Firebird Trilogy by Claudia Gray Skinny Audiobook Review

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Firebird Trilogy by Claudia Gray Skinny Audiobook ReviewA Thousand Pieces of You written by Claudia Gray
Publisher HarperAudio
Publication Date: November 4th 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Time Travel, Young Adult
Series: Firebird #1
Format: Audiobook
Narrated by Tavia Gilbert
Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
ISBN: 0062376543
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Flame Rating: zero-flames
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A thousand lives.
A thousand possibilities.
One fate.

Marguerite Caine grew up surrounded by cutting-edge scientific theories, thanks to her brilliant physicist parents. Yet nothing is more astounding than her mother's latest invention—a device called the Firebird, which allows people to leap into alternate dimensions.

When Marguerite's father is murdered, all the evidence points to one person—Paul, her parents' enigmatic star student. Before the law can touch him, Paul escapes into another dimension, having committed what seems like the perfect crime. But he didn't count on Marguerite. She doesn't know if she can kill a man, but she's going to find out.

With the help of another physics student, Theo, Marguerite chases Paul through various dimensions. In each new world Marguerite leaps to, she meets another version of Paul that has her doubting his guilt and questioning her heart. Is she doomed to repeat the same betrayal?

As Marguerite races through these wildly different lives—a grand duchess in a Tsarist Russia, a club-hopping orphan in a futuristic London, a refugee from worldwide flooding on a station in the heart of the ocean—she is swept into an epic love affair as dangerous as it is irresistible.

A Thousand Pieces of You was a re-listen for me last year. I listened to the audiobook in 2014 when it first came out because of the GORGEOUS cover! Other than that, I thought it was amazing!

This is the first book in the Firebird Trilogy and centers around the Caine family and Marguerite, the daughter of scientists who invented time travel using their time machine necklace called the Firebird. The whole plot of the first book revolves around trying to find Marguerite’s father who is trapped in another multiverse.

My first reaction to this book was AWE! This book had me riveted, especially with Tavia Gilbert’s narration, which is SPECTACULAR, as always. I still have no idea why I didn’t read the second book when it came out, but the good thing, I was able to binge read all 3 in a few days!

The twist in the end was SPECTACULAR and I was NOT expecting it at all!

Firebird Trilogy by Claudia Gray Skinny Audiobook ReviewTen Thousand Skies Above You written by Claudia Gray
Publisher HarperAudio
Publication Date: November 3rd 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Time Travel, Young Adult
Series: Firebird #2
Format: Audiobook
Narrated by Tavia Gilbert
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Flame Rating: one-half-flames
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Ten thousand worlds. Ten thousand enemies. One love.

Marguerite Caine has done the impossible, traveling to alternate dimensions with the Firebird—the brilliant invention of her parents, her boyfriend, Paul, and their friend Theo. But she has also caught the attention of enemies willing to kidnap, blackmail, and even kill to use the Firebird for themselves.

When Paul's soul is splintered into four pieces—pieces that are trapped within Pauls in other dimensions—Marguerite will do anything, and travel anywhere, to save him. But the price of his safe return is steep. If she doesn't sabotage her parents in multiple universes, Paul will be lost forever.

Unwilling to sacrifice her family, Marguerite enlists the brilliant Theo to help. The two forge a plan to save Paul and the Firebird, but succeeding means outsmarting a genius and risking not only their lives but also the lives of their counterparts in every other dimension.

Their mission takes them to the most dangerous universes yet: a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each leap brings Marguerite closer to saving Paul—but her journey reveals dark truths that lead her to doubt the one constant she's found between the worlds: their love for each other.

Ten Thousand Worlds with You is the BEST book of the whole trilogy because we actually get to see Marguerite’s relationship with Paul develop. In this book, Paul’s soul has been splintered and scattered into multiple dimensions, with Marguerite being blackmailed to do Triad’s bidding. Triad is the evil corporation from another multiverse that is more advanced than Marguerite’s world. Triad also has a plan, to destroy the other multiverses.

I was basically ENTHRALLED by the whole plot. I plowed through this audiobook in 3 days, in fact! I loved the science fiction AND the world building was FANTASTICAL! This is also the book where we actually travel to a lot of multiverses and I actually felt that I was there! Claudia Gray really painted a picture in my mind as to what each multiverse looked liked and it was AWESOME!

Firebird Trilogy by Claudia Gray Skinny Audiobook ReviewA Million Worlds with You written by Claudia Gray
Publisher HarperAudio
Publication Date: November 1st 2016
Genres: Science Fiction, Time Travel, Young Adult
Series: Firebird #3
Format: Audiobook
Narrated by Tavia Gilbert
Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Flame Rating: one-flame
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The fate of the multiverse rests in Marguerite’s hands in the final installment of the Firebird trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

Ever since she used the Firebird, her parent’s invention, to cross through alternate dimensions, Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud. Now she has learned that the evil Triad Corporation plans to destroy hundreds of universes, using their ultimate weapon: another dimension’s Marguerite who is wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead.

Even though her boyfriend Paul has always been at Marguerite’s side, the Triad’s last attack has left him a changed man, and he may never be the same again. Marguerite alone must stop Triad and prevent the destruction of the multiverse. It’s a battle of the Marguerites . . . and only one can win.

In the epic conclusion to the sweeping series that kicked off with A Thousand Pieces of You, fate and family will be questioned, loves will be won and lost, and the multiverse will be forever changed.

Ah, the last book of the series really brings closure to the whole story. Also, we get to meet all the Marguerites from the different multiverses and I LOVED IT!

It is still as thrilling and amazing as the second book, but one of the reasons I gave this a 4-star review is that I actually LOVE THEO! He is the sometimes antihero of this trilogy but he sacrificed a lot for Marguerite and her family. I liked Marguerite’s dilemma and although it wasn’t a real love triangle, it was done really well.

As to the big end and how Marguerite finally defeated Triad, I thought it was okay, but not what I was expecting.

This book does answer a lot of questions that I had while I read the first two books. I also loved how View Spoiler »

Series Rec

Overall, the Firebird Trilogy is a solid and fantastical read that is perfect for binge reading! The books flow seamlessly together and each book is equally as amazing as the other. Not to mention the AMAZING world-building I’ve ever read!

I’m also not well verse in science but the science in this book feels REAL. I feel like at any moment now, we CAN actually travel through different multiverses. It does help that I watch a lot of Sci-Fi documentaries so this was the perfect blend of my love for sci-fi documentaries and sci-fi books!

The audiobook is also the BEST way to “read” this trilogy because Tavia Gilbert’s narration is spot on! Her use of different accents is flawless and it draws you in.

Books like The Firebird Trilogy

  • The Girl from Everywhere is also another amazing book with time travel! This book however only travels to the past and also to different fictional places. This is also an amazing, riveting story that features a diverse main character.
  • Across the Universe is not about time travel but the sci-fi travel to another world for colonization does remind me of the different multiverses.

What are your thoughts about antiheroes? Do you think they should be the main protagonist?

About Tavia Gilbert

Tavia Gilbert is a Brooklyn- and Maine-based award-winning narrator with nearly 300 audiobooks under her belt. Contemporary and literary fiction, biography and memoir, fantasy, romance, children’s literature, science, religion…Tavia’s range of genres is a direct result of her intuitive interpretation, clever diction and pacing, and sensitivity to each author’s or publisher’s needs.

Classically trained in voice and theater, Tavia attended the University of Washington and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Original Works in Acting from Cornish College of the Arts and a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Non-fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has been singing in choirs since she was 12 years old and has been working full time as a voice actor since 2006.

About Claudia Gray

Claudia Gray is a pseudonym. I would like to say that I chose another name so that no one would ever learn the links between my shadowy, dramatic past and the explosive secrets revealed through my characters. This would be a lie. In truth, I took a pseudonym simply because I thought it would be fun to choose my own name. (And it is.)

I write novels full-time, absolutely love it, and hope to be able to do this forever. My home is in New Orleans, is more than 100 years old, and is painted purple. In my free time I read, travel, hike, cook and listen to music. You can keep up with my latest releases, thoughts on writing and various pop-culture musings via Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, GoodReads, Instagram or (of course) my own home page.

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2 responses to “Firebird Trilogy by Claudia Gray Skinny Audiobook Review

    • The audiobook is narrated by the AMAZING Tavia Gilbert! PLEASE GO AND LISTEN! 🙂 Can’t wait to hear what you think when you listen to it. 🙂