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The Firebird Audiobook

The Firebird

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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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    jrs Alaska, USA 07-10-16
    jrs Alaska, USA 07-10-16 Member Since 2013
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    "STORY LOST IN THE GRATING NARRATION"
    Would you try another book from Susanna Kearsley and/or Katherine Kellgren?

    I have listened to several of Susanna Kearsley's books & enjoyed them all until this one.


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

    No.


    Was The Firebird worth the listening time?

    No. The narration was so grating that I had to sigh & turn it off several times.


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    Amazon Customer 07-07-16
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    "great read"

    Wonderful story. Held my interest through the whole book. Narrator did well. Loved the whole series

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    Andrea 06-28-16
    Andrea 06-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Gorgeous — Everything I Could Have Hoped For"
    If you could sum up The Firebird in three words, what would they be?

    Gorgeous, Fulfilling, Interesting


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I liked best was the that The Firebird was a continuation, of sorts of The Winter Sea.


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

    I have not listened to this narrator before. I really enjoyed her work. Her Irish accent was great, but her Scottish accent was perfection.


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

    I was happily shocked at the surprised ending. Cried happy tears.


    Any additional comments?

    The Firebird was lovely lovely lovely. Anna "Jamison" was the most delightful character, and although hers is the story within the story, she is exactly what made this book as gorgeous as it was. As did her long-awaited, much-needed HEA. I wasn't as keen on the contemporaries portion of the book —Nicola and Rob's story. This is par for the course with me and all of Kearsley's books. I never love the present timeline. It was nice and all, and I liked how it ended, but it didn't have the emotional pull that Anna's held. Also, I never *got* their supernatural ability. WHY were they able to read the history of an object; HOW were they able to focus on a particular person and skip through that person's timeline? I listened to Nicola's English accent. She was great with Irish.

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    Andrea Parks 06-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    "love the story. not the narrator"

    I have always enjoyed Susanna Kearsley, but was dismayed by the narration as she chose tones and inflections that don't match the feel of the scenes, leaving a hurried and jarring feeling to more gentle, quiet, humble or touching settings. disappointing.....

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    nicole lawrenceville, GA, United States 06-14-16
    nicole lawrenceville, GA, United States 06-14-16 Member Since 2015

    Love to exercise while listening

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    "Odd take on historical romance"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe to read. The history part was interesting, after you forgot how you were learning it.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Susanna Kearsley? Why or why not?

    Maybe, if the reviews were better and a different narrator.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Because she sounds like a mean snob, it made the characters unlikable.


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

    Not sure. I like historical novels and those that include different generations, but the narrator really took away any enjoyment.


    Any additional comments?

    Before you buy, you should listen to the sample to see if she gets on your nerves as well. If not, you may enjoy this one.

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    Amazon Customer 06-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Absolutely mesmerizing story!"

    From the moment I started listening I could not stop. Two well developed storylines with intricate details. I am a huge fan of historical fiction and this did not disappoint.Obviously well-researched and the narration was excellent. Great job on all counts.

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    Miss D'Meaner 06-03-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Read - Terrible Listen"
    What did you love best about The Firebird?

    This is very good book, picking up where The Winter Sea leaves off


    What did you like best about this story?

    the historical elements


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Katherine Kellgren?

    Anyone!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book - completely ruined by the narrator. Katherine Kellgren reads as through she is Chelsea Handler delivering one liners. There is absolutely no emotion or depth in her rendering of the characters or the story. If you want to enjoy this book - read it!

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    Susan Sunland, CA, United States 05-29-16
    Susan Sunland, CA, United States 05-29-16
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    "Wonderful Story. Kept me captivated all the way!"

    This was my first Susanna Kearsley story and I loved it. I bought the audio book because Katherine Kellgren is my favorite narrator and she lived up to my high expectations of her performance. The story was intriguing and fun, and provided many twists. I will definitely be reading more of Susanna's stories.

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    B. L. 05-27-16
    B. L. 05-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good tale"

    Great tale and it is quite easy to get attached to the characters. I do wonder why the story of Anna was so detailed, just to find out about the firebird; especially with the abilities to see the story in the way the two did. Regardless, I enjoyed this story very much.

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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 2016
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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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