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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Nora Roberts returns with the classic tales of the MacKade brothers - their rebellions, their passions, and their loves.

Ten years after disappearing from Antietam, Maryland, the bad boy has come home. Cleaned up and successful now - though still dangerously good-looking - Rafe MacKade sets the town on fire…and tongues wagging. Not even lovely newcomer Regan Bishop is immune to his charms. Though Regan claims to not want to get involved with a rebel, Rafe's pretty sure that her reaction to their sizzling kisses suggests otherwise.

©1995 Nora Roberts (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, Inc., all rights reserved

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Narration Lacking

The story is predictable and might have been entertaining with a different narrator. Mr. Daniels read this love story like it was a western.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Pogue
  • San Diego, CA USA
  • 01-19-16

Who wrote this from Nora's formula?

What could Nora Roberts have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Try making it more plausible.

What didn’t you like about Luke Daniels’s performance?

I think you can be a rugged guy without sounding like a thug

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Couldn't finish it.

Any additional comments?

The male protagonist was completely worthless. There was no possibility of empathy.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Loved this!

I'm a HUGE Roberts/Robb fan. This was one of the best. Short, sexy, fabulous.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Hilary
  • Honolulu, HI, United States
  • 05-08-14

Great, Hot Characters!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Reagan. She stood up to the overly Macho men.

Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

Ed. He did Ed really well. I kind of wish there had been more scenes with her.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

no extreme reactions.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Simple plot but intriguing!!!

Great short story and boy do I like the Mackades even though they are a bit primitive with the need for physical fighting. Definitely a nice listen and unlike the negative feedback by others feedback regarding the narrator, I actually thought he was good. Well worth the read.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Over narrated

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Story is good. But no I would not.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Return of Rafe MacKade?

The chilling ghosts

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Luke Daniels?

I dont know but for sure not him. It was not good. To much violence in his voice.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I dont know.

Any additional comments?

Story is good not NR's best but the caracters are great. Sadly the narator did a poor job of it.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Cant finish it

What would have made The Return of Rafe MacKade better?

If I wanted to hear John Wayne the entire time...I would watch a western. I really like Nora Roberts stories but I have realized after being a member for only a short time, that the performance could really kill the story, I just think the voice is really annoying. I will be sure to read the reviews on the performance the next time I purchase a book.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Coooper
  • Wasilla, AK, United States
  • 08-12-14

GETTING TO KNOW THE MACKADE'S

I enjoyed getting to know the MacKade brothers, their ghosts and the battle of Antietam. I am somewhat of a history buff and knew nothing about this northern most battle. The brothers' stories which incorporate the battle make me want to take a vacation.

Rafe's story was great as was Regan's "intrusion" into it. Now that we've met the brothers, can't wait to hear how their lives are changed by a "good woman".

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Narrators can make or break a story

Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Luke Daniels?

I have several audios by Nora Roberts, but I won't listen to anything else by Luke Daniels again, unless it's a gumshoe mystery or a western.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

His voice for Rafe sounded like Clint Eastwood, it just did not work for the story. I have this book in Kindle form and enjoy it. I can't listen to this guy with a straight face, his narration ruins the story.

Any additional comments?

Don't let the audio steer you away from the print version of this series. The books are fun, but this narrator is the wrong choice for these books.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Candy
  • 02-22-16

Well

What did you like most about The Return of Rafe MacKade?

I like the old story and new story's and how story centres around the old house

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rage because he anger hot headed ruff but has a softer side to

What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

Love his Voice and the way he tell the story

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

it made me laugh cry and sad to and very happy to

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Suzyplums
  • 04-17-18

Love the McKade's

I wasn't sure about this book when I heard and read the synopsis but I thought let's give it a try. I mean it is Nora Roberts. Now I'm asking when are the other books being brought out in audio format?

It's a fun book which had me laughing and crying. A must read/listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-11-18

Great

I loved this book, I got it on audio, so was easy to listen to, just lie back and relax to a good story

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  • Laura
  • 05-04-15

Nice chilled out read.

Would you listen to The Return of Rafe MacKade again? Why?

After loving Nora Robets Inn Boomsbury series, I decided to try this set, and I've just downloaded the second book. As I did wnjoy it, It was a bit short really and very predictable but a good chill out read, with great characters, all the brothers, read it in a day and liked the brothers wanted to know what happened to all the brothers so will read the series. Enjoyable if you want a easy read.

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  • Wales
  • 01-18-15

Great story,

What did you like most about The Return of Rafe MacKade?

A classic Nora Roberts book. Part of a series, so it is good to hear how the family is developing.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rafe MaKade

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The one in the woods between Rafe and the 9 year old Brian in which Rafe tells Brian he wants to marry his mum and make him his son.

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

I might, but I listen in the car to and from work and I have no long trips planned