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The Chief | [Monica McCarty]

The Chief

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.
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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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    ~~ DARA ~~ "Beautiful" Niagara Falls 08-12-13
    ~~ DARA ~~ "Beautiful" Niagara Falls 08-12-13 Member Since 2011

    ~~~"HOPEFUL ROMANTIC"~~~ *** Love Audio Books....Especially Historical Romances *** ~~ "Reviews Should Never Contain Spoilers ~~

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    "Overbearing Chief meets Romantic Lass"

    I listened to this book later than many of the other reviewers so I had the opportunity to read the reviews before I listened. Because the reviews seemed mixed I didn't know what to expect. As anyone who reads my reviews knows.......I love historical romances, especially ones with Highlanders, so I eventually would have gotten to this one.

    The Chief is a well written story and is a cross between historical fiction and a harlequin romance. History is intertwined nicely within the romantic story along with action, spies and a mystery. At times this book was predictable but it didn't take away any delightful moments of the story.

    A few negative reviews of this book unfairly compared it to 'The Outlander' and I don't understand why. 'The Chief' is not paranormal and not 33 hours long. It is an entertaining romantic historical romance set in Scotland and that's where the comparison ends.

    Overall, it was quite nice to escape to Scotland to visit an overbearing, stubborn, handsome highland chief and his curious, beautiful dreamer of a lass. Hope to visit them again in book 2.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mcctay 09-07-11
    Mcctay 09-07-11 Member Since 2006
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    "What happened after "Braveheart""

    This book (Book 1 of the third series of McCarty's historical romances) begins about two weeks after William Wallace was executed by Longshanks. It tells a very possible reconstruction of the events in Robert the Bruce's efforts to regain the Scottish crown. McCarty has woven a wonderful set of tales that are both entertaining and educational for anyone who is interested in the history of the Scots' efforts to regain their country and their freedom.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Pennsburg, PA, United States 12-20-12
    Donna Pennsburg, PA, United States 12-20-12 Member Since 2011

    I"m a audible addict. My eyes have gotten really bad so I really hadn't read much in the last 10 years until I discoverd books on CD and Audible. Now I'm a fiend. Other than audio books I enjoy my family, work and dabbling on the computer.

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    "What a series!! Can't wait for book 4 on audio"

    I've listened to the first three in the series. I love the story behind the books. The secret guard, their women and Scottich history. Some chivilry, some great stories and some wonderful highlanders. Robert McNab is wonderful. It does take some getting used to him speaking as a woman but in time you get lost in the story and you don't even notice it. I can't wait for the 4th in the series to come out. These are definitely worth a listen.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Zzrole 03-08-12
    Zzrole 03-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Monica is always a winner!"
    What did you love best about The Chief?

    Romantic, narrator was amazing. I love a book with a strong male lead and a heroine that can hold her own. Monica and the narrator really transported me back in time. It was wonderful!


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    sandra4343 12-06-11
    sandra4343 12-06-11
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    "Exiting and intense"
    Where does The Chief rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Among the good ones.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main chatacters, The Cheif, Christina and the Ranger.


    What about Robert McNab???s performance did you like?

    Good voices for each one.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Chief and why?

    the way the Chief transformed and his hidden sensitivity.


    Any additional comments?

    Please get the Ranger and the Viper on audio books!!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Campton, KY, United States 09-23-11
    Debbie Campton, KY, United States 09-23-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    Monica McCarty brings history and romance to life in this historical romance novel. I recommend this book and hope that audible will add more of The Highland Guard Series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4 of 6 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 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Altus, OK, United States 12-21-11
    Michael Altus, OK, United States 12-21-11
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    "Great book!!"

    I loved this book!! It is full of emotion and I love a book that I can feel what the characters feel. I hope all of this series is released on Audible.

    2 of 3 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 9 people found this review helpful
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    Peggy PA 06-26-14
    Peggy PA 06-26-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Enjoyable story about Scottish Highlanders"

    I always enjoy a good historical novel! The only thing I did not like was the graphic detail of the bedroom scenes, which I was not expecting! I am now listening to book two in this series. I am always interested in stories of the Scotts and Irish fighting the English in this era. The English were such insecure bullies! I don't know why they couldn't have just let them live in peace. I found this book hard to stop listening to when I got home. I only listen to my books in the car. So I would sit in the garage until a scene was finished! I hope book two is just as good. So far it is...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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