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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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  • Bee
  • United States
  • 08-01-13

Anna's Great Adventure.

I loved this book.

If that isn't enough for you allow me to elaborate. Susanna Kearsley is a great writer. She knows her stuff and her History is SPOT ON. I read The Winter Sea and liked it enough to try her second one, tried the second one and LOVED it enough to never want to read anything else ever again.

Do you need more?

Firebird has it all, light romance, heavy history, and interesting and funny running dialogue. If you like historical fiction steeped in character development you will love this book!

BUT you must read The Winter Sea first... YOU MUST!

Fantastic read.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Wendy
  • HAWKINSVILLE, GA, United States
  • 06-14-13

Wow! I loved loved it.

What did you love best about The Firebird?

This book had the right amount of history and romance. From Start to Finish you wanted to know, needed to find out about the firebird and the story behind it..

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

this is my first book by this author and I will listen to more.

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

I love Katherine Kellgren. I first listened to her in the Bloody Jack Series by L. A. Meyer and she made the story come alive.

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

Yes, I wanted to listen to this story in one sitting.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Beautiful

A beautiful and fun journey through the world and through time... Read by the amazing Katherine Kellgren, whose ability with a multitude of accents brings the many characters to life...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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The Firebird

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

An interesting premise & while pleasant, also dull & completely forgettable.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Katherine Kellgren?

Yes.

Was The Firebird worth the listening time?

Kind of, if you want mindless entertainment.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Need another narrator

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

The book truly brought the life of Anna to life and continued the story of Anna's mother from the first book, "The Winter Sea".

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

I compare it to "The Winter Sea", first book in the Slains Castle Series

How could the performance have been better?

It needs another narrator. Katherine Kellgren's character voices are good but her narrator voice is harsh and at times hurts my ears.

If you could take any character from The Firebird out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I would take Rob out to dinner. He's sexy and full of surprises.

Any additional comments?

The narrator's tone of voice made a great story hard to listen to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jennifer
  • Fairport, NY, United States
  • 10-30-14

Boring

Any additional comments?

I had high hopes for this book since I have enjoyed several other books by this author. The Firebird was boring. Should have listened to other reviewer's comments on the narration; it was annoying. I was interested to see how this book ended but wasn't impressed or surprised when I reached the end.

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  • Pattie
  • MARINA DEL REY, CA, United States
  • 09-21-14

Good Writing, but not that interesting of a story.

Enjoyed the writing the story was original and had some good unexpected turns. But nothing I wanted to rush through and finish. It was easy to put down after a chapter.

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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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  • Meghan
  • United States
  • 09-23-13

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful