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The Chief Audiobook
The Chief
Written by: 
Monica McCarty
Narrated by: 
Robert McNab
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The Chief Audiobook

The Chief

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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author Monica McCarty transports listeners to the 14th-century Scottish highlands in this dazzling novel. Warrior Tor MacLeod is picked by Robert the Bruce to lead the fight against English rule. Despite Tor’s rigid disposition and devotion to his craft, his new bride is determined to warm his heart.

©2010 Monica McCarty (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Elizabeth 03-05-14
    Elizabeth 03-05-14 Member Since 2012

    I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must

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    "Sexy & Entertaining Historical Romance"

    I read The Hawk which is the second book in the Highland Gaurd series so I couldn't wait to start the series properly with Book 1..The Chief.

    I enjoyed this book a bit more than Hawk.. I think it is because it had a better romance element to the story. There is still the historical adventurous element to the book but the romance seems more prominent. There are also a lot more sensual sex scenes in this first book.

    I really liked Christina and enjoyed how brave she was in the face of all the Highlander brawn!

    I didn't like Tor/Chief quite as much as I enjoyed the Hawk character in book 2 (Tor is much more stoic & serious than Hawk). But he grew on me as he stopped being such a stubborn bullheaded man!

    There were many of "moments" in this book that made me smile, laugh, cringe, or almost cry.

    If you are a history buff and you like romance... this is the book for you. I absolutely love how the author uses true historical figures and events enter-weaved with her own touches to create a great historical romance! Credit worthy!

    Again I like the narrators voice when he's telling the story, but his voice for Tor and most of the Highlanders is pretty annoying...I get used to it...but he's not my favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MC 12-09-12
    MC 12-09-12
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    "Oh for heaven sakes.."
    Would you try another book from Monica McCarty and/or Robert McNab?

    Probably not.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A Diana Gabaldon, one of the Lord John series.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Robert McNab’s performances?

    Perhaps, but not if he's reading a romance.


    What character would you cut from The Chief?

    Both protagonists.


    Any additional comments?

    I decided if the author used, when I was about 3/4 of the way through this thing "it was exquisite" one more time I was going to pan the book. Unfortunately, once you've listened to Gabaldon's Outlander series your expectations for description, characters, and the intelligence of female characters in particular, rises to the point where a great number of the romance writers are no longer able to meet your expectations.

    And I had such high hopes for this book based on the synopsis.

    Perhaps someone else will have better luck with this, I found it repetitive and predictable. And, of course, this meant I found the female lead naive to the point of absurd. Really, you're going to crawl into bed with a man, trusting your father, who you know to be manipulative and completely untrustworthy, to "rescue" you? You're going to rush off, defying logic and orders, because you're a clever girl who can read?

    Disappointing, and read by a man, which was distinctly unsettling when "it was exquisite" was used repeatedly to describe any and all sexual arousal.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    MaineOne maine 12-01-12
    MaineOne maine 12-01-12

    reviews for fun

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    "Excellent"

    A very nice historical romance during the reign of Robert the Bruce and based on actual people. If you like historical romances you can not go wrong with this book. I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Canada 03-19-12
    Amazon Customer Canada 03-19-12 Member Since 2015

    Never judge a book by its movie

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    "You Rock Monica!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Chief to be better than the print version?

    Equal but different! Both Fantastic! Loved this book (my 24th greatgrandfather, was Robert Boyd) It's cool to read about a character that's loosely based on a real person.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Loved Erik MacSorley


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Near the end, Tor's extremely educated wife Christina is kidnap by the English. She is being questioned about Robert the Bruce and his highland guard, and she behaves like the biggest airhead, so the English interrogator lets his guard down. Christina :


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

    yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the whole series.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl 01-04-12
    Cheryl 01-04-12
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    "Overall No Complaints!"
    What did you love best about The Chief?

    I loved the story of a man who dismissed a trap and turned it to his advantage.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Chief could not be matched. He rose to meet every trial, reasonsed out every trap, and ultimately changed the circumstances to his advantage.


    What aspect of Robert McNab???s performance would you have changed?

    A complete disappointment. He made the heros sounds like cartoon book characters.


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

    I wanted to know the ending but found the narrator's mighty mouse voice beyond annoying.


    Any additional comments?

    I finished the book despite the narrrator, but am hoping future books have a different narrator. The storyline is completely captivating and can't be ignored.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    J Riverton, WV, United States 01-16-12
    J Riverton, WV, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent story"

    This was a great story which utilized real history and characters. The narrator was very poor. He was difficult to listen to and very monotone. His voice did not lend to the emotion that the charaters were feeling. If the story itself had not been so good I would not have listened to it at all.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Northfield, MN, United States 06-04-13
    Amanda Northfield, MN, United States 06-04-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Good book, but could have used a better reader"
    Would you listen to The Chief again? Why?

    No - The reader makes the hero sound like an automaton. The voice makes him sounds stupid.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the action and surprises around every corner. And the fact that the hero is presented as a human with human flaws.


    What didn’t you like about Robert McNab’s performance?

    There was little difference between the character voices but the voice he created for Tor was horrible. I won't listen to the rest based on this performance.


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

    Torquil the twin. There seemed to be room to do more with his character and he seemed jovial.


    Any additional comments?

    It really was a good story. Perhaps I'll read the other books.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Allysa 03-10-16
    Allysa 03-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "TERRIBLE"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It was mostly the narrator. The narrators voice was so monotone I couldn't get past the 30 minute mark. Don't get me wrong I tried listening twice, the narrating was just so bad that I could barely understand what he was saying.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scotty 01-10-14
    Scotty 01-10-14

    jdk

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    "Oh where are the Highlanders of old?"

    Please, I couldn't get through the whole book due to the narrator. The book might be better with a different narrator. Did anyone listen before making it available for purchase? She drove me crazy. Bad, is the only word for it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debora Corona, CA, United States 09-13-13
    Debora Corona, CA, United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Boring! Too much history"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Don't delve into the history behind the time


    What didn’t you like about Robert McNab’s performance?

    It was ok but just put to sleep by all the history


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Couldn't get far enough into it to see


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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