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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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    Carol Seeley Lake, MT, United States 08-03-13
    Carol Seeley Lake, MT, United States 08-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "wonderful time travel"
    Where does The Firebird rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    very near the top, probably 1 or 2


    What did you like best about this story?

    narration is great, but the story is engaging as well


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    dialects and accents are terrific!


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

    no, because we wanted to spread it out over a longer time


    Any additional comments?

    towards the end it did get a bit tedious with some of the detail of Anna's experiences.

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    Laraine Vasiliades Peoria, AZ, United States 07-17-13
    Laraine Vasiliades Peoria, AZ, United States 07-17-13 Member Since 2012

    Laraine

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    "Enjoyable"
    Would you listen to The Firebird again? Why?

    Yes. The story was wonderful and the narration was very well done.


    What did you like best about this story?

    You are captured by the characters and can't wait to see what the future holds for them.


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

    I just purchased The Rose and the narration is so poor I just can't get into it.


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    Kathy Bennington, KS, United States 07-14-13
    Kathy Bennington, KS, United States 07-14-13 Member Since 2009
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    "This narrator is awesome!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Firebird the most enjoyable?

    The narrator, Katherine Kellgren, is absolutely wonderful. She was able to do several different accents in one conversation to vividly make the story come alive! The context was very rich, and a bit fanciful, but an enjoyable read with historical ties.


    What other book might you compare The Firebird to and why?

    This book reminded me a bit of the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon in the time frame and the political climate.


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

    I've not enjoyed a narrator as much as Katherine Kellgren. She is amazing at making each character distinct and remains true to their heritage in the accents she does. Children are given childlike qualities and all the characters really come alive.


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

    No, this book is too long to listen to in one sitting, but I did listen for a couple hours at a time.


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    Sarah ABILENE, TX, United States 07-11-13
    Sarah ABILENE, TX, United States 07-11-13 Member Since 2013

    Books are my escape. Some books are even more inventive with someone else to make the right decisions on tones and inflection.

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    "A beautiful Book that will steal your heart!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Firebird to be better than the print version?

    YES! I would love to read this book, but fear I would lose on the accents necessary to truly get lost in this work. The transition from England English to Scottish to Irish and finally to Russian make this audible version better then print.


    What other book might you compare The Firebird to and why?

    There isn't anything I have read before that can compare to the beauty of this book. The one bad comment of this audible reading (after having heard it) is truly from a person either to young to appreciate the novel, or from one who is unimaginative at best. Further it sounds like they read it vs. listened to the work and that they gave up upon the different versions of language accents.


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

    I was sad at first that I was listening to an England version of english. And then I began to appreciate the accent. Further, she gives a true voice to each character and background. I have listened to a number of my favorite books, and never been so thankful for someone else's take on the characters.


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

    This book takes you on a journey, and by the end I think that anyone would be incapable of holding back the tears that are sure to come. This is one of the finest piece's of literature that I have ever been so lucky as to come across. Please, just give it a chance and I promise you won't be disappointed. It is truly beautiful!


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    heather SUNLAND, CA, United States 07-09-13
    heather SUNLAND, CA, United States 07-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "two love stories for the price of one!"

    I loved this book! It is second in a sequel but can be read as a stand alone as well.
    Read "the winter sea" first to get background on characters. Both books are excellent.

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    V. T. Carson Connecticut 07-09-13
    V. T. Carson Connecticut 07-09-13 Member Since 2004

    Audiobook Raven

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    "The Winter Sea, part two"

    I have now read three of Susanna Kearsley's novels. Her new offering, The Firebird is something of a sequel to The Winter Sea, which I read in January of this year. I have not rated The Firebird as highly, however, because I found the story relies too heavily on the psychic ability of two characters and their ability to see the past, of 300+ years ago, with so much clarity. Also, the past that these characters relate is not as significant as the time period explored in The Winter Sea (the Scottish Rebellion of 1708). The action of The Firebird takes place AFTER James is defeated in his one attempt to land on Scottish soil and is forced to return to France. Most of the action then takes place in Flanders and in St. Petersburg, Russia, among supporters of James who fled Scotland to regroup and attract new military assistance.

    I did not dislike this novel and, in fact, I found the language quite beautiful, more refined, and more poetic than the earlier novels. Also, the setting in St. Petersburg at the time of Peter the Great and his wife, Catherine, is quite well handled. The romantic themes are too prominent in this novel, however, and overshadow the history, which is my prime interest in reading this author's work.

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    Judith Crystal, MN, United States 07-05-13
    Judith Crystal, MN, United States 07-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wow, Two stories that entrance you completely"

    This book was such a good listen that I despaired every time I had to leave the story.
    Romance, history, mystery and more. Susanna Kearsley writes with grace and style. Of course Katherine Kellgren is the perfect person to read it to you. She has so many voices and accents that it seems impossible she is one person. This is the best audible book I have every heard. Download and enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roberta L Kibler ALLIANCE, OHIO, US 07-02-13
    Roberta L Kibler ALLIANCE, OHIO, US 07-02-13
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    "Boring....."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I bought this book thinking it would fit in with my enjoyment of mystery or supernatural type of books. It was so boring I tried speeding up the playback. After several chapters I just gave up and used my menu options to mark it as already listened to. But really, this book sucked for my tastes.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Listening to Mitch Rapp right now. Love Vince Flynn. So saddened for his family and his huge family of listeners and readers.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Katherine Kellgren’s performances?

    No way!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None.


    Any additional comments?

    no

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    Kimberly Roswell, GA, United States 06-27-13
    Kimberly Roswell, GA, United States 06-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Engaging performance."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The story is excellent, bringing to life both the current time and historical characters with some depth. The Scottish, British, and Russian history provided is very informative, as well as adding much to the story. Katherine Kellgren gives a very engaging performance with different voices and accents for the various characters, so that one feels right in the middle of the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the relationship between Niccola and Rob, as well as the growing awareness Niccola has of her gifts and the courage to acknowledge them in public. That idea translates to a wide variety of issues, beliefs, and abilities for the reader.


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

    Rob. He is so self-assured and confident, yet never arrogant. He is willing to be patient with Niccola on her journey to self-awareness.


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    Crystal California 06-25-13
    Crystal California 06-25-13 Member Since 2004

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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.

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