• Morrigan's Cross

  • Circle Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (3,293 ratings)

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Morrigan's Cross

By: Nora Roberts
Narrated by: Dick Hill
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Publisher's Summary

Standing on the cliffs of 12th-century Ireland following the disappearance of his twin, Hoyt Mac Cionaoith is visited by the goddess Morrigan and is charged with the ultimate of tasks: saving his and all future worlds.

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.

Complete the circle: listen to all three books in Nora Roberts' Circle Trilogy, including Book 2, Dance of the Gods, and Book 3, Valley of Silence.
©2006 Nora Roberts (P)2006 Brilliance Audio

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Have worn my iPod all day!

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.

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Very enjoyable

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.

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What have you people been smoking?

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.

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'Magic and mayhem abound'

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...

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Disappointing

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.

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did not enjoy the narrotor

sorry is good but was totallybdisstracted by the narrator and his accent made it very annoying and if the same narrator I am not interested in next book

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VERY GOOD LISTEN

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

Yes. The story line is good. I'm a fan of "good vs. evil" especially with a few twists, turns and romance.

What did you like best about this story?

Keean's character.

What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

I read this book many years ago but it was "flat" compared to listening.

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Performance not that great

I have read these books before and really liked the story so I figured I would get it on audio. it was very very difficult to understand. I actually kept going back and listened to chapters two or three times

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Horrible sound quality and narration

Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Dick Hill?

I regularly listen to books by Nora Roberts and might have liked this series if there had been another narrator. Dick Hill has a good voice but it is not suitable for the female characters. Further, the sound quality is so bad that for some of the female characters, Mora in particular, it is difficult to understand what he is saying.

What other book might you compare Morrigan's Cross to and why?

The story was interesting but the narration got in the way.

Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

Perhaps, but not for a book with so many female characters.

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Narrator is unbearable

The story is the same as ever other and can't even hold my attention. What did hold my attention was the horrible voices of the narrator and his need to make wet smacking noises every two seconds. It was a waste of a credit!!!

4 people found this helpful

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  • Elizabeth
  • 05-16-09

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.

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  • Nadia
  • 03-06-09

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.

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  • Clare
  • 03-31-17

Terrible narration

Story might not be bad but it is hard to get past the dreadful narration. Incomprehensible in large parts and the accents are awful, particularly for the female characters as others have noted. Wish I'd read more reviews before wasting credits on this series.

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  • J
  • 08-19-15

well

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I am not sure

What was most disappointing about Nora Roberts’s story?

the narrator

How could the performance have been better?

a different narrator

Any additional comments?

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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  • claire
  • 07-23-22

loved it

loved it love nora Roberts books they are amazing and read so well 10 out of 10

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-29-22

Very poor narrator

I understand that some of the characters are from Ireland but this narrator took it too far. Hoyt sounded angry ALL the time, Cian seemed quite effeminate...and I'm not even going to comment on the other voices as dreadful suffices. I loved the story when read it years ago and thought I'd use up one of my credits to listen to this whilst I work...not going to bother with getting the other 2 books on audible (have them purchased on kindle and in paperback!)...I'd recommend the story just not the audible! A lot of Nora's work has similar themes so don't expect this to be completely different but the storytelling is, as always, something to lose yourself in...gave the story 5* but 3* overall as had to give 1* for performance...not sure 0* is an option???

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  • jo
  • 08-23-20

brilliant!

I've read the books so many times, it was lovely to hear it brought to life!!

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  • Fallon
  • 07-29-20

I've read this book a few times

slightly In love with cian. ❤️
I Glenna. wish I was Glenna.
no pandemic when I'm listening to this.
relief.

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  • Mad in Dorset
  • 10-30-19

Impossible to listen to

Could not listen to this I hated the voice of the reader. I did try to get used to it but Didn't and the story is not good enough to compensate.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-28-17

Similar Storyline

Although I love Nora Roberts, I only got as far as book one.
The storyline (for me) was too reminiscent of Guardians Trilogy, which I had read only 5 months earlier. Maybe in the future I will complete this particular trilogy.

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  • Catherine
  • 09-21-22

Wow

Amazing story. Strong Characters great storyline left you hanging right to the end wanting more

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-09-22

Another wonderful story!

Nora Roberts talent really shines through with this story. It’s beautifully written and completely lured me in. Can’t wait to read the next two in the Circle trilogy!

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  • Deborah Harper
  • 02-10-22

Narrator is terrible

Narrator is terrible didn’t get better even throughout the book it spoilt the story for me.

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  • IndianaDoogs
  • 05-16-21

Love this book

Initially I thought the narrator was a bit hectic! I don’t know if he calmed down or if I got used to him but it was great, worth a listen!

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  • Shakya
  • 07-06-19

Good story bad recording

The series is good bad and the narrator does a good job with the different voices but the volume raises and drops so dramatically you either can't hear it or it blasts your ears. bad recording of the books. No volume control at all.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-21-19

Exciting paranormal love story.

This book sets the scene for the following 2 stories in the trilogy. Flashes of humour amid an exciting adventure story. Excellent narration by Dick Hill. Look forward to the rest of the series. Nora Roberts shines in her trilogies.

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  • Kelly Jenkins
  • 05-04-18

Accents!

I’ve loved this series for years and it’s like reading it again for the 1st time, but the Irish accent takes some getting use to. So happy it’s an audible series now.

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  • Miriam
  • 02-04-17

Awesome story

This is one of my favourite novels by Nora Roberts. I love the series and the plot is filled with human experiences:love, joy, tears, anguish, disgust, horror, and the strong bond of friendship. Naturally as this story has vampires you will expect blood and killing. But all the main characters - the protagonists - are amazing. Each has to grow and learn lessons. This story focuses on the witch and the sorcerer. But with winds the knot of friendship with the others. Loved the narrator as he brings the story alive. Fantastic 5 stars.