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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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    MamaKim 05-03-14
    MamaKim 05-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It took a minute to get into because of the narrator's thick accent, but after I got used to the accent I loved it! She did a great job of translating all of the english, scottish, irish and russian accents. But the story was incredible!! I fell in love with the people in the book and felt everything they were going through


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

    The Outlander Series.


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

    I've never heard her work before.


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

    Yes.


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    Robin United States 04-15-14
    Robin United States 04-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    I really enjoy Kearsley's books. She has a nice clean style of storytelling and doesn't get bogged down with too much detail. Kellgren, who has become a familiar voice (she narrated Connie Willis's books), does a fine job of pacing and gives a sense of being almost carried away in one particularly emotional scene.

    It's too bad that Audible doesn't have The Shadowy Horses as that is the story where we meet Rob as a boy and learn about the Roman sentinel in the field near his home. If you've enjoyed this and The Winter Sea, I highly recommend you look for it.

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    Ruan 04-09-14
    Ruan 04-09-14
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    "VERY ENJOYABLE READ!"
    Would you listen to The Firebird again? Why?

    Yes, I did. I didn't know about the prequel to this book. So after I listened to The Winter Sea, I re-listened to this one.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Again, Anna. She has such character. She's humble, kind, smart and funny.


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

    No I haven't but I certainly loved this one!


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

    I don't cry but I smile a lot during this book.


    Any additional comments?

    It will be difficult to find another series I liked as much as this.

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    sandy 04-02-14
    sandy 04-02-14
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    "Not my favorite"

    The only character I could really warm up to was Anna, partially due to the narrator. I found her sounding like a librarian with a bun on her head and glasses on her nose. I liked THE ROSE GARDEN and THE WINTER SEA much better.

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    Kate 03-25-14
    Kate 03-25-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Couldn't finish due to awful narration"
    What didn’t you like about Katherine Kellgren’s performance?

    I am so disappointed in the narration. It was read too fast, but more than that, her tone was haughty and almost condescending. Her tone felt like she was doing everyone a favor by reading the book. This narrator made it hard to like the characters because her tone was, well, nasty. I ended up stopping shortly into the story and getting the ebook to finish the novel.


    Any additional comments?

    Susanna Kearsley has a lot of difficulty writing endings in her novels. Most feel hurried and leave many unfinished story lines, but thankfully Firebird's ending felt complete.

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    BarnRat 03-11-14
    BarnRat 03-11-14 Member Since 2013

    50ish retired public radio news broadcaster, female, rancher. I love good writing from historical fiction and interesting, off beat mysteries to history of religions and interesting biography coupled with excellent voicing. I have no use for poorly delivered reading. I'll suffer though so-so writing if the content is engaging, but if the narrator is bad, I'll buy the book and read it myself.

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    "Good story and history, strident narrator"

    I loved learning about the early history of St. Petersberg, briefly the lives of the Czar and his wife, and the role St. Petersberg played in the Jacobite era of English history. The modern day romance was predictable, but the Jacobite era story was a satisfying continuation of the first book. The narrator was very loud and strident and didn't match the personality of the modern day heroine at all. Her accents were good, though, and I give her lots of credit for pulling off English, Scottish and Russian accents quite well. It is very hard to not compare this series to Diana Gabaldon's work. It pales next to that, but if you have finished all of Gabaldon and long for more, this is a reasonable replacement. Also, if you are interested in telepathic communication, you may find this interesting.

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    Falon Rosemount, MN, United States 03-07-14
    Falon Rosemount, MN, United States 03-07-14 Member Since 2012

    I have 3 kids that occupy all the TV's in the house...enough said...addicted to audiobook ....shhhh don't tell my husband ;-)

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    "Awesome find!"

    The story is actually one of self-blooming and becoming your true self. Nicola an art dealer in London she has a psychic gift where she gets visions by touching objects. Nicola was groomed growing up by her grandfather to never reveal her gift to anyone. One day a woman comes in with a priceless carved Firebird with a tale that it was given to her ancestor by Catherine the Great. Nicola knows this to be true by touching the object but nor the woman or Nicola can prove the worth of the Firebird. Nicola decides to go on a mission to find the proof needed to validate the worth of the Firebird, with such self doubt on her own skills, Nicola seeks the help of another psychic her ex-boyfriend Rob. Then Nicola's journey begins. The book is a gem. The narrator is awesome she pulls off male / female, British, Scottish, Irish and Russian accents and she even sings when the characters do...bravo! very credit worthy.

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    Cassandra Corinth, Mississippi, United States 02-12-14
    Cassandra Corinth, Mississippi, United States 02-12-14
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    "Lovely"
    Where does The Firebird rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of my favorites. I listen to it as I work out, because it transports me away from the pain to a beautiful place.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Strong characters and the way the author allowed you to travel back in time.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The summer garden and when she Lund out Rob had his passport.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Anna running away to protect her family?


    Any additional comments?

    Beautiful story!

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    MissSusie66 01-20-14
    MissSusie66 01-20-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Unique talent of bringing together so many genres"

    Susanna Kearsley has a unique talent of bringing together so many genres seamlessly into one book, this book has historical fiction, magical realism and romance with none being overwhelming. We travel from the present day to Jacobite Scotland and Catherine’s Russia in psychic flashbacks. Nicola has unique ability, she can touch an object and see its history and when a woman brings in a wooden firebird she sees a girl named Anna when she touches it and must figure out who she is and where the firebird comes from, which leads her from Scotland to St. Petersburg, but she isn’t traveling alone she asks friend and ex-flame Rob to accompany her because his gift is even stronger than hers, his is more seeing spirits of the past and he sees the future too. But is Rob only doing it out of kindness and friendship or does he want more than that.

    We “meet” Anna at Slains castle in Scotland where she finds out things about herself and her past that send her off to find her real family, this path takes her to France and Russia. I don’t want to give too much of this story away because the way it builds to the climax of Anna’s story is written so beautifully that I don’t want to ruin it for anyone. But she meets some amazing people and she doesn’t go through any real hard times because it seems like there is always someone there to look out for her, but I liked her spunk and her spirit.

    I truly enjoyed this book and have found a new swoon worthy crush in Rob, I enjoyed he and Nicola’s relationship as it grew into something more (and if you follow my reviews you know I’m not one for too much romance). I think my favorite scene was when he drives her to the airport. (Yes that is all I am going to say you’ll have to read the book to see what I am talking about) ;)


    Katy Kellgren never ceases to amaze me with her amazing capacity for accents and varied voices both male and female. She makes it sound like there are way more than one person narrating because each and every character has their own unique voice and accent. I will always choose a book in audio if she is narrating.

    I will read anything his author writes she has such a beautiful way of phrasing and such a talent at mixing the genre’s and time periods.

    4 ½ Stars

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    Donna 12-11-13
    Donna 12-11-13 Member Since 2006
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    What made the experience of listening to The Firebird the most enjoyable?

    Smooth transition between past and present. Interesting capabilities of characters. I liked how it tied into the other book.


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