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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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    Monika 12-05-13
    Monika 12-05-13

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    "Enthralling - whispersync ensured my understanding"

    As with most books this days I listen to them while at work and when a book is interesting enough I read on my kindle app at home. I'm thankful for the feature because it allowed me to understand and correctly pronounced the Scottish /Irish chat. The performance immersed me in a different time and place; understanding that this is touched by actual historical characters and places makes the story even more magical. The characters are easy to like and you keep coming back so you can find out what happens with both of our heroines, Ana (from the past) and Nicola (present). The story transported me to lands and places I wish to yet explore and I can't help but realize how different the world is nowadays - less trusting, more isolated but still growing and fascinating.

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    Laura Pennsylvania 11-18-13
    Laura Pennsylvania 11-18-13 Member Since 2013

    Love my long commute since I found Audible!

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    "Great story"
    Would you listen to The Firebird again? Why?

    I am listening to it a second time. I didn't see the twist coming and I wanted to listen again to see if I missed the obvious.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the parallel plot device that Kearsley used in this novel and the first novel The Winter Sea (prequel to this novel). It allowed one to read a historical novel without getting bogged down in explaining the details of everyday life.
    I also was shocked and thrilled with the plot twists. I did not see them coming, which made them even more exciting, and pulled each story line to a satisfactory conclusion.


    What three words best describe Katherine Kellgren’s performance?

    Powerful, emotive, loud - but appropritate to the story line. I enjoyed her ability to equally portray men and women of all ages and nationalities, it made the experience more like hearing a story than the potential monotony of being read a story.


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

    Yes. I wanted to find out what happened. Usually I listen to books only during my commute, but with this book I had to keep listening after I got home.


    Any additional comments?

    The Firebird follows the story of characters from The Winter Sea. Even though the novel could stand on its own, I think The Firebird is more compelling after having read The Winter Sea.

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    Jill Sims Santa Maria, CA USA 11-18-13
    Jill Sims Santa Maria, CA USA 11-18-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Full of Surprises"
    What made the experience of listening to The Firebird the most enjoyable?

    I did not really have any expectations when starting this and found myself pleasantly surprised and really drawn into the story. It was especially exciting when the story tied-in the storyline and characters from her previous novel Winter Sea


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    Deborah 10-19-13
    Deborah 10-19-13
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    "Refreshingly interesting - two stories in one!"

    This story was so entertaining. I should say these two stories, as there are parallel love stories at play as well as the mystery of the Firebird's origin. Very good listen.

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    Julie Revere, MA, United States 10-16-13
    Julie Revere, MA, United States 10-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Love Susanna Kearsley"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Firebird to be better than the print version?

    Because of the accents. Wanted to speak Scottish for a week after I read this book!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anna. Love her strength.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Every time they went back in time. Very interesting.


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

    When Nicola realized her abilities where bigger than she thought. Very moving.


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    S. Sacramento ca 10-16-13
    S. Sacramento ca 10-16-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!"
    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Her accents are amazing! I almost forgot it was all the same voice. She really brought the characters to life!


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book. I'm only sad that there aren't more by this author. If you haven't listened to the Rose Garden and the Winter Sea, go get them right away!

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    Amazon Customer 10-09-13

    I grew up on Golden Age Radio, and while I love to read, I typically consume more books via audio thanks to a job that lets me listen while I work. As an aspiring writer, I try to read a great deal of non-fiction in addition to a variety of fictional genres. I especially love history, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and old-style gothic horror.

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    "A Story with a Lot of Heart"

    Much like with Kearsley's The Winter Sea, the focus of this book is the Jacobite history and the characters' development in the middle of it. The history is actually explained without massive info dumps, with a clarity that helps the understudied reader along. The rest falls into Kearsley's talent for writing fully-formed characters with great amounts of realism and charm, and it's because you latch on to them so readily that you care what happens as history happens around them. But then, I'm preaching to the choir on a site full of bookworms, am I not? Suffice to say, there is a lot of heart in this story, and that brings the history to life without hitting you over the head with it. It's natural and easy. For me, that's what historical fiction is all about, even when the gimmick to make it work requires some suspension of disbelief, as I'd wager it will on the part of most. Still, it's a conceit that, if you just go with it, it's written well enough to help you buy it.

    I am once again impressed by Katherine Kellgren's performance. Her willingness to distinguish all of the characters' voices, accents, and attitudes is praiseworthy, and that she has the vocal dexterity to pull it all off so seamlessly is a large part of what helps the audiobook work. Never underestimate the subtle nuances a performance like hers can add to a story's verisimilitude.

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    Melinda Shoreline, WA, United States 09-25-13
    Melinda Shoreline, WA, United States 09-25-13

    I love literary fiction and I occasionally delve into non-fiction. I love books that are suspenseful and am really into well-told stories.

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    "Hard to understand, but I made it to the end"

    My experience with this book is that if I were British or Scottish, I probably would have understood this book better... so this book might be a better book for reading in print. It also would have benefited from a male reader in addition to Ms. Kellgren. Every male voice sounded the same and every female voice sounded the same except for a small part of an American woman. I don't think I would seek out another read by Kellgren, but the story kept my attention....but the directing and production left much to be desired....my book even skipped in quite a few places, especially on the 3rd part, but the story was so convoluted, it did not much matter. I enjoyed the 3 main characters, but many of the background players were just so much noise. If I were to read Susanna Kearlsey again, I would do so in print, especially if it is set in Ireland/England/Russia again.

    Overall, an enjoyable story, but one that didn't make much of an impact on me. I doubt I would ever give it a second thought.

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    Jeannette MADERIA BCH, FL, United States 09-24-13
    Jeannette MADERIA BCH, FL, United States 09-24-13 Member Since 2013
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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 2015

    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


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