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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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Enjoyed the story, hated the narrator.

The story was enjoyable, I was not sorry to have bought the book w/audio. But this is a case of a terrible narrator. There were many pauses, long pauses, where there shouldn't have been any. His female lead sounded whiney and the male lead's voice was NOT sexy, This is unfortunate in a romance book. Nor was he even trying for a Scots accent, so I'm not sure why he was hired for these books. I've heard some really sexy, deep voiced narrators who had great Scottish and Irish accents in other books, but not this dude.

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dry at first but u loved it!!!

it was dry at first then it took off love the store and the history at the end!!! can't wait to start the next book!!! ps Romance parts was amazing! ! wonderful job!

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SEXY HIGHLAND ROMANCE!!

If you could sum up The Chief in three words, what would they be?

Exciting, Sexy and Romantic

What other book might you compare The Chief to and why?

None

Which scene was your favorite?

When Andrew Fraser was exposed for making his daughter Christina put herself in a compromise position. He got a want he deserved Nothing and Christina got a great husband.

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

The Chief Tormod MacLeod. He grows the most in the story.

Any additional comments?

The Chief is the first story of 12 Highland Guards. After the brutal torture and death of William Wallace the Highlanders start a new uprising the year 1305 with Robert the Bruce, Earl of Carrick and Lord of Annandale as the leader of the new uprising. . Bruce wants to approach the new war in a different manner. He will picks out12 Highland Warriors who are experts in the different areas of battle an war. The men would be trained under one leader and that is Tormod MacLead/Tor whose specialty is training men and use of the sword is legendary. Tor excepts the invitation by Angus MacDonald The most powerful Chief in the Highlands to attend a war counsel meeting. When Tor declines to become apart of the 12 Highland Guard, he is set up by one of the council members Andrew Fraser. Fraser has brought his two daughters Beatrix and Christina with him to the meeting. He makes his younger daughter Christina get in bed with Tor while he is sleeping. Fraser and others discover her there in a most compromising position with Tor.. This is a very erotic story. All the sex scenes which are aren't many but are very well written and tasteful. After negotiations with MacDonald and the promise of peace for his clan and great wealth and lands he agree to train the other 11 men for 3 months. Christina and her sister are very rich heiress. Beatrix wants to take the Veil and live her life dedicated to God. The story centers around Christina marrying Thor. She tries everything she knows to make him love her. But every time she tries to help him it results in her making bad choices and causing more problems. There is a traitor who is passing on information to Tors enemies and enemies of The Bruce. The person is easy enough to figure out. This story is very accurate for the period. Rich in its developed multi layered characters. The story is fast paced and exciting and very sensual and romantic. I like all the characters and I look forward to reading the other 11 Highland Guards stories. I Highly Recommend The Chief

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Brilliant

I've read the story and now listening to it has brought it even more alive. Just a pity it's not in audible in the UK

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Narrator makes or breaks it!

Would you try another book from Monica McCarty and/or Robert McNab?

I usually love Monica McCarty, but this was my first with Robert McNab and it will be my last. I think this story could have been amazing, but he ruined it for me.

What do you think your next listen will be?

The next book by Monica McCarty with Antony Ferguson as the narrator!

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

His voice for the men and women. Sometimes he would pause suddenly and then suddenly pick up real fast. The romance scenes were terrible. I was so bummed!

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment, only because of the narrator! I wish it had been Antony Ferguson who had narrated it, I would have fallen in love!

Any additional comments?

I finished this book, but I recommend just reading it, the narrator really ruined it!

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  • crbrlrsn
  • West Jordan, UT, United States
  • 04-18-15

Great story but the narrator definitely not great

Would you consider the audio edition of The Chief to be better than the print version?

yes

What other book might you compare The Chief to and why?

I love all the highlander books - they have a great history to them. I love to hear the end of the book where they tell us how the story was originated or that the families / clans are real but the "names were changed to protect the innocent"

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Oh gosh - it was horrible how he would pause where there should be a pause - there were long breaks in areas that should have flowed smoothly. His narration was definitely lacking. I could get used to his tone but the rest just ruins it. It's a great story just bad narration.

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The heroine is a ninny

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A spunkier herione

Would you ever listen to anything by Monica McCarty again?

I have, that's why I'm totally surprised. I couldn't get past the part before her father was going to put Christina into the "Laird's" bed to trap him. Awful!

Which scene was your favorite?

None

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

Whomever performed this was good.

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  • Katha
  • Kingwood, TX, United States
  • 12-29-14

Lots of history, only a little romance

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This was so highly recommended, as is the series. If you enjoy the history, rather than the romance, you will enjoy this. I didn't.

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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...

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  • Barb
  • Jasper, AB, Canada
  • 03-27-14

Looking forward to the series

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Was looking for a new highland series - thought I'd seen them all. Really liked the narration - scottish was subtle, but effective and loved the tone of his voice. A somewhat meek heroine was new to me, but I liked the change and it may be more realistic. Overall an authentic description of how relationships really evolve. Also enjoyed being introduced to the Guard. I will check out the rest of the series.