The Firebird

  • by Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by Katherine Kellgren
  • 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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Narration was grating!

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I love Kearsley's stories. But the narration for this story was painful. The reader has a "haughty" tone when reading as the main character. Miss Jane Hathaway from Beverly Hillbillies came to mind while listening. Then there's the way she runs sentences together - as if punctuation is merely a suggestion that can be ignored. Makes it hard to follow the story. It's like she was in a rush to get through the book.


How could the performance have been better?

A different narrator.


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- Victoria "Grandmother's example inspired my love of books. Guilty pleasure = weekend naps w. 1 or more cats, & being read to sleep by Audible app."

More heavy on the romance than the historical

This review is tough because I am comparing it to "The Winter Sea", which I loved and gave 5 stars. This book is a worthy continuation of that story. I did enjoy this book, but not as much as The Winter Sea because "The Firebird" is much more involved in the romantic storyline of the past and present characters than on the historical times of Russia and the Jacobites while the Winter Sea was heavier on the historical times with the romance as a backdrop. I would have enjoyed more history in this one.

Additionally, whereas the narrator of the Winter Sea immediately engaged me, I had to get used to this one.

If you haven't listened/read the Winter Sea first, I would highly recommend it. I believe this book could be a stand alone, but I believe you get much more out of it reading it in sequence.

Overall, it is a solid 4 star read.
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- Sue

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-04-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios