His enemy, the beautiful but deadly vampire queen Lilith, has had over 2,000 years of experience in cruelly killing and changing humans into one of her own - including Hoyt's brother, Cian.
Now, Hoyt, a sorcerer, must travel across the world and through time to find and train the five others Morrigan has prophesized will join him as a circle and do battle against Lilith's army of vampires on Samhain in the land of Geall.
But just who is the witch, the shape-changer, the scholar, the warrior and the vampire? How will this unlikely band of six prepare and become one with less than three months until the possible end of the world?
Following the arrival of Glenna Ward - a modern day witch with a knack for making her own kind of magic, the kind that makes his heart melt - Hoyt must find the strength to save the world, and a love that knows no bounds.
©2006 Nora Roberts; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio
"This well-plotted, finely detailed paranormal adventure is driven by richly developed characters, making it a cut above others in this subgenre, and among Roberts's best." (Publishers Weekly)
I could not stop listening to these three books - this being book one of the trilogy. The beginning of this book was a little hard to get into because it's difficult to put everything into context. But as soon as the characters are established it becomes very enjoyable. By the time you get to the end of book one of this trilogy, you won't be able to wait to start on book two and three.
I have really enjoyed this story and most of the narration. I'll admit Dick Hill gets a bit carried away with Hoyt's voice being too sonorous a few times, but he separates the voices very well and only makes the women sound whiny when they actually are according to what's being said. I can't understand how anyone could think of it as boring. I have not read The 7th Sign Trilogy so cannot comment on that. I found this story to be riveting and am going to get the next one right now. Those sales for "first in a series" catch me every time.
If you like paranormal stories of witches, sorcerers, vampires, and shapeshifters, with some violence, romance and a bit of sex (they don't stop at the bedroom door but it doesn't dominate the story), I highly recommend this audiobook.
A different narrator
Make the strong women characters sound wimpy, shallow and a mockery of women. His women's voice range is poor.
The men sound similar.
I wish I had listened to the reviews.
I had enjoyed the print books
I have listened to excellent narrators that evoke the feeling of the books. Male and female narrators
Mr Hill has a compelling voice but not for Nora Roberts book.
But then I have found very few Nora Roberts book well narrated.
I think I have listened to Dick Hill before. I found this so annoying, again I learn the hard way, listen before you buy. I think I listened to 10 minutes and gave up. This must be at least the 5th book I could not listen to.
Always make sure you sample the book fist.
This would have to be my favorite trilogy from the most marvelous Nora Roberts, told with dramatic depth and passion by Dick Hill. Brilliant, simply brilliant!
Irish legend and magic roar with uncompromising fervor from centuries past to modern day, where the heroes and villains must inevitably face-off in the final chapters.
This character driven tale took on a life of it's own right from the start and I thoroughly enjoyed, and was captivated by each and every word!
Marvelous story Nora! Your creative genius, attention to detail, wonderfully woven plot and dramatic incline to the awe-inspiring conclusion was nothing short of devastating! I was a 'wet noodle' by the end, happy to curl in contented bliss after such a wondrous ride...
This narrator makes the book even better. After listening to these via my public library I actually bought them on Audible. Each character has a different accent, a specific voice and is well performed. Far from being a bland-hum-drum-disappointingly-watered-down-version of just another paranormal romance, it stands out for me in a sea of other wanna-be's. Each book just gets better as the series progresses. I have no idea what the other reviewers are talking about and believe that either they're high or delusional. Trust me and buy-on my fellow listeners. You won't regret it.
this book was my first Nora Roberts book. I don't think it'll be rembered for years to come as a classic of modern writing, however, i just enjoyed it. i wound up getting all 3 books in the tril. i must admit that i have an easy time of just "rolling with" stories (not too judgemental) so i am more forgiving than some but im not like a plot slut or anything, it was a decent book. i did really get into it and cried and laughed and all that.
Definitely in the top 5. Dick Hill's narration adds a greater depth to an already amazing series.
The only reason I wouldn't have wanted to listen to it in one sitting was because I've read this trilogy 5 or 6 times (at least). This time I didn't want to rush it, so I took my time and was still sad to reach the end.
Even if you have read the books, the narration by Dick Hill makes it seem like experiencing it for the first time.
Yes. The story line is good. I'm a fan of "good vs. evil" especially with a few twists, turns and romance.
His voice, of course. His Irish brogue; his ability to go from deep, husky male baritone to small, quiet and soft female voices. He brings you into the scenes through his inflections and it is if you are watching a play. Wish he would narrate more recent fiction, especially those with southern drawls, Irish brogues and lovemaking.
I read this book many years ago but it was "flat" compared to listening.
I, too, got this as a $4.95 purchase via gift cert, and am SO glad I didn't waste a credit on it. I don't mind the narrator so much, it's the actual story. I had hopes that this wouldn't be a "bodice ripper" kind of story, as I am not a big fan of romantic fiction, but the story sounded promising, so I gave it a try. I've spent a significant amount of time rolling my eyes listening to the dialogue between the sorcerer and the witch. Really? I mean, really?? I've liked other Nora Roberts' books, but this one is a huge disappointment. The characters are interesting enough to deserve better than the treatment they are getting here. There is some funny dialogue and a few entertaining situations, but not enough IMO to save the story. Routing this one to the dustbin.
"My bestbuy this year"
My Mum has been urging me to give NORA Roberts a try for years and I finally succumbed. Morrigan's Cross is the first of the Circle Trilogy. The evil vampire Lillith is leading her army to conqure the human world and enslave human kind and six heros must lead the resistance to stop her. Five extraordinary people and their vampire trainer come together and so the circle is born. This is fantasy at its finest. The style is highly readable and the characterisation is superb. The characters are wonderfully drawn and both likeable and deeply complex. This is as much a saga of love and friendship as it is good verses evil, with a good dose of magic and monsters thrown in. I just fell in love with this book and its sequels and I can't recommend them highly enough.
"Morrigan's Cross Trilogy"
This is the first of a trilogy by Nora Roberts. The three books take the reader from modern day New York to Ireland and to a mythical island in the middle ages. The books ae basically the fight between good and evil with several unusual twists in the characters. Each book is complete on its own but to read the three is very satisfying. Nora Roberts draws the characters in the first books and fleshes them out through the series. They are well thought out and believable as are the evil ones. Nora Roberts never goes to far with the horror that the evil ones can do but can bring her readers imagination to work on what is not written. I would certainly recommend this book to all those who enjoy fantasy fiction and a good read.
"Shonky performance really put me off"
Just about got to the end of this despite the off-putting narration. His portrayal of all the female characters is awful especially the cringeworthy "nu yawk" accent.
It's possible I would have enjoyed this with a different narrator so the story gets two stars.
I am not sure
a different narrator
i purchased this book based on the comments I read. Word to the wise listen to the clip first. The premise of the book sounds amazing but was not brought to life by the dreary narration. It sucked the life out of the characters so you did not like any of them!
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