend. Not a book you can stop listening to easily.


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

    When Anne is reunited with her loved ones and gift received from Katherine. Anne's attitude and strength are most impressive and motivating.


    Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, have not heard Katherine Kellgren's other performances. Not sure that the deep tones of Katherines voice is good for the story but I got past that after a couple of chapters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Adventures in another time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia K Milner Hoschton, GA, US 08-19-13
    Cynthia K Milner Hoschton, GA, US 08-19-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Fiction, History, Romance, a little fantasy..."

    Yes, this one did it...I like stories that capture a little history, a little romance, ok, a little fantasy i.e.; time travel or esp...yes, this one captured me. Ok, it may have been a bit predictable, but there were no vampires (thankfully) and it was not written for teenagers...I really liked it - I'd like more like this one...pure escapism

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